Kizito, Albert Wagabi
Albert Wagabi Kizito is an international Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Albert is a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Kayole (Nairobi), Kenya, related to the Kenya-Ethiopia Annual Conference. “As a youth,” he said, “I have been tasked with several leadership positions at my local church. I served as a treasurer in the church’s youth docket, where I was responsible for managing finances.”
He earned a diploma/certificate in web development from Moringa School in Nairobi. He also studied public administration at Moi University, Nairobi.
Albert describes himself as “a determined software developer with over two year of experience developing incredible and amazing websites with very good user interface and designs. Public administration,” he said, “has been an eye-opening opportunity to grow managerial, administrative and leadership skills.”
Essential to building a society, Albert asserted, are social integration and intercultural togetherness.
“Ideological differences may vary in different countries and communities,” he acknowledged. “However, human rights fundamentally cuts across the world. Every individual shares the same rights.
“When it comes to advocacy for human rights and social justice,” Albert continued, “understanding the community’s constitution is essential. I approach social justice by recognizing the need for systemic change and advocating for policies and practices that promote equity and inclusion. I believe that everyone should have access to the same opportunities and resources, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or any other identity.”
Albert also believes in the power of education and dialogue to create meaningful change. “I strive to be an ally and advocate for those who are marginalized and to use my privilege to create a more just and equitable society,” he said.
He is enthusiastic about being involved in Global Mission Fellows and looks forward to practicing and developing his leadership skills in a safe, supportive environment.
“Through this program,” Albert said, “I can learn how to communicate, collaborate and problem-solve with others, as well as how to manage and motivate a team. Additionally, I can gain experience in decision-making, conflict resolution and other important leadership skills. By participating in this program, I can gain confidence and motivation to impact people positively.”