Mutombo, Juresse Numbi

Country: Italy
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Serving At: Servizio Cristiano (Christian Service)
Home Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

Juresse Numbi Mutombo 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.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics at Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe, and interned in the finance department of the Kamoto Copper Company.

A member of Francophone Kamina United Methodist Church in the North Katanga Annual Conference, Juresse is a liturgist, choir member, youth group member and Bible reader.

“I was born in a Christian family,” Juresse said, “and, for me, it is a grace and blessing from God. You can choose a partner, friends or the people with whom you want to deal with, but not a family, neither parents. I did not chose my family; however, God gave it to me. Thereupon, I am really thankful to him.”

Spending much time in a Christian environment, Juresse met Jesus.

“I started participating in church activities when I was 14 years old,” he said. “I started singing. I joined youth group, where I started being exposed to the congregation. I was trained how to interpret, lead a service, share the word of God and learn Scriptures.”

Thanks to a scholarship, Juresse pursued his undergrad degree at Africa University. “For me,” he said, “it was God’s plan because I discovered myself and the gifts that God has put in me. I was an active choir member in three choirs on campus, a prayer group leader, a liturgist in the chapel and a preacher in the Congolese community that was based on Africa University’s main campus.”

He feels called to preach the gospel and is excited about new chances to do so.

“As Global Mission Fellows allows young adults to enter new communities, understanding their challenges and assets through relationships,” Juresse said, “this [will] help me to stand still and embrace the opportunities. The mission is committing fellows to work in social justice. For me, it is not only working in social justice but also fighting for the sake of others. I am ready to work and fight for others.”

He noted, “Various realities, motivations and elements have led me to believe in Jesus Christ and to be  confident about the belief. Believing in my ministry defines my background and personal spiritual growth.”