Tiwonge Namwaba 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.
At St. Andrew’s Protestant Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Tiwonge is an active youth member. She is in the Girls’ Brigade, an international, interdenominational Christian youth organization.
Tiwonge studied monitoring and evaluation, earning a diploma/certificate from the University of Zambia, Lusaka, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from Cavendish University in Lusaka, Zambia. She served as a youth leader and communications officer at the Council of Churches in Zambia through FHI 360, a nonprofit human-development organization based in Durham, North Carolina.
She was motivated to apply for Global Mission Fellows when she learned what other participants were doing through the program.
“I believe the fellowship will offer me opportunities to apply my technical skills and personal growth, while also helping with my professional advancement.” Tiwonge said. She is eager to put into practice her educational background and internship experience.
“My work in the field of communication has helped shape my desire to communicate messages of injustice and community development,” she explained. “I believe I can put that to good use while interacting with other Global Mission Fellows. I’m looking to expand my knowledge and understanding of my Christian faith and provide a deeper contribution to the community.
“I hope to learn, grow and create networks that will allow me to continue to impact communities that need a voice. This fellowship also aligns with my long-term goal of working for the good of the communities around me – and more. It is also a way of acknowledging and continuing the work that has been done by a great number of people in this program.”
With a lifelong passion for helping people in need, Tiwonge looks forward to making positive change and engaging in major issues of justice. She is confident that Global Mission Fellows is where she belongs.