Samalenge, Jacques Kilimwa

Country: Senegal
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Serving At: Senegal District, Cote d’voire Episcopal Area
Home Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

Jacques Kilimwa Samalenge 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. 

A member of Centenary Memorial United Methodist Church, Lubumbashi, DRC, part of the South Congo Annual Conference, Jacques served on the church council and as a choir member, Sunday school teacher and young adult leader.

Growing up in a family that placed little emphasis on spirituality, Jacques started questioning the meaning and purpose of life during his five years at Africa University. In the process, he learned about United Methodism. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and natural resources management at Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe.

“I began exploring different religious and spiritual beliefs on my own, participating in various meditation and prayer groups, and reading the Bible,” Jacques said. “Regularly attending and participating in communal worship helps my spiritual growth.”

He learned that United Methodists often incorporate both individual and group prayer into their spiritual practices. Jacques engaged in regular prayer and reflection, which strengthened his relationship with God.

“As I delved deeper into my spiritual journey,” he said, “I developed a strong sense of connection with my inner self. I began practicing mindfulness, gratitude and compassion in my daily life. I found comfort and guidance in meditation and prayer, which allowed me to experience moments of deep peace and clarity. Over time, my spiritual growth transformed my outlook on life.”

A quest for justice drew Jacques to missionary work.

“I’m tired of seeing injustice everywhere in the world, even in the church,” he said. “Many people [including pastors] lack food and the means to survive while serving the church. With my courage and the deep desire to fight against these injustices, I hope that with everyone’s collaboration, we can do something better with the hand of God.”

Passionate about promoting environmentally friendly practices and contributing to the growth and sustainability of the agricultural industry, Jacques asserted, “The Global Mission Fellows program aligns with my efforts to advocate for sustainable farming.”