Faida Rachel Bahati is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving with the Churches of Christ in Congo, an ecumenical organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the Congo Central Annual Conference.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Young adult mission service through Global Ministries expands participants’ mission vision and offers faith contexts for the use of skills. They integrate faith and justice by learning and working in communities that struggle with poverty and injustice.
Faida was commissioned in August 2012. Her initial placement was with the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) in Geneva, Switzerland. The WSCF, founded in 1895, promotes ecumenical dialogue and action for the sake of social justice and peace. It seeks to empower students to think critically and constructively about the transformation of the world.
In the DRC, Faida engages in a range of activities that interpret and promote the work of the Churches of Christ in Congo, which is the major Protestant ecumenical organization in the country, comprised of 74 denominations, including The United Methodist Church.
Faida Bahati is from Kamelie, a city on the western shore of Lake Tanganyika in the DRC, and is a member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church there, a congregation of the North Katanga Annual Conference. She is a graduate of Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in environmental studies and French. Faida has work experience with International Networks DanChurchAid and in youth education.
Faida expects that her service as a mission intern “will enrich my faith by learning with others ecumenically and experiencing the liberating power of God. It will allow me to grow up in faith by serving, loving, and ministering to others.”
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