Faida Rachel Bahati is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, initially serving with the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Faida was commissioned in August 2012. Young adult mission service through Global Ministries expands participants’ mission vision and offers faith contexts for the use of skills.
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. The federation operates in some 100 countries, putting personal and program emphasis on prayer, celebration, study, and theological reflection.
Faida is working with WSCF in the areas of advocacy and solidarity, which means helping people and communities speak and act on behalf of justice and peace.
Faida Bahati is from Kamelie, a city on the western shore of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 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 DanChurch Aid 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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