Jacques Kazemb Kambol is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in the communications ministries of the Churches of Christ in Congo, an ecumenical organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), based in Kinshasa.
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.
Jacques was commissioned in August 2012. His initial placement was with the Shade and Fresh Water Project in Brazil. Shade is a network of afterschool ministries that primarily service street children and those from low-income homes.
Back home in the DRC, Jacques engages in a range of activities and interprets and promotes the work of the primary Protestant ecumenical agency in the DRC. The Churches of Christ in Congo is comprised of 74 denominations, including the United Methodist Church.
Jacques Kazemb Kambol is from Lubumbashi in the DRC and is a member of the Bethanie United Methodist Church there. His father is an ordained clergyman and district superintendent in the South Congo Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and natural resources from Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He is sixth in a family of eight, having four sisters and three brothers.
“I was born in a Christian family,” he says. “I was brought up with Christian principles, but I was not born again until 2001 during an Easter revival, when I took the decision to give my life of Christ. Since then, my life has been transformed.”
Jacques believes that God has given him the ability to give hope to people who are desperate and waiting for someone to whisper words of assurance. He also believes that people are “called for excellence, so I always encourage people to excel in whatever they do.”
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