Jacques Kazemb Kambol is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, initially serving with the Shade and Fresh Water Project of the Methodist Church of Brazil.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Jacques 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.
Shade and Fresh Water is a national network of afterschool programs for at-risk youth ages 6 through 14. Currently, some 70 projects, mostly located in low-income neighborhoods, seek to meet local needs and develop local partnerships; the network shares the common goal of providing healthy-alternative environments for young people. The programs include educational enrichment, recreation, and Christian education. Each of three of Global Ministries’ mission interns with Shade and Fresh Water is part of an educational team.
Jacques Kazemb Kambol is from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo 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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