Yvonne Agduyeng is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with International and Migrant Ministries in Frankfurt, Germany. She was commissioned in August 2016.
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.
International and Migrant Ministries, which is based in Frankfurt, is a ministry of the United Methodist Church in Germany. It reaches out to asylum seekers, other migrants, students, and military personnel and their families. Yvonne’s work is varied, involving direct contact with migrants, who are arriving in Germany in great numbers, and providing bridges of communication between the newcomers and the small congregations that make up the United Methodist community in that country. She is one of a group of Global Mission Fellows affiliated with the German immigration ministry.
Yvonne is a Philippines-born citizen of the United States. She is a member of the Kent United Methodist Church, Kent, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and anthropology from Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, and a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. While in seminary, she worked part time for the Dumbarton United Methodist Church in children and youth ministry and also, as a seminary intern, with the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.
The idea of Christians forming a family of faith going beyond DNA is important to Yvonne’s identity as a follower of Jesus. “Being part of a family means listening, caring, and empowering others to live into who God created them to be — to love God and to love others. To love God and love others is a continuous journey that I try to live into every day,” she says.
Yvonne’s call to mission involved getting to know in seminary alumnae of Global Ministries’ young adult missionary programs. Before that, she thought of a missionary as someone “going door-to-door, asking if Jesus is my savior,” she says. After meeting young adults who identified as missionaries, she says she began to “think through my own theology of mission. And the more I read scripture, I began to be more aware of mission and service.” She hopes her experience as a Global Mission Fellow will be a time of discernment, as she bridges a passion for learning about different cultures with her call to ministry and commitment to justice.
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