Abdallah Asumani Elie is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. He was commissioned in August 2015.
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 developed out of the faith and justice emphases of the historic United Methodist US-2 and Mission Intern programs. Global Mission Fellows become 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.
Abdallah is serving as a development officer with the Hope of Africa Foundation, which was established in 1997 for the purposes of empowering African communities economically, socially, and spiritually. Based in Cape Town, the organization engages in a broad range of social services, including food programs; drug rehabilitation; and counseling for families, children, and youth.
Abdallah is from Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he is a member of the Mont Ararat United Methodist Church, a congregation of the South Congo Annual Conference. He holds a national diploma in education from Tupendane Institute in Kolwezi and a degree in agriculture from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Mutare, Zimbabwe. At the university, he served as leader of the Congolese Community and worship services at Africa University, which has students from across Africa.
Growing up in a Pentecostal family, Abdallah was always involved in the church, with a strong personal interest in spiritual disciplines, especially prayer, and also in community activities. He began to preach at an early age. He was active in the United Methodist Student Movement at Africa University and in the organized worship life of the school through chapel services.
Abdallah identified his call to mission with a “spiritual and cultural conviction” that tells him to “always be in solidarity with others, especially the poor and marginalized, since they are the image of God, deserving love and care.” He believes that he is called to “serve and not to be served.” His goal to “serve and work together with the people around me in order to address the challenges we share.”
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