Lynnete Hlatywayo is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years as a human rights research officer at the JustaPaz Center of Study and Conflict in Maputo, Mozambique. 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.
JustaPaz emerged from efforts to overcome conflicts and tensions continuing since a disastrous civil war in Mozambique ended 20 years ago. While relatively stable today, the country still faces times of political insecurity and the displacement of people. JustaPaz works toward a society of peaceful coexistence, justice, democracy, and good governance. Lynnette helps to shape research efforts and advocacy projects dealing with human rights in economic, fiscal, and development policy.
Lynnete is from Harare, Zimbabwe, where she is a member of the Revelation United Methodist Church in the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Portuguese and English literature from the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. She has worked as a beauty advisor, a teacher, and an intern with the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute.
Lynnete was born into and raised in The United Methodist Church. Of her faith journey to date, she says: “I have grown due to the support of family members and fellow church congregants, as well as out of the challenges I have faced in life. These challenges include growing up in a rural setting with limited facilities.”
Of mission service, she has a call to serve “others in love and humility just as God loved the world and gave his only son Jesus Christ. The love exhibited by God and Jesus pushes me to always be helpful in life and to love other people regardless of class, race, gender, or any other divide.” Toward that goal she uses her gifts “to the best of my ability, Christ being my helper.”
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