Judith Tafisu Joshua
Cape Town Bold Empowerment Partnership
Home Country: Nigeria, Africa
Judith Joshua is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Cape Town Bold Empowerment Partnership in South Africa. She was commissioned in September 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.
Cape Town Bold Empowerment Partnership is a faith-based nonprofit organization set up in 2011 to promote the empowerment of poor and marginalized people, particularly for youth, women, and the unemployed. It focuses on the Cape Flats area of the city, particularly the Lavender Hill and Hanover Park communities. These were “Coloured” towns in the former apartheid system. Judith works primarily with high school and community-based youth programs. Judith serves as program and community development officer.
Judith is from Jalingo, Taraba State, Nigeria, where she is a member of the Mayo-Gwoi United Methodist Charge, a part of the Southern Nigeria Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities and social sciences from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. She has taught at Good Success College in Jalingo and served as registrar of the Road Safety Community Development Group of the National Youth Service Corps of Nigeria.
Judith says that her “faith journey is a race—a Christian race that started years ago. Before getting to where I am today, there were obstacles and hindrances, but God has been faithful. The race is still on and I am still running. Being part of Global Mission Fellows is a great opportunity for me to run the race on a different path and focus on the ultimate prize.”
A prime motivation for mission service came from missionaries she knew as a girl: “These missionaries left their comfort zone and came to my community to put love and faith into action.” She met them through her mother, who was a cook in the mission community. “Watching them as they lived simply, sharing in love, offering services, and encouraging people gave me a positive mindset and strengthened my faith in God. Many a time, I would see people visiting the missionaries looked so troubled…but after being counseled by the missionaries all troubles would seem to disappear and smiles restored.”
“I wanted to be like these peculiar people with power to heal a wounded heart.”
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