Lord’s Mountain Orphanage
Home Country: Nigeria, Africa
David Martins is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Lord’s Mountain Orphanage in the Zambezi District of Zambia. He 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.
The Lord’s Mountain Orphanage is related to the United Methodist Church in Zambia and is an Advance (designated giving project) of Global Ministries. It serves primarily the Lunda and Luvale people along the Zambezi River in the rural northwestern part of the country. Strong emphasis at Lord’s Mountain is put on education to equip the residents for productive lives of dignity in today’s world. David has the honorable missionary role of teacher.
David is from Zing, Taraba State, Nigeria, where he is a member of the United Methodist Church in the South Nigeria Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Management degree in business from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Mutare, Zimbabwe, where he was a student choir leader, deputy speaker of the student union parliament, and spiritual leader of the AU and Praise the Lord choirs. He was president of the national United Methodist youth organization in Nigeria from April 2006 to August 2009, and was active in the volunteers-in-mission program at Africa University.
Born into a strong United Methodist family, the origins of David’s faith journey were shaped by his parents, the church, and his community. He has been active in United Methodist activities on local, district, conference, national, and international levels, growing mentally and spiritually along the way. “I have learned to trust and believe that God is more than able to see me through life’s challenges and I have continually grown.”
As a teenager, David resisted a call to mission service that first came to him at a young age. During college he found that he could no longer resist. “I realized that the sooner I responded to this awesome call the better, because it is obvious that God has ordained it will be.”
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