Memory Masuko is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Center of Hope, the health agency of the United Methodist Church in Mozambique. 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.
The Center of Hope, based in Inhambane Province, coordinates the health ministries of the Mozambique United Methodist Episcopal Area. Much of that work is rural and focuses on community programs and disease prevention. Memory serves as a community health supervisor.
Memory is from Zimbabwe, where she is a member of St. Bernard’s Anglican Church in Glendale, Mashonaland Central. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health services management from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and has worked in the areas of health services management and business management.
She grew up in a Christian home, but Memory says her personal faith journey began when she was 13 and became determined to discover her purpose on earth, and “why God placed me here?...I have struggled with my faith sometimes, especially when life does not turn out the way I would have expected it to. Seeing so much injustice and cruelty in the world, it’s easy to be shaken by it all.” Participation in the Esther Grace Foundation boot camp has helped Memory to “recognize the power and love that God set in each person.”
Memory’s call to mission is related to her conviction that God’s love extends to all persons; this in turn carries a responsibility to respond to the needs of all. She says: “I believe everyone has the right to have their basic needs met, such as shelter, food, and health care, no matter where they come from or who they are. I want to do what I can to make sure all receive what they deserve.”
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