Didier Monga wa Shakapanga 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.
Didier is serving as a community advisor in the HIV/AIDS ministry of the United Methodist Church of Côte d’Ivoire United Methodist Church in Abidjan. HIV/AIDS is one of multiple challenges—such as poverty, gender inequality, and human rights violations—in Côte d’Ivoire as the country continues to recover from years of civil war and still faces regional tensions. The church is called to bring hope through prevention of HIV/AIDS in the community, and to take care of people living with the disease, including orphans and pregnant women.
The United Methodist Church of Côte d’Ivoire has an HIV/AIDS office and Didier works with a team to provide nutrition training, vocational training, and skills in small-scale farming to those living with HIV/AIDS. There is also an emphasis on equipping church and community members to engage in these ministries.
Didier is from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he is involved in the Jesus le Roc Church. He holds a degree in agriculture from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. He has worked in the business sector.
Among the truths to which Didier holds is faithfulness to the word of God, constant praise of Jesus Christ, and forgiveness, including forgiveness of one another as God has forgiven us. His call to mission is strongly related to a sense of joy in serving others. The Global Mission Fellows program is his first experience in formal mission work and he is happy to find an avenue of service in which he can grow spiritually and intellectually.
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