Irene Rondromalala is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years in an international placement.
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.
Irene is from Madagascar, where she is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Madagascar in Antananarivo, the country’s capital city. The denomination is a united church that emerged from British and French missionary work in the 19th century. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environment from ISERP University Ampefiloha, Antananarivo, and has actively taken part in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI Network), especially around the issues of climate change, community organizing, and civic responsibility. She has worked as a hotel receptionist.
Irene is a strong advocate for justice, including equal civil rights for women and girls. She says she cannot fulfill her calling in this area without submitting her life to Jesus Christ. “I have understood that Jesus Christ does have everything we need to bring love and justice.” She considers justice and love the tools for opposing injustice, even terrorism.
She has a strong sense of mission in everyday life, and considers that in her longtime hotel job she served God’s will as she listened to the stories of people from around the world and shared her story. It was in that work that she met through technology a Global Mission Fellow and learned about the program she has now joined. Her internet friend helped her to find her way into mission service.
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