Isabel Icaza Willetts is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. She was commissioned in August 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.
Isabel is from Florida, where she is a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Lehigh Acres, in the Florida Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and a Master of Science degree in teaching from the same institution. She has worked in youth ministry and as a university research assistant. Both of her parents are United Methodist ministers.
Growing up in a parsonage, Isabel says she “learned from a young age that faith in action can have many forms and that it expands from the activities that take place within the four walls of a church building.” As a summer camp counselor at a United Methodist retreat center, she developed a personal sense of faith lived out in service. A "passion for social justice" was honed through international mission trips during college and her service to middle school and high school students as the youth ministries director in the local church.
Isabel finds deep meaning in scriptural assertion that God created humankind in God’s own image, an affirmation that contextualizes mission and puts everyone on an equal level despite ethnic, cultural, and linguistic differences. “This means that I’m called not only to serve our brothers and sisters around the world with the gifts God has entrusted to me…, I am also called to engage with, connect to, and grow from encounters with God’s image in unfamiliar peoples, places, and practices. I feel called to mission because God deepens my faith the most profoundly at the intersection of different cultures…, where the Holy Spirit brings unity and grace.”
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