Cleasnaire (Chie) Joyce Bautista 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.
Chie is from the Philippines, where she is a member of the Cauayan City United Methodist Church in the province of Isabela, island of Luzon, in the North Central Philippines Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines and studied professional and preschool education at Our Lady of the Pillar College, Cauayan City. She has taught and served as school nurse at The Cauayan Messiah Christian School and earlier was a nurse at the Governor Faustino N. Dy. Sr. Memorial Hospital.
Raised in a Christian home, Chie took part in typical church activities as a youngster and gave her “life to the Lord and accepted him as my personal savior at age 14.” The next year, she became a district youth leader, a move that greatly expanded her world of contacts and enlarged her realm of experiences. She remained active in the United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines until age 24.
As a young adult, she faced a professional crossroads. Having long projected a career as a nurse, she found herself drawn to education, to teaching, a change she made following the guidance of God. “I heard God’s voice clearly telling me to say ‘yes’ to shifting from nursing to education.” She is confident in her mission call as an educator, and she sees service as a Global Mission Fellow as part of a new journey “to learn new things and help me grow in my faith.”
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