Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Andrea Ilovares Benites

Serving At: Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ecuador

Home Country: Honduras, Latin America and the Caribbean

Andrea Eunice Ilovares Benites thumb.jpgAndrea Ilovares is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.

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.

Andrea is from Honduras, where she is a member of La Casa del Padre (The Father’s House), a church in Tegucigalpa. She holds a degree in psychology from the National Autonomous University of Honduras and has worked as a translator for Forgotten Children’s Ministry, an agency with operations in both Honduras and the United States. Andrea is bilingual in Spanish and English.

“I can describe my faith journey as a learning process because I’m constantly learning and progressing in my life,” Andrea says. “God has shown me his love and mercy in many different ways. He has shown me that I am not alone, so that my faith gets bigger and stronger across the years.”
Her sense of mission derives in part from an awareness of the extent of poverty in Honduras. It is her desire to serve God by serving those who are vulnerable and on the margins of the economy. Participation with a mission team from the US was a valuable experience in pointing her to mission. Her brother Milton has also also served as a Global Mission Fellow. 

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