Church of Christ
Home Country: Kenya, Africa
Gad Maiga is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Church of Christ in the Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He 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.
The Church of Christ in the Congo is a coalition of 74 denominations, including The United Methodist Church, responsible for thousands of primary, secondary, and vocational schools, and 48 colleges and universities; it also manages 60 percent of the medical facilities in the country. Gad works as a natural resources program manager.
Gad is from Kenya and is a member of Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church in Nairobi, a congregation of the East Africa Annual Conference. His father is a United Methodist pastor. Gad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness management from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. He has worked as an intern on the university’s farm and also for national and international urban programs in Kenya.
Gad grew up in a United Methodist family of seven children, two boys and five girls. His earliest years were spent in a poor farming area in western Kenya. He worked with his hands and experienced the hardships of subsistence farming and the need for food security. Through family and church, Gad says he learned the values of 13 virtues: cleanliness, chastity, frugality, humility, industry, justice, moderation, order, resolution, silence, sincerity, temperance, and tranquility.
Later, living in Nairobi, he joined a group of young people determined to acquire good educations, develop their skills, and “make the whole world a livable place.” He sees Global Mission Fellows as a means of becoming better equipped to serve “the poor and the marginalized and as a way of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
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