Adrian (Dring) Mendoza is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Council of Churches in Zambia, based in Lusaka. 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 Council of Churches in Zambia is an ecumenical umbrella organization of Christian churches and organizations. It promotes cooperation and fellowship among groups and encourages collaboration in social and health ministries. Eighty percent of Zambians are Christian. The remaining citizens are Hindu, Bahia, and traditional religions. Dring works as an assistant program officer.
Dring is from Tagaytay City, Cavite Province, Philippines, where he is a member of the Tagaytay United Methodist Church in the Philippines Annual Conference Cavite on the island of Luzon. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from De La Salle University—Dasmarinas, Cavite Province, and is in the process of obtaining his master’s degree in biology from Cavite State University. He worked for eight years for First Advantage Inc., a major employment and job-screening corporation in the Asia Pacific region.
Dring grew up taking part in a wide range of local church activities but as he matured much of it did not seem to help him to grow spiritually. Then big challenges jolted his life and that of his family. A money scam put them into bankruptcy, a brother required extensive and expensive medical care, and Adrian was forced to give up his desire to attend medical school and become a doctor. “I felt beaten,” he says, but in that dark night of the soul his faith came alive: “I was brought back to believing in God’s love and the grace of his promise to sustain us in all our needs as long as we seek him first.”
After years of living on the level of sustainability, Dring opened himself to God’s call for mission service. He is now striving first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33). That is his priority as a Global Mission Fellow.
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