Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Odilon Mwaba

Serving At: Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

Home Country: DRCongo, Africa

Odilon Mwaba thumb.jpgOdilon Mwaba is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. He 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.

Odilon is from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is a member of the Church of the Mount of Olives United Methodist Church in Kamina, within the North Katanga Annual Conference. He studies at the University of Lubumbashi and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. He has worked in environmental protection and property management.

The unjust arrest and imprisonment of his faith while Odilon was in college strongly impacted his faith journey, causing pain but also teaching him the value of prayer and patience.  “I have grown in faith and will always trust in Jesus,” he says.

He sees service as a Global Mission Fellow as an opportunity to engage his passion to both serve God in a personal way and to relate to persons of different cultures and places.  “My long term aspiration is to become a full-time disciple of Jesus Christ helping to develop community of faith around the world.”

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