Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Leah Wandera

Serving At: Women’s Action and Support Center

Home Country: Kenya, Africa

Leah Nanyanga WanderaLeah Wandera is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Women’s Action and Support Center in Mutare, Zimbabwe. 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.

The Women’s Action and Support Center responds to a range of needs among women in the province of Manicaland in Zimbabwe, the first program of its kind in the province. It offers counseling to victims of violence, referrals for legal and health services, and assistance in finding employment. The area it serves has a high rate of child marriages. Leah works as an advocacy officer.

Leah is from Nairobi, Kenya, where she is a member of St. John United Methodist Church in the East Africa Annual Conference. She holds a degree in planning and management from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. She has taken part in a wide range of academic, professional, and corporate projects focused on community economic development, entrepreneurship, and customer care. She has also worked in product promotion. Her father is a United Methodist pastor.

Baptized into the Anglican Church, Leah joined the United Methodist church as a young person in 2007, at which time she dedicated herself to serving God in youth evangelism. That commitment has expanded to include youth empowerment and social development and a desire to “bridge the gender gap that widens daily in Africa,” she says. Leah believes everyone should become actively engaged in this effort. “I want to get involved in solution-finding rather than waiting for someone else to do the improvement,” she explains.

 Leah says she believes that service as a Global Mission Fellow will “expand, improve, and reinvent” her skills and abilities to do what she feels God has called her to do.

 

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