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Young Adults Head to the Philippines for Missionary Training and Commissioning

This week, 42 young adults from 11 countries have gathered in the Philippines to get ready for service as Generation Transformation Global Mission Fellows.

On July 19, 2014, they will respond to God’s call on their life when they are commissioned by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. They will be sent to serve for two years with organizations in 15 countries, sharing God’s love through acts of mercy and piety.

In preparation, they are spending three weeks being trained by mission staff — engaging in prophetic, vocational exploration while living together in a faith community. This year, the training will coincide with The United Methodist Church’s Global Young People Convocation. The fellows will participate in the convocation as non-voting delegates and will be commissioned in Tagaytay, Philippines, as part of the Convocation.

Generation Transformation

The 2014 Global Mission Fellows class represents a transition for the young adult missionary program that builds on aspects of the historic US-2 and Mission Intern programs. Like the US-2 and Mission Intern programs, the Global Mission Fellows program is a leader­ship development and mission service opportunity that allows young adults ages 20 through 30 to take part in mission and social justice ministries in both international and domestic contexts.

Global Mission Fellows serving internationally will participate in a 25-month cycle of service — nearly two years in an international setting with two-and-a-half months in their home context. Global Mission Fellows serving within their home country will engage in service for two years with United Methodist partner organizations.

Some of the Global Mission Fellows US-2 will be serving through a new affiliate community. Young adults will serve in groups of three to 12 in a single local affiliate site, encouraging a deeper level of intentional community and discipleship through a shared rule of life. The Fellows will also benefit from the support of personal mentors; another innovation of the new program model.

The six new affiliate offices recruit and oversee daily work sites, supervisors, mentors and other volunteers, and ensure a strong link to local UMC congregations. The charter group of Global Mission Fellows US-2 Program Affiliates includes Seattle District of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, Office of Mission of the Oklahoma Annual Conference, Detroit Annual Conference, Mobile District of the Alabama Annual Conference, Servant Community of the Wisconsin Annual Conference and the Central Methodist University in the Missouri Annual Conference.

Commissioning

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the North Carolina Annual Conference, who is the president of Global Ministries, will preach at the service on July 19 at 8 a.m. local time (July 18 at 8 p.m. ET). United Methodists and friends are invited to watch the commissioning live at www.umcmission.org/live  and share  messages of encouragement. Follow @umcmissionGT on Twitter for training and commissioning updates.

Please keep these young adults in prayer along with the communities they will serve. Financial support can be made through their individual bio pages or through The Advance #13105z.

Global Mission Fellows – International:


Hollace Chai

Christian & Missionary Alliance of China

Gerald Chandakabata

East Zimbabwe Annual Conference

Edward Alexander White

Florida Annual Conference

Gloria Paola Ferro

Florida Annual Conference

Maria Niechwiadowicz

Great Plains Annual Conference

Lucas Lago

Igreja Metodista do Brasil Conference

Gloria A. Kalokhe

India Anglican Church

Hye-In Lee

Korean Methodist Church

Sang-Ah Gu

Korean Methodist Church

Alyson McCoy

Louisiana Annual Conference

Arnold Brown Jr.

Louisiana Annual Conference

Bethel Mhone

Malawi Provisional Annual Conference

Kendra Twenter

Missouri Annual Conference

Nora Cunningham

New York Annual Conference

Erin Hancock

North Carolina Annual Conference

Elfie Grace Tangunan

Northwest Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference

Bong Dalisay

Philippines Annual Conference

John K. Yambasu

Sierra Leone Annual Conference

Glory Ilunga Kapya Mulimba

South Congo Annual Conference

Olga Kangaj

South Congo Annual Conference

Otshi Ombaku Rose

South Congo Annual Conference

Kenneth Thomas Yerima

Southern Nigeria Annual Conference

Griffine M. Soba

Tanganyika / Tanzania Annual Conference

Krystal Norman

Texas Annual Conference

Ezeckiel Masudi

West Congo Annual Conference

Heureuse Kaj

West Congo Annual Conference

Omba Okito Naz

West Congo Annual Conference

Pauline Shongo

West Congo Annual Conference

Caroline Mutsago

West Zimbabwe Annual Conference

Celeste Caton

Western North Carolina Annual Conference

 

Global Mission Fellows – US-2


Sarah Roemer

Great Plains Annual Conference

Sarah Wilcox Smoot

North Alabama Annual Conference

Ceewin Louder

North Carolina Annual Conference

Marcharkelti F. McKenzie

North Carolina Annual Conference

Chelsea Spyres

Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference

Tyler Smoot

Texas Annual Conference

JR Wuo

West Ohio Annual Conference

Connor S. Kenaston

West Virginia Annual Conference

Alan Allis

Western North Carolina Annual Conference

Gretchen Brown

Western North Carolina Annual Conference

Annabeth Tucker

Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference

Katherine Wrona

Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference

Learn more about Generation Transformation at www.umcmission.org/gt or email gmfellows@umcmission.org.

Media Contact: Melissa Hinnen 212.870.3833

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