Joy Eva A. Bohol is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned as a mission advocate for young adult mission service in the Missionary Services unit of the agency. She is a former mission intern, and was commissioned to her present work in October 2015.
Mission advocates promote and interpret missionary service as a vocational choice for young adults, including the Global Mission Fellows program that places persons between the ages of 20 and 30 for two-year terms of service in justice ministries. Global Mission Fellows is part of Generation Transformation, a comprehensive approach to young adult mission service.
Joy Eva also encourages congregations, districts, and annual conferences to join in covenant support for young adult missionaries. She will be based for one year in the United States and for a second year in Asia, where she will promote and recruit for Generation Transformation.
Joy Eva was a mission intern—the intern program was a forerunner to Global Mission Fellows—with the Centro Popular para América Latina de Comunicación (CEPALC) in Bogotá, Colombia. CEPALC was set up in 1978 to help the desperately poor of Colombia use communications resources to support their claims to human rights and justice.
Joy Eva—her name is short for “Joyful Evangelist”—is from Cebu City in the Philippines, where she is a member of the Labangon First United Methodist Church. She received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of the Philippines. Her mother is clergy. Joy Eva has worked for an online newspaper, served as national president of The United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines, been a team member for Discipleship Resources in the Philippines, and worked as an Emmaus Walk community coordinator. She has taken part in mission trips within and outside the Philippines.
Luke 2:41–52, the passage about Jesus engaging with elders in the temple, exerted a strong influence upon her as a 12-year-old just beginning to be involved in the United Methodist Youth Fellowship. “In his youth and young adult life,” she says, “Jesus consistently lived a humble, faithful, and action-oriented life….He shares God’s message through object lessons and miracles. And as Jesus’ disciple, I am called to do the same.”
She has known for years that she would enter mission as a vocation, and she hopes that the United Methodist Church in the Philippines will soon launch a “domestic mission program for passionate young people.”
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