Noe L. Cenal is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Center of Hope, the health agency of the United Methodist Church in Mozambique. 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 Center of Hope, based in Inhambane Province, coordinates the health ministries of the Mozambique United Methodist Episcopal Area. Much of that work is rural and focuses on community programs and disease prevention. Noe serves as a community health education assistant.
Noe is from the Philippines, where he is a member of the God is Love United Methodist Church in Marikina City, part of metropolitan Manila, in the Rizal Philippines Annual Conference East. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical psychology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila. He has worked in the area of psychosocial therapy and clinical training.
Noe learned the basics of Christian faith from his close-knit United Methodist family and his local church in the northern area of the Philippines, yet came to realize that knowledge was not sufficient, that a “heart-warming experience of God’s love through Jesus Christ” was also necessary. “On the 27th of December, 2007, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior.” Since that time, Noe has enthusiastically engaged in every aspect of local church life and also been active on the national level of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines.
His call to mission is commensurate with his understanding that each Christian—regardless of age—is called to work that glorifies God and to serve as Christ’s hand and feet in the world. He has been guided by 1 Timothy 4:12: “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
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