Sharon Kiruki is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries serving for two years as a youth and senior services associate at the Bethany Deaconess Foundation (Bethanien Diakonissen Stiftung) in Frankfurt on Main, Germany. 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 Bethany Deaconess Foundation, whose origins go back to 1874, operates a network of hospitals and nursing homes across Germany. Despite extensive public programs, the organization is finding a need for service related to addiction and children and young people. Sharon works primarily with youngsters, but also visits with the elderly and assists with a range of ongoing ministries.
Sharon is from Nairobi, Kenya, where she is involved in the Jesus Winner Ministry, an indigenous Christian movement in Nairobi. She has a degree in social work from the Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development, Nairobi, and has teaching certificates in both primary and secondary education.
Finding appropriate employment after high school was a major challenge for Sharon, but it afforded her time to pray, fast, and read the Bible, and that opened her thinking to a career in mission.
“Giving back to society is what I was born to do,” she says. “I decided to pursue a career in social work. After finishing my course of study, my friends told me about Global Ministries and I studied the website…I felt that I wanted to be part of this large family. I prayed about it and applied and God answered my prayer.”
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