Alfred Nyan Zigbuo is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church providing administrative and liaison support in the East Congo Episcopal Area. He was commissioned in late 2014.
The East Congo Episcopal Area was created by the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church to serve the growing church membership in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The new episcopal leader, Bishop Gabriel Y. Unda faces the task to set up totally new church structures for a vast area, which covers five administrative provinces of the DRC, plus the Central Africa Republic. There are three annual conferences within the 1.64-million-square-kilometer territory.
Alfred is from Monrovia, Liberia, where he is a member of the Stephen Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church in the Liberia Annual Conference. He holds a Master of Peace and Governance degree from Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He was born in Ganta, Liberia and has worked for the Ganta United Methodist Hospital; the Christian Blind Mission; and Operation Classroom, a United Methodist educational mission, for which he was the Liberia coordinator for four years.
Alfred was not born into the church, but began attending at a young age. He remembers his first time to attend, at Miller McAllister United Methodist Church in Ganta: “It was a wonderful experience. Folks in the church were very friendly and welcoming.”
Mission, to Alfred, is “a call to life-giving witness.” He says it involves the ability to use God-given potential in service to the Lord and others, living out what one believes, putting reality into the love of God and neighbor. To him, it also means “going beyond where there is no road and leaving a footprint there.” And mission means, in the words of Charles Wesley, “a charge to keep…, a God to glorify, a never-dying soul to save.” He continues:
“My church-related employment, especially my three years of voluntary service as associate lay pastor at the church in Ganta developed within me a passion for mission, and also a deep sense of pride for the role our church plays in helping to alleviate human suffering and bringing about hope and courage for all people. I learned how to use my God-given talents to secure necessary human, material, and financial resources to develop and enhance our church’s mission work in whatever role I serve.”
Alfred is married to Fatu Y.T. Zigbuo and the couple has three children, Vincent, Fredlyn, and Alfred.
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