Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Obed Aying

Serving At: Fellow of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa

Location: Togo, Africa

Home Country: DRCongo, Africa

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Obed Aying is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service.  He was commissioned in August 2017.

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.

Obed is from the city of Likasi in the Haut Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he is a member of the John Springer United Methodist Church, named for an early missionary bishop. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe.  He was director of the Praise the Lord Choir at the university and vice president of the Congolese parliament.

Born into a strong Christian home and raised in the church, Obed learned a great deal about the Gospel of Christ at an early age, but his sense of reliance on God was strengthened in a foreign country when on the way home from school he encountered a passport problem.  He became greatly anxious.  “One of my friends told me to trust in God. I got home safely and from that time on I have relied on God.”

Obed seeks to follow the example of Jesus Christ in being a servant to others. He strives to promote what is good for the community and to advocate for social justice.

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