Eben Chinzvende 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.
Eben is from Mutare, Zimbabwe where he is a member of the Hilltop United Methodist Church in the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference. He received a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Africa University in 2016. Eben has worked for the Ishe Anesu Project for Children, an annual conference ministry, and with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development.
Eben feels the guidance of God through prayer and scripture in all aspects of life. He has been inspired by worship and weekly sermons in his home church. The death of his father in 2014 was a difficult time, but strong family ties and the grace of God kept him going. “My faith has grown because I have learned to trust in the Lord as a way-maker and promise-keeper.”
Mission service is a means for Eben to share God’s love. A motivating scripture is Matthew 25:35, where Jesus says: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
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