Angelito (Bong) Dalisay is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving as an advocate for young adult mission service. He was commissioned to this position in October 2017, and earlier served for two years as a Global Mission Fellow in Mexico.
Mission advocates play key roles in the expansion of the Global Mission Fellows program, which takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for two years of mission service.
The program grew out of the faith and justice emphases of the historic United Methodist US-2 and Mission Intern programs. Global Mission Fellows become 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. This experience is vital in the interpretation of the program to prospective participants.
Bong served in the Northwest Conference of Iglesia Metodista de México (Methodist Church of Mexico) in Playas de Tijuana, México in the Global Mission Fellow class of 2014-16. The mission provides worship at the border for persons from both Mexico and the United States, as well as spiritual, material, and legal support to migrants. Bong had special responsibilities for organizing services of worship.
Bong is from Valenzuela City, Philippines, and is a member of the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Caloocan City. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Our Lady of Fatima University. He has worked as a marketing manager and done field work with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, an ecumenical fellowship of churches that focuses on solidarity with people in the struggle for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation, and the Action by Churches Together Alliance, an international network promoting humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy.
As he has matured in faith, Bong has grappled with many questions concerning church tradition and operation. He finds himself more responsive to Jesus than to some of the trappings of religion. He is deeply troubled by the widespread injustice in the world and by the way some Christians stereotype others.
This is his calling: “I believe God created man and woman in his likeness, and if we are created in God’s image should we not think that rape, corruption, sickness, pain, abuse, poverty, hunger, suffering, condemnation, and injustice are insults to our Creator? Heaven as I am taught is a place where God lives. And if we are talking about God, then we are talking about an omnipresent being. If God is everywhere, then heaven is not just a destination after death. Heaven is a state of peace and justice, Heaven, as I read in the Bible, is a place where injustice is not present. “I volunteer to be an agent of heaven.”
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