Naftal X. Guambe
Human Rights and Policy Advocacy Officer at the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa
Home Country: Mozambique, Africa
Naftal Xavier Guambe 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.
The Fellowship if Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa (FECCIWA) Program promotes conflict resolution, reconciliation and peace building in West Africa. FECCIWA facilitates dialogue and solidarity actions among churches in West Africa through advocacy and campaigns and build capacity for its member churches.
Naftal will be based at the FECCIWA secretariat, and will be part of the staff working in framing advocacy initiatives of the churches in the sub-region. He will work along with national campaign coordinators, through which his ideas will be integrated to the local communities on critical justice issues.
Naftal is from Maputo, Mozambique, where he is a deacon of the South Mozambique Annual Conference and affiliated with the Matola United Methodist Church in Maputo. He holds a certificate and diploma in Development Education from Training for Transformation, a Grail program in Kleinmond, South Africa, and a bachelor’s degree in divinity from Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He has worked for several annual conference microfinance and community development projects.
Faith to Naftal is not something that makes life easy but is “the inner power given by God which makes things possible even if they are not easy. In this process of struggle for possible dreams, I am shaped by God to be a stronger and more confident servant.”
Involved in the church from early childhood, he came to trust in God’s grace and provision and to respond to God’s call to address a wide range of human needs. “I feel that God has been preparing me to serve in his ministry, and as a Christian it is my deep-seated obligation to join other men and women in struggling for a better quality of life in the world.”
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