Methodist Church of Fiji
Home Country: Zimbabwe, Africa
Tapiwa Nhidza 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.
Tapiwa is from Mutare, Zimbabwe where he is a member of St. Mary’s United Methodist Church in the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in accounting from Chinhoyi University of Technology in the city of the same name in the Mashonaland West area of Zimbabwe. He has worked as a loan officer and an assistant finance officer.
Born into family that did not attend church, Tapiwa was introduced into the community of St. Mary’s by neighbors at the age of six. At age 12, he received Jesus Christ as his savior and became a devoted disciple. The church was there for him and his family when his father died—Tapiwa was nine years old-- providing both spiritual and material support. The church also saw to his education and that of his younger sister.
His adult turn toward mission was influenced by participation in the Walk to Emmaus experience, which he sees as an expression of God’s love. “I now strongly believe that I am an outstretched hand of God to his people and, therefore, have a call to reach out to every nation in spreading the love of God to all those who are in need.”
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