Russell Takudzwa Rusike
Lord’s Mountain Orphanage
Home Country: Zimbabwe, Africa
Russell Takudzwa Rusike is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Lord’s Mountain Orphanage in the Zambezi District of Zambia. He was commissioned in September 2016.
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 Lord’s Mountain Orphanage is related to the United Methodist Church in Zambia and is an Advance (designated giving project) of Global Ministries. It serves primarily the Lunda and Luvale people along the Zambezi River in the rural northwestern part of the country. Strong emphasis at Lord’s Mountain is put on education to equip the residents for productive lives of dignity in today’s world. Russell has the honorable missionary role of teacher.
Russell is from Zimbabwe, where he is a member of the Hilltop United Methodist Church in Mutare, a congregation in the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in food science and nutrition from Solusi University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He has worked for World Vision International and the government’s Ministry of Health and Child Care in a program focused on nutrition.
Growing up in a close family with strong church ties and educated in Christian schools, Russell says he developed a sense of God’s providence and love at an early age. He came through teen and early-young-adult spiritual challenges with a strong faith and profound belief in God’s grace. “When God opens doors, no one will close them.”
“As a Christian who has been saved by the grace of God, I have a duty to play in God’s fields,” he states of his call to mission. “I feel called to respond to human need or crisis as long as it serves the cause of God’s glory. I feel called to address the issues of hunger, poverty, and social injustice.”
As a Global Mission Fellow, he looks forward to working with others to grow spiritually and to experience the love of God that encompasses everyone regardless of race, tribe, religion, gender, ability, or disability.
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