Hannah Sibole is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She 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.
Hannah is from the Virginia Annual Conference in the United States where she is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fox Hill in the city of Hampton. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She has worked as a camp counselor, math and science tutor, and a US soccer official.
While Hannah’s family dropped out of church when she was in middle school, she found a new spiritual base in high school in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and in a Presbyterian campus ministry in college. While on a mission trip to Mississippi a year and a half after Hurricane Katrina, she learned what God's mission truly is. She was unable to finish a project for a man, and instead spent time listening to his story. Afterwards her pastor said, "Perhaps God didn't send you there to paint; he sent you there to be a listening ear." Back home in Hampton, she found a warm welcome in the Fox Hill United Methodist Church and became deeply involved.
One of her mentors at Fox Hill encouraged Hannah to launch a new ministry with young adults, which she did to considerable success. Her call to mission service emerged from the sense of confidence she gained in the young adult ministry. “God has helped me transform myself and my relationship with him.”
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