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Eighteen Global Mission Fellows to be Commissioned in Seoul, South Korea

By Ivy Couch*

After weeks of orientation and intense preparation, 18 new young adult missionaries and one Global Missionary will be commissioned August 30, 2017 in Seoul, Korea. The 18 will join the 45 commissioned earlier in the year to form the 2017–2019 class of Global Mission Fellows.

The service will take place 10:30 a.m. at the Gyesan Central Methodist Church, in Incheon, 17 miles west of Seoul. The former president of the Korean Methodist Church, Bishop Yong Jai Jun, will preach at the service.

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The 18 Global Mission Fellows being commissioned, along with a Global Missionary, represent the following countries: Zambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Côte d’ Ivoire, Brazil, Nigeria, Malawi, Norway, Kenya, Togo, Colombia, China, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Global Missionaries serve within the global Methodist connection in a variety of roles and ministries with Methodist partners around the world. These missionaries vary in age, trade skills, and occupations, and they serve in ministry with others as teachers, pilots, lawyers, agriculturalists, dieticians, physicians, nurses, administrators, accountants, pastors, photographers, journalists, community organizers, and Christian educators — just to name a few.

Global Mission Fellows, aged 20 to 30, from all over the world, engage in mission outside their home countries. They devote two years to immerse themselves into a new community, that link their faith with justice making. Areas of focus include; peace education, conflict resolution, environmental justice, economic development, indigenous rights, and women’s and children’s rights.


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Eighteen Global Mission Fellows, International Track of 2017–2019:

• Kamima Botha is from Zambia, serving in Zimbabwe.
• Vimbiso Blessing Dziva is from Zimbabwe, serving in Barbados.
• Jean Pierre Habimana is from Rwanda, serving in Belgium.
• Allabah Iboukoun Ayeto Franck Marcellin is from Côte d’Ivoire, his placement is to be determined.
• Roberto Júnior is from Brazil, his placement is to be determined.
• Agabison Kalbeth is from Nigeria, serving in Liberia.
• Noel Kumwenda is from Malawi, serving in Kenya.
• Tianshu Li is from Norway, serving in the Philippines.
• Tinashe Madziwa is from Zimbabwe, serving in the Philippines.
• Marygoret Makhupe is from Kenya, serving in South Korea.
• Innocent Mhone is from Malawi, his placement is to be determined.
• Odilon Mwaba is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, serving in Kenya.
• Tapiwa Nhidza is from Zimbabwe, serving in Ireland.
• Lawrence Omondi is from Kenya, serving in Zimbabwe.
• Josiane Soukou is from Togo, her placement is to be determined.
• Tinashe Tembo is from Zimbabwe, his placement is to be determined.
• Dayson Zapata Ramos is from Colombia, serving in Ecuador.
• Dorcas Zhang is from China, serving in Ireland.

 Global Missionary (long-term service):
• Fatuma Olangi Kutela is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, serving in Angola.

*Ivy Couch is the Missionary Service program area liaison.