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Nineteen Commissioned in South Korea

By Ivy Couch*

Eighteen new United Methodist young adult missionaries and one Global Missionary were commissioned (sent) on August 30, 2017 in a service at the Gyesan Central Methodist Church in Incheon, 17 miles west of Seoul, South Korea.


The former president of the Korean Methodist Church, Bishop Yong Jai Jun, opened the service with an excerpt from Luke 15:21-32 and preached a sermon entitled “With the Heart of the Father.” The senior pastor of the Gyesan Central Methodist Church, the Rev. Shin Sung Choi, led in a prayer experience called tongsung gido, which means “to pray in one voice.” This is a unique practice in Korean churches where the community prays aloud together for several minutes.

The 18 young adult missionaries commissioned join 45 commissioned earlier in the year to form the 2017-2019 class of Global Mission Fellows. The 18, along with the Global Missionary, are from the following countries: Zambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Nigeria, Malawi, Norway, Kenya, Togo, Colombia, China, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The service was broadcasted via Facebook Live, and a videotaping of the service will be made available in the coming weeks.

The commissioning took place in the shadow of international tensions over North Korea’s launch of intercontinental missiles. Global Ministries, which has a regional office in Seoul, supports a peace process that would lead to the political reunification of the Korean peninsula.

The Global Mission Fellows Program

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 in a new community that links their faith to justice making. Areas of focus include: peace education, conflict resolution, environmental justice, economic development, indigenous rights, and women’s and children’s rights.

Global Missionaries

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, serving in ministry with others. To learn more about becoming a Global Missionary, please visit:

Following are the names of the 18 young adult missionaries and one Global Missionary commissioned during the service, indicating home country and country of service.

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, placement to be determined.
• Roberto Júnior is from Brazil, placement 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, placement 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, placement to be determined.
• Tinashe Tembo is from Zimbabwe, placement 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.
If you are interested in becoming a Global Mission Fellow, visit:

*Ivy Couch is the Missionary Service program area liaison.