Missionaries in the US and Around the World
Jamila Hunter US-2
Jamila Hunter, US-2 missionary and native of Brooklyn, New York, says, "What fulfills me the most is my ability to love people enough to give them a voice of advocacy and options."
She works as a missionary at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her role includes working as a community liaison with the many ministry partner organizations of the church. She works to strengthen those relationships with the goal of giving members of the affluent Hyde Park community an opportunity to meet some of Greater Cincinnati's needs.
Jamila works in particular on the issues of poverty, homelessness, and imprisoned youth. During the week, she visits six different community organizations where she speaks with young people about ways in which they can use God as a friend and an example to live by. She seeks to provide guidance and mentorship to people who have experienced little in their young lives.
Jamila will continue to work at Hyde Park for the next two years. She says, "My hope is to lead by example and give them tools and ways in which they can interact with people from outside their 'bubble' and to find the similarity instead of looking for the differences." She is encouraged by Hyde Park and how the church is moving forward to address hunger, poverty, and education.
When her time as a US-2 missionary is complete, Jamila plans to attend graduate school to study race, religion, and social media justice.