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Ofelia Duldulao: ‘I am a scholar of the church’
Photo Courtesy of Ofelia Duldulao.

Ofelia Duldulao seen here presenting a report to an Environmental Scholars Gathering at Africa University in Zimbabwe. She shared from the Summer Institute on Climate Change held in the Philippines, which was principally sponsored by the General Board of Church and Society, and co-sponsored by Global Ministries and the General Board of Discipleship.

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Scholarship allows women to make difference in their communities.

The World Communion Scholarship Program of The United Methodist Church supports United Methodist students and students who relate directly to the General Board of Global Ministries mission partners so that they may carry out their master’s or doctoral studies at universities or seminaries. What follows is an example of how this scholarship program is influencing the life of Ofelia Duldulao.

The scholarship made it possible for Ofelia Duldulao to finish graduate studies uninterrupted, instead of needing to take time off to earn money.

A teacher by profession, Duldulao attends the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, preparing for a master’s degree in environmental education, a passion of Duldulao, an environmental activist. She has a B.S. in biology as well as a degree in secondary education.

The scholarship, she said, has been an inspiration. “I am constantly reminded of the opportunity and the trust given to us scholars,” she said. “The support comes from people, from churches, believing we will serve the people through God’s ministries.

“I am not a scholar of just another agency,” she said. “I am a scholar of the church, and I see myself working with the church and the community as long as I am able.”

The scholarship also allows her to be active in the church and community while attending school. During graduate school, Duldulao serves as a speaker and educator for various campaigns in Nueva Vizcaya, helping to solve identified problems and training leaders in speaking, teaching and community-organizing skills. Duldulao recently returned from Africa University in Zimbabwe, where she attended an Environmental Scholars Gathering with seven other Global Ministries-funded environmental studies and related scholars. They explored creation-care ministry and environmental programs to offer local churches around the globe.

“I believe God provided me with this opportunity of being a scholar of Global Ministries to work in church and the community, she said, “to be part of the church’s work and to lead church members to help in the community work.”

Sandra Brands, writer and regular contributor to www.umcmission.org

One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God’s children. The special offering provides World Communion Scholarships, the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program.

When you give generously on World Communion Sunday, you equip gifted, qualified students from around the globe to become the world changers God created them to be. Give now.

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