Remembering Missionary John Enright (12/26/17)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Enright, EventReport, Mission: Global | 0 comments

Long time PUMC’ers probably remember supporting Ken and Loraine Enright during the 1980s (and beyond). 

John, Kendra, Nathan, and Brian Enright (from the 2002 PUMC directory)

The Enrights were missionaries in Africa, using their airplanes to bring medicine and the Gospel to remote areas in Zaire and the other African countries they ministered to over the years.

Ken and Loraine have both passed away, but their son John took up the mantel.

Unfortunately, we recently lost John when he was killed in an automobile accident on the day after Christmas (2017).  His wife Kendra was in the car, but she survived the accident and is recuperating.  John was born in Africa, and served there for over 45 years. 

And now, their children and grandchildren are working at Kafakumba: four generations of Enrights have now made the ministry and Africa (in various countries) their home.

Here are the details about John’s ministry and death…

REMEMBERING  JOHN  ENRIGHT  (1950- 2017)

Rev. John Enright, UMC Missionary in Zambia died on 12/26/17 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. John’s wife Kendra was critically injured, but survived, and is now recuperating at home.

In 1973, after graduating from Ball State University in Indiana , John and Kendra Enright obeyed God’s call to serve as United Methodist missionaries in Africa. Initially, they joined John’s parents, Ken and Lorraine Enright in Botswana, where John served as a pilot for Enright Flight Ministries; and Kendra, a nurse, established medical clinics and a pharmacy.

Later they followed the Lord’s footsteps to D.R. Congo where their work included evangelism, teaching, and church planting.

In 1997, war drove them out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and they relocated to Zambia, where they purchased eighty acres of barren land.  In what they describe as a miracle, that once barren land became the site of the Kafakumba Training Center. A lumber mill and woodworking shop were established. Local materials were used for building and for making furniture and doors. Jobs were created where there had been none. Construction projects included a church, a medical clinic, a children’s center, a dining hall, dorms and cottages.

Today, dormitories at the Kafakumba Training Center house 400 people. 100 Zambian pastors and their families will arrive to attend the Pastor’s School in May and June.

A second Pastor’s School has been started on a Methodist farm in D.R. Congo, where 100 pastors are expected to attend training in August. Both Pastor’s Schools grow, expand and change every year. During the summer at Family Camp Meeting nearly 1000 attend programs which include special classes for youth and children, preaching and teaching; and campfires with testimonies and lots of singing.

One of John’s loves was farming. The land around the training center that had been neglected and overgrown is now a huge banana plantation.  During these 20 years, a mango grove, cassava, moringa, and aloe vera fields; beehives, chickens and goats have been added. These endeavors now provide much of the funding necessary for the Kafakumba Training Center, and employ hundreds of Zambians.

Kendra, and sons Nathan and Brian; sister Elinda and husband Nate Steury, and their families are committed to continuing to serve God in Zambia; and to continue John’s vision at Kafakumba. Nate writes:

Despite John’s sudden tragic death, God’s dream is not dead. The vision of the Kingdom that Jesus proclaimed had a beautiful chapter added to it by the life of John Enright. But it did not end with his death. We carry on this vision renewed in our passion and zeal. We ask you to continue with us as we carry on …together.

John once wrote to PUMC:

We look around us and see small Zambian farmers beginning to make a good living. We see young men who came from poverty and desperation, and now have learned to make beautiful wooden doors, that are being exported to South Africa and America. We see a training center that is used nearly every day of the year to draw thousands of people closer to God. We see Christian men and women who love the Lord, and are serving Him in a variety of ways.

We thank you for your support that has allowed us to be faithful to the work we have been given in Africa. You have given without really knowing what was happening with your gifts, and without being thanked for them. You have prayed for people you will never meet, and for problems you don’t understand. Thank you for being partners with us in this work in Africa, and rejoice with us as we see the hand of God working here.

Visit the Kafakumba Training Center  website for more information…

 

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