Kafakumba Pastors School is 55 Years Old!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2019 in Enright, EventReport, Mission: Global | 0 comments

In the Great Commission, Jesus tells His followers to Go- make disciples.  All over the World.  Years ago, Americans Ken and Lorraine Enright took that command to heart and did more than just think or talk about it.  They went to Africa, and eventually established a Pastor’s School on the shores of Lake Kafakumba (in what is now the Congo).  The Kafakumba Pastor’s School is now 55 years old.

For a background on what the Kafakumba Pastor’s School is, check out their video (produced during the 50th anniversary celebration):


 “I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not see it?”

Isaiah 43:19

 

A Bit of History…

Ken and Lorraine Enright followed the Lord’s footsteps to the then Belgium Congo in 1950 as missionaries and were responsible for the beginning of the Pastors School. That first class consisted of five Congolese natives who sat on a log overlooking beautiful Lake Kafakumba.

In 1975, John and Kendra Enright joined his parents as UMC missionaries in Congo. In 1991 war drove the Enrights out of the Congo; and they relocated in Zambia, where they purchased eighty acres of land. In what they describe as a miracle, that once barren land is now the site of the Kafakumba Pastors School and Training Center. Buildings were constructed using local materials. Today there is a United Methodist Church, dormitories, guest houses, classrooms, an auditorium, cafeteria, computer lab, and an elementary school.

This year 200 students from four countries, Zambia, D.R.Congo, Namibia, and Tanzania attended the Pastor’s School; 14 will graduate.

 

Kafakumba Pastors…

Pastors who attend Kafakumba are local spiritual leaders. Most have an eighth grade education. They are taught basic biblical principles, and spiritual discipleship.for six weeks, for eight years before they graduate and receive their official diploma. There are also two themed “Pastors Gatherings” each year with guest speakers. Of the many pastors who have graduated,only ten have been women.. These pastors go back to their villages in many different countries in south central Africa to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and spread Christianity throughout their area.

When pastors arrive at Kafakumba they bring their families with them. Women are nurtured spiritually, and taught skills such as sewing, gardening, nutrition, and healthcare; better ways to care for their families. They are encouraged to share these skills, and their faith with other women. Children have a chance to play and have fun, eat well, and learn about Christ. At Family Camp there are special sessions for children and youth, preaching and teaching, campfires with lots of singing and personal testimonies. Visitors from the U.S. often arrive to help.

 

Kafakumba Changes…

There have been many changes at Kafakumba. Ken, Lorraine and John Enright have gone on to Glory. Nate and Elinda (Enright) Steury returned to Zambia in 2013 and are working with John’s widow, Kendra, and her sons, Brian and Nathan to assure that the Enright legacy at Kafakumba keeps growing and thriving. Grandchildren are now the fourth generation of Enrights there. God is constantly at work at Kafakumba. The Enrights and Steurys feel that many times they are not waiting for God; but are rushing to keep up with Him.
All endeavors at Kafakumba employ Zambians, which is not only a source of income for them, but is an opportunity to nurture them spiritually, and build a sense of community.

 

What’s Happening Today?

Today’s missionaries have learned that they must meet people where they are and help them grow spiritually and economically. They recognize cultural differences and don’t try to impose American solutions to African problems.
Some of the businesses the Enright/Steury families engage the local Zambians to help with are:

  • Bee Hives: 8000 farmers keep 85000 bee hives. Honey is harvested twice a year (350 tons). “Bee Sweet” honey is known for it’s purity. It is exported to South Africa. Revenues are shared with the farmers, which gives them an income, and boosts the local economy.
  • Goats: Young goats are given to farmers who raise them. The Enrights buy back adult goats and share the milk and meat with the farmers. A Perdue graduate has moved to Kafakumba to oversee this project.
  • Fish Hatcheries: Are maintained by local farmers.
  • Well Drilling Ministry: Zambians are employed to assist in drilling wells and repairing old wells that are no longer working.
  • A Retirement Home that was a gift to the Enrights has a Zambian staff, and is accepting seniors.
  • A Publishing Team translates books and papers used by the church and in the schools ,into local languages.
  • Medical clinic and surgical center. Elinda Enright Steury and her niece, Lorraine, both registered nurses, have been granted Zambian licenses, and are working to make this dream a reality. Please pray for God to lead them.

 

Continuing on at Kafakumba…

The Enright and Steury families send us frequent updates about their work. They thank you for your prayers and support of the many ministries of the Kafakumba Training Center and Pastors School. “Rejoice! With your help the word of God is being heard all over Central Africa” All of their newsletters are available by the Missions bulletin board.

Our PUMC library contains two relevant books: “A Deep Gladness” Stories from the lives of Ken and Lorraine Enright by Gina Riendeau
“Miracle At Tenwek” The life of Dr. Ernie Steury by Gregg Lewis.

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