John and Kendra Enright have been working as missionaries in Africa since 1973. John was raised as the child of United Methodist missionaries and has lived nearly his whole life in Africa where he grew up speaking several of the tribal languages.
With the idea of returning to work in Africa, John attended Taylor University in Upland, IN, and graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a degree in Philosophy. He also received a Masters' Degree from Ball State inSecondary Education. During this time he met and married Kendra Vance, from Earl Park, IN, who also felt God's leading in her life to work in Africa. Kendra graduated witha BS degree in Nursing from Ball State. Later John went back and finished his seminary degree at Anderson University in Anderson, IN.
John and Kendra were accepted to serve as United Methodist missionaries and spent the first three year term teaching at a secondary school in Botswana. In 1977 they were sent to Congo (then Zaire) where they worked until 1998. During this time John was involved in several areas of work: evangelism, church construction, pilot for the Wings of the Morning Flight Ministry, teaching at the Kafakumba Pastors'School, and economic development. Kendra was involved in setting up and running a central pharmacy for the 40 United Methodist clinics in their conference. They were involved inthe construction of a Leadership Training Center when war started in the Congo in 1998 and they had to leave.
Since 1999 John and Kendra have been working with the United Methodist Church in Zambia. They helped build the Kafakumba Training Center as their base, and from there were able to continue many of the same programs as they had in Congo, particularly the Kafakumba Pastors' School. John has also been able to get more involved in development projects, working in partnership with Zambians in the areas of woodworking, agriculture, and business. Since April 2007 the Enrights are no longer employed by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, but they have continued to work with the United Methodist Church in Congo and Zambia in the same capacity as before.
John and Kendra have two grown sons, Brian and Nathan. Both boys and their wives are currently working in Zambia.
Nathan helps oversee both the fish business (Tilapia Enterprises) and the beehive manufacturing plant while Robin stays busy helping run the Preschool and, of course, the family. Nathan is John's youngest son and was raised here in Central Africa.
Pastor Kilembo wears many hats here at Kafakumba. He is an assistant to the bishop of the Zambia Conference. He is the Director of Kafakumba Training Center. He helps oversee the work of the woodshop.
Therese teaches sewing classes and is part of a local women's group. In addition, she is still raising 3 children at home while one of her children is in University in Lusaka (the capital) and her oldest is away at Africa University in Zimbabwe.
Mama Patricia Sawande - Hospitality
"Mama Patricia" as she is lovingly known around here has been serving as our hospitality coordinator for over 10 years. She keeps the guests at the Center fed with her team and keeps the guesthouses clean for those who stay there. Mama Patricia will be retiring in December 2016 and will be sorely missed!
Nate and Elinda (Enright) Steury arrived at Kafakumba in mid-2013. They serve the Church here in Zambia in several ways. Nate has completed the first 3-year discipleship training called the Journey of Transformation for some of the workers in the businesses. He is hoping to oversee round 2 as the graduates become leaders for the next groups. He is also here to provide support for the United Methodist pastors in Zambia and is himself a pastor of the English speaking congregation at Kafakumba Training Center. In addition, he is involved as CFO of Bee Sweet Honey, Ltd.
Elinda has worked in critical care nursing for over 20 years. She currently teaches online at Eastern Florida State College Nursing School and completed her doctorate in Nursing in 2014.
Nate and Elinda were both born and raised as MK's (Missionary Kids) in Africa. Elinda was born in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) to Ken and Lorraine Enright, and Nate in Kenya to Ernie and Sue Steury. Nate became a C.P.A. in Florida before going on to seminary, and served in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 20 years. Nate has been traveling to Kafakumba between 2000 and 2012 to participate in Pastors' School. He will continue to be a member of the Florida Conference and has been appointed "beyond the local church." They are also serving under the umbrella of UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers In Mission).
Their oldest son, David and his wife, Amber are also now currently working at Kafakumba Training Center after moving here in December, 2015. Kristen has her CPA and is working for KPMG in Orlando, FL. Mark is currently in Florida and is planning to become a nurse. Lindsey is at Hillsong College in Sydney Australia where she is focusing on Pastoral Studies.
Ken and Debbie Vance have been missionaries with the United Methodist Church (UMC) for many years. They served in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), before war forced them to leave in 1997. Ken is an ordained elder in the UMC as well as a pilot. His primary role in Congo was to direct and fly for Wings of the Morning, a mission flight ministry dedicated to transporting those without access to healthcare to medical facilities. Although his role as a pilot is no longer necessary in the work at Kafakumba, he teaches courses at the Kafakumba Pastors' School and dedicates himself to Kafakumba's vision of a transformed Central Africa. He also manages the chicKEN project. Debbie's background in social work has affected all of her work in Africa, continuing in her ministries at Kafakumba. They are the parents of two grown children, Stacey and her husband living in the US and Josh and his wife, Kelly, who make their home in Zambia!