John and Kendra Enright have been working as missionaries in Africa since 1973. John passed away suddenly on December 27, 2017 in a tragic road accident.
Kendra continues to serve Kafakumba, though she is officially retired and also enjoys having her 2 sons, their wives and her grandchildren living nearby.
John and Kendra were involved in the construction of a Leadership Training Center when war started in the Congo in 1998 and they had to leave.
Since 1999 John and Kendra worked 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 started many development projects, working in partnership with Zambians in the areas of woodworking, agriculture, and business.
Kendra have two grown sons, Brian and Nathan. Both boys and their wives are currently living in Zambia.
Since his father's death, Nathan oversees the honey company, Bee Sweet, as the CEO, while Robin stays busy helping run Kafakumba Trust School and, of course, the family. Nathan is John's youngest son and was raised here in Central Africa.
Pastor Kilembo is the Director of Kafakumba Training Center and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
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.
Rabbecca Chanda - Hospitality
Rabbecca is our hospitality coordinator and helps welcome guests who come and stay at Kafakumba Training Center. She recently announced plans to be married in June of 2018!
Nate and Elinda (Enright) Steury arrived at Kafakumba in mid-2013. They serve the Church here in Zambia in several ways. Since John's death, Nate serves as CFO in Bee Sweet Honey, helping Nathan Enright in the management aspects of the business. He is currently mentoring 4 of those graduates as they lead 2 new groups on a 2 year Journey of Transformation. 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.
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. She has done some malaria research here and has been instrumental connecting other researchers with her contacts at the Tropical Disease Research Center.
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 on loan from the Florida Conference. They are also serving under the umbrella of UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers In Mission).
Their oldest son, David and his wife, Amber are also currently working at Kafakumba Training Center after moving here in December, 2015. They are expecting their first child in May 2018 - Nate and Elinda's first grandchild! Kristen has her CPA and is working on her doctorate in Accounting at University of South Carolina. Mark is currently in Florida studying to become a nurse. Lindsey is at Daytona State College where she is finishing her AA and will move to Zambia in May 2018 prior to starting college in South Africa in January 2019.
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 preaches at his church in Fisenge, where they are building a new sanctuary. 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!