"Covenant Relationship for a Better World"
As part of this program First Church currently supports two missionary teams:
Mutwale Ntambo Wa Mushidi - Missionary serving in Tanzania
The Rev. Mutwale Ntambo Wa Mushidi graduated from the Seminary at Mulungwishi in the Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC) and was recommended by the Persons (Retired missionaries who have been supported by our congregation for many years). Mutwale is serving the United Methodist Church in Tanzania as Director of Church Development and Evangelism. He is also the Superintendent of the Dar as Salaam District and the legal representative in Tanzania of the Bishop of North Katanga in the DRC.
He and his wife, Kabaka Noala Alphonsine (also a missionary), work in Christian education and health information, especially related to HIV/AIDS including reaching out to refugees. Mutwale started working in Tanzania in 1992 and became missionary with Global Ministries in 1999. Prior to attending seminary, Mutwale was a headmaster of a primary school in the DRC. After seminary, he was a pastor and teacher and then a chaplain of a secondary school in the DRC. They have six children ages 12-32 years old. Mutwale is passionate about the ministry occurring in Tanzania, and hopes to welcome future mission teams to see this ministry firsthand.
Romy del Rosario - Missionary serving in Cambodia
Rev. Dr. Romeo L. del Rosario is serving as Country Director for the United Methodist Mission in Cambodia. As Country Director, Romy serves as administrator and supervisor of mission programs and projects with a team of workers that includes Cambodians and eleven UMC missionaries from different parts of the world. Since 1998 the Methodist Church in Singapore, the Korean Methodist, The United Methodist Church in France, Switzerland and the United States, and the World Federation of Chinese Methodist Churches have been cooperating and coordinating their missional efforts toward one Methodist Mission in Cambodia and hopefully, one Methodist Church in Cambodia by 2016.
At present Cambodian Christians are engaged in evangelization ministries; programs with women, youth and children; Christian education and discipleship; community health and food production; leadership training and community organizing; and church construction. For all of its rich heritage, culture and people, poverty and hunger are still prevalent in the countryside, villages and cities of Cambodia. Most Cambodian families were touched by the genocide that was perpetrated by Pol Pot’s regime in the 1970’s. The Killing Fields are a constant reminder of the terror that robbed Cambodia of its middle-aged population and its intellectual, artistic and spiritual leadership.
Immediately prior to his assignment to Cambodia, Romy was the Officer-in-Charge of Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. He also taught courses on Christianity and Culture.
We are excited to be sending a mission work team from our church to serve alongside Romy in Cambodia during February of 2017!