Donna Chaat Pewo is missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as a Church and Community Worker at the Clinton and El Reno Church and Community Ministry of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).
The Clinton/El Reno ministry, a priority of the OIMC, primarily serves children of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes in a rural area west of Oklahoma City. It includes worship, tutoring, and recreation. The ministry was launched when a former lay missioner saw the call for a church to respond to the needs of area children, many of them poor, surrounded by substance abuse, and having problems in school. It began with a very small group and had increased to 35 in 2011.
The ministry strives to win the trust of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, who have a skeptical view of Methodists. The Cheyenne and Arapaho remember that some 180 of their people, including many children, were massacred at Sand Creek, Colorado in 1864 by a territorial militia led by a Methodist preacher, an action for which the contemporary church has apologized. The United Methodist Church also contributed to a Sand Creek memorial. Read More
Umba Ilunga Kalangwa
Serving At: United Methodist Church in Tanzania, Africa as District Superintendent of the Morogoro District in the Tanganyika Annual Conference, Director of Morogoro Pastor’s Training Center, and Coordinator of Morogoro Reaching Out Ministry
Home Country: DRCongo, Africa
Spouse: Ngoy Mulanga Kalangwa
The Rev. Umba Ilunga Kalangwa is a United Methodist missionary assigned by the General Board of Global Ministries to the United Methodist Church in Tanzania as District Superintendent of the Morogoro District in the Tanganyika Annual Conference, Director of Morogoro Pastor’s Training Center, and Coordinator of Morogoro Reaching Out Ministry.
The Methodist presence in Tanzania is relatively new, and exists in large part because of mission outreach efforts by the North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). An ordained elder in that conference, Umba was assigned to an evangelistic ministry in Tanzania by Bishop Ngoy in 1992. Read More