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United Methodist Missionary Patrick Nawej Mwinkeu
Advance # 3022589
Country: South Africa
Serving at: South Africa Annual Conference
Home Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Patrick Mwinkeu is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the agriculture coordinator for the South Africa Annual Conference. He is based in South Africa.
Raised in a farming family, Mr. Mwinkeu grew to love the connection with creation and the community at a very young age. His zeal for connecting with people over the foundational essence of food led him to a career that would give others access to needed education and resources to help meet basic needs. His professional skills blend his love of working in the fields with an ability to organize and report on fieldwork. He desires to share his agriculture background with others to improve their quality of life and to bring communities together in unifying partnership.
United Methodism's South Africa Annual Conference, part of the Mozambique Episcopal Area, is rapidly growing. After conducting a thorough land audit as recommended by the Global Ministries summit held in South Africa, the conference discovered its potential to use its available land and seize the opportunities offered by the South African government to lend land to credible institutions like the church. With its growing pace, the conference wants to engage in commercial farming business that can generate income and make The United Methodist Church in South Africa self-sustainable. Primary goals are to promote food production and security through agricultural activities and raising animals, aquaculture and other programs related to the South African markets.
Mr. Mwinkeu will assist in identifying agricultural needs in the annual conference, visit rural communities to organize farming groups geared towards sustainability and income generation, coordinate and work closely with conference personnel, provide extension services in sustainable agriculture; give regular progress reports on the project, serve as a spokesperson for agriculture locally and internationally, and prepare monthly and quarterly work plans and budgets.
Describing his faith journey as one of gratitude and ongoing dependence on God, Mr. Mwinkeu said, "I like to visualize it as a long road with straightaways, sharp curves and steep hills. Like a weary, terrified traveler, I always ask myself, 'Where would I be without God's presence during this journey?' "
Confident of God's continued presence amid family struggle, death and illness, Mr. Mwinkeu said "I can testify that the Lord has granted me with solitude through prayer and surrounded me with his presence when I was too frightened, too angry or too distraught to pray. God has walked with me when the journey was too difficult to travel. He will continue to bless me with an abundance of his plans for me.
“There have been circumstances and difficulties during which the only thing that kept me on the God path was that I knew God has plans for me”, Mr. Mwinkeu added. “The prophet Jeremiah arrived at one of these crossroads in his ministry where he wanted to throw in the towel and call it quits. As with Jeremiah, the call of God on your life is something you cannot escape. We obviously have free will and can choose to serve him or not, but if we are in a right relationship with God and walking with Him, we will learn to be in tune with His desires and plans for us.”
Born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Mwinkeu most recently lived in Zambia. He earned a state diploma from the High Institute for Education Teaching in Lubumbashi in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources, with a major in agribusiness from Africa University in 2007.
Prior to his present assignment, Mr. Mwinkeu worked as an Assistant Trainer/Rural Agriculture Support, Mutanda Mining/Katanga Contracting Service (2018-19), an Assistant Trainer/Health, Safety Environment, Mutanda Mining/Katanga Contracting Service (2017-18), and a Technical Sales Representative, C&B Engineering Limited Zambia, Kitwe, Zambia (2013-17).
Mr. Mwinkeu and his wife, Ngwashi Diane Mwili are the parents of three children: Klara, Kason and Kuron. They are members of Living Word Parish United Methodist Church, Kitwe, Zambia.
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Walking the Labyrinth
This young adult group (ages 18 – 34) continues to meet each first and third Thursday of the month at N Seven Coffee Co. in Grafton. We began in January with four members and currently have nine members. Our growth in numbers is due to the bonds that these young adults have formed, as well as advertising in “Meet Up,” an app which reaches many people in this age group (this was suggested and promoted by one of the group members).
We continue to focus on the power of mindfulness and have recently have taken mindful walks at Coal Dock Park in Port Washington, accessed our core values and discussed how they play a part in who we are as a human being (emphasizing being over achievement), and are looking forward to incorporating mindful music and art into our next few sessions (July 18 and August 1). Each of these young adults, as they share their stories, are truly serving as a mentor for each other. If you know of someone who would enjoy being a part of this supportive peer support group, please pass on the information to them. Here is a link to our flyer: “Walking the Labyrinth.” For further information, please contact Pat Morrissey.
United Methodist Lunch Bunch at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
The United Methodist Student Ministry at UWM serves a free lunch every Wednesday during the school year. Churches volunteer to bring lunch and serve it to the students and faculty. Our church has volunteered to provide the lunch on April 15. About 70 people are served and we, the Outreach Committee, are asking for your help in preparing the lunch. Only about 3 people need to serve and clean up but we need volunteers to make the food and bring it to CUMC so it can be heated and brought down there. We will be serving Chili with the fixings. We have the recipe, an assortment of vegetables and dip, bread, and cookies. One batch of chili will be vegetarian. A sign-up sheet will be on the kiosk in Fellowship Hall. Please help us reach out to the students! Thank you.
Please bring food to our entry-way baskets. CUMC continuously collects food to stock food pantries. Donations alternate between these two community-based organizations each month. (NorthcottNeighborhood House, and Family Sharing of Ozaukee County)
Northcott Neighborhood House
2460 N. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Northcott's mission is to support family stability, provide educational and recreational programs for youth, lessen neighborhood tensions, combat community deterioration, and provide various social services for the residents of Harambee and surrounding neighborhoods.
Family Sharing of Ozaukee County
1002 Overland Court
Grafton, WI 53024
Family Sharing is a nonprofit community organization that provides food to people in need in Ozaukee County. All donations of food are distributed directly to those who need it, at no charge. In addition, they provide clothing, furniture, household items, school supplies, new winter jackets for children, and information and referrals.
Small coins = big change….find the Coin Donation Box in the entry-way and empty your pockets!
Your change makes a difference for some great programming!
Each quarter a different program is selected.
Change …a few coins at a time …adds up to big change. The fourth quarter recipient will be Harbor House.
Past recipients include: Meta House, United Methodist Children’s Services, Midwest Mission, etc
Simple Hope is a Christian 501(c)3 non-profit organization, working together with all people and faiths to build community and provide hope to those who are compromised in rural Tanzania Africa. The direct mission of Simple Hope is to empower lives through faith, nutritious food, clean water and education of sustainable processes. Simple Hope is a registered tax deductible organization in the State of Wisconsin USA. http://www.simple-hope.com/
Mr. Bob's Under The Bridge Ministry
Please donate: Hotel-sized hygiene items: soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.
CUMC collects items for this outreach program, headquartered at Advent Church in Cedarburg. This program is dedicated to helping the homeless in the greater Milwaukee area. Items are collected and made into care packets and then distributed by Advent to the homeless living under the viaducts, in empty warehouses and on the streets in Milwaukee.
Red Bird Mission
Collect Campbell’s Soup labels and Box Tops for Education. Look for the basket in the entry-way.
Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in this region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement. Today CUMC supports Red Bird with the collection of Campbells soup labels and Box Tops for Education. CUMC members have done mission trips to Red Bird to help repair homes. We continue to make monetary donations to make a difference in this area.
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Midwest Mission Distribution Center is a disaster relief facility located on an 8 acre campus, 4 miles south of Springfield, Illinois. MMDC is a caring ministry related to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. MMDC is also a cooperating depot in the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Relief Supply Network. We support MMDC with disaster relief supplies and monetary donations.
Northcott/United Medthodist Children Services Clothing Drive
Held at Community United Methodist Church
Northcott Neighborhood House, United Methodist Children Services
Northcott Neighborhood House and United Methodist Children’s Services make clothing available to their program participants. Please bring clean, lightly worn clothing for Men, Women and Children to the Outreach closet during this collection period. Clothing will be distributed to both organizations! These organizations really appreciate the generous donations from CUMC!
• Please use sturdy bags
• Clothes that are stained or missing buttons, etc. are not accepted
• Please, no shoes
Thank you for your kind donations!
Hunger Task Force - Food Sort
Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee
We partner with Mequon United Methodist Church in sorting food donations at the Hunger Task Force warehouse once a year. They have been doing this for the past 9 years and have always had fun. Everyone over 12 years of age is welcome, but we have to have one adult for every three youth. You must wear closed-toe shoes and should wear old clothes and long pants.