David Makobo to speak at Church of the Pines on July 23
July 23, 2019
David Makobo, graduate of Africa University and agriculturist missionary, will be visiting Church of the Pines in Minocqua at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, to talk about United Methodist ministries in Senegal (West Africa). The Senegal Initiative is one of the newest mission ventures.
Makobo’s wife Solnage, and the Rev. Tony Fuller, who formerly served the Rhinelander UMC, are coming with him.
David Makobo N’Shikala is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as an agriculturalist with the Senegal United Methodist Mission, based in Dakar. He was commissioned in October 2013.
His work in Senegal involves assistance to farmers in making their labor and the land more productive.
Makobo is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is a member of the Jerusalem Francophone Church in Lubumbashi in the South Congo annual Conference. He was born at Mwajinga, a United Methodist mission where his parents have been teachers for more than 40 years. His elementary and secondary education was accomplished at Mwajinga, as was his early leadership training in the church.
Makobo received a bachelor of science degree in horticulture and a master of science degree in crop production from Africa University, a United Methodist institution, in Mutare, Zimbabwe. In 2010, he became the founding dean of the School of Agriculture at Katanga Methodist University in the DRC.
In Senegal, he teaches farmers how to “grow food in poor soil and how to use modern technologies to produce more.”
He also works with church leaders to assist the mission in realizing its goal of becoming economically self-sufficient through the use of modern agricultural tools and methods. Also, he works with visiting Volunteer-in-Mission teams.
Makobo has wide experience in The United Methodist Church on the local and connectional levels. He served as an evangelist and spiritual leader of the praise band in the Jerusalem Francophone Church. He has received special training as an evangelist. At Africa University, he served on the chapel team and served as a French-English translator at local and international church events, including the Global Young People Convocation in South Africa.
Light refreshments will be offered. For additional information, contact the church office at 715-356-3041.