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Rev Jean Claude Masuka Maleka
My spiritual journey
My name is Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka. I am a United Methodist missionary working with the General Board of Global Ministries assigned to church planting, Evangelism and mission in Cote D’Ivoire.
I am a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. My father is a UMC pastor and I grew up in the United Methodist Church. I believed in God from my early years and at the age of 16, I was called by God to work as a Sunday school teacher and later as a trainer of Sunday school teachers. I was active in Christian work since my secondary school at Mulungwishi UMC’mission station in the DRC.
From University I have been appointed many times as director of children’s ministry and director of the United Methodist Youth fellowship Movement. In December 1999, I felt the strong presence of God in my life at a youth retreat in Lubumbashi. At that time I was convinced that God had been preparing me to serve him. I am married to Francine Ilunga Mpanga Mufuk, who is also serving with me in Kenya. We have two children, a daughter, Berthe Mafefe Maleka 12 years old, and a son, Ephraim Masuka Maleka 9 years old.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Peace and Governance (MPG) from Africa University, Zimbabwe, where I graduated in 2010.
Extended M.A in Bible and Theology at Worldwide Evangelical Seminary.
My first degree is a B.A. degree in History and Social Sciences from Teachers College/DRC in 1999. I hold also a state Diploma in Education (General Pedagogy) obtained in 1992. In 2000 I was selected by the Southern Congo Annual Conference as one of the Missioners of Hope for the Children of Africa. In this position, I went to work in Lubumbashi City for five years (2000-2005). My assignment was to develop children’s ministry for the Church to reach the needs of children in the City of Lubumbashi which was the Cross roads of displaced people and refugees during the war period.
I gained experience in working with uprooted people and those who were marginalized. During that time together with other members of the conference, we started a center called Jama Letu Center which is the orphanage of the UMC Southern Congo Annual Conference. I also initiated a Hope Club where street children could find hope and solutions to their basic needs. As a Missioner of Hope, I served later as the first conference director of Young Adult ministry in the Southern Congo Conference. I have been an ordained UMC deacon since 2003.
In 2003 my wife and I went to Nairobi/, Kenya, to attend a seminar in child evangelism fellowship for 3 months and we received a diploma in children’s ministries which allowed my wife and me to develop our ministries further. World Vision International in Congo was using our skills to train Sunday school teachers in different parts of the country.
In partnership with the North West Pacific Conference of the UMC; I was invited to the USA to do a fundraising program for six weeks. The funds allowed our Southern Congo Annual Conference together with the North West Pacific Conference to achieve the goal of building an orphanage.
In the August 2011, I was assigned to work in Kenya, where I was training local pastors and church planters. Together we saw more God’s miracles. After 2 years and half of Service, the Lord called me to serve in Cote D’Ivoire where my assignment is to strengthen evangelism and church planting.
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