UM missionary dies in bus accident

tshala3527251With deep sadness, the General Board of Global Ministries reports that Tshala Mwengo, a United Methodist missionary, died today from injuries sustained in a bus accident.

General Secretary Thomas Kemper gave thanks for the life and service of Mwengo, who was originally from Democratic Republic of the Congo.  “I am thankful for the faithful ministries of Tshala, who had a strong commitment to agriculture and evangelism,” he said. “This kind of unexpected loss is a tragedy and a reminder that even in the 21st century, mission can be a dangerous calling.”

A graduate of Africa University, Mwengo served as the director of the Mujila Falls Agricultural Project in Mwinilunga, Zambia. He was on the way to purchase poultry feed yesterday when, according to a news release from the Lusaka Times, the bus travelling from Mwinilunga to Solwezi plunged into Kabompo River. Mwengo was being treated for his injuries at Mwinilunga Hospital. His friend and colleague, missionary Paul Webster, was with him at the hospital when Mwengo died.

Kemper said, “We ask for prayers for Tshala’s wife Betty, their two children, and the communities that mourn this sad loss.”

General Board of Global Ministries

The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations. A major responsibility of Global Ministries is to connect the various parts of the Church as United Methodists engage in global mission. The aim of Global Ministries is to be a biblically rooted, historically informed, and organizationally flexible means of spreading the good news.

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