The Rev. Charles I. Mulemena is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as coordinator of the Council of Christian Churches in the Amazon Rainforest, based in Belem, Brazil. He was commissioned in October 2015.
The council serves the ecumenical community of churches in the Belem area of Pará State, located in the northern part of Brazil and part of the Amazon Region. The city of Belem has a population of almost 1.4 million and is growing. The area has a mixture of indigenous, African, European, and Asian cultures, with Portuguese as the common language. Many of the people are poor and illiterate and the infant mortality rate is high, at 24.1 deaths per 1,000 births. The people are caring and hospitable. Many are drawn to neo-charismatic Christian denominations.
Charles is from Kitwe, Zambia and is an elder of the Zambia Annual Conference. He was pastor of Grace United Methodist Church from 2007 to 2013, and also director of the New Life Center, a United Methodist facility beginning in 2009. In 2011 through 2013, he was chair of the Kitwe District of the Council of Churches in Zambia. Charles received a diploma in theology and mission in 2007 from the Trans-Africa Theological Seminary located in Zambia, and also holds certificates in church administration and psychological counseling.
He has served as youth coordinator for his annual conference and as a prison ministry coordinator.
“I have learned that the Christian walk is not in any way easy, but a very exciting one as I daily learn to trust and obey the Lord’s direction,” he says. After giving his life to Jesus at the age of 12, Charles joined a volunteer evangelism team, recalling: “It was such a fulfilling and exciting experience that from that day evangelistic ministry—sharing God’s love with different kinds of people—has been my passion all my life. This has helped me to grow in my Christian faith so that I can say that I would not be where I am today without such encounters.”
Of his call to mission service, he says: “I have been involved in both national and international mission, which has given me such an exciting experience in cross-cultural relations. Therefore, I strongly feel it is time for me to enter full-time missionary service.”
Charles is married to Barbra Chola Mulemena, and the couple has two young children: David Kayiji, born in 2010; and Lubanji Chibumbu, born in 2014.
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