Lorraine Charinda is from Zimbabwe, but lived for quite some years in Windhoek, Namibia, where she studied and worked before answering her call to mission. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and natural resources from Africa University in Zimbabwe, and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Namibia. In Windhoek, Lorraine worked in industry and education. She volunteered to teach in a church academy for children and adults who are unable to pay for mainstream schools. "That’s when my zeal for missionary work increased," Lorraine says. "It brings me joy to know that my academic achievements can help others.”
Lorraine serves as an Agriculturalist and Rural Economic Development specialist in the North Katanga Episcopal Area in the Democratic Republic of Congo, based in Kamina. She was commissioned in October 2017. Her projects include several farms, including Kamisamba Farm, that grow a wide range of crops and provide training to local farmers, plus projects in renewable (solar) energy, fishing, and livestock breeding. North Katanga forms one of the largest episcopal areas in The United Methodist Church - and it is one of the poorest. Most of the people depend on small-scale farming to earn a living, and the church is committed to maximizing agricultural productivity. Farming serves as a tool for both evangelism and sustainable economic development. Read her latest newsletter here.
How You Can Help
Your support of Lorraine will continue to help create more sustainable agriculture for the people of North Katanga. Like all United Methodist missionaries, Lorraine is responsible for raising her own support through covenant relationships with individuals, groups, and congregations. To support Lorraine, donate online here, or send a check to West Ohio Conference, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085, with 'Lorraine Charinda, #3022397' in the Memo line.
Get to know Lorraine and her ministry by watching this virtual itineration video!