Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as coordinator of women’s activities and training for the United Methodist Church in Tanzania and director of the United Methodist preschool for orphans in Dar es Salaam.
“My function,” she says, “is to proclaim Christ to the world while striving for God’s reign of grace, peace, and justice.” She teaches women sewing, knitting, housekeeping hygiene, and HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and care. She leads Bible studies and works with her husband in outreach to immigrants and refugees.
Kabaka and her husband, the Rev. Mutwale Ntambo Wa Mushidi, also a missionary, have been in Tanzania since 1992. Over the years, Kabaka has assisted refugees and worked closely with her husband in evangelization, church planting, and caring for the developing church community.
The church in Tanzania has become firmly rooted since it began through mission outreach by the North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kabaka is from North Katanga and has seen United Methodism in Tanzania flourish and move toward annual conference status. Rev. Wa Mushidi, an ordained elder in North Katanga Annual Conference, is the legal representative of the North Katanga bishop in Tanzania.
Kabaka did her secondary and teacher’s college work in the 1980s in Kakinda, DRC and served as a teacher in the United Methodist primary schools in Kamina, Kitenge, and Kabongo. Later, when she accompanied her husband to seminary in Mulungwishi, she completed studies in midwifery, preschool education, home skills education, and counseling. She worked with women in the DRC before moving to Tanzania.
Kabaka and Mutwale have four daughters.