Bruna Farát da Silva Mahamane Kakalé is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a congregational developer. She is based in Cayenne, French West Indies.
Ms. Kakalé has experience in cross-cultural ministry, serving in Niger, Venezuela and Chile. She has worked with indigenous people, supported local church ministries and assisted in social work. She loves to think creatively about how to approach new projects and meet goals, despite unforeseen challenges. She understands the importance of learning about and with a new community, valuing their input. She has experience as a local lay pastor and has worked as an interpreter in many contexts.
Located on the northeast coast of South America, French Guiana is an overseas department of France. Cayenne, the capital, is its largest city. Global Ministries is working with the Methodist Church in Brazil (MCB) and the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) to promote a Methodist presence in French Guiana.
In 2016, Global Ministries, along with MCB representatives, conducted two exploratory trips to the region. In 2017, MCCA leadership was consulted. Contacts have been established with local leaders and representatives of other churches. It is hoped that two families who have expressed interest in Methodism will help launch the Methodist presence. In 2018, the Global Ministries Latin America Regional Office offered its recommendation for the project. With a vision to establish a formal agreement with MCB and, perhaps, MCCA, Ms. Kakalé will work closely with local leadership as the congregational development project evolves.
Accepting Christ as a child, Ms. Kakalé vowed to follow Jesus faithfully. A visiting pastor preached about the need to share the gospel. “At the end of the service,” Ms. Kakalé said, the guest preacher “told me that God will make me a missionary.
“Yet,” she said, “I felt that something was missing. Through my pastor, I understood the importance of mission. At the age of 14, I started working with the deaf and participating in evangelistic events, but this need never stopped growing. At 16, I accepted with my mind and heart that God really called me to the nations.” She felt God was leading her to Niger, although her family and church shared misgivings about her decision.
When Ms. Kakalé was 18, she attended a missiological seminar. “From then on,” she recalled, “God made me see things I never imagined. Certainly, seeing other cultures and needs has made me grow differently.” She believes that people born into Christianity sometimes cannot see beyond their own reality. “God opened my eyes,” she said, “and I thank the Lord, for today I can serve by dedicating my life to others.”
Born in Barra Mansa, Brazil, Ms. Kakalé most recently lived in Rio de Janeiro. She studied general education at Barão de Aiuruoca State College in Barra Mansa and received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Uninter in Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, in January 2020.
Prior to her present assignment, Ms. Kakalé served as a missionary at the Methodist Church of Chile in Temuco, Araucanía (Cautin) (2013-14); a missionary/pastor, Methodist Church of Chile, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos (2014-15); and a social project manager, First Baptist Church, Vila Joaniza, Sao Paulo (2017-18).
Married to Nouhou Mahamane Kakalé of Niger. Ms. Kakalé is a member of Central Methodist Church in Barra Mansa.