New Africa regional director elected
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Johannesburg, South Africa
Filimao M. Chambo has been elected the new Africa regional director, according to the Global Mission Department and the Board of General Superintendents. Chambo has been notified of the election, and has accepted.

The Board of General Superintendents elected Chambo, who was nominated by the department director in consultation with the jurisdictional general superintendents of the Global Ministry Center and region. The election was ratified by the entire General Board with a majority vote (Mail Ballot No.2) received on August 24.

Chambo, a native of Mozambique and resident of South Africa, replaces Eugénio Duarte, who was recently elected general superintendent.

In a statement to Africa Region Nazarenes, Duarte could not hide his excitement, saying, "Maria Teresa and I express our great joy and heartfelt congratulations to the African Church for the work done in preparing a son and daughter like Dr. Filimao and Rev. Samantha Chambo to lead the Church in Africa. They have been equipped in every way to take this responsibility, and with your prayers and support for the Chambo family over the years, you have helped achieve this milestone in the great history of the Church of the Nazarene in Africa.

"We are so proud of our church and proud of our African brothers and sisters," Duarte continued. "We celebrate this moment with you as we say congratulations to the fourth regional director for the Church of the Nazarene in Africa. We also are proud of the team with which the Chambos have been working more closely and we want to express our gratitude to each one for trusting them in the past. It is clear to all of us that Dr. Chambo's loving, firm, and holy character will continue to grow with you serving the purpose for which God gave him all the different opportunities and environments in which he could grow and become the man that he is today.

"It has been a real privilege to serve the Lord with the Chambos. With your help and support they will take the church in Africa to a new level of development and growth."

Chambo has been serving the Africa Region as coordinator of Nazarene Education and Discipleship (NED) services. He was appointed to this position in 2007 by Duarte, who was serving as regional director at that time.

As the region's NED coordinator, Chambo has been responsible for overseeing the education providers of the Africa Church, as well as the ministry services of Nazarene Youth International (NYI), Nazarene Missions International (NMI), Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International, and Children's Ministries in 36 countries on the continent of Africa.

Chambo was born in Maputo, Mozambique, and accepted Christ under the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene as a child. At the age of 13, he became actively involved in attending and teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Caravan Ministry, and other places he found to serve. At 17, Chambo said "yes" to full-time ministry at a youth camp in Mozambique. Much of his early maturity as a church leader comes from growing up in a parsonage with both parents in full-time ministry; his mother, Bessie Luisa Chambo Tshambe, as pastor of one of the largest Nazarene church in Africa - Maputo Central, and his father, Manuel F. Chambo Tshambe, as a district superintendent for many years (Rev. Chambo Tshambe recently retired, though he continues to help start churches in the rural communities of the Maputo District). Filimao Chambo was also influenced by the strong and challenging influence of a godly grandmother.

Chambo completed a diploma in theology at SNM (Seminario Nazareno em Mozambique) in Maputo (1993), the Th.B. at NTC (Nazarene Theological College) in Muldersdrift, South Africa (1997), a master's in biblical studies at the University of Johannesburg (1999), and his Ph.D. in biblical studies at the same university (2009). Chambo was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1999. He speaks several African languages in addition to English and Portuguese.

While a student at NTC, as part of his mentorship program, and because of his desire to serve God and His church, Chambo served as pastor at the Mphagani Church of the Nazarene in the Limpopo Province of South Africa from 1995 to 1997. He also served at the Africa Nazarene School of Extension (ANSE) from 1996 to 2000, and as a lecturer at NTC and ANSE in Johannesburg from 1998 to 2000. During this same time, he was the associate pastor at the El Dorado Church of the Nazarene in Johannesburg.

In 2001, Chambo returned to Mozambique as assistant to the Lusophone Field education coordinator at the Instituto Biblico Nazareno na Africa Lusophone (IBNAL) in Maputo. While there, Chambo pastored the Matola Central Church of the Nazarene from 2001 to 2005, and was elected as principal of SNM in Maputo in 2002. As principal, he oversaw the educational needs of 90 residential and more than 1,200 students in the extension education program through 2005.

During his years as pastor, Chambo and his wife, Samantha, also an ordained elder, established a preschool for over 400 children from the church and community. He also was instrumental in the establishment of the HIV/AIDS ministry in the Church of the Nazarene in Mozambique, where over $1.5 million (U.S.) from USAID and other faith based funding partners was mobilized in collaboration with the Mozambique Church, NYI, and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. The program continues to minister to countless Mozambicans suffering from the devastating HIV/AIDS pandemic today.

Chambo was appointed regional education coordinator (REC) for Africa in 2005. During his time as REC, he has worked with the Africa Region Course of Study Advisory Committee in the rewriting of courses of study for all theological colleges in OBE format and served on the International Course of Study Advisory Committee, which ensures educational requirements for the denomination are met. He also served with the International Board of Education in the review of each of the educational providers on the continent in Kenya, Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Madagascar, Benin, and Ethiopia, along with extension education and distance learning programs in other countries of Africa.

Chambo participated in development of the Association of Nazarene Education Systems in Africa (ANESA), established as an educational community to make quality Christian holiness education accessible to every church leader in Africa with a primary emphasis in theological training. He has a passion for the development of strong godly leaders in all facets of ministry and the development of African writers who are willing to address the many issues facing the Church in Africa and around the world.

Filimao and Samantha Chambo reside in Johannesburg, South Africa, and are members of the El Dorado Park Church of the Nazarene, where Filimao leads Men's Ministries and the Discipleship Program and Samantha serves as NMI president, hosts the weekly Children's Adventure Club, and is a spokesperson for children at risk due to poverty, HIV/AIDS, and other social evils that impact the church and community. They have two children, Tsakani (9) and Emanuel (6).

"We are excited by the tremendous recommendations Dr. Chambo received from around the region, recognizing his leadership skills, strong character, and devotion to God," said Global Mission Director Louie E. Bustle. "I covet your prayers for the Chambo family over the weeks and months ahead as they make the significant changes involved in taking this new responsibility."

"Again," said Duarte, "congratulations to the Chambos and to the Church of the Nazarene that you love and in which you serve to the One who deserves all honor and praise: Jesus Christ."

Chambo will be installed as the fourth regional director for Africa at the Good News Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday evening, September 18, 2009, by General Superintendent Duarte.
--NCN News, World Mission, Africa Region Communications
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