JON & KATE SHAW
Associate Global Partners serving in Beni, Congo
(Based in Kenya)
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Our Ministry in Bullet Points - Three Es and a C: Energy, Entrepreneurship, Education, and Community. Through multiple BAM initiatives and educational avenues we seek to make a kingdom impact in our community here by:
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Both Jonathan and Kate grew up as global worker kids in East Africa and always felt a call to live as a part of God’s kingdom and community in Africa.
In 2008 a dear friend and godly visionary, David Kasali, invited the Shaws to join in the work of Congo Initiative (CI) in the troubled town of Beni in North Kivu, DRC. Jonathan gained a master’s degree and Ph.D. with the intention of assisting at CI’s flagship university (UCBC) and our family moved to Congo in 2013.
In the years since, God called us into a deep and rich community in Beni. Ongoing insecurity and evacuations, along with challenges due to our son Eliot's rare genetic disorder, led us to leave in 2018 and spend 2 years in Nairobi. Then in 2020, we decided to move back to Congo to continue our work in the (hopefully) more stable, regional capital of Goma. From our home base there we now supervise a growing team of global workers in Goma and Beni, as well as work alongside dozens of local colleagues in business as mission and educational initiatives.
Jonathan has used his passion for entrepreneurship and the discipleship of young leaders to initiate UCBC’s research center, a solar mini-grid company, a coffee company, and a small business accelerator project. The solar company, Nuru, has grown immensely by God's grace and a lot of hard work from the passionate young team he mentors. Nuru now provides power to thousands of previously unelectrified households and small businesses in the most vulnerable parts of Goma, and the company is poised to bring power to thousands of more homes in 6 cities across the country in the next two years.
Kate continues her work in education by providing English and enrichment courses at a local school in Goma (Kivu International School), as well as continuing to support Academie Bilingue du Congo (ABC school) in Beni. She and the boys also enjoy hosting many visitors, friends, and community members as they pass through our home for long and short stays.
We are excited and energized to see the potential of Congo’s next generation, and grateful to work alongside them to provide opportunities for community growth and improved livelihoods in Goma, Beni and beyond!