Welcome to Umala Village
Umala Village Mission is in Kenya, the country of the founder, Rev. Dr. Abraham Fiodembo.
Dr. Abraham has been a missionary in the United States since 2002 and ministers with the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
He began his ministry as a Sunday School teacher after being a teacher before Seminary training. After Seminary, he became an Assistant Education Secretary in the Anglican Diocese of Nairobi in 1984.
The Church seconded him to the Scripture Union of Kenya, where he founded ‘The Children Ministry’ as its first Travelling Secretary. In this role, he helped start bible clubs in Nairobi schools and later throughout Kenya.
Soon after, children’s weekend and holiday camps became popular, attracting hundreds of young people in Kenya and beyond. He trained Christian teachers on how to run Bible Clubs and how to write teaching aid materials for all ages.
Dr. Fiodembo also became the African Regional Coordinator of Children Worldwide England and traveled to many countries training children workers and participating in speaking engagements.
He later moved to Kenya YMCA, where he served as a Branch Manager overseeing recreation and development programs for young people and the Nairobi South C community as a whole. At the YMCA, he traveled to Hong Kong for further training in social development.
In 1991 he was ordained and went to full-time parish ministry with the Anglican Church of Kenya in the diocese of Nairobi.
Dr. Abraham served in several parishes in Nairobi diocese, among them; All Saints’ Cathedral, St. Barnabas Otiende, St. Augustines, St Polycarp, and St. Francis.
The diocese seconded him to Wycliffe Bible Translators, where he worked as the Church Relations Officer and Regional Coordinator of an international mission program: “The Journey to the Center of Christ’s Heart.”
In the U.S., he served in parish ministry in Tennessee as a supply priest in Cleveland as pastoral care minister at St. Andrews Cleveland, Transfiguration Anglican, planted a new church – Good Samaritan in Cleveland Heights, and Holy Trinity, Milan Ohio.
He is a member of the Cleveland Clergy fellowship and N.E. Ohio Pastors’ Fellowship and founder/chairman of the department of Ethics, Society and Development (Association of Evangelicals of Africa). Secretary International Y’s Men Club, Anglican Clergy Association.
He is a team member to; “Reaching the Unreached People Groups” and a member of Kenya Students Christian Fellowship and South University Doctoral Students Alumni.
Dr. Abraham’s vision is three-fold:
- To eradicate poverty by empowering the youth and the women of Umala with skills through vocational training and micro-finance initiatives.
- To initiate early child development programs for economically disadvantaged families aimed at developing future leaders from the grassroots through faith-based educational programs.
- To facilitate medical camps and provide health education and programs to the community.
UVM Board Members
1) Ron Feister – Attorney
2) Sylvia Lutke – Secretary
3)) Ken Lutke – Treasurer/Finance
4) James Dudt – Technical consultant
5) Sherry Callahan, RN Medical Consultant
6) Abraham Fiodembo, Founder/President