|Missionary Support Code: 15166Z|
O. L. Ombaku is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned as the agency's financial officer in Nigeria, effective in 2010. He previously worked in mission finance in Sierra Leone and Central Congo.
As mission financial officer, he works with United Methodist leadership, personnel, projects, and institutions in Nigeria, assuring that funds are properly accounted for and disbursed.
Mr. Ombaku was born in Vimbo-Kandolo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After receiving his primary and secondary education, he studied education, political science, and administration at the National University of what was then Zaire, located in Lubumbashi, graduating in 1975. He received his diploma in computer science and accounting from Universal College in Nairobi, Kenya. From 1982 through 1992, he held positions in finance at Wembo Nyuama College and then Kanaga College. In 1992, he went to work in the area of mission finance for Global Ministries in the Central Congo Episcopal Area. Following a time of training, he was transferred to Sierra Leone in 2006, and was commissioned as a missionary the next year.
"I believed in God from my early years." Ombaku says, pointing especially to an experience during a retreat in Lodja, when he felt the strong presence of God in his life. He believes that for many years God prepared him for missionary service.
"People sometimes call me pastor, or evangelist, even if I am not training for it or ordained, because of my behavior," he says. "I love every human being. I trust God and I do all I can to glorify him, in my office, my conversation for all of my life."
Ombaku and his wife Henriette are the parents of nine children (six daughters and three sons): Omasombo, Dembo, Okeke, Onokenge, Amenganji, Koho, Otshi, Akonga, and Otshudi. The eldest was born in 1974 and the youngest in 1993. The family's church is Bethanie in the Central Congo Area Conference.
O. L. Ombaku is available for Covenant Relationship support in Susquehanna Annual Conference .