TAUS Leader Profiles

National TAUS Leaders

Michael Mwasumbi

President of TAUS, Inc.

As president, I develop and implement TAUS vision and run all activities according to guidelines set out in our constitution. My biggest dream is to see all projects that TAUS started and plan to start achieving their primary objective of bringing hope to Millions of people who live without hope, whilst directing to the true hope of us all the soon return of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

I attended undergraduate studies at Oakwood University, Huntsville Alabama graduating in 2001 and Masters at Middle Tennessee school of Anesthesia, Madison Tennessee graduating in 2004. I am currently working in the field of obstetric anesthesia. I am married to former Esther Kutebwa and we are blessed with three children: Michelle, Monique and Michael Jr.

 

My favorite text is: Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Shukrani Magoma

Secretary General of TAUS, Inc.

As secretary General, I perform executive duties including coordinating TAUS meetings and other activities, informing all members of TAUS decisions and plans, ensure TAUS and its members comply with relevant US legislations, TAUS constitution and agreed upon bylaws. Having the second highest position in the organization, I also serve as interim president in the absence of the president.

 

I am married to Adelaida Kusaga Magoma and blessed with four children- 2 boys and 2 girls. I am a deputy Accounting manager for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and live in Maryland. Before becoming TAUS Secretary General in July 2016, I was President of the Mid-Atlantic TAUS chapter from 2012-16.

 

My loving God has touched me in so many ways. One of the most memorable event happened in mid-2000, when I was attacked at gunpoint in Washington DC. My attackers put a gun on my head and dragged me to a dark alley. I was scared to death that night and quietly prayed to my loving God to save my life and He faithfully did so. I always think of that night as an example of how good God has been to me even though I am an imperfect person.

Jane Enoch

Treasurer of TAUS, Inc.

As a Treasurer, my duties and responsibilities to oversee the management of the financial affairs of the organization. This including maintaining all accurate records of all receipts and disbursement of funds, and financial reports.

 

My biggest dream for TAUS is to spread and share the word of God. We are all working together for one purpose to do his work (Kufanya kazi ya Mungu).

 

I was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania in a Seventh day Adventist home which makes me a 3rd generation Adventist. I graduated 12th grade at Spicer Memorial high School in Puna, India. I enjoyed living in India; the experience brought a different perspective about life and their culture. I moved to the United States in 1997. I am happily married with two beautiful children (boy and girl).

 

We have to keep the trust in the Lord, that’s why I like this verse from Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”.

Upendo Mbwana

Director of Youth & Young Adults

I pray that God continue to use TAUS to touch the unreached areas of Tanzania, bringing to them the good news of salvation, education and physical relief. As a young Adventist, my dream is to use the information technology to inspire all TAUS members – especially the youth – to serve the Lord.

 

My college – Washington Adventist University –had a mission trip to Tanzania in 2015 and I seized the opportunity to go serve my home country. I was excited but was nervous because we were going to teach Vocational Bible School (VBS) – something which I’d never done before. But when God calls, He enables and equips the called (Exodus 6:29-30;7:1-2). God took control of nervousness and the kids were so excited about the few crafts, activities and puppet shows we had brought with us. Watching them become so eager to come back the next day warmed my heart and I truly felt that I was more blessed by this experience than the kids were. Being able to offer the little you have, expecting nothing in return, brought me great joy and satisfaction, plus I got to see the results of God working through me. This is the kind of blessing I have experienced from time to time since becoming a member of TAUS.

Imikigwe (Kay) M. Nsonso

Director of Children (Birth to 12 Years)

As children’s Director (birth-12 years) my objectives are to: 1) Advocate and establish a goal oriented program to nurture and enhance our children in spiritual and leadership skills. 2) Develop programs that would identify and establish a platform for our children to enable them to share their talents while building an awareness of implementing their talents in worship, discipleship and outreach.

 

Came to the US in January 2002 with the intention of pursuing Masters in Marketing after having graduated from University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in 1998 and worked for Standard Chartered Bank in Mwanza. Fast forward, I ended up graduating with Bachelors in Nursing from Oakwood University in 2008. In addition, obtained Masters in Healthcare Informatics from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2015.

 

I am currently working with the state of California, as a Receiving and Realizing specialist with the CDCR (California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation).

 

Married to Bernard Nsonso and blessed with 4 children 16 years old Kulwa and Doto, Natasha, 9, and Malia Keza, 4.

Ephraim M. Nkonya

Director of Resource Mobilization

As director for resource mobilization, I am responsible for fundraising, solicitation of in-kind donations and volunteers to work for TAUS related activities. I also play a donor relations role in which I update donors and potential donors on TAUS activities and how resources are used for the intended cause. Additionally, I ensure that TAUS’s official media outlets are maintained and updated regularly and presented in a professional fashion to donors and other outsiders.

 

My biggest dream for TAUS is that we become Jesus’ faithful servants who heal, inform and evangelize the unreached places in Tanzania. Because God has placed us in the US – the seat of our church and leading information technology country – TAUS should contribute to informing and inspiring all people seeking to work in Tanzania.

 

I came to US 1992 to pursue graduate studies at Kansas State University. Following my graduation in 1999, I got employed at the International Food Policy Research Institute – a Washington DC based institute – as a research fellow. I am married to Dr. Leticia Nkonya and we have been blessed with four beautiful children – three girls – Minza Elizabeth, Ellen Mhoja and Esther Kija and one boy – Ethan Ephraim. The most touching blessing that I have received from God is meeting my Leticia. I regard this as God’s choicest blessing among other bountiful blessings that my Creator has given me. My most favorite verse is Jesus’ prayer on the cross that epitomizes His grace – Luke 23:34 “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.”

Caleb J. Migombo

Lead Chaplain & Projects Director

Caleb Migombo long professional career includes working in various levels of the church, human services, behavioral health, program management, quality assurance, and risk management. Caleb is also a founder and owner of Counseling and Guidance Services, a private counseling practice he founded in 2011 after working for several years in health and human services agencies as a therapist and family counselor.

 

As project director -volunteering for TAUS, Caleb is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and guiding TAUS projects initiatives and activities in Tanzania. He develops new project proposals and recommends an annual budget for each project. As a lead chaplain, he makes sure that TAUS members’ spiritual needs are addressed and serve as an advisor to the President and Executive Committee on spiritual matters.

 

Caleb’s biggest dream for TAUS is to see every member thrive in their spiritual journey. He desires to also see TAUS as an organization, grow and become an innovative, effective, and reliable partner in the way we respond to the needs and challenges of our community both in the US and Tanzania.

 

Caleb is an ordained minister and completed both his undergraduate degree and master’s degrees in Theological Studies from Andrews University. He also graduated from the University of Georgia with a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Caleb has extensive and specialized professional training and certification in various areas, including quality management, organizational excellence, risk management, and program management. Caleb is married to a former Esther Nashon Bukuru, a Registered Nurse Together they have been blessed with three daughters.

Maduhu J.S. Emanueli

TAUS National Communications Director

As a national communications director, I have the privilege of keeping our members and the public up-to-date on TAUS internal and external news. I also monitor TAUS social media websites and ensure that the flow of information to and from members is accessible and complies with our church values.

 

I pray that God continue to use TAUS to touch the unreached areas of Tanzania, bringing to them the good news of salvation, education and healthy living. As a media personnel, my ambition is to use the information technology to inform and inspire all TAUS members by managing internal and external communication with the overarching objective of accomplishing TAUS mission.

 

TAUS means a lot in my spiritual and personal life. In 2017, I came to USA for the first time as a Tanzania Morning Star and Hope Channel news reporter to cover  the TAUS Retreat in Wisconsin. It is here where I met my wife Sule Kisaka. We got married a year after and I  moved from Tanzania to Houston Texas to join my wife. It was God’s plan that prearranged this blessed story and I will serve God through TAUS with all my spiritual and physical strength.

 

Prior to moving to USA, I served different roles for 14 years (2004-18) at Adventist World Radio, Morning Star Radio and Hope Channel Tanzania under Tanzania Adventist Media Channels (TAMC). My specific roles at TAMC included Assistant Technician, Presenter, Social Media Personnel, Producer, and Production Manager.

 

I believe and trust that GOD has a plan for each one of us to accomplish His work no matter who you are and where you are. My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 111:1 “Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.” David’s Psalm reflects my spiritual and social journey and how my loving God has blessed and protected me through thick and thin. May His name be blessed forever and ever!!!

Naomba Sekibojo

TAUS National Social Affairs Director

As a social affairs director, I plan and manage TAUS social events during TAUS national meetings and other responsibilities. I plan and organize logistics for TAUS events – including catering services, inviting guest speakers and artists and manage their logistical needs. I also plan social activities such as games for children and adults, social interaction for singles, youth and other groups, visiting the sick and elderly, baby showers, bridal showers and other social events. I also serve as an advisor to the Executive Committee and the TAUS President on social affairs.

 

With the grace of God, I strive to serve my role with all my strength since I was called and created to do social services. This is especially important since I face key challenges as a social affairs director. They include:

 

(i) Guests at TAUS events crave for Tanzanian cuisines – which are expensive or hard to get. This is a challenge that needs innovative thinking to ensure that all event participants are happy and understand the limitations. Getting caterers with innovations in preparing meals also helps a lot to make good meals from available supplies.

 

(ii) Getting volunteers to serve in event activities. It is difficult to get volunteers prepare or serve meals or to perform some social activities. My approach in addressing this challenge is to build a very strong network with potential volunteers to ensure that they are valued not only when they are requested to volunteer, but also all the time.

 

I pray to my God to help me face these and other challenges. I believe in the promise that my loving God gave to Moses in Deuteronomy 31:6,8 – Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.

 

My personal life story and how I became a TAUS member is hand-written by God’s own fingers. I wasn’t an Adventist even though I grew up surrounded by Adventists in Mbaga Mbakweni village in Same district. I came to US in 2006 and TAUS members in Massachusetts received me with unbelievable generosity and trust. They would invite me to their homes to share a meal and all events and to their vespers. What surprised me most was to be given a role of leading vespers even before I became an Adventist. This kind of trust made me feel accepted despite being a non-Adventist. Then I experienced immigration challenges and the TAUS brothers and sisters joined forces to help me address them. My decision to be baptized in 2017 at the TAUS retreat came so naturally and unsurprising because of the generosity, trust and teachings that the New England TAUS members gave me – and that I knew the guest speaker – Pastor David Mbaga – before I came to US.

 

My TAUS dream is to nurture the TAUS spirit into the new generation by involving our kids into our social and other activities. I also dream that we reach out more to people in Tanzania to fulfill our call of duty of providing evangelism, health and education. My favorite Bible Verse is Psalms 23. The reason for loving this verse is the life difficulties that I have faced and how my loving God protected me and provided all my needs.

Sule Kisaka

Director of Music

My name is Sule Mwassy Kisaka From Houston Texas as music director which is new department added in 2018, I’m looking forward to create and form a style we can enjoy music in our meetings or retreat.

 

I’m originally from Tanzania and came to the US August 23, 2000 after I was just finished my nursing school at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences  in Tanzania.

 

I was in Kansas for 8 yrs, then moved to Houston Texas in 2007 where I live with my lovely family,I am  mom of three kids Marylyn Lois Manyama ,Megan sau Manyama and maxwell Manyama married to Maduhu J.S Emanuel,I love to sing and I’m one of the choir member of Voices of East African group.

 

My favorite verse “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Master Yahshua Messiah, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in judgment” – 1 Corinthians 1:10.

TAUS Co-Opt Members

Mbaki Kaleke Onyango

Co-opted Member of the TAUS, Inc. Executive Committee

As a co-opted member, my responsibility in TAUS. Inc. is to represent TAUS members in the executive committee and provide to the executive committee professional advise as needed to better the mission and vision of TAUS. Inc.

 

My dream for TAUS is to see all members on-fire for Jesus, participating in evangelism in US, in Tanzania and around the world and be used in any way for the glory of God. My heart’s desire is to see more TAUS members praying together and forming prayer teams to help one another spiritually.

 

I came to US in 2004 as a PhD student in Civil Engineering and a single mother of two sons. I praise the Lord for His hand has been with me through it all. I graduated in 2009 and I was employed at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, currently I am a UC Foundation Associate Professor of Civil Engineering. As a mother of two lovely young men, I praise God for them, because, in them I see the love of God being fulfilled in my life. Bringing up two sons as a single mother in US, has been the biggest challenge of my life. Nevertheless, at any juncture in my life I have seen the hand of God taking care of us to a point that I am speechless. I love the Lord beyond explaining. I would like to share Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Lomba P. Mtango

Co-opted Member of the TAUS, Inc. Executive Committee

As a Co opt Member of Board of Directors part of responsibilities is to be a voice in TAUS National Board which plans to execute all plans for the TAUS Organization at the National level.

 

Being a member of the Board without a particular portfolio,I participate in bringing a balance in decision and execution of all matters resolved on the Board.

 

I have been in the USA for 23 years. I have lived in the West Coast for almost the entire period. I’m currently Self employed invested in Real Estate and Property Management. Married and raising my daughter’s.

 

In 2 Chronicles 15:7 says, Be strong for your work will be rewarded. Despite the challenges of living the American Dream,I believe God has called me personally to be a servant and there’s no better place to work for than TAUS.

TAUS Chapter Presidents

Lucas Mwita

President of Midwest Chapter

It has been a joy to serve God’s people in our area, and because of that, I will forever be grateful for being trusted to direct TAUS in this chapter. As I follow Jesus’ lead, my greatest desire is to see a complete and total member involvement in all levels of our organization so that TAUS can have a big impact on us here in US and in Tanzania.

 

I came to the United States on spring of 2004 to pursue studies in Physical Therapy. After graduation, I practiced physical therapy for some years in the Chicago metropolitan area. I then switched profession to become a Data Scientist.

 

God has given me many gifts in my life but the greatest gift of all is my beautiful bride, Kija and our two sons Heri & Amani. I’m truly thankful to God for blessing me with such an amazing family to cherish, love and support.

 

My most favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6

Dick Manumbu

President of TAUS New England Chapter

God has created me as an ambitious person to undertake any task and responsibility in any situation through His guidance and power. For the last 10 years I have been active member of TAUS, performing different responsibilities.

 

I landed in Michigan, USA in 2000 and in 2008, I enrolled in BA Economics program at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. I graduated in 2013 and started an MBA (finance) in 2014. Then I moved to Massachusetts in 2015 and put MBA in hold to present.

 

Prior to my arrival to this country, I worked as Tanzania Government employee as well as in the private sectors. As an entrepreneur in Tanzania and in USA, I have attained a unique business experience from both countries. It’s my desire that by God’s grace that TAUS goals will be met, if we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us. So TAUS vision is to see TAUS growing in membership, financially and can accomplish larger projects than we have seen right now.   It is also my commitment to support TAUS monetary, prayerfully and my service to enhance the work. I am married to Selina and blessed with 8 children, girls and boys. My Favorite Test is Hebrews 2:2-3 –  For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.

Peter Ngoye

President of TAUS Mid-Atlantic Chapter

My goals are to encourage all young people starting with high school to college level to join us and bring their talents to TAUS including taking leadership in TAUS.

 

I am married to Ms. Linda and the Lord blessed us with two sons and one daughter (the youngest). I pray and believe that God will use me and my family to serve Him through TAUS.

 

My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 4:2 – Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

AMRI MALIYATABU NGOYE

President TAUS South Atlantic Chapter

I joined TAUS in 2008 when my sister in-law introduced me to the good missionary work the organization performed in Tanzania. The most fulfilling experience in my service as TAUS member and leader, is reaching out to and touching the lives of those who are in need. I believe that giving time and resources to my family and relatives in my responsibility, but serving people I do not know is a call.

 

I’m married to Teresa Nasson and we are blessed with three children; Prisca, Monica, and Martin. I am the co-founder and CEO of Alpha Home Care Services, a home health care agency, dedicated to providing individualized and specialized services to the elderly and individuals with disability in the Commonwealth State of Virginia since 2014. I graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with BSc in Public Health Science and University of Maryland University College with MSc in Health Care Administration. Before Immigrating to the United States, I worked as a cabin crew of Air Tanzania Corporation for 9 years.

 

I was born in 1974 in a Muslim populated area on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in Kigoma Tanzania. I’m the sixth born in the family of four brothers and four sisters. I was converted into Adventism at the age of 10 with my two senior brothers through an evangelical crusade. My parents, Maliyatabu Ngoye who passed away a year later and Monica Ngoye, were very disappointed with our decision to become Seventh-Day Adventists. My father was frustrated with our decision because he was perceived by the community as a man who failed to control his children for letting them join a new unknown faith of few strange people. Today, many of those who looked at us as rebellious children, are very pleased with how the Lord has enabled us to contribute to the educational and health services in the community.

 

When I was in Secondary School, I served as a chairman of Adventists Secondary Students Association (ASSA) in Kigoma region and as a vice chairman of the same association in High School in the East Tanzania Conference. Singing has been part of my life as I was a choir master in Primary, Secondary, and High School. It is my dream that one day, with a group of brothers and sisters in the Lord, we will form a powerful singing ministry which will direct more souls to Jesus.

Abdallah Mgonja

President of TAUS North West (Minnesota) Chapter

My biggest dream is to prepare my members to be ready for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, also to see them preparing others for the Kingdom. I’m married to my beautiful wife Judith Mgonja, whom I met here in USA, l thank God for her she has been supportive to the work that the Lord has given me.

 

My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 23:4 – “Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”

Frank Msigwa

Chairman of TAUS Texas Chapter

As Chairman of the Texas chapter, I am not only responsible to call and chair all meetings of TAUS in Texas, but I must also make sure all matters are well discussed and actions are made. It is also my responsibility to manage fundraising efforts on behalf of my chapter and to represent TAUS Texas as its chosen spokesperson.

 

My biggest dream for TAUS is for it to become one of the most powerful and evangelical organizations in the United States of America and Tanzania.

 

I came to the states in 1999 from Tanzania. I was working as a Quality Engineer at Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift of America (MCFA) Company in Houston, Texas, but I have recently retired and I am now a full-time entrepreneur. In the United States, I am the co-founder and CEO of Peractus Engineering Company and Great Lake African Food Store. However, I have another company FRG Enterprise Operating in Bujumbura Burundi.

 

About msyelf I am happily married to my lovely wife, Edna, and I am blessed with my two girls, Ciera and Chelsey Msigwa. I thank you God to have this family with me.

 

My favorite bible verses have to be Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths, Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

 

Let’s work together as TAUS.