Karen Johnson Ujereh
Karen Johnson Ujereh, missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is serving as Mission Interpreter in Residence (MIIR) with the North Central Jurisdiction (Midwest).
Mission Interpreters in Residence are United Methodist missionaries assigned to serve in the U.S. jurisdictions to interpret the mission of the United Methodist Church through the Board of Global Ministries, particularly as it relates to mission personnel and their support through the Advance for Christ and his Church with annual conferences, districts and local churches.
Before her statside assignment, Karen served in Dakar, Senegal, as the BGM’s Area Financial Executive (AFE) and supervised projects of the United Methodist Church in Senegal. As AFE her responsibilities included oversight of all receipts and disbursements of GBGM funds for projects in the conference.
While supervising the Prison Ministry in three prisons, two women’s prisons and one youth boy’s prison, Karen was also the VIM Coordinator for Senegal.
Additions to Karen’s responsibilities included supervising the staff and work of the Women’s Skills Center, which is a sewing center. It is a three-year program and has approximately 40 students. She also directed the Agriculture Program, both rural and urban. The rural program deals primarily with digging wells and the urban program trains communities in the Rooftop Garden technology. Karen supervised the Micro-Credit Program, a program that loans approximately $150,000 a year to enable people to begin their own businesses. The program is currently working with about 500 Senegalese, most of them women. The repayment rate is 100%.
Reflecting on her assignment in Senegal, Karen says, “I was a facilitator. If I did not do my job properly, that affected all projects in Senegal. I take my job seriously because I believe the Lord called me because of my organizational skills.”
“Senegal is a mission of the GBGM,” she explains. “The first missionaries were sent to Senegal in 1995. I am excited and grateful to God that I was able to be a small part of a great beginning. We established many projects over the years and I am happy to say that I feel a part of all of them. The past few years we have been in great financial difficulty. Through prayers and hard work we have always ended up the year in good standing."
A native of New Orleans, Karen holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Southern University in New Orleans. Before going to Senegal, she served as Area Financial Executive in Harare, Zimbabwe for more than two years, working with the Zimbabwe Annual Conference. Prior to that, she served the same post in Lubumbashi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), working with the North Shaba and Southern Zaire Conferences. She was head of the accounting and finance department and, earlier, a lecturer at Plateau State Polytechnic. She also was an accountant for the First Homestead Savings and Loan Association.
Karen and husband Sebastine, a native of Nigeria who also served as a UM missionary, have three adult children: Jessica, born in New Orleans, and Sebastine, Jr. and Laura, who were both born in Nigeria. Karen is a lifelong member of Bethany United Methodist Church in New Orleans.
Karen Johnson Ujereh is available for Covenant Relationship support in Arkansas Annual Conference , Louisiana Annual Conference , Mississippi Annual Conference , Northern Illinois Annual Conference , West Virginia Annual Conference , Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference .
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- Last update: 9/09
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