Assignment: Director, Mujila Falls Ag Project
Location: Mujila Falls, Zambia
Birthday: January 12
Advance #: 11865Z

Paul Webster has been a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church since 1995. When his wife, Roxanne, became ill with cancer, the Websters returned to Wisconsin in 2002. Roxanne died in October 2003 and during that time Paul served as a local pastor there. He returned to Africa in November 2005.

Paul’s work as a rural economic development specialist serves the needs of the poor, rural peoples in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each project promotes major programs in education, health, sustainable agriculture, community development, evangelism, and church construction. The projects strive to empower participants.

“As a rural development specialist I am attacking the root causes of poverty, disease and hopelessness through education and training in small animal husbandry, cattle culture, goat milking, animal traction, tree nurseries, fruit and fish culture, and research.” Paul adds, “The goals are families who can provide balanced nutrition for themselves and an income from small scale, family-based production.”

Born in New Richmond, WI, Paul was a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps from 1980 to 1984 as an agricultural extension worker in Guatemala. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Superior, has done advanced study towards a master of planning degree at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota. Paul notes, “My recent education and experience as a parish pastor in Wisconsin should compliment the technical skills already obtained as I go back to work with the people in Africa.”

Paul and Roxanne have one daughter, Summer, and a grandson, Aaron.