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Meet The Strategic Impact Sub-Saharan Africa Team

Strategic Impact

The Strategic Impact International Team

Here are the people involved at the Regional Level.  From Left to Right:  Israel Wandamba (Sub-Saharan Africa), Floyd VanDeburgh (Latin America), Sainet Phiri (Sub-Saharan Africa), Omar Piña (Latin America), Dustin McCarty (Sub-Saharan Africa), Stephen Aputara (West Africa), Mike Downey (West Africa), Bill Mitchell (North America)

Strategic Impact Africa Senior Leadership Team

Strategic Impact Africa Senior Leadership Team

There are many more people involved than just Regional and National Directors.  We have 57 different self-multiplying locations across 15 nations of Sub-Saharan Africa!  Each of those areas/districts have volunteer staff leaders who are "doing Strategic Impact" in their own churches and helping guide the multiplying movements toward growth and saturation of their area with the gospel! 

Dustin L. McCarty

Africa Director, Strategic Impact 

Dustin oversees the entire region - teaching, coaching, encouraging, resourcing, and serving - so that all may hear the beautiful truth of the gospel.  He also plays a leadership role on SI International's Executive Team and handles a lot of the ministry's logistics. He resides in Denton, Texas with his wife (Tracy), four daughters (Dakota, Trinity, Remington, & Sierra Justace), one son-in-law (Cody), three dogs (Lyric, Griswold Grizzersmith, & Roscoe), and six chickens (Bella, Kaycee Leigh, Fluffy, Chicka, and Pot Pie). 

Stephen Aputara

West Africa Regional Director, Strategic Impact

Stephen oversees the region of West Africa with Dustin.  He has been a faithful pastor, leader, and servant of the Lord for many years.  After retiring from his position as pastor and president of their denomination, he says his role in the local church is now "conducting weddings, burying the deceased, and blessing babies."   He is a true man of Godly character and we are grateful that he has so passionately joined forces with Strategic Impact to saturate West Africa and beyond with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Stephen lives in northern Ghana with his wife. 

Sainet Phiri

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director, Strategic Impact

Sainet oversees the region with Dustin, but with an emphasis on the 5 nation hub comprised of Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.  He is founding Pastor of East Gate Revival Centre in Bauleni, Zambia.  Sainet resides in Bauleni with his wife (Eunice), two sons (Jonathan & Joshua), and daughter (Johanna, the Princess of the Whole World).  

Israel Wandamba

Asst. Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director, Strategic Impact

​Israel oversees the region with Dustin & Sainet, with an emphasis on the 5 nation hub comprised of Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Burundi (and Eastern DRC... because we can't count and Israel is REALLY good!).  He is founding Pastor of Potter's House in Tandika, Tanzania.  Israel resides just outside of Tandika (near Dar es Salaam) with his wife (Beauty Jane).  He has more children than Abraham, with six sons (Lusajo, Moses, David, Israel Jr., and twins Zoe & Joe).  

Dennis Sitali

Zambia National Director, Strategic Impact

​Dennis oversees the entire nation of Zambia for Strategic Impact.  This is a difficult task, not only due to its size, but also the number of languages - there are 73 tribes, 5 major tribal language groups, and then English on top of that!   He is founding Pastor of Alpha Revival Centre in Roma, Zambia (a community in Lusaka).  Dennis resides in Roma with his wife (Ireen), daughter (Sharon), and son (Caleb) - but he can usually be found on his phone!

Azikiwe Lutufyo

Tanzania National Director, Strategic Impact

Azikiwe oversees all of the nation of Tanzania, where we have experienced the most growth as a ministry.  This is the land of proper Swahili (take that, Kenya!).  At one time, Azikiwe and Israel both studied Karate (that is where they met and became friends) - both were blackbelts.  Now, even though his right leg is fuzed straight due to a botched series of surgeries, he has served the Lord faithfully.  When Azikiwe preaches, it is like shifting gears in a car - he starts out in first, and makes his way quickly up to 3rd & 4th gear.  Our team believes he has a 5th, but we have not seen it yet, and are all unconvinced we would survive without immediately being taken to heaven!   He is founding Pastor of Gospel Power House (Best. Church Name. Ever.) in the beautiful city of Mbeya, Tanzania, where he lives with his wife (Victoria), daughter (Even), and two sons (Hagai & Ezra). 

Reuben Mwambola

Rwanda, Burundi, & Eastern DRC National Director, Strategic Impact

Reuben started out with Strategic Impact in Bujumbura, Burundi (one of my favorite places to pronounce).  Things progressed very well there, and he soon had a strong team developed to spread the work - even into two communities in the Eastern part of the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo).  Then civil unrest broke out.  Reuben and his family had to flee the country, since they were not Burundians.  They landed in Kigali, Rwanda, where Reuben's wife is from, and launched SI there as well!  Now, Reuben oversees the SI team in all three areas!   He is also leading our first largely successful Business As Mission venture in Sub-Saharan Africa.  We have 7 motorcycle taxis leased out to a operator coop, and it is going great!  Reuben lives in Kigali, Rwanda with his wife (Salome) and thee sons (James, Ishimwe, & Iradukunda) - and looks pretty tough on the back of a motorcycle!

Henry Khoabane

Lesotho National Director, Strategic Impact

Henry is the latest addition to our team of National Directors.  Over the past few years, he has been extremely faithful and committed in his service, and has continued to embrace the SI vision of saturating the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is pastor of Tree of Life Community Church in Maseru, Lesotho where he lives with his sweet wife. 

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