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UGANDA - "THE PEARL OF AFRICA"

Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda “the pearl of Africa” for its breathtaking scenery. Located between Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda is home to the lush paradise of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Blessed with relatively fertile land, Uganda produces much of its own food, such as oranges, papayas, lemons, melons, and pineapples. Yet amid such beauty and fruitfulness, Uganda’s history is stained by violence. Only recently have they begun to experience some long-desired stability and peace.

Uganda was colonized in 1885 by the British before gaining their independence with little struggle in 1962. Unfortunately, this independence was followed by political conflict. In the 1970s, the country was torn apart by a horrific dictatorship. During Idi Amin’s brutal reign, roughly 300,000 citizens were slaughtered, and thousands of Asian citizens were expelled. In 1987, the Lord’s Resistance Army devastated Uganda with terror and violence. Led by Joseph Koni, this rebel group killed over 10,000 people and was known for capturing children to use as soldiers, porters, and sex slaves. President Museveni came to power in 1986 and was later elected five times in a row. But political corruption remains a reality to this day. More recently, almost 800,000 South Sudanese have fled to Uganda - home to one of the world’s largest refugee camps (Bidi Bidi). While many see Uganda as a safe haven in a war-torn region, 21% remain without safe drinking water and 87% without clean sanitation facilities. Ugandans also daily face the difficult realities that come with food scarcity and a lack of education opportunities and resources.

Partner 135 has been partnering with local disciples of Jesus to spread the Good News of an eternal Kingdom made possible by the victory of Jesus Christ on the Cross and through the Resurrection.  In that period of time, we have seen tens of thousands of people come to Christ and walk out of the bondage and slavery of sin.  Currently, there are fifty plus pastors serving dozens of churches and many more in training.  It is so exciting to see this Church Planting Movement take off.  Each year, we try to mobilize several from the US and several from within Uganda to preach the Good News in some of the most impoverished and rural areas of the country.  The Church in Uganda has a vision to spread the Kingdom of Heaven to the north as far and as long as it takes until all of North Africa hears the Good News of Christ's eternal Kingdom.  Part of the work being done in the region includes caring for, educating, and providing shelter and food to children through our Boarding School.  This work is so vital in training up the next generation of Christ followers who will go and proclaim the Good News as well.