Caroline will be living with the Karimojong, an unreached people group, seeking to share the gospel, that they may know Jesus for themselves.
When I was young I was fascinated by Africa and I believe that even then God was creating in me a desire to be involved in his mission there.
I trained to be a doctor, seeing that as a very practical way to demonstrate God’s love and serve those who do not ordinarily have access to medical help. After working short term in several different ministries I believe God’s call is for me to live and work with those who don’t know Christ.
80% of Uganda is engaged in agriculture. The healthy economy of the 1960s was crippled in 1972 by the expulsion of the Asian business community, and then virtually destroyed by tyranny and wars. It has steadily improved since 1992. Under previous government regimes there were restrictions on persecuted Christians, but there is now freedom of religion.
Who and where?
The Karimojong live in the North East corner of Uganda in a semi-arid area. They are cattle herders who move frequently in order to find pasture for their animals and to evade and avoid cattle raiders. There are relatively few Christians in Karamoja and Christianity is often seen as another way to protect oneself from evil or to bring prosperity. Churches can be found in the larger towns but have limited presence in rural villages. The Bible has been translated into the Karimojong language, but low literacy rates limit its use.
I will be joining an international team based in Moroto Town. Though involved in different activities the team share a common vision: “For the Karimojong to be set free from darkness, to be set free from the bondage of destructive traditions, to be transformed into the full measure of Christ, and to reproduce this transformed life of Christ in their fellow tribesmen.” Initially I will be immersing myself in the culture and language learning through which I hope to cultivate friendships in the local community.
Please pray with me that I may be intentional in looking for opportunities to speak about Jesus and to serve the community, possibly through healthcare or education.
Could you partner with Caroline in this work?
Partner with Caroline Bell
Caroline has joined a team living among the Karimojong, seeking to share the gospel, that they may know Jesus themselves.
If you would like to partner with Caroline in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.
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Latest prayer points
- 26 April 2019
“Thank you for praying for language learning. In the last couple of months I feel like I’ve had several ‘ah ha’ moments and as a result I’m able to understand and speak a lot more. I have also started lessons once a week with a Catholic Catechist called Martin. He was involved in translating the Bible into Ngakarimojong, and has a language course he runs for those who are interested. I hoped that this more academic learning would complement my learning with Nasur, and so far it’s been helpful. I am beginning to see more patterns in how the language works and Martin also shares interesting cultural insights. Please pray for our times together, that my language and cultural understanding improve, and for opportunities to discuss faith and how this interacts with the culture here.”
- 8 March 2019
“I started teaching again last week. This term the topics are health, disease and immunisation. One significant challenge is being heard by the students and hearing them when they respond to questions. The classroom is a large, concrete room, there are 108 students and I don’t have the loudest of voices. Add into that my foreign accent and different way of speaking and you begin to get an idea of the situation. I am trying to think of ways to reorganise the seating, complement the verbal teaching with visual aids and talk louder. Navigating this and other challenges is so much harder in a different culture when you are still learning what is appropriate and expected. Please pray for patience, creativity and perseverance with teaching at the teachers college.”
- 4 January 2019
“Teaching at the Primary Teachers College will restart at the end of January/beginning of February. Sharing at the prison paused over Christmas, but will start again this coming week. The Bible study in Nakapelimen has continued as normal over the Christmas break. In the last Bible study at church we were looking at the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11 and asking what it teaches us as a model for our prayers. This Bible study has been happening very intermittently over the last few months, please pray that it will continue to happen, and that we will really wrestle with what prayer is and isn’t, and how we pray in a way that pleases God.”