When she was young Caroline was fascinated by Africa, and she believes that even then God was creating in her a desire to be involved in his mission there.
She 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 Caroline believed God’s call was for her 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.
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.
Since January 2018 Caroline has been part of an international team based in Moroto Town. Though involved in different activities the team shares 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.”
Caroline is immersing herself in culture and language learning and building friendships in the local community. She is seeking opportunities to share the Gospel, and to encourage and equip local believers to do the same. Much of this happens within the context of friendships, bible study/discipleship groups and partnership with my local church.
As the team focusses on training disciples who are equipped to train others to in turn train others, they believe they will see a reproducing Karimojong church movement grow there.
Could you partner with Caroline in this work?
Partner with Caroline Bell
Caroline lives with the Karimojong, seeking to share the gospel, so that they may truly know Jesus for 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
- 4 September 2020
Caroline is currently on Home Assignment in the UK and will return to Uganda when possible. “In my last prayer letter I wrote that I was hopeful I might be able to return to Uganda in August or September. I am still in the UK, with no clear idea of when I will be able to return. As I face being here potentially for several more months I have been exploring the possibility of studying one (or two) modules online from All Nations Christian College. An advantage of being able to study online is that if I return to Uganda before the module is completed, I can continue to participate from Moroto. Please pray for wisdom and leading from the Lord on how to use my time as I wait to be able to return to Uganda. Please pray for increased trust, contentment and patience in the waiting.”
- 19 June 2020
Caroline is currently on Home Assignment in the UK and will return to Uganda when possible. “I really don’t know when I will be able to return to Moroto, but I am hoping that August/September might be a realistic possibility… When I return to Moroto I will be taking over from Nita as team leader. Another change is that I am hoping to move to a house on the Church of Uganda compound with Hailey. Our desire is to remove barriers that make it more challenging to connect with our community as well as partner more closely with churches in Moroto. Please pray for these transitions of team leadership and moving house. Pray that I will trust God for his timing, and make the most of the opportunities here and now in the UK. Pray that I will grow in Christlikeness, trust and grace.”
- 3 April 2020
Caroline is currently on Home Assignment in the UK and will return to Uganda when possible. “Uganda now has confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Schools, churches and mosques have been shut, the borders closed, public meetings banned and public transport suspended. In Moroto food prices have risen. Please pray for God’s mercy and an end to the spread of the virus in Uganda. Please pray that the measures that have been put in place would be effective.”