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
- 17 January 2020
Caroline is currently on Home Assignment. “Raiding cows from neighbouring clans and tribes is part of Karimojong culture. [At the beginning of January] there was a peace meeting between two rival Karimojong clans. During the meeting two men were killed, one of whom was related to Nita’s language teacher and friend. Details are very limited so we don’t yet know exactly what happened or why. Please pray for all those concerned in the meetings that a peace settlement can still be made. Pray that the region will not return to fighting. Pray for the families who are grieving. Pray that there will be true forgiveness.”
- 25 October 2019
“Our team is entering a period of transition. Last month we heard that our team leaders Lyle and Ingrid (who are currently on home assignment) will not be returning after home assignment (except to say goodbyes and pack up their house). Nita will be an interim team leader for the next year before she goes on home assignment. We have had two visits from our Central Region leadership to help us navigate this transition, both personally as a team, but also in considering the direction of the team going forward. We have talked about church planting strategies, the possibility of living in different places, staying in a manyatta for a short period(s) of time (to learn language, culture and build relationships), how to be more intentional in language learning, how to encourage our Karimojong brothers and sisters in reaching out to their people and communities with the gospel. This has left us with lots of questions and ideas! It is exciting to explore how God is leading us and to anticipate the things he will do here, but I am also grieving for the changes, especially Lyle and Ingrid leaving. Please be praying for our team at this time, that we will learn to grow together as a team, loving each other and being united in heart, mind and purpose.”
- 6 September 2019
“In January I will finish my first term here in Moroto and will be coming back to the UK for Home Assignment. Please pray that I will finish this term well. I recently spent time praying about what my priorities for these remaining months should be. These were what God has laid on my heart: 1) Prayer; individually, with others from the team, and with local believers 2) Intentional language learning to be able to share the gospel/ ask questions which may open opportunities to share the gospel 3) Spending quality time with the friends God has brought into my life and praying for opportunities to share God’s love with them. Please pray I would be obedient in my response.”