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
- 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.”
- 5 July 2019
Caroline Bell shares; “4 weeks ago a team came to do some training on the SEAN bible study material which we hope to use in home cells at church. They led 2 training sessions at church, and as they did, we realised that it would be best if the home cell leaders went through the studies as participants first, before trying to lead them. These leaders are now meeting for this on a Monday evening. So far people have come each week (despite rain) and we have had some wonderful times of wrestling with God’s Word and what it means for our lives. One challenge is consistency – as often different people come each week, and another is when people come without having done the home study beforehand. Please pray for wisdom to know how to go forward (inconsistency in attendance and preparation) and for each to be deeply impacted by what we learn, as well as equipped to lead the studies in the future.”