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
- 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.”
- 2 November 2018
“Please pray for Nakapeliman. This is an area of Moroto where there are six-eight believers who we know and love, and with whom we have a weekly Bible study. They daily face many challenges… Opposition for their faith has come through rumours, one of which is that they (and us) are part of a satanic cult and so people should not attend Bible study. Please pray for perseverance, faithfulness and courage for the believers in Nakapelimen, and for God to have mercy on those who oppose him, that they would come to a saving knowledge of who he is.”
- 14 September 2018
“…I did my homestay with a couple called John and Esther. They moved from Moroto to a manyatta called Lotirir, where there is a young church, and where our team has been involved in weekly bible studies. John is the Church of Uganda lay reader for this area. Recently the village elders were trying to persuade members of the church, including John, to go to the local shrine where sacrifices were being offered. Some members of the church were persuaded to go with them. John has also had a witchdoctor visit him to try to convince him that sacrifices are good because they are in the bible. Please pray that this opposition would not cause confusion, but will strengthen the faith of local believers and give opportunities for sharing the hope that we have in Jesus as the final and only acceptable sacrifice for sin.”