Inland Mission

Paul & Helen Shepherd

with Esme, Martha & Tabitha

Sent from St Clement's Church, Manchester

Paul & Helen have living among the Karimojong people of Uganda since January 2017, sharing the gospel of Jesus 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.

Karamoja is the poorest region in Uganda and the Karimojong carry the stigma of having the lowest status among Ugandans. They live traditional cattle-herding lives in small communities scattered across a harsh landscape.

Among this group of almost one million people, there are relatively few Christians, even in spite of the fact that churches can be found in some large towns. Sadly, most villages still remain untouched by the good news of Jesus Christ. Even in places where Christianity seems to have a place, the reality is that it is often nothing more than a veneer on the face of traditional African spirituality. This is due to the common belief that Christianity is incompatible with the Karimojong way of life. There is widespread alcohol brewing and consumption, family systems are often polygamous, and many people continue to worship ancestral gods. When someone becomes a real follower of Jesus they are often rejected by their families and evicted from the village.

Initially the Shepherds are living with their team in Kotido in northern Karamoja, spending the first six months of their time in Uganda building relationships and learning the local language and culture. After this, they will be working with churches and church leaders to encourage and equip the local church to reach out to its own people with the message of salvation. In addition, they will explore ways in which they can serve the community through using their medical skills both in the town health centres and in the manyattas (villages).

Could you partner with the Shepherds in this work?

Partner with the Shepherds

The Shepherds work in Kotido, Uganda among the Karimojong. They serve through healthcare whilst working with the local church.

If you would like to partner with the Shepherds 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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