Serve among the Karimojong
AIM has been working alongside the Church of Uganda in Kotido since early 2017 seeking to reach the Karimojong. Among this group of almost one million people, there are relatively few Christians and they remain unreached with the gospel.
Although churches can be found in a few large towns almost all villages remain untouched by the good news of Jesus Christ. Even in places where Christianity seems to have a place, the reality is it’s often nothing more than a veneer on the face of traditional African spirituality. But there is great hope as our God and his great news has the power to break into this spiritual darkness and shine a light in the hearts of those in the region. Whilst there is often a material hunger amongst the Karimojong, the team are beginning to see a greater spiritual hunger in Kotido District, with an opportunity to impact an even greater number of people throughout northern Karamoja.
What could I do?
– Serve as a team member and homeschool teacher
– Serve as a team member and develop a new ministry
Location: Kotido, Uganda
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.
What would I do as a homeschool teacher?
1 – To work with the Shepherd family in planning and delivering homeschool. Their girls will be 3, 5 and 7 years old in Oct 2019. The curriculum and materials are all provided and it is anticipated that it will take no more than five mornings/week leaving the rest of the time for you to develop their own ministry outside of homeschool.
2 – To learn Ngakarimojong and develop relationships in the community.
3 – To develop their own ministry outside of homeschool in partnership with the local church – what this looks like will depend a lot on you.
4- To pray with and for the Karimojong here in Kotido – that God would do a mighty work amongst them to see the church grow and thrive.
What would I do as a team member?
1 – To pray with and for the Karimojong – that God would do a mighty work among them to see the church grow and thrive.
2- To build relationships and friendship – initially through language contacts and neighbours.
3 – To live incarnationally – simple living among the people and learning language is foundational.
4 – To learn Ngakaramojong. Lots of support will be given in this as it is crutial to ministry in Kotido.
5 – To begin to work with local church to strengthen existing churches or plant new churches. This could involve evangelising and discipling Karimojong believers or mobilising Christians from other people groups who live in Kotido to help them to reach the Karimojong with the gospel.
6 – To explore using professional skills or callings to share the gospel eg. medical, veterinary or women’s ministry, youth ministry, men’s ministry amongst the cattle herders. This will greatly depend on you and how the Lord opens doors once you are here.
7 – To encourage, equip, and mobilise the work of the Church of Uganda throughout the Northern Karamoja Diocese.
What are the requirements for either role?
– Post secondary qualification eg. certificate, diploma, degree etc in order to obtain a work permit.
– Some professions are required to present their credentials to the governing bodies of the professional entities and be certified to work in Uganda. While this can be done once in Uganda many professionals are not free to work in a professional role until this is fulfilled.
Any particular personal characteristics?
– Strong Christian with a desire to support and push forward the gospel ministry amongst the Jie.
– Committed to prayer.
– Willing to come as a learner in everything.
– Flexible as Karamoja makes you bend!
– Commitment to language learning even when it get hard or boring.
– Tolerance and willingness to understand other opinions even if you don’t agree.
Interested? Get in touch…
If this opportunity interests you, feel free to contact us to find out more or ask any questions you might have. Thank you