In 2002 Jeremy was standing in the rift valley of Kenya pledging to never work with the tribe who had murdered, raped and pillaged the villagers around him. This was his first time to hear about the Karamojong Tribe. In 2009, Jeremy and his wife left for Jinja, Uganda and soon began serving in a refugee camp turned slum called Masese III. The people who live there fled the high deserts to escape war, child abduction and famine. Decades later, the community still struggles to survive each day and is aid dependent. Though many of them say they are Christians their community is largely devoid of any tangible evidence of God’s love. The people who live there… the Karamojong tribe. We are sure that God has called and sent us, alongside of others, to share the Gospel in word and deed with the hope He will bring His Karamojong children to Himself.
Today, the Karamojong in Masese Slum are at risk of being displaced again as the town dismantles the community to make room for development. Nearly everyone is at a loss about where they will go or what they will do. As the community disappears, it is more clear than ever that Jesus’ call to disciple is the only way to make a long-term, eternal impact among the Karamojong tribe. We currently seek discipling relationships through three platforms.
Financial Training and Job Creation. We seek to provide practical business skills and opportunities that give way for the Karamojong to leave aid dependency and engage the dignity of meaningful work. We want husbands to care for their wives, Single moms for their children and the list goes on.
Advocacy. We seek to have honest conversations with the Karamojong in order to help shape the NGO services rendered to the community. This involves connecting the Karamojong to needed services, preventing abuse of these services or even working to prevent organizations who unknowingly or carelessly promote unethical services - like adoption of children with caring parents.
Church Planting. We seek to experience and invite the Karamojong into a simple church format that is reproducible for the poor.
Since being in Uganda we've adopted 2 children, Gloria and Evan as well as given birth to two more, Karis and Sam. For more information about us or our, visit us at www.boonesinafrica.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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