Supported by an evangelism grant from OCMC, His Grace NEKTARIOS, Bishop of Gulu and Northern Uganda, recently led a group of five clergy from Uganda and another from Kenya on an exploratory mission to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to six villages in the Karamoja region of Uganda.
This area near the Kenyan border is predominated by animism and is considered the poorest region in Uganda. His Grace stated, “Irrespective of differences in our Orthodox Christianity ideologies versus the predominant cultural beliefs of the Karimojong, we give glory to God that the community members we interacted with were receptive to the message we carried for them and hospitably willing to work with us.”
Scenes from the exploratory visit to the villages in Karamoja Region. Photos courtesy of the Diocese of Gulu and Northern Uganda.
People in these villages are among the two-thirds of the world that are not Christian and the 25% of the world that has never even heard the Good News of Jesus Christ! “We are so inspired by His Grace's enthusiasm and desire to bring the Gospel to this remote and overlooked part of Uganda,” stated OCMC Projects and Grants Manager Santhe Loizos. “He told us that his message to the people was 'Christ loves each and everybody.' We are thankful, too, that Fr. Zechariah, a priest from the Turkana region of Kenya who was brought to Christ and Orthodoxy some years ago, is part of sharing this Good News across the border into Uganda. We look forward to continuing to support this initiative.” Fr. Zechariah participated with the blessing of His Grace NEOFITOS, Bishop of Eldoret and Northern Kenya.
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