The mission of ACTION Uganda is to reach Ugandans for Christ by ministering to vulnerable children in crisis, prisoners, pastors, and church leaders. ACTION missionaries in Uganda are preaching the gospel, caring for physical needs, equipping national church leaders, planting churches, and reaching out to the poor and needy.
The ministry in Uganda was pioneered by Jerry and Candis Bingham in 2000. Jerry merged Grassroots Leadership Training, a program that trains pastors and Christian leaders, with ACTION's Pastoral Leadership Development ministry. In July 2003, they moved from Kampala to Gulu (in northern Uganda) which was then a war zone. Here they worked with people, especially children, traumatized by the long-running insurgency of Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army. Through the years, they have poured Christ’s love into war-affected women and children and those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
ACTION Gulu: Deliver me - a photo compilation video on the 12 years of ministry that pioneer ACTION missionaries, Jerry and Candis Bingham, have been involved with in N.Uganda (thanks to ACTION missionaries, Rich and Joy Sayer, who created it).
Mike Watters serves the ACTION Uganda team as Country Director. His wife Rebecca also serves the team as Finance & Administration Coordinator and Human Resources Coordinator. Right now, the Watters, who arrived in Uganda in 2010, are focused on building and leading the ACTION Uganda team while discipling and equipping Ugandans through their local church in Kampala.
Jim and Kappy Robinette have served in Uganda for nine years and are also based in Kampala. Jim trains pastors and church leaders in seminars and conferences, supports church plants, and does itinerant preaching. The Robinettes' ministries also include a weekly radio sermon and outreaches to people living with HIV/AIDS, street children, and prisoners. Jim coordinates Pastoral Leadership Development in southern Uganda.
Josh Rattin is Gulu Ministries Director and also coordinates Pastoral Leadership Development in northern Uganda. His wife Abby is Medical Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, and Short Term Volunteer Coordinator for the ACTION Uganda team. The Rattins arrived in Uganda in 2011. Their five children, Grace (10), Moses (7 - being adopted locally in Gulu), Ana (6), Noah (3), and Micah Otim (1), love living in Uganda.
Rich and Joy Sayer arrived in Gulu in August 2013 to begin learning Acholi language and culture. Their twin 3 year old boys, Malakai and Ethan, are enjoying making friends and eating new foods!
In Gulu, Home of Love children's home for vulnerable children has a child sponsorship program that is a unique way of connecting needy children with others that genuinely care. Sponsorships give families opportunities to open their children’s eyes and hearts to needs around the world. For more information or if you wish to support this ministry, go to: Home of Love.
Jesus is the Truth Nursery and Primary School seeks to reach children through excellent academics and Biblical teaching in a Christ-centered environment. For more information or if you wish to support this ministry, go to: Jesus is the Truth Nursery and Primary School. Note: the school operations are suspended in 2013 as we seek to raise sufficient funds to reopen in 2014.
Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) is a key ministry in the Gulu ministries. In the north, the PLD team studies together several times a week to prepare to take conferences to rural pastors in remote regions of Northern Uganda. They focus on 4 locations to build upon solid foundations. Guest pastors from abroad join the team several times a year to contribute additional expertise as needed.
Mature, teachable, passionate Christians committed to discipleship are needed to serve as administrative assistants, educators, and children in crisis workersin Uganda.
Dr. Abigail coordinates the medical ministry which spans across ministries. Funds are always needed as the team strives to provide the best possible care to the most vulnerable.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In response to many inquiries concerning the video "Kony 2012" and the media frenzy surrounding it, Jerry and Candis Bingham have written an article entitled Kony's Mayhem and God's Miracles: Then and Now in ACTION Gulu (click title to read response).
"WHERE YOU LIVE SHOULD NOT DECIDE WHETHER YOU LIVE OR WHETHER YOU DIE". These words are found on the outline of the African continent, part of a design on T-shirts and hoodies, created to raise funds for the ministry of ACTION Gulu. To order a T-shirt or hoodie, or find out more about this fund-raiser, click on here. (See image of the Tshirt sported by ACTION Canada missionary, Scott Gillespie)
Missionaries in Uganda
Joshua & Dr. Abigail Rattin
Jim & Kappy Robinette
Rich & Joy Sayer
Mike & Rebecca Watters
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ACTION Gulu Christmas Wishlist 2012
ACTION Gulu Note Card Fundraiser
ACTION Gulu ministry update July 2013
ACTION Gulu Update - July, 2013
ACTION Gulu Team 2012
Home of Love Update - August, 2012