Once called “The Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda is teeming with exotic wildlife and her people are vibrant, warm, and friendly, making this particular African country a popular destination for tourists from around the world. Home to the source of the mighty Nile River, the continent’s highest mountain range, as well as ½ the world’s mountain gorilla population, there’s no end of things to see. Sadly, Uganda is also home to a crippling amount of poverty, and its effects are felt at every level of the society. If you join this Uganda mission trip, you’ll be hitting streets, schools, villages, and orphanages, seeking out the younger population as we share the Good News. What is required is a flexible and adventurous spirit. Does that sound like you?
Did you know that nearly 50% of the population in Uganda is under the age of 14? Here are some other stats that display the heartbreaking reality of Uganda today:
- The average Ugandan lives on less than $1.80 a day
- 38% of children chronically undernourished or stunted
- 30% are illiterate
- Only 25% of young people remain in school past grade 6
- There are 2.5 million orphans, including 1.2 million orphaned from AIDS
Unfortunately, children are the most vulnerable victims to corruption. Over the years thousands have been abducted for use as child soldiers in remote regions or forced to become sex slaves. To make it worse, the systemic poverty deprives many children, particularly those on the streets and the nearly two million orphans, of care and finances for education and hope. The strong spiritual and physical needs in Uganda are surely close to the heart of Jesus.
Your ministry will include discipleship and evangelism in schools, slum areas, orphanages, and villages on the outskirts of Kampala. You’ll encounter and minister to school children, street children, troubled teen boys, teen mothers and women coming out of prostitution. Sports, drama, dance, and education about character, choices, and other crucial “life skill” lessons will become important tools for bringing the hope of Jesus to countless lives!
Let’s face it, Uganda isn’t necessarily known on a global scale for its cuisine. And so eating in this country will be just another unique element to your summer away from home, partaking in something so few of your friends and family have experienced.
While you’ll be able to sample a wide variety of new dishes, you’ll find that there’s none quite like the “Rolex”. Prepare to get educated.
While many groups expect to be put up in Western-style accommodations, Royal Servants believes it’s important to live, as well as work, amongst the heart of the people. You and your teammates will be staying in a safe, comfortable, African-quality apartment just 10 minutes from the city center of Kampala - just a short walk from a vibrant street life that offers quaint shops and friendly cafes. Your fully furnished apartments will offer bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living space to unwind after an intense day of ministry – the apartment will be your home away from home!Close
Working in poor areas requires a person with a compassionate heart, a love for people, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to ignore the sights and smells of abject poverty that characterizes the areas your team will work in. Willing to get your hands dirty? Not afraid to live among the people? Desire a ministry that is so far beyond your ability to do it that you need to rely on Christ each minute of the day? If so, then maybe the Uganda mission trip is right for you.
All great adventures involve spontaneity and flexibility. The best attitude to have is to be willing to tackle the day with a smile and a spirit full of spunk, and see where the unexpected might take you, because in Uganda, adventure is a daily occurrence! And that’s not to mention all the adventure awaiting you in the amazing natural treasures Uganda has in abundance. You will hike into villages, stay overnight in a mud hut, take a boat cruise down the Nile River, and see exotic African wildlife on a real safari – all unique to only this part of the world! You don’t get adventures like that when you go to Europe.Close
Growth requires risk, vulnerability, and challenge. Traveling to a land like Uganda – a place set in such a beautiful location, yet with a population that struggles just to survive – you cannot help but be challenged at every corner with opportunities to grow. But if you are willing, God will use these experiences to cause you to grow, bear more fruit, and develop within you a deeper understanding of the needs of the world. It won’t always be easy, and you’re going to learn to trust the Lord each and every day… but maybe that’s just where God wants you to be! You’ll walk away from the Uganda mission trip having really been challenged to own your faith in new ways.
Tourists love Uganda, and in 2012 Lonely Planet even named it “the top tourist location”. However, from the comfort of 4-star hotels and deluxe air-conditioned buses, tourists tend to view the culture of Uganda from the outside. But you won’t have a tourist experience next summer; every day you’ll be walking the streets of the slums, smelling the sewage, and coming face-to-face with the pervasive poverty. Whether sleeping, eating, or doing Kingdom work, you’ll be seeing Uganda and its wonderful people from the inside.
Uganda is a very wonderful place and it is easy to fall in love with its people. Our students have described the Ugandan people as generous, encouraging, joyful, hospitable, welcoming, friendly, flexible, and happy! It is no wonder we love working with our friends and partners – “Youth for Christ” and “Pathways to Hope”– who serve tirelessly to bring the message of hope to the young men and women who embody Uganda’s warm and vibrant culture.
After spending several amazing weeks ministering in Uganda, you’ll set aside the last several days during your time in the capital city, Kampala, and spend time intentionally looking back over your summer experiences and processing all that the Lord did in and through you. Time will be set aside for journaling, praying, reflecting and preparing for returning and impacting your world for Christ back home. Debriefing is a rich, as well as fun time, and the perfect way to cap an amazing summer.