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We love people.  We just can’t help it. Everyone is made in the image of God and that is good!  Even here, talking to you, we are about you as a person.  We all have a purpose.  Each one of us wants to become the person God created us to be.  All of us want to make a difference.

Drops of Water as a Metaphor

We are all familiar with the metaphor of rippling effect on water.  Our actions, or even failure to act, reverberate throughout the physical and spiritual world. You may notice our logo is a drop of water creating a ripple effect.  The funny thing is, the design could also look like a person with hands raised overhead in worship.

Both are a perfect metaphor for how we live our lives, because we see life as purposeful.  But that purpose comes from our creator God.  He is not only our Father but our Savior.  And that’s what makes all the difference.  When we live our lives in worship to Him, we automatically reach out to others.

The Bible tells us that it is never enough just to preach to people.  We can’t give them a little pat on the head with a trite “Jesus love you.”  We ourselves have been slept hungry, been ashamed without proper clothes and felt lonely in a crowd.  All of us, who have believed in Jesus as our Lord, have a comfort we can give to others.  It is more than food or clean water or antibiotics or education or shelter.  It is love.  A love that has the power behind it to actually save and transform.

So if you’re asking yourself what life is all about, we don’t claim to have the corner market on vision, mission or even happiness.  But we are living our life on purpose.  And we are asking you to join us in the privilege of living it on purpose for God.

We understand you have questions.  You are probably wondering who we are and exactly what all this is about.  Keep reading friend and we’ll try to answer your questions.

Who are you?

Our team, led by Shem Mabongor, is made up of people who speak the local languages, know the culture and understand the unique challenges of each community. We’re a team of creative, passionate and knowledgeable individuals ready and equipped to make the most of every opportunity. If you are one of our many ministry partners, you can color yourself into the photo as well. We are all in this together.  Check out our story.

What do you do?

We are involved in many things, but here are the highlights.

Church Planting

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Since we have the answer to life's greatest question, doesn't it make sense that we would share it with as ...
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Farm Animals

Everyone loves cute farm animals.  In this portion of the website, you will see some of the animals that reside ...
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Farming God’s Way

Farming Gods Way is an amazing Godly solution to the food security and poverty crisis for the rural poor. It ...
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Although Abraham is the first person in the Bible we see praying on behalf of someone else.  He interceded for ...
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You know what they say, "If you can't stand the smoke, get out of the kitchen."  Nothing is more true ...
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Our Story

It all began on the Buvuma Islands on Lake Victoria in Uganda in 1992. Ralf Richtsteiger comes from Germany and ...
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Recording Scripture Helps Preserve Endangered Languages

Open Chapel International is preserving endangered languages through Scripture. Oral learners learn best when the words are spoken out loud ...
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Where do you minister?


Why do you do what you do?

Jesus Christ gave us a command in Matthew 28:19-20.

Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this—that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

Then Christ gave us the power and authority to complete the task.

Acts 1:8, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Why should I join you?


I love a good read.  Anything you can offer?

You will enjoy reading Catherine Mabongor’s Missionary Blog.

Catherine is from Alaska and a missionary wife & mother.  She’s served in Uganda for a ‘coon’s age and doesn’t take herself too seriously anymore.  Her friendly informal style gives a fresh perspective to life and love in Uganda.

One reader said recently, “What an incredible treat to read Catherine’s blog posts!! Her insights, transparency and way of turning a phrase always leave one thirsty for more! So much so that I went back through some older posts and reread them.”

How can we get to know each other better?

What could be better than connecting on an individual basis.  We sure would love to hear from you.  We love people and we invite you to reach out to us.

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