It all began on the Buvuma Islands on Lake Victoria in Uganda in 1992.
Ralf Richtsteiger comes from Germany and begins the Buvuma Islands Project on Lingira Island. The purpose of the YWAM work is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ through primary healthcare to the people living on the Northeast portion of Lake Victoria. At first he is joined by Catherine Kusasira and Harriet Mbazi. But soon the team begins to grow.
Shem Mabongor joins the team after completing his Foundations in Community Development with YWAM. Catherine comes on the scene a few months later when her YWAM Community Counseling team takes her to Uganda. She sees the tremendous work being done on the Islands.
During this time on the Islands, Shem receives a calling to begin an equipping school to train ministers. The vision unfolds over the next few years and Shem begins Open Chapel International in his home village of Busiu Uganda in 2010.
Journey in Pictures
Our primary area of operation is in the Sub-Saharan, East African country of Uganda. We also travel to other countries bordering Uganda such as Kenya and Rwanda with plans to reach out to South Sudan, Tanzania and Burundi in the future. Our work in Uganda takes us across the map. We participate in open-air evangelistic crusades, intercession campaigns and prayer convocations all over the country. Our churches in Uganda are more focused in Namutumba and Mbale districts, though we are expanding to other districts within Uganda as well. Because we serve people in far-away villages, we travel to where they are which means we can be called anywhere.
Our headquarters is located in the North Eastern portion of Uganda, East Africa. More specifically, in Mbale District, in Busiu Sub-county, Buwalasi Parish, in the village of Biraa near the community borehole well.
We are 21 miles from the Malaba border with Kenya and 280 miles from South Sudan.
The property at Busiu is the home base of Open Chapel International. This is the place from which we reach out to the rest of East Africa.
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