Missionary Partnership Gift

Open Chapel International depends on tax-deductible gifts from interested individuals like you.

Whether you make a special gift or become one of our monthly supporters, your financial partnership is greatly appreciated.  Read more about our mission.

Shem and Catherine Mabongor, the leaders of Open Chapel International, are missionaries sent out from Christian Health Service Corps. CHSC is a registered 501(c) nonprofit organization. You may donate a partnership gift to Shem and Catherine through Christian Health Service Corps’ website using your credit card or mail a check.


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Pray with Us

Prayer is the work every Believer has been assigned.  No matter what your economic status, age or location – you can make a difference through prayer!

Your prayers for us and other missionaries are a vital element of our work.  There are many obstacles to carrying out the call to pray, but few of them stand up in the light of the eternal significance of prayer.  Here are our areas of focus in prayer:

  1. YOU – First of all, let us know how we can pray for you.  Prayer is our priority. God’s power is released mightily as we commit ourselves to praying effectively. After all, who couldn’t use more of God’s power? We commit to pray with and for you.
  2. Health –  They say in medicine, “When you hear hoof beats think horses not zebras.”  That means than when a child in the U.S. or Europe gets a fever, the doctor is not thinking of a tropical disease but it is more likely just a common cold.  But here in Uganda, every time one of our children falls ill, malaria always at the forefront of our minds.  There are also skin rashes and intestinal worms that defy our ability to describe here.  But once you’ve seen the maggot of a mango fly crawl out of your skin you will never forget it.  Please pray for the health of our family.
  3. Journey mercies – Pastor Shem Mabongor travels to many areas of Uganda on a regular basis for prayer missions.  Catherine must hazard trips to town for shopping and finances.  We do not have our own car so he must use public vehicles.  The “taxis” are cracker box minivan that look older than we are.  It is always jam-crammed with 22 people or more, when it says very clearly on the side of the van it is only meant to carry 14 passengers.  The roads are very bad and driving habits are combative at best.  Motor cycles weave in and out of traffic, large semis carry flammable liquids at tremendous speeds and minivan taxis ignore traffic laws.  Please pray for everyone in the ministry to be safe on the roads of Uganda.
  4. Safety  –  There is a constant spiritual force that works against us in the physical realm.  Just a few examples of how to pray in this area: pray for the safety of our children as they walk 20 minutes to school, for our animals to be healthy, our possessions to be safe from thieves.  The Lord can lead you how to pray for us in other ways in the area of safety.
  5. Finances – We long to make the most of every opportunity to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  But many times we have to wait to act because we simply do not have the money to move out and push forward.  You may believe that where God calls, He provides.  That is true!  Please pray for our finances, even if you are not able to give – you are able to pray for others to give.
  6. Effectiveness – God looks at productivity differently than the average Christian.  He measures success based on our faithfulness to His calling; how we are in relationship with Him.  Look at the story of Moses. He had always used his staff to carry out the signs and wonders God would have him perform. He used it during the plagues the Lord brought on Egypt. And it was his staff that he used to part the Red Sea. Even in the desert God told him to strike the rock to bring forth water for the people to drink. But later when the children of Israel needed water again, God used a different method. God told Moses to speak to the rock, but Moses disobeyed God and hit the rock.  He relied on his staff that had always worked for him in the past but this time, it kept him out of the Promised land.  We don’t want to lead from experience or our own strength.  Pray for us to be effective in the strength and wisdom of Almighty God for the Glory of His name.

You see – the prayer list is not too long.  But it needs serious effort on your part.  When we ask you to pray, we are not joking!  It is a serious, vital business.

Prayer Request

Missionary Care Package

Every missionary loves to get care packages from home.  It is a great way to reach out to us and build a bridge of love.

It’s almost as fun for you to pick out things and send a parcel as it is for us to receive it!


We love to receive packages and the postal system here is very reliable and safe.  You can expect it to reach us in 6-8 weeks.  Let us know when you have posted.  This allows us to check our box and inform you when your package arrives.  Uganda does not use the ZIP code system so don’t worry about that.

Need ideas of what to send?

Your friendship means so much to us.  Sending a package is a great idea to show your love.  Thank you for your interest in items we may need.  We have listed some gift ideas that are welcome anytime of the year. But first…

Establish a Postage Budget

It’s easy to spend too much money on postage. Who doesn’t love a great big package?  But therein lies the rub: While it’s easy to shell out coins on goodies, it’s also the easiest place to over load your budget at the Post Office. The secret is to make a package that is not too heavy where every item counts.  Check in advance how much it costs to send an average sized package Air Mail to Uganda.  This will help you have a budget in mind.  And remember: Make a weight limit and then stick to it!

Mail Early

Not only will the items you send improve your mood, they will also enhance our life here.  But if you are targeting a specific season or birthday you need to mail the package early.  It takes around 6 – 8 weeks for us to receive a package and even longer around Christmas time.  Great stuff for the kids to open with plenty of time to spare – It’s a win-win situation.

Always Safe!

We have never had a package stolen, lost or mishandled by the Post Office here.  Even government duty is rarely a problem unless there are many of the same item that they think we may be trying to sell in a shop/store or expensive electronic items.  Everything you send will arrive safe and sound.

Ideas of What to Include in a Package

Batteries – Size AA & AAA

Theses are always helpful and a real priority item for any package.



Tyson makes a nice vacuum packed bag of chicken (this lets you save weight on the can) but there is also tinned meat like Spam or Hormel Beef and Gravy.  (Of course you cannot send frozen items.)  We mix it with rice to stretch it into a whole meal for us. Include Bullion cubes for an extra treat.

Peanut Butter

This is a great thing to send as it is high protein and doesn’t require cooking (i.e. firewood).  We like both Jif and Skippy brand but we think organic is yucky.  Some people have sent peanut powder but it spoiled quickly after being mixed with water.

Off! Insect Repellent

Malaria is a real problem here and even though we sleep under mosquito nets we still need repellent in the evenings.  We like Off! brand best.

Halls Cough Drops – Honey or Cherry

Cough and flu still find us even at the equator.  These are so helpful, especially for the children.

Quaker Oatmeal Packets – Maple & Brown Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon

Throw out the big box and just stuff a bunch in a zip-lock bag.  We love them for a quick snack.

Barnes & Noble Nook Gift Card

A spectacular gift for Catherine who was given a Nook for her birthday.  It is an e-reader from Barnes & Noble.  A gift card allows her to buy books online and down load them in Uganda.

Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese

This brand is great because we don’t need to add milk or butter.  Get the family size!

Band-Aids – Assorted Sizes

Get the tough ones in an assortment of sizes, even the huge ones come in handy.  Throw in some Neosporn anti-bacterial cream for good measure.


Candy – Juicy Fruit, Peppermint Rounds, Snickers Fun Size

We are not picky but these are our favorites.  Throw them in if you have extra space.

T-Shirts – crew neck, short sleeved

These are so easy to send.  Our sizes are easy too!
Shem – Large (bright colors – reds, yellow, blues)
Catherine – Medium (dark green, navy blue, charcoal, deep brown)
Kakai – kids 10 (bright colors)
Kana & Andy – kids 8 (bright colors)

Simple Ball Point Pens

Nothing fancy here.  We sure go through these.  Black or blue is best.

Shampoo with Conditioner

With most people in Uganda not sharing Catherine’s hair type, good shampoo with conditioner is hard to find.

Well, that should be enough to get you started!

We hope this list gives you some good ideas about what to send.  You can email us for specific birthday ideas.  Let us know when you post the package so we can be looking for it on this end.  Here’s our mailing address again.


Something Else?

Perhaps you have something else in mind to send.  You can contact us using the form below to find out if we will be charged duty tax or if it is appropriate for our area.

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