In March 2007 I was looking for opportunities to serve God. My journey was intercepted by a young man Mario Loyep whom I knew from the past. Our path was re-united and the bond formed led us both to Karamoja. He led us to his home land where the elders were searching for new ways to help their people. The timing was perfect for both teams and the new relationship formed is now what we call hope for tomorrow.
Negotiations between the elders and Mrs. Susan Nsubuga began in 2007. In January 2008, Mrs. Susan Nsubuga sent a team that Included Miss Faith Nsubuga her daughter, Bill Behrman a friend, Mrs. Peace Kyambadde her sister to see the proposed site and to meet with the local elders. Land transactions meetings began on March 13 ended on March 14 2008. The land transaction from the Karamajong elders to the Master’s Vineyard Ministry was signed and the documentation process through the local government started. The Masters’ Vineyard Ministry staff has conducted 12 trips to the area done research, and documentation to ensure both the ministry and the local elders accomplish their objectives. The land survey began in 2008 and was completed in November 2009. The survey done was approved by the Entebbe Land office in March 2010 and forwarded to the The Uganda Ministry of Lands in Kampala which is pending title issuance. In August 2011, the work on site will begin with water and the road construction, followed by a Multipurpose administration building. A chapel to be later used by the students will also be constructed at the same time with later finishing deadline due its complexity. The Master’s Vineyard Ministry will have full presence in the area during this time and moving forward to complete the education campus in 2024. Through the many components of development, the ministry will serve students starting with 3,000 and ending the completion to serve 15,000 students on a yearly basis. In the near future feeding schools in other towns such as Kotido, Kidepo, and all over Karamoja will be constructed making sure that every Karamajong child has access to education.
In The past 3 years, we have encountered many obstacles but have stayed the course. Poor road infrastructure and brocken bridges in the area can shake anyone’s intestines so bad that only the committed to the projects promise to return. Water from Mt. Moroto during the rainy season makes it impossible for our trucks to get to the site. Other infrastructure obstacles have been insecurity and lack of communication services. Although we were assured by the local elders that we would always have their protections, there were too many guns in the area to take the risks. We have communicated with the local community and designed the entire education development ministry to serve the entire community. Our goal is that this time, no karamajong will be left behind. From the young primary age to University level, we will provide services to educate and support the community in uplifting themselves from poverty.