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Global Orphan Project
The Global Orphan Project, Inc. (“GO Project”) is a global orphan care and orphan prevention ministry headquartered in Kansas City. GO Project serves in some of the poorest countries around the world. GO Project has facilitated local church based orphan care in more than 20 countries with a focus on Haiti, East Africa, India, and the United States. They now care for more than 57,000 children worldwide.
The global orphan pandemic is a horrible blight on our world today, but this also presents the opportunity for radical life transformation. Millions of children in the poorest nations of the world have suffered catastrophic family breakdowns. These children, true orphans – the ones at the very end of humanity’s line, have disappeared from our world’s “helping” agenda. These children are the heart of GO Project.
For such children, GO Project focuses on the local church as the next line of care. Families and caregivers within the local church can become family to orphaned and abandoned children – and do so in a way that keeps these children connected within their community fabric.
To extend its work into Africa, GO Project established GO Project – Africa Ltd. (“GO Africa”). Three years ago, GO Africa opened it’s office in Kampala, Uganda near the epicenter of the African AIDS pandemic. From there, GO Africa piloted its unique model of local church-based orphan care and now has 35 orphan homes providing care throughout Uganda.
The Global Orphan Project is a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
GO Project, through it’s African subsidiary (GO Africa) in Kampala, Uganda, will work with King’s Kids Africa, the Presbytery and the local churches to: (i) identify the needs for orphan homes; (ii) select the neediest of children for these homes; (iii) help the local church understand it’s “ownership” and responsibility to care for the children and their homes; and (iv) provide ongoing monitoring and support. (Key Individuals: Trace Thurlby – President, Global Orphan Project; Alison Barfoot – Executive Director, GO Africa; and Rose Kanyunyuzi – Field Representative, GO Africa)
Dr. Alison Barfoot and Rose Kanyunyuzi will be the “boots on the ground,” who will lead GO Africa’s work with King’s Kids Africa.
- Dr. Alison Barfoot is a gifted leader and is serving as GO Africa’s Field Director. Alison knows Uganda, Eastern Africa, the on-the-ground local church network, and the unique challenges of end-of-the-line orphan care in the region. There could not be a better leader molded to manage the work of GO Africa.
- Rose Kanyunyuzi graduated Number 1 in her class at Uganda Christian University. She has become a noted lecturer and counselor to vulnerable women and children in Uganda and the Congo. And now, she has joined the GO Africa staff to lead their local church partners in the care of orphans.
Presbytery of East Africa
The Presbytery of East Africa (the “Presbytery”) is made up of a body of more than 110 churches in East Africa (including Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) and the Covenant Bible Institute of Theology (“CBIT”) in Mbale, Uganda. Pastor Morris is the Moderator of the Presbytery and is responsible for overseeing the church membership and promoting church planting, evangelism and discipleship training.
The Presbytery (and the local churches they serve) will be the “clients” of King’s Kids Africa and will define the needs, priorities and timelines for our work. Ultimately, it will be the Presbytery and the local churches that will “own” and be responsible for the orphan homes, schools and churches we build. We want the children and communities we serve to view the local church as their provider. Having planted more than 110 churches, the Presbytery has established its own construction services team who will be responsible for contracting with local builders and managing the construction of any work King’s Kids Africa does in Uganda. (Key Individuals: Morris Ogenga – Pastor; and his wife Aidah)
Bio – Pastor Morris Ogenga
Morris Ogenga is the Pastor of the Bible Presbyterian Church Mbale, where he has been serving for 25 years, and the Moderator of the Presbytery of East Africa. As the Moderator of the Presbytery, Pastor Morris has responsibility over all of the Presbyterian Bible churches in East Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Pastor Morris was trained at the All Nations Bible College in Kampala, Uganda and was responsible for planting his church in Mbale, Uganda.
Over the last 20 years, Pastor Morris has led an effort to evangelize the nations of East Africa with the goal of planting 200 churches. This work has been done in partnership with Global Missions Fellowship, African Christian Training Institute, and over thirty different partner churches (collectively, the East Africa Ministries) throughout the U.S. Along with planting more than 110 churches, Pastor Morris has worked with mission teams to conduct evangelistic crusades at more than 150 local schools. Through Pastor Morris’ ministry, thousands of pastors and church leaders have been trained in evangelism and discipleship. Over 55,000 people have trusted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior as a result of his obedience to God.
Pastor Morris, working with Grace International Children’s Foundation, continues to support the Lulwanda (“The Rock”) Children’s Home (orphanage) that operates at the site of a 1999 church plant in Bulolelo Village. There are now 120 orphans being fully provided for by this home.
Aidah Ogenga, Pastor Morris’ wife of 30 years, leads women’s Bible studies and is the coordinator for the children’s ministry (Awana) at many of the local churches. She also is a member of the Dove Choir, which performs at crusades, an important part of the church planting effort. Pastor Morris and Aidah have 3 children.
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