In May of 2004, the Lord gave a word:
“…Go forth from your country, And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you…
— Genesis 12:1
Proclaiming the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ to a forgotten people, while meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women, and children who are homeless or in need of hope.
Hope Ministries Uganda was founded in 2009 to share the Gospel message of Jesus and to minister to a forgotten and discriminated tribe called the Batwa. The Batwa are one of the oldest documented tribes in Africa. Every area that we minister in is created to build and expand the Kingdom of God. Not only do we minister to the Batwa, but also to the surrounding tribes as we share the gospel message and share that the Batwa are also a part of God’s beautiful creation. As the walls of hate and discrimination come down, there is a deeper understanding that we are all one family in Christ. We believe in hand ups and not hand outs. Our vision is to connect the people in our surrounding communities and raise up Christian leaders to expand the Kingdom of God.
Our Mission Focus is the Four “R’s”
Those from among you will REBUILD the ancient ruins; You will RAISE UP the age-old foundations; And you will be called the REPAIRER of the breach, The RESTORER of the streets in which to dwell.
The Batwa have been held under captivity of both being separated from God and as conservation refugees. The struggle has been real. The hope is that through being the hands and feet of Jesus, Hope Ministries Uganda will help free the Batwa from captivity and they will discover a relationship with the living God. They will no longer be called unworthy. They have a new name and a new life. God is not done with them.
To restore is to bring back into existence. The Gospel message restores the relationship that God had originally intended to have with the Batwa. It restores families as they learn about how God originally created family. The goal is to restore families as they begin to understand the importance of family and especially the father figure and of course the Father figure. Through restoration of the family, the hope is that child abandonment and the number of orphans will decrease. Through restoration we hope to have opportunities to find land where the Batwa can settle, have a home, and begin a new life through our programs to move towards self sufficiency. Research shows that when families become landowners and can be taught to grow their own food, that the child mortality rate decreases. The Batwa children have the highest mortality rate in all of Uganda.
To rebuild the ancient ruins is a beautiful vision. As the Batwa understand and learn that they have been redeemed and restored, their lives can be rebuilt. The vision that Pastor Gerald has been given has been to do this through education, vocational training, demonstration farms, entrepreneurship programs, medical outreaches, church planting, nutritional food programs for children and nursing mothers, caring for orphans and abandoned children, and counseling and discipling families, men and women.
The final goal will be to raise up a new generation who will rise up and out of poverty and be restored in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Through rebuilding the ancient ruins and educating local tribes, the Batwa will no longer feel forgotten and hopeless. Hope is rising up.
Meet Our Team
Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
Pastor Gerald Tugume and his wife, Barbara, work together to spread the Gospel message amongst the Batwa people.
Russell and Sonya Schweighardt, co-founders of Hope Ministries Uganda:USA
Tim serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Ministries Uganda USA.
Teresa serves on the Board of Directors and is also the Program Director of the Child Sponsorship Program.
There is no fear in love! Ruby's personal mission is to show the Batwa the love of Christ and that even the little everyday tasks can bring Him glory.
Tim has traveled to Uganda twice and serevs as a board member for Hope Ministries.
Rachel Weiland is a board member of Hope Ministries Uganda, she hopes to spread the love of Jesus to the people of Uganda and the Batwa Tribe.