The Anglican Diocese of Karamoja in Uganda is our link diocese. It was established by CMS workers from the UK with the first church being planted at Lotome.
Our link began 2010 with the diocese sponsoring a visit from Bishop Joseph, accompanied by his wife Margaret. This relationship witnesses to our concern for fellow Christians in Africa – especially for those serving Christ in a poor and under resourced region such as Karamoja.
WHEre is karamoja?
This region is located in North East Uganda and borders Kenya and South Sudan. The diocesan centre is situated in the town of Moroto providing office space for both administration and large meetings. The Cathedral is also found within the grounds of the diocesan centre. With the help of supporting churches from overseas, especially in the UK, a guest house has been built to enable some income for the diocese.
It is a region with little infrastructure resulting in limited health and education facilities. The diocese has established a high school, hospital and clinic to help meet the needs of the people around Moroto and Amadat. But the diocese relies on support from other Anglicans or aid agencies to maintain this work.
WHO IS the bishop?
Bishop Joseph is married to Margaret (a school teacher) and they have 6 children. Joseph grew up as a shepherd, living off the land. His schooling didn’t begin until he was about 11 years old. Later on he had the opportunity to study theology to enable him to serve as an ordained minister in the diocese.
Joseph and Margaret live in Moroto, where they grow stable foods and raise goats to sustain themselves. The Bishop travels around the diocese as funds allow.
How does dnwa support Karamoja?
We have been supporting the diocese through prayer (see Day 31 in our prayer diary); raising money for St Andrews High School in Lotome with our annual Christmas appeal; carrying out special projects like provision of running water in the diocesan centre, and supplying knitted baby clothes for the hospital; as well as, organising in-service training for clergy and church workers to better equip them for their ministries.
Bishop Gary Nelson has been visiting Karamoja since 2012 preaching in churches and teaching week long intensive, particularly on biblical theology and discipleship. We are thankful for our friends, family and members of the diocese who support these teaching trips to Karamoja.
For more information on how you can support Karamoja please contact the diocesan office:
phone: (08) 9921 7277