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Richard Sempala

richard sempala
Person Details
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Country

  • Uganda
Participants Details

YRM Network

  • Church Life, Leadership & Planting

Ministry Focus

  • Children and/or Youth

Occupation

  • Christian Organisation

Funding Status (YRM)

  • YRM Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

Africa Life Youth Foundation is dedicated to training the next generation of leaders. We were equipping other youth groups and leaders around Uganda and East Africa with tools that will enable them to prepare young people in their areas. ALYF hosts large evangelistic events, hoping to see young people impacted with the Gospel and making decisions for Jesus Christ. We also do church planting and are now overseeing five churches under the Real Life Reformed Church Network. In addition, we hold leadership training primarily for local pastors who have never had any Biblical training across the country. Another part of our ministry is to walk alongside single pregnant girls.

When did you trust Christ?

I started hearing about Jesus Christ in the orphanage home where I grew up. Every evening before having our dinner, we would sing a Christian song and read a verse in the Holy Bible. Still, I didn't get the accurate picture of salvation until 1994 when a friend of mine asked me to go with him to the church Sunday school class. There the teacher shared about who Jesus is, and I felt in my heart that I had been missing Him in my life. After the teaching, I gave my life to Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was one of 300 orphaned and abandoned children. At the orphanage, they helped me develop a personal relationship with God, which has become the most important thing in my life. Though I did not make it to college, I met a pastor who let me stay in his office while doing my computer studies and working as a computer teacher for high school students and lay pastors around Kampala. As a result, I started interacting with a lot of youths. At one point, a teenage girl came to me asking for help after being raped repeatedly by her 34-year-old cousin. I intervened and ensured this innocent girl was taken far away from the abusive relative. Since then,  I have felt a firm conviction to help abandoned babies, street children, and orphans in Africa.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to learn listening skills and how to communicate well with the diverse group I am leading. I hope to learn more about church planting and handling disappointments caused by low turn up—building relationships with the group. I expect to gain skills in thinking and planning for the church or ministry beyond today. I also wish to learn how to manage family life and ministry life without creating stress around me as a Team Leader of both institutions and how I can remain accessible and approachable to others when the ministry grows to another level.

What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Africa life Youth Foundation and a teaching Elder with Real Life Reformed Churches Network.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Their investment will help connect me to other mission-minded leaders in Evangelism, Health, and church planting. These connections will be a great help to my ministry.