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Richard Sempala

Richard Sempala
Person Details
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Country

  • Uganda
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Church Life, Leadership, and Planting (Foundational) Network

Ministry Focus

  • Children and/or Youth

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
  • Needs YRM Funding
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I founded the Africa Life Youth Foundation in 2004 for the purpose of taking the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to youths in their communities. Since then, I have been speaking in schools four times a week, organizing youth leadership conferences across the country and the great East Africa region, holding youth camps, and speaking at an annual evangelistic event called the Youth Festival for Jesus. We support pregnant young girls with physical and spiritual guidance. We have started 24 school clubs for the purpose of helping youths to evangelize and disciple their peers. We are building a youth ministry network across our country. We are providing youth leaders in villages with basic theological training to help them to understand how to prepare a sermon.

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 the reverend Kefa took into his home. While there I was able to study up until high school. But more than anything else, I was helped to develop a personal relationship with God, something that has come to be 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, as well as working as a computer teacher for high school students and lay pastors around Kampala. I started interacting with a lot of youths. I remember a time when a teenage girl came to me crying after being raped repeatedly by her 34-year-old cousin. I was able to intervene and made sure this innocent girl was taken far away from the abusive relative.  Since 2002, I have felt a strong conviction for helping abandoned babies, street children, and orphans in Africa.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to gain more skills in listening and problem solving and to build relationships with other youth ministry leaders across the world. I hope to learn how to build a youth ministry that will make disciples across the country. I am expecting to build relationships and to learn about what other youth leaders are facing in their ministries and how they handle challenges. I expect to see growth within me after the year of mentoring.

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

I am the Executive Director of Africa Life Youth Foundation and am responsible for running the entire organization. I fundraise for the entire organization and am responsible for our annual budget. I direct the organization's operations and programs. I develop and implement accounting policies, procedures, and operational reporting and metrics. I oversee and report on the organization's results to the board of directors. I build relationships with external organizations that have similar goals.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

There are limited resources available for youth ministry. Most senior pastors do not understand the value of investing in youth ministry departments. Parents are not cooperative.