The Orthodox Presbyterian Uganda Mission [OPUM]
OPUM has been operating in Mbale, Uganda since 1995 and in the Karamoja region since 2000. The goal of the Mission is to labor, with the grace given by Christ, to establish an indigenous church that is self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating. In addition to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, there exists a robust diaconal work designed to adorn and support the propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The members of the Mbale station work with the indigenous Presbyterian Church in Uganda for the purpose of facilitating their formation as a mature, grace-empowered, self-sufficient body. The station also operates Knox School of Theology, a pastoral training institution for African students from Uganda and Kenya. Works of mercy are also in operation in Mbale.
There is no indigenous reformed church in Karamoja. The members serving on the Karamoja station labor in the areas of evangelism, church planting, leadership training, village Bible instruction, literature production, literacy training, medical care through the work of Akisyon a Yesu Presbyterian Clinic, community health instruction, and other works of mercy such as the operation of a farm.
The current members of the OPUM are:
- Rev. Dr. Charles & Connie Jackson | Mbale
- Rev. James & Esther Folkerts | Karamoja
- Leah Hopp | Karamoja
- Rev. David & Rashel Robbins | Karamoja
- Mark & Carla VanEssendelft | Karamoja
- Christopher & Chloe Verdick | Karamoja
- David Nakhla, OPC Short Term Mission Coordinator | USA – firstname.lastname@example.org