Our program, Light a Candle Uganda, serves 400 children in some of the most difficult areas of Kampala, Uganda. Kampala has 3.5 million people living within the city limits, including 57 slum areas where the poorest of the poor live. Of those living within these slums, 50% are children under the age of 15.
Most have only one parent or no parents at all due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and many are in danger of sexual exploitation. By providing meals, education, and mentoring, we are giving these precious children opportunities that brighten their future, protect them from sexual abuse, and help them reach their full, God-given potential.
Bonny was born and raised in Kampala. He graduated from Makerere University with a bachelor's degree in International Business. His wife Julian is a statistician who resigned from her government job and dedicated her life to supporting and nurturing vulnerable children.
Bonny’s passion in life is to ensure that every child is given the right to be a child; as a result, he has been key in advocating for children's rights in Uganda and has been educating parents and communities about the need of keeping children in school.
Through Light A Candle Uganda, Bonny has establishing a strong team that is creating a better world for young boys and girls of the Kampala community. He believes that everyone has a role to play and if we all played our parts then the world would be a better place.
What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? I came to know about Forward Edge through my great friend Gabe Winslow with whom we have for long shared about having a world where both the poor and rich live in harmony. Forward Edge gives me the opportunity to be a part of God’s story and to have a deeper understanding of my purpose in life which is to put smiles on the faces of vulnerable children.
If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why? Ray Barnett: Founder and CEO of the African Childrens Choir. Barnett left his comfortable home and came down to Uganda during the times of war. He worked hard to protect and bring hope to the marginalized. Today the African Childrens Choir has changed many lives through spreading the Gospel in music and dance and continues to bless and nurture leaders. It is because of Ray’s servanthood spirit that I would love to dine with him.
What is something about you others are often surprised to learn? I train and conduct children’s choirs.
Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Uganda. Total trip cost for each team member is $1,995.
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You will work with Bonny, Director of Light a Candle Uganda. Serving in Uganda may include:
Some of our teams have served alongside local doctors and nurses to host a one-day medical clinic which benefits the local children and their families. Relational activities such as arts and crafts, music, games, gifts, or sharing your talents are strongly encouraged and can make a lasting impact in the lives of those we serve.
For entry into Uganda, a US passport and Ugandan visa (purchased 30 days prior to arrival) are required. If you already have a passport, please be sure that the expiration date is at least six months past the date of your departure from Uganda.
TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation on location is included in your trip fee.
ACCOMODATIONS: In Kampala, you will be staying at a safe and secure guest- house. Towels and linens will be provided.
IMMUNIZATIONS: The government of Uganda does NOT require any shots or immunizations to enter the country. However, Forward Edge highly recommends that all team members are current on their tetanus vaccination, and that they consult a personal physician for further guidance.
YELLOW FEVER: Please visit the Center for Disease Control website, https://www.cdc.gov, to understand the risks and recommendations associated with Yellow fever.
TEAM PACKS: Once team member registration is complete, Forward Edge will send individualized team packs including a Forward Edge t-shirt, Team Member Manual, and other helpful information.
SCHEDULE: Each day your team will experience a morning devotional, an evening debrief, and relationship building opportunities through serving local people.
Team members have the option to participate in a 3-day Safari at the beginning of their trip. The price ranges from $600 to $900 per person based on group size. Contact us for more details.
Sheri's Forward Edge experience began in 2000 when her ordinary family got a last-minute call that a missions organization needed help the following day for a weekend conference whose scheduled worship leader was unable to attend. Her family of five thought they were saying yes to a weekend, but God had additional plans. Just a few months later, David, Sheri's husband, took leave from his job for a three-week Forward Edge trip serving Kosovar widows alongside Albanian missionaries. From that point forward, broken for the broken-hearted and motivated by God through the humble servants at Forward Edge, David and Sheri began facilitating teams to different Forward Edge locations when they could. There were long dry periods of time that felt very ordinary — it seemed God was leading them to just be faithful in their ordinary lives — in the marketplace. And then there were times when God was asking for a little more. In 2005, they, along with their three kids, resigned from their jobs and ordinary lives and moved to Tiranë, Albania for a one-year assignment to serve and love this previously atheistic country and her people.
Back in the states, life continued ordinarily as they resumed day jobs (Sheri an engineer, David a surgical technologist), finished raising their kids, and facilitated Forward Edge teams. Since 2007 Sheri has worked in a local school district, most recently managing capital construction — building new schools and renovating existing ones. She is overjoyed to now be serving alongside the staff at headquarters, building for eternity instead!
Sheri is passionate to see the glory of God in people as they walk in freedom and confidence in who they were created to be, understanding His immense love for them. She is continually overwhelmed by His demonstration of His glory through the beauty of creation, whether watching the sunrise on the drive to work, kayaking with her husband on a Pacific Northwest lake, or hiking and camping in the mountains with their married kids.
What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
The fact that God uses ordinary people to serve him with whatever they have!
If you could have dinner with any person in history (except Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with my grandpa who died before I fully understood the power of prayer. A farmer and rural college maintenance man, tennis champ, and traveling worship leader himself (he played the saw!), I've heard stories all my life of his dedication to prayer for his family — I'd like to thank him and continue to learn from him.
What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
People are usually surprised that I'm an engineer and got to work in San Diego right next to the ship where the Navy dolphins trained.
Hi! I’m Sheri, the Uganda Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Uganda!
If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams here.