Where We Serve
Bundibugyo is where the first Serge long-term mission team began serving.
For more than three decades Serge missionaries have served in Bundibugyo, a rural district located in western Uganda along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the early 1980s, a Ugandan refugee invited the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia to help rebuild the church after the devastation of the rule of Idi Amin. By the late 1980s, missionaries were living in Bundibugyo and working with the Ugandan Presbyterian Church to plant the churches of the Bundimulinga Presbytery, translate the Bible into the local language of Lubwisi, and to disciple young pastors.
Serge’s model in Bundibugyo embraced holistic expression of the Gospel from the beginning, addressing the overwhelming material needs of the district in order that the movement of churches begun in the 1980s could flourish.
Today, the Serge team seeks to live as vessels of the gospel restoring communities to bring worshippers to Jesus. We value prayer and partnership, investing in emerging Ugandan leadership. We work together to show the compassion of Jesus to the poorest.
What We Do in Bundibugyo
The Serge team in Bundibugyo works alongside national healthcare workers to express God’s love in the model of Jesus through preaching and healing in the following ways:
Healthcare at Bundibugyo District Hospital:
- Kacie Forrest, RN, builds on the Helping Babies Breathe Program, a program started by Serge missionaries, which targets the management of newborns in the crucial first ten minutes of life. She works alongside Ugandan midwives reinforcing resuscitation skills and modeling compassionate, competent care.
- Drs. Scott and Jennifer Myhre currently round in the pediatric, NICU, and maternity wards to provide assistance in the most crowded and understaffed wards in the district. They also train young doctors and clinical officers, procure medications and supplies, as well as contribute to medical teaching and Bible studies for the staff in the district.
Public Health Outreach:
- The team runs BundiNutrition Program, which serves malnourished children and their families. Hungry children are given a locally grown and processed food supplement to improve their nutritional intake and parents are empowered through nutritional education – taught by trusted and trained Ugandan staff in order for this important content to be taught in the local language in a relatable and well-received manner.
The Serge team helps to develop Christ School Bundibugyo, a boarding school for orphaned and under-resourced children, founded by Serge missionaries in 1999.
Students receives a quality gospel-centered education and are discipled by their teachers and missionaries through weekly chapel and small group meetings. The Serge team works to develop the school spiritually, academically, and towards self-sustainability.
“By the grace of God, this community has been developed significantly over the last two decades through the work and service of Christ School Bundibugyo graduates. Look in the hospital and clinics and you will find doctors and nurses who graduated from CSB. Look in the courts and you will find lawyers and clerks who graduated from CSB. Keep looking further and you will find pastors and accountants, mothers and city planners, business owners and engineers, farmers and journalists who graduated from CSB. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧.”
– Patrick McClure, Director of Development for Christ School Bundibugyo and Serge missionary
Water is Life in Bundibugyo. Many people in Bundibugyo collect water from public tap stands, protected and unprotected springs, and local streams. Many utilized sources are unsafe and as a result, Bundibugyo has a high infant mortality rate and significant waterborne illnesses.
The Bundibugyo team works to share Christ through improving access to safe water through:
- New infrastructure for gravity-fed clean water systems, and rehabilitation of older systems.
- In 2020 our engineer Josh Dickenson rebuilt the Nyahururu water system after it was destroyed in a landslide, providing clean water to over twenty thousand residents.
- Making water projects sustainable by increasing the knowledge base of local technicians through training and workshops
- Improving end-user water handling and storage through community outreach
- Providing emergency assistance to repair essential systems when they are damaged due to natural disasters (flooding and landslides).
The Bundibugyo team continues to support the completion of the Lubwisi Bible, providing office space and financial partnership to indigenous translators. We celebrated the completion of the New Testament; currently, the book of Psalms is being finalized. Pastor Mike Forrest and other team members preach, lead weekly discipleship groups, and organize pastoral training workshops.
Meet The Team
Missions Opportunties in Bundibugyo
We need people who are interested in living in a close-knit team situation in a remote, but very busy place that is full of daily challenges and demands regular repentance and belief.
Many of the ministries of our team are established, but still require great resourcefulness and initiative to maintain. However, the power of the gospel is truly transforming Bundibugyo.
Here are the ways you can join our team: