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4000-151-Van Wart, Matt and Elizabeth

We serve the people in Western Uganda struggling with disease and poverty.

Pray for us as we learn Runyankore and navigate life in a new culture!

About us:
I, Matt, grew up as a pastor’s kid. God was always a big part of my life. I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of four and a few years later was baptized by my Dad. I continued to be active in church as I grew. At the age of fourteen, I surrendered my life to foreign missions during an invitation given at the end of our church’s missions conference. A few years later my Dad had the opportunity to visit missionary friends in Uganda. When he returned with stories of the amazing people of Uganda and their overwhelming medical needs, I felt the Lord calling me to Uganda specifically.

I, Elizabeth, grew up in a loving, Christian home. I asked Jesus into my heart around the age of four just before nap-time. Being able to attend a Christian school from kindergarten through twelfth grade was a wonderful blessing. In the fall of ’97, I went to college and later received my Associate’s Degree in Legal Secretarial May of ’99.

Elizabeth and I met in college and got married in January ’02. I had received my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in the spring of the previous year. For the past ten years, I have been working at a local hospital gaining valuable experience (and children). We have two boys and two girls: Nathaniel, Madalyn, Vivianne, and Alexander.

After the birth of our first child, God made the call to Uganda personal to me (Elizabeth). I love how the Lord can use the unusual to get our attention! When our last son was born, I began to feel restless; God was preparing me for change.

We applied to WorldVenture and were appointed in August ’12 as missionaries to Uganda. Matt will be working with people in rural Uganda, teaching public health while building relationships to share the love of Christ. Elizabeth and the children will have their own opportunities to share our faith, as we interact with and become part of the community as a family.

Uganda, Africa