Serving through family-focused, holistic, and relational leadership development in the 750 churches of Southwest Uganda. We desire to see Ugandan leaders equipped to create uniquely Ugandan expressions of ministry to children, youth and family.
Fifty-one percent of the population of Uganda is under the age of 15.5 and only seven of the 750 BUU (Baptist Union of Uganda) churches of Southwest Uganda have a children’s or youth ministry. The children and youth of these churches have no one discipling them. The Ugandan church leaders have recognized this need and have identified the development of children and youth ministries as their primary strategic goal in their ten year plan. They have invited us to lead this movement.
We are the Smagacz family and we love kids, believe in family, and have a desire to see people transformed by the power of the Gospel. As a couple, our lives came together with a shared passion to work with children around the world. Suzanne grew up as a missionary kid in Zaire and has her BA in Educational Ministries from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago). Caleb has his BA in Bible from Moody Bible Institute and his Masters of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena). Caleb has served as the Children’s Pastor at Westside Church in Omaha, NE for nearly 10 years. Suzanne has taught as a preschool teacher, and is now a stay-at-home mother for our three sons, Judah, Levi and Asher. God has equipped us with a specific set of passions, skills, experiences and abilities that will be used for the building up of the people and the church of Uganda.
We will be working with a network of 750 churches to identify, train, and disciple children and youth ministry leaders. We hope to raise up a generation of leaders that create uniquely Ugandan expressions of next generation ministry in every single church in Southwest Uganda.
Our multi-leveled approach to leadership development will include:
– Micro-finance Loans
– Nutrition Education
– Training Seminars
– Vision Casting
– Leadership Development
– Seminary Course Development
– One-on-One Discipleship
and other necessary dimensions as we hope to see the healthiest possible environments for the children of Uganda.
Pray that God would equip us with the necessary tools, partners and finances for the ministry He has called us to. Pray also that God would continue to raise up leaders with a passion to empower the family and disciple the next generation. We need to identify the best strategies to engage 750 churches that are spread out over a large and remote geographical area. We need wisdom to work with the right leaders and communities at the right time. It seems too big to do on our own!