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Apr282014

New Resources for the Karamoja Project

The Elder (red) of a village in the Karamoja region welcomes Andrew and Pastor Francis (pink shirt). (Click to enlarge)In a story we posted last summer about Andrew's 2012 trip to Uganda, we shared a glimpse of how a remote region of the nation impacted him and how it has affected the course of his ministry going forward. The poverty, both spiritual and physical, made such an impression that Andrew knew God had called him to action in the Karamoja region. Andrew's focused efforts in the area, since his visit, have become known as the Karamoja Project.

Rudi and Kam Van Tonder, Directors of Andrew Wommack Ministries in South Africa.
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Through the connections Andrew has made in Uganda, he has been able to equip pastors, including the leader of AWM's efforts in Karamoja, Pastor Francis Tumusiime, with evangelistic materials. Andrew's teaching resources and the ministry's Discipleship Evangelism program are now being used to reach the primitive villages of the area.

Recently, creative new outreach resources have been brought to Karamoja by Rudi Van Tonder and a pair of traveling companions. Rudi and his wife, Kam, are the Co-Directors of the offices of Andrew Wommack Ministries in Tygervalley, Cape Town, South Africa (AWMSA). In March, Rudi completed a 20-day, 7800 kilometer road trip through four countries; the purpose of which was to deliver a one-of-a-kind, mobile movie theater to Francis. The custom truck and trailer will be used in crusades to reach the most under-evangelized people groups in Africa.

Rudi sitting on the custom-made movie trailer, created for the ministry by AWMSA partner, Philip Botha. (Click to enlarge) Rudi's excursion began shortly after hearing about Andrew's desire to reach the communities in rural Uganda. The topic had come to the Van Tonder's attention when David Hardesty, the former COO of Andrew Wommack Ministries, visited South Africa in 2013. During their conversations with David, the Van Tonders shared the story of Philip and Hanna Botha, who are partners of AWMSA. Philip had a vision to build a custom trailer that he could haul all over South Africa, showing the Jesus Film as an outreach. Rudi and Kam thought such a trailer would be quite beneficial for use in Uganda as well. After hearing Rudi and Kam's excitement about Philip's vision, David expressed interest in the idea and agreed the trailer would be a great way to evangelize the outer The investment for the complete package, including the Toyota 4x4, trailer, generator, A/V equipment, camping gear for three, totaled just over $36,000 US.
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reaches of Uganda. He asked the Van Tonders to find out more about Philip's project for him. Both Rudi and Kam agreed to seize the opportunity for their branch of the ministry to sow into Andrew's Karamoja Project by purchasing everything that was required to outfit Philip's trailer and outreach vehicle.

After much hard work, the Bothas and the Van Tonders finished equipping the vehicles in February. Before heading North to Uganda, Rudi and Philip held a trial crusade in Heidelberg to make sure everything was in working order. "They managed to secure a football field in the center of town for the crusade. CBC South Africa students came to help Rudi as well as minister after the altar call at the (L-R) Rudi, one of Rudi's traveling team, Francois Pieterse, and Philip, setting up the new system for the trial run in Heildelberg, SA. (Click to enlarge)conclusion of the film. Approx 100-120 people attended the crusade. Others sat and watched the Jesus Film from the stoops of their houses. All-in-all it was a great success and really got Rudi fired up, even more so, for Uganda," Kam said.

After the test run in Heidelberg, Rudi made final preparations for the trip to Uganda. Part of the prep included connecting with his traveling companions, a Malawian man named, Allan and a CBC-SA graduate named, Francois. Allan brought a much needed skill set to the team in that he was familiar with border crossing procedures in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, where accurate paperwork was the team's least concern. While Allan was fluent in the regional languages Rudi and Philip making final preparations for the long journey. (Click to enlarge)and well acquainted with gaining safe passage into the foreign countries, he was unable to participate in the physical driving of the vehicle—that's where Francois was needed. Rudi and Francois took turns sharing the wheel as the trio covered the distance from Cape Town to Zimbabwe and through Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda.

While the trip's overall purpose was to bring the new evangelism tools and equipment to Francis in Uganda, the journey was also very valuable to Rudi on a personal level. He reached a whole new place in trusting God for his protection and provision, and he witnessed, firsthand, His awesome faithfulness. The trip Setting up the theater, after the long journey to Karamoja. (Click to enlarge)was not without struggle and complications, but God always made a way, even when there didn't seem to be a way. Rudi said God used this journey to show him things to come—especially through the opportunities he was given to minister in the classroom setting in front of CBC students in Harare, Zimbabwe and Kampala, Uganda.

While there were many who responded to the outreach efforts made by Rudi and his team as they traveled across Africa, there is no real way to gauge the overall impact the trip has made. Rudi and Kam are comfortable not knowing, this side of heaven, how many lives have been and will be impacted by Rudi's Rudi and his team training Francis and his team as they set up for the first crusade in Uganda. (Click to enlarge) journey, and through using the equipment Philip created and the ministry provided. "The highlight for me was the crusade we held in a small town called Kotido, Uganda before leaving for Cape Town," said Rudi, "God left the best 'til last. There were in excess of 1000 people watching the Jesus Film intently. But what was really touching was that every time Jesus’ face would appear on screen, from the moment Mary gave birth, right up to when He ascended into heaven, the crowd would applaud and cheer Him on. They gave Jesus a standing ovation."

After the long excursion was made and As dusk approaches, the team makes final checks. (Click to enlarge)the delivery of the new equipment was completed, Rudi and his team flew back to South Africa. While their journey is finished, the mission is really just beginning... The Karamoja region is the least evangelized area in all of Africa. Pastor Francis, who is now in possession of the vehicle and movie trailer, has been implementing Andrew’s DE course for some time through approximately 16 church congregations. Just picture the additional impact. Imagine the looks on the faces of the people when they see this vehicle roll into their village and they view a movie for the first time—and it's about Jesus. Glory!

Curiosity began to build before the movie presentation. (Click to enlarge)Rudi and Kam saw an opportunity to be part of Andrew's Karamoja Project and they helped meet a need. "Andrew wanted a way of reaching the unreached in Uganda, and we, through the faithful giving of AWM's partners here in South Africa, simply provided him a means to be able to do this," said Kam.

Be sure to check this blog for future updates regarding the Karamoja Project. For more details, see our Inside Story post, In the Backcountry of Uganda. In the post we share an interview with Andrew as well as pictures and video from his 2012 trip.

Jesus time in Karamoja!
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Rudi enjoying the first movie event in Uganda.
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Rudi handing the mic to Francis for the altar call.
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Hands going up to receive Jesus!
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Reader Comments (4)

We knew a Van Tonder family 20 or so years ago. They went to our church in Wichita, Kansas and were on a short-term visa from S. Africa,
and had to go back, reluctantly.

Their names were Pieter and Miereke Van Tonder, and had several children. Could be that Van Tonder is a common Afrikanner name in S. Africa.

Anyhow, enjoyed reading your testimony and about your ministry.

April 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor Lock

It was such a joy and a moment of excitement when i heard that Rudi was passing through Zimbabwe going to Uganda. Rudi and his really blessed us in Zimbabwe seeing what God can do through others changing peoples lives. Watching the Jesus film in Domboshawa with cbcZimbabwe students and some rural folks was like we were really in heaven. The crowd had never seen something like that and felt like something new moved in them inspiring them to continue watching .Well done Rudi and Kam and your team.This is not an ordinary project. The Jesus film was shown in Shona as they passed through Zimbabwe.Rudi you blessed us with your testimony . Students were inspired.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOttilia Nyagura

Wow, surely the long journey you guys took is a clear display of your strong love to God. personally l have ever went to northern Uganda and preached the gospel in schools but did not go up to kalamoja, l have collected more than 300 christian movies and have set up a christian library called Divine Christian Edutainment center. we are selling and renting christian movies and promoting them in Uganda, many people even Christians did not know about them or the joy and happiness that comes from watching and listening to them.
Since in Uganda, many people cannot understand English, l translate these movies so well that even kids are able to watch and understand. l would like to work with you since for me now l have opened up a studio that translates christian movies.

what about nigeria.we need such a ministry too.and Andrew's are not avalable here.but thank GOD 4 gospel truth on TBN.

September 25, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterrakia

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