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Africa: A Continent of Great Diversity

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent. It covers about 20 percent of Earth’s total land area. With 1.1 billion people in 2013, it accounts for about 15% of the world’s human population. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognized sovereign countries. Africa’s median age is about 20 while the worldwide median age is about 30. It straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas. Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures, and languages.

Population: 953,000,000

Spiritually lost: 755,000,000 (79%)

Unreached people groups: 1344

  • Serving Uganda since 2007
  • Mission focus: training pastoral leaders & economic development
  • UMTI team: Bob VandeBrake, Larry Neese & George Wafula
  • Pastors trained since 2007: 200+
  • Businesses started: 200+
  • School children taught: 200+

Uganda: Dee VandeBrake

Uganda Ministry Training Institute (UMTI)
Next door to Kenya, Bob and Dee VandeBrake have worked with the KMTI staff to open satellite schools in Uganda during the last four years. Three years ago their team initially founded the Uganda Ministry Training Institute. Currently there are more than one hundred pastors enrolled in three separate schools across Eastern Uganda. See below for more.


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Jobs for Kenya (Kenya Impact)
In addition to his involvement with UMTI, Bob VandeBrake also works in tandem with KMTI to provide jobs for bi-vocational pastors who comprise the majority of KMTI graduates. Visit for additional information.

Economists estimate that the United States has invested one trillion dollars in aid to Africa in the last 40 years with little reduction in poverty rates. In Kenya, 50% of the population lives on one dollar or less per day. A Kenyans key issue in life is basic survival. They live on the edge of disaster every day. A case of malaria becomes an agonizing decision to buy medicine and go hungry, or not treat the malaria and risk lifelong damage to a child. Every day, ten million people in Kenya alone go to bed hungry with little hope for tomorrow.

The hope for Africa can be found in the history of the economic development of the United States. Millions of settlers spread across the American continent starting small businesses to support their families. We called it rugged individualism. In Kenya, they see it as self-worth. Every man and woman want to provide for their families. No one wants to be called a beggar.

Jobs for Kenya has a three step program to break the cycle of poverty that hangs over most Kenyan families:

  1. Money Management: Start a systematic savings plan for families. Each family must be willing to contribute a down payment on their business loan.
  2. Vocational Training: With unemployment at 50% most young men and woman do not have a marketable skill. At our campus in Kitale (Kenya Ministry Training Institute) our team is developing a 21st-century vocational training center to provide the skill sets needed to establish a successful business.
  3. Funding: Qualified members can receive a Micro Loan to create a business. Through our strategic alliance with the Navigators [?] and seed money from Jobs for Kenya [Kenya Impact], we provide funding for business creation. Each business owner will be involved in a one-on-one discipleship program (designed by the Navigators) to develop their business and personal life skills.