Global Outreach International
Box 1 Tupelo, MS 38802
Stephen & Esther Napier
Born in 1973, Stephen has known nothing but a loving family and a solid Christian upbringing. Making a personal decision for Christ at age 5, he followed the Lord in baptism a year later. Most of his spiritual heritage is to be credited to both his family and his childhood church. While in Christian school in 6th grade, Stephen sensed a call on his life to full-time missionary service, and God has allowed him to pursue that dream ever since.
Born in 1974, Esther grew up in a home split between Catholicism and Evangelical Christianity. During her childhood years, she trusted in Christ at her father’s church, while completing the necessary traditions such as confession and confirmation at her mother’s Roman Catholic church. When Esther was a teenager, her mother put her faith in Christ alone, and their family began a singular pursuit of becoming a Christian home. Esther rededicated her life to Christ at age 20 and was baptized at age 21. As a child, Esther received a call to missionary work and has been fulfilling such in various capacities during her past 15 years of marriage.
Stephen and Esther have been married for over 15 years. They have 4 children: Patrick (12), Caleb (10), Andrew (7), and Josiah (3). The boys are all homeschooled allowing for flexible scheduling and travel for ministry involvement. Glacierview Baptist Church in Homer, Alaska, has been their home church since 2002.
Description of Work
Our family will be working with Global Theological Seminary in Jinja, who works to provide practical and theological training for national pastors from Uganda, as well as from Kenya, Sudan, Congo, and Rwanda. This college for national pastors does an excellent job providing solid theological training, but currently has no program preparing these leaders to work with the younger generation.
Our role will be to establish youth and children’s ministry courses into the required curriculum for the students at Global Theological Seminary and then to partner with these new national pastors following their graduation to assist them in developing effective ministries to the masses of youth across Uganda.
Our passion is to see national pastors equipped to plant and lead thriving and reproducing churches that will evangelize and disciple the people of East Africa.
Prayer Requests & Praises
1. We start language learning today. Our classes are Monday through Friday 7 - 8:30 am and then again from 2 - 4 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Language acquisition is a key aspect of our long-term effective ministry here.
2. Praise God the work visas were granted; pray that our passports are not lost as immigrations processes the visas.
3. For our family as we continue to acclimate to the culture, new routines and customs, and learning the Luganda languages.
4. Safety as we travel throughout rough and lengthy driving conditions across the region, including police/military checkpoints.
5. Praise God for the housing He provided.
6. Effective use of our time as we invest in pastors, villages, and orphanages. There are much more needs than we could ever fill.
7. Pray as the new seminar for pastor training begins the week after Easter.
8. Pray for our new schools in Waibale and Soweeto, for God to use them to impact the lives of many children and their families.