THEY SOLD ALL THEIR POSSESSIONS AND MOVED TO UGANDA TO START ONE CITY MINISTRIES, WITH THE GOAL TO SUPPORT UGANDANS PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, AND SPIRITUALLY
Deb and her husband live over 80% of their time in a village in Mbale, Uganda, where they teach sustainable life change. Vonda, Deb’s nominator, says, “Deb experienced the most gut-wrenching loss of her 18-year-old son Sean to an accidental drug overdose in 2007. She and her husband used this loss to propel them to make a difference. In 2008, they sold all their possessions and moved to Uganda to start One City Ministries, with the goal to support Ugandans physically, mentally, and spiritually.”
Their home is in the Light Village, a 23-acre prototype sustainable village. Vonda says, “They are working to take this model to other parts of Africa, believing that by equipping people to break the generations of poverty, they can change their communities and their country.”
Deb and One City are making an incredible difference. In 2008, two children a week were dying from Malaria; Today, they haven’t had a death in over six years. They’ve established a weekly medical clinic, where they’ve treated over 7000 patients since 2018, and are in the process of breaking ground on the Sean Gilbert Memorial Medical Center. They provide agricultural training, and graduates receive a WaterCart, enabling better farming practices and water access. Plus, they employ over 150 people in their village.
We are in complete awe. Deb, your pure altruism, your faith, and your giving heart are the definition of ridiculously awesome. Thank you.