Charles Vicent Okiiso* – Uganda

Area Director

Charles was born in 1983 in an Eastern Region of Uganda called Kumi. Charles still lives here, where he serves as an area director alongside his beautiful wife, Jane Ruth, and four children. Charles is an extremely godly man and strives to know God well, dive into the Word and be a light in his community.

Charles first met Jesus in 2006 through Young Life as he explored the question of, “What happens after death?” Charles originally met his two Young Life leaders while playing soccer after school. He interviewed them for his journalism class and asked them why they always hung out with high school kids. This created a great first impression and Charles was so touched that they seemed to want to get to know him more. As the relationship between him and his leader progressed, Charles accepted Jesus into his life. In 2007, Charles went to leader training and was encouraged by Steve Larmey, Young Life’s group senior vice president of Africa/Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, to start Young Life in Kumi. Starting Young Life here has had its share of challenges, but Charles now oversees a fruitful ministry with many leaders and several clubs.

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