Charles Vicent Okiiso* – Uganda

Area Director

Charles (pictured left) was born in 1983 in an Eastern Region of Uganda called Kumi. Charles still lives there, where he serves as an area director alongside his beautiful wife Jane Ruth and their four children. Charles is an extremely godly man and strives to know God well, by living into His word and being a light in his community.

Charles first met Jesus in 2006 through Young Life as he explored the question of what happens after death. He met his two Young Life leaders playing soccer after school. Charles interviewed them for his journalism class and asked them why they always hung out with high school kids. This created a great first interaction and Charles was so touched that they seemed to want to get to know him more. As this relationship progressed, and Charles accepted Jesus into his life. In 2007, Charles went to leader training and was encouraged by Steve Larmey, the group senior vice president international east, to start Young Life in Kumi. Starting Young Life here has had its share of challenges but Charles now oversees a fruitful ministry with over ten leaders and several clubs.

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