We are delighted to introduce you to Esther Ssempebwa the new Executive Director of Fields of Life in East Africa.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Esther Ssempebwa, I am married to Robert Ssempebwa who is a pastor. We have been married for 18 years and the Lord has graciously blessed us with Deborah our 13 year old daughter together with several other children under our care. I made a decision to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 14 years old and I can testify that it’s the best decision I have ever made in my life. Am an ordained children minister/worker so children and families are my passion. I love dogs and I have 2 of them.
Where have you worked previously?
I have worked with World Vision Uganda, Send a Cow, Office of the Prime Minister and most recently with Action Africa Help International. I have worked in various capacities as a community development worker, Programme Coordinator, Grants manager, Programme Manager and Country Director.
Tell us a fun fact:
Until this year, we have been celebrating my husband’s birthday on 24th July coincidentally a day before my own birthday. Everyone loved the back to back birthday celebrations until during one of the celebrations his mum asked him who told him that he was born on 24th July because as far as she knew he was born on 24th April. He is not sure at what point he picked the wrong date he has carried all his life. During the lock-down we celebrated the correct birthday for the first time on 24th April.
Why did you apply for the role of ED at Fields of Life?
FOL work is the kind that I call ministry that gives true joy and purpose. Over the years I have worked with communities and lived among them and I have witnessed the hard work and determination of many individuals, families and communities as they sustainably build their self-reliance and resilience which is in line with the vision, mission and values of FOL.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
Am looking forward to planning for the new strategic period and witnessing previously vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals becoming empowered and confident to champion their own and others self determination to overcome societal constraints and poverty. I can not wait to hear the dreams the children have and being part of the journey to enable them realize these dreams.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Passionate, sociable and professional.
What would like us to pray for as you join Fields of Life?
- Please pray that the Lord may grant me WISDOM as I lead and serve His people
- I pray that the Lord may grant me a heart of understanding to ensure justice and righteousness in my service.
- I pray that the will of God will be done for He knows why He has brought me to FOL at a time like this.