As God Loves Uganda explores the evangelical campaign to change African culture, the film focuses in on a range of people. These are the main people in the film:
One of the most prominent leaders of the Evangelical Christian Right, he is best known as the visionary and co-founder of “The Call” solemn assemblies. Engle has focused much of his ministry around the issues of abortion and homosexuality, encouraging his followers to embrace lifestyles of radical prayer and fasting. Engle resides in Kansas City with his wife and seven children, where he is part of the leadership team at the International House of Prayer.
Rev. Jo Anna Watson
Jo Anna has been traveling to Uganda as a missionary since 2002. She has been affiliated with the International House of Prayer since its inception in 1999 and is an advocate for the Kampala area IHOP project. Jo Anna mentors young Ugandans training for ministry, fostering what she believes is the next generation of leaders that will bring change to the nation. In 2010, along with Lou Engle, Jo Anna helped to coordinate “The Call Uganda”.
Jono is the Director of Media at the International House of Prayer and Director of IHOPU’s Forerunner Media Institute, which offers comprehensive video and sound production training to its students. The IHOP Media Team, led by Hall, streams 24/7 live prayer, broadcasting more than 1 million hours of video each month to hundreds of nations around the globe.
The International House of Prayer (IHOP) was founded in Kansas City, Missouri on May 7th, 1999. Within months, Founder Mike Bickle and his intercessory missionaries had established a 24/7-prayer schedule, wishing for the full power of God to be released into every sphere of society and heal cultural sickness. The organization aims to spread the word of God into every home on the planet by 2020.
Rev. Kapya Kaoma
Formerly an Anglican priest in his home nation of Zambia, Reverend Kaoma now works within the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. He has dedicated much of his life to the study of theology and holds a Ph. D. from Boston University. In 2009, while conducting research on the inhumane treatment of LGBT peoples in Uganda, Kaoma was forced to flee the country when his safety was jeopardized by the same violent sentiment he had come to investigate.
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo
Christopher Senyonjo is a religious figure and LGBT rights activist from Uganda. As a young priest, he studied at New York’s Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Church of Uganda and was elevated to Bishop in 1974. In the early 2000’s, as a result of his affiliation with LGBT groups and peoples, Bishop Christopher’s titles were revoked by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda. Despite this condemnation, Senyonjo has continued his work and in 2012 was awarded the Clinton Global Citizen Award, which hailed his “visionary leadership” in the fight for human rights in Uganda.
Learn more about Bishop Christopher Senyonjo and his work on his website, Saint Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre.
Jesse and Rachelle Digges
Jesse and Rachelle, former students of the IHOP Bible School, moved to Uganda in 2008 to establish the Digges Mission Base, which trains and mobilizes missionaries in partnership with IHOP. Jesse and Rachelle return to the United States regularly to raise funds and secure sponsorships for their ministry.
Pastor Robert Kayanja
Pastor Kayanja is the founder and Senior Pastor of “Miracle Centre Cathedral” in Kampala, Uganda, which boasts a capacity of over ten thousand seated congregants. A proponent of the Evangelical faith, Kayanja has hosted many prominent American religious figures and endorses the work of American missionaries all across Africa. He is one of the top five wealthiest people in Uganda.
Pastor Martin Ssempa
Martin Ssempa is a Ugandan pastor, activist, and founder of the Makerere Community Church. He supports “abstinence and fidelity only” education in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. In support of this effort, he claims to be leading a fight to “kick sodomy out of Uganda”, standing strongly in favor of legislation that proposes the death penalty as punishment for acts of homosexuality. Ssempa has garnered significant criticism for his extreme tactics, which include, but are not limited to, showing gay pornography in his own church. The Ssempa family splits their time between homes in Kampala, Uganda and Las Vegas.
Pastor Scott Lively
Scott Lively is an American author (The Pink Swastika / Why and How to Defeat the “Gay” Movement) and activist best known for his staunch opposition to LGBT rights. His 2009 campaign against homosexuality in Uganda, including a testimony given to the Ugandan Parliament, has served as inspiration for Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill. Lively is currently standing trial in U.S. Federal Court on charges of inciting the persecution, torture, and murder of gays and lesbians in Uganda.