ROTOM is a Christian ministry dedicated to meeting the spiritual, social, physical, and psychological needs of the elderly and children under their care in Uganda & Ethiopia.
VISION & MISSION
Older persons living dignified and fulfilled lives.
Empower older persons and their dependents, through the love of Jesus Christ, to attain a better life regardless of their faith.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
- That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- The Bible is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God
- In the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His death on the cross, His burial and resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father in Heaven, and His personal return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead
- In the indwelling power and presence of the Holy Spirit
- In the saving grace of God through our faith in His Son Jesus Christ and confession of our sins
- In the resurrection of the body
We are committed to upholding the Christian faith and its principles with integrity:
Love – Christ centered service beyond self (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
Evangelism and Discipleship – Sharing the Good news of Jesus Christ and nurturing believers (Matthew 28:18-20)
Honesty – Open and truthful in word and deed (Proverbs 12: 22)
Justice – Fair treatment for all without discrimination (Matthew 7:12)
Respect – Acknowledge, serve and honour all humanity (Mark 10:45)
Stewardship – Responsible and accountable to God and People for the use of resources entrusted to us (1 Peter 4:10)
Teamwork – Value each person’s contribution (1 Corinthians 12:12-16)
Edmund Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi founded ROTOM in October of 2003. In 2002, Kenneth (then living in the USA) and his wife Miriam sponsored two orphaned girls who were living under the care of their elderly grandmother, Elizabeth, in Uganda. Elizabeth, had lost all of her children and was left caring for her orphaned grandchildren. In Uganda, government assistance for the elderly, such as social security, pensions, insurance, medical care, disability or child support does not exist. The vulnerable generally rely on surviving family members to help them meet the basic needs.
Kenneth soon learned Elizabeth did not have a house, and they lived in a rundown shelter ready to collapse at any time. With help from friend Gwen Kahler, he began to mobilize support from friends in Pennsylvania; in December 2002, he flew to Uganda and built them a new brick house. It was at this time that the LORD opened Kenneth’s eyes and heart to see the severity of the impoverished lives elderly people live in Uganda. He learned that a big percentage of the productive age had succumbed to past wars and HIV/AIDS leaving the elderly in dire need. The family was no longer able to provide for its vulnerable and Elizabeth and many elderly were suffering terribly. Seeing the loneliness, extreme poverty, disease and hopelessness many elderly people carry with them each day touched and changed his life. He decided to abandon his dream of bringing his family to USA and returned to Uganda to minister to vulnerable older persons.
Kenneth returned to Uganda on October 16, 2003. He visited Elizabeth daily and spent time listening to her story. Elizabeth later introduced Kenneth to several other grannies with similar challenges and quickly he was visiting eight grannies. They all shared the same story of pain, loneliness, hopelessness and poverty. Realizing he could not do much, Kenneth asked if they could all come to Elizabeth’s house weekly for prayer and group support. The Weekly Fellowship as it became known became so popular that Elizabeth and her friends would meet at 9:00 a.m. and stay until past 3:00 p.m. Nobody wanted the fellowship to end as all were enjoying one another’s company, conversation and prayer.
Kenneth soon learned the elderly needs were more than loneliness but also health, and care for their grandchildren. With support from friends, Kenneth started providing meals at the fellowship and working to meet additional needs, as he was able. Kenneth was informed that in order to continue these services he was required to be registered as a legal entity. He approached long-time friend Kenneth Kataryeba (Kenneth K) and others, who willingly formed the first board with Kenneth K serving as the first Board Chairman. In April 2004, ROTOM was legally registered as a NGO in Uganda.
When Kenneth decided to return to Uganda, his friends Gwen Kahler and Jimmy Shoemaker led a group of friends in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas, in efforts to support Kenneth. In early 2004, these efforts culminated into ROTOM USA, the first fellowship partner. Colorado Springs, CO has been the home of ROTOM USA since 2010.
Kenneth was introduced to Bill and Marlene Wyatt through his former pastor and wife, Robert and Della Innes, of Full Gospel Church in Antigonish, Canada. In 2006, the Wyatt’s became the Founding Directors of ROTOM Canada serving as the second fellowship partner.
Soon after his return to Uganda, Kenneth’s long-time friends, Siska Wunderlich, Thomas Knierim and Sonja Otto came to visit in 2004 and 2005. Seeing the needs of seniors and Kenneth’s passion, they became the first German sponsors along with a few of their friends back home. Kenneth realized a formal structure was necessary due to increasing interest and support in Germany; in 2007, he reached out to his former employer Missionswerk Frohe Botschaft (MFB) in Germany and requested assistance and senior support. MFB responded well to Kenneth’s request and later became the third fellowship partner.
During a visit to Uganda in 2008, a Canadian grandmother, Linda Hallett, fell in love with ROTOM’s work and the elderly supported. This love prompted her to make return visits to Uganda, and brought along her childhood friend, Adrienne Shaw, from the UK during her visit in 2012. On return to the UK, Adrienne mobilised friends to support the work of ROTOM. Adrienne soon became the Founding CEO of ROTOM UK, the fourth fellowship partner, in 2013.
In the summer of 2014, Jay Hartwell from Accent Church, Monument, Colorado, became introduced to the living conditions in Ethiopia. He found Ethiopia’s situation to be grave and alarming for older persons and their grandchildren. In response, ROTOM Ethiopia was established as fifth fellowship partner.
ROTOM (Global) Fellowship was born to provide a framework within which the different ROTOM partners can effectively contribute to one vision.
ROTOM Fellowship (International)
Kenneth E Mugayehwenkyi
Founder and Executive Director
Reach One Touch One Ministries (ROTOM)
P.O. Box 205, Mukono, Uganda
+ 256 392 299588 (Office) +256 788 832418 (Mobile)
The purpose of ROTOM Fellowship is to:
– Safeguard ROTOM’s identity
– Provide oversight to relationships between different ROTOM entities
– Support the growth of ROTOM in new countries
The current members of ROTOM Fellowship are:
Uganda | Canada | USA | Ethiopia | Germany | UK
ROTOM Partners subscribe to the LAUSANNE STANDARDS