John and Sarah Bunjo are the visionaries and founders of Christian Restoration Ministries (CRM) which they started in Uganda in 1998 through their preaching and Christian conferences. In the early 2000’s they met Jane Sullivan in Manchester and in 2008 CRM opened an office in Manchester and became Christian Restoration Ministries International (CRMI).
They continue to oversee all the many ministries that come under the umbrella of CRMI, these include: Bible school, churches, conference, preaching on the radio and television, Abigail women’s ministry and of course the UK part of the charity which includes the schools, sponsorship programme, medical work and housing projects. John and Sarah have been married for 25 years and have 5 children. When they are not working they enjoy relaxing at home with their family and friends. John enjoys playing football and watching action movies.
The Bible verse which inspired them to begin their ministry and still inspires them today is Isaiah 58:12
“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called a repairer of broken walls, restorer of streets with dwellings”
Sylvia Mukomba has been working alongside Sarah in the Abigail women’s ministry since 2009. In 2013 her role expanded to become the general administrator for John and Sarah across all the CRMI ministries—no small task!
Sylvia also has many other talents including qualifications in midwifery, adult and community education and as a pharmacist. She is a single mum looking after her four children and also supporting her sister who is blind, look after her six children (all but two are at boarding school during term time). In her spare time Sylvia likes to read and also to travel. Her favourite Bible verse is Psalm 91 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’.”
Pastor Robert Yewu has been working with CRMI for 5 years and is the resident pastor for the church in Bombo where he lives with his wife Naomi and two children (Gideon and baby Sarah). Robert also preaches and teaches at the CRM Bible school and works alongside Jojoe as the field coordinators for the sponsored children. This work involves checking up on the education and well-being of all 320 sponsored children and following up on any medical cases for the medical team. When he gets time off he likes to spend it with his family and he also enjoys sport.
Jojoe Bunjo is 23 years old and has been working for CRMI full time since he graduated last year with a degree in Social work. In his spare time he like to watch films and listen to music. Jojoe is also part of the Bunjoville band and plays keyboard. He gets his inspiration from Colossians 1:27 “To them God has chosen to make know among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Tom Nsereko is the Special project coordinator for the charity Aid Child and works as a volunteer for CRMI oversee- ing construction projects. He is married to John and Sarah’s daughter Maria, and he has one child, Ethan. Tom was the Ugandan national cycling champion from 96-98, his hobbies still include cycling and also spending time with the family, watching football and playing pool.
Ibra Mwonge is the eldest son of John and Sarah and has been serving CRMI for seven years as a mission coordinator for the UK teams whilst they are in Uganda. There is nothing that Ibra can’t get sorted! In between driving the UK team Ibra runs his own business brokering deals for his clients in anything from apartments to phones. In his spare time he likes to go to the gym. His inspiration is Hebrews 13:16 “ Don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need.”
Pastor Sam and his wife Teddy Blessing look after all the projects in Nakaseke area. They have six children of their own and provide a home for several more orphans.
It has always been Sam’s vision to have a school next to the church where he is the pastor. After two local schools closed the need was desperate and they started a school in makeshift classrooms at the back of the church. In January this year the first phase of the school was completed and the children have started the new school year in their new rooms.
Teddy runs a craft group with the local ladies making and selling their mats, bags, baskets and jewellery locally and in the UK. Pastor Sam doesn’t really understand the notion of free time!
Pastor Samuel has a church in the village of Ssanga and is part of the local leadership in the area. He is a larger than life character and welcomes everyone with open arms. He enjoys sport, riding his motorbike and his wife’s excellent cooking.
The CRMI office team consists of Alice, Sarah, Ellen and Tony who help to keep everything running smoothly.