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A Village Empowerment Initiative

how Shine was born



/// our founders


Through several trips to Uganda since 2009 and their family putting down roots along the Nile River in 2016, God grew Matt & Lovelyn's hearts for His people there. They found joyful, resilient, hard-working, loving people who often found it very difficult to provide just basic needs for their families: food, safe shelter, clean water, medical care, and education. Sometimes these needs were so difficult to meet that families were being torn apart and children actually becoming orphans due to poverty.

When they saw this up close within the families of their children's friends in the village in which were living, God spoke very clearly that their community in the Western world could partner with their new community in Uganda to uplift and empower. That is when the village empowerment initiative, Shine, was born. Shine seeks to preserve families, prevent orphans, and proclaim the Gospel. 


Shine is located in a rural village along the Nile River about 25 minutes outside of Jinja, Uganda. We are currently fundraising for land there to build a large community center hut as a central location for our programs. This community center will also be surrounded by a beautiful garden, playground, soccer field, and community fresh water well. We pray it will be a place of joy, refuge, and a light to the village, for the glory of God. 


/// our ministry



/// meet our



Shine currently has a staff of 7 employees, 6 who live right in the village where we minister. This is important, not only because it provides income generation within the village, but also because it is paramount to carry out our value of relationship. We want to know each of our neighbors by name, hear their stories, evaluate their indiuidual needs and giftings. We believe empowerment begins with true relationship. Each person has a job title and description, but first and foremost is a disciple of Christ, who desires to point others to Him and mentor our neighbors in discipleship. Meet the Shine staff:


/// Maxy

House Manager


/// pastor robert

Teaching Pastor


/// Andrew

Worship Leader


/// robinah

Family Care Coordinator


/// bonny

Grounds Manager


/// david

Educational Cordinator


/// Andrew