“Lord, send me where no one wants to go, to do what no one wants to do.”

In 2001, Favor was founded in the middle of a war-torn Uganda in a civil war with a rebel group called LRA. At the time, the government and the people were unable to fend for themselves against Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Thousands of children were orphaned due to the conflict. Over 66,000 children as young as 5 were abducted and trained to kill and destroy by the rebel forces.

A UN representative summarized it like this, “I cannot find any other part of the world that is having an emergency on the scale of Uganda, that is getting such little international attention.”

Hope was lost and military options to defeat the LRA had failed. Two million people were forcibly interned in camps called Internally Displaced People (IDP) under horrendous condition with no healthcare, sanitation and very little food. The same spiritual darkness that bore Joseph Kony and his rebels were lurking over the camps. A whole generation and a society was marked for annihilation, until God intervened by gathering courageous prayer warriors from the land – and across the world.

To everyone’s surprise, Carole Ward, a 3rd-generation missionary, began to cry out for God to call her to a lifetime of serving in Uganda. She prayed this bold prayer, “Send me where no one wants to go and to do what no one wants to do.” In response, the Lord sent Carole Ward, a trained nurse and battle-hardened prayer warrior to northern Uganda into the heart of the warzone. He baptized her with a supernatural love for the people that drove out all fear of rebel ambushes as she drove alone across the Nile into the lands everyone fled. Though needs were imminent and infinite, she began by doing nothing but 6 months of prayer and hugging and washing the feet of broken lives in the internment camps. The Holy Spirit filled her with a powerful vision to reach the forgotten people of this country by serving and training them into national leaders, to multiply and accelerate the Gospel to the rest of the land. She began simply by renting a house and put a sign on the front that read, “House of Prayer, 7a-7p.” Many indeed  came with their brokenness that the Lord would later use to proclaim freedom to their neighbors, families, country.

God confirmed His Word with countless dramatic miracles of signs and wonders, of healing, unity among a fragmented body, as well as deliverance from spiritual bondage, poverty and hopelessness.

The house where Favour of God Ministries started during the war in northern Uganda. "House of Prayer, 7a-7p"
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One of many "internally displaced people" (IDP) camps when the Ugandan government forced people to leave their villages, so the rebel insurgency wouldn't continue to grow from child soldier conscription.

We will go to hell and back, if you will hold the ropes.

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In time, after much intercessory prayer, many came to join Carole in the ministry of evangelism, Bible teaching and caring for the orphans. When the government required registration to continue the work in this dangerous area, Carole formed the ministry in 2004, with two Ugandans. Though the needs were enormous, God told her, “Build My house, and I’ll build yours!”  (1 Chronicles 17:10 & 25).

Soon after, Favor opened a simple community called the House of Prayer in Gulu, the regional capital in the center of the war. It became a center for a missionary movement that was in part instrumental to end the war through the power of the Gospel.

The ministry quickly grew to 90 national leaders in a few years. Those 90 leaders led to:

  • distributed 80,000+ Bibles
  • trained 7,000+ pastors
  • built a school with 400 attending
  • graduated 500+ leaders from a Bible college
  • reached 50,000+ through trauma counseling
  • built the first Christian radio station
  • held crusades with 1 million+ attending
  • trained government leaders
  • conducted mobile medical clinics for 8,000+ patients

A real turning point in our story was the national prayer event in the Gulu. We organized and gathered in the War Memorial Stadium to unify to unify the tribes, leaders, churches, and regions in repentant prayer for the ending of the war. Simultaneously, Joseph Kony, the rebel leader, pronounced that his power over the land was lost, according to his former right-hand general who converted to Christianity and attended Favor’s New Life Bible College. After a time, the LRA evacuated out of Uganda, bringing an effective peace. The government admitted, the healing of the land was not brought about by military might or diplomatic negotiations, but by prayer and fasting.

Through it, countless people in Northern Uganda, once broken and hopeless, with the help of the ministry, were able to rebuild their lives and the lives of others. Hope returned! There are tangible signs throughout the land and those who were once victims of war are now zealous instruments of revival in the region.

How God Ended the War by Prayer, Repentance, and Unity

The decade since the war in the north ceased by prayer and not by diplomacy or military outcome was uneasy, as the LRA made many attempts to re-enter Uganda after the end of the war, and fill Joseph Kony’s vacant seat. One replacement even attempted several times to kill Favor staff. But, even as times were rife with instability and wounds, people returned to their homes and the Gospel accelerated across northern Uganda to begin restoration As people returned to their homes and children grew up with a missing generation, the Gospel accelerated across northern Uganda with salvations and discipleship. To this day, Favor continues to vigorously bring God’s love and truth to a people hungry for both. The darkness of witchcraft and other idolatries are still challenges and are being driven out to build a new foundation of peace and righteousness among future generations who have never seen war.

Those who were once victims of war are now zealous to serve the ending of wars in neighboring South Sudan.

We began to focus more direct efforts to South Sudan in 2007 by sending missionaries and Portable Bible School (PBS) programs. We organized a legal presence in the nation through trusted Portable Bible School graduates and purchased our first office space in Juba in 2015. That same year we hosted a national prayer meeting in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, just as we did in Uganda, to bring God’s repentance, revival, and restoration. As a result, the first set of peace treaties between hostile political leaders were signed, and many South Sudanese leaders requested a prayer gathering be hosted in each of the 10 states followed by Favor’s many other discipleship ministries

An Unconventional War Documentary
Produced by global filmmakers The Sentinel Group, this documentary contains the earliest recordings of Carole in Africa (from 2005).
Carole Ward

History of Favor

2020
May 26

Management Team Leadership Established

An organizational structure was introduced at Favor that raises indigenous leaders at the staff management and board of directors levels. Team Training in Organizational Infrastructure Development
March 4

Groundbreaking for New Favour Primary School

After 12 years of renting and growing, the Favoru Primary School is now being built on its own land outside of Gulu. This new build will lower costs and legally increase the capacity of the school to serve more students and server the whole city as a testing center.
February 9

First Portable Bible School in Ethiopia

Among the Dima tribe, new leaders in new lands and languages are trained to carry the Gospel with their whole lives.
2019
November 17

Gulu Institute for Transformation Started

…out of rented houses for raising up Uganda’s next leaders from among the former street kids who are coming to Jesus by the hundreds.
September 25

Destiny Youth Revival Started

462 Street Kids reached, 263 salvations, 210 Baptized, 210 Bibles given, 150 in Feeding program started. In the following months, hundreds more would turn their lives to Jesus and grow in a new lifestyle and identity in Christ. The mayor of Gulu reported an 80% decrease in crime in the city of Gulu by December 2019.
March 17

National Prayer Gathering in Juba, S. Sudan

…Sees the Islam-enforcing president of Sudan ousted by military coup the following month, besides many other positive results. First media promotion of Favor occurs on the front page of one of the most important issues ever.
January 31

70 New PBS Teachers Trained Simultaneously

…Through Train the Trainers program. For the first time, Favor prepared enough teachers to operate 10 portable Bibles schools per country simultaneously.
2018
December 31

Record Attendance at House of Prayer

Waves of revival bring regular crowds of 400 people daily throughout 2018 from 12-2pm and evening services, from all denominations, to seek God in prayer and worship.
2017
December 31

80,000th Bible Distributed

…Prayerfully and relationally since 2004.
October 2

New Juba Offices Purchased

Favor’s first owned complex that fully houses the Juba House of Prayer, Favour FM radio station, guest house, and administrative offices.
September 18

South Sudanese Refugee Crusade

…Sees 1,700 new believers saved while in Adjumani, Uganda. Many will go through Favor’s 2-month Portable Bible School and will return to their diverse homelands with this training.
July 11

First ICM Church Construction in South Sudan

…On Dokabur Island.
2016
May 10

Bible-Based Adult Literacy Begins

…With 82 church leaders.
January 24

First Church Building Constructed

…With the Pupwonya congregation in Atiak, Uganda. This building is the first of a vision to build new church buildings with quality, prayer, and local support – 1,000 each in Uganda and South Sudan.
2015
August 19

South Sudan Radio Licenses Obtained

…along with essential radio equipment donated and transported to Juba to set up Favour FM 24/7 Kingdom broadcasting in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
August 1

First House/Office Purchased in South Sudan

Radio station, Guest House, Favor Offices in Gudelle, Juba
July 7

Juba National Prayer Gathering

Repentance, Restoration, Renewal, Revival
July 1

Birth of Women’s Empowerment

Program -First project started: piggeries
2014
June 30

Favor Officially Opens in South Sudan

God opened “Favour Africa” in Juba and acquired 3 large plots of land for future ministry projects.
2013
December 12

Gulu District Local Government Awards Favor

…with a Certificate of Appreciation. Earlier in the year, the government signed an MOU between the city and Favor for continuing partnership in achieving shared goals.
November 3

Favour FM Goes on Air

God’s “air force” for the Gospel goes live after years of prayer and preparation. With donated equipment, consultation, and many vendors assisting, the Gospel and Christian teaching, prayer, news, and education have been available 24/7 to Ugandans throughout the city of Gulu, and beyond as our equipment improved. Favour FM was registered as a company on Sept. 1, 2013.
2012
June 14

Rumbek Miracle Crusade, South Sudan

…with Ray Hannah.
January 15

Wau Crusade Reaches Millions

A Favor-mobilized crusade with Ray Hannah in Wau, the “Muslim capital” of South Sudan, reaches over 1.2 million people on its largest day, plus more of the six other days of preaching and healing.

A Word from Favor

“You want God to do the impossible? Put your feet into the impossibility, and watch God divide the water… You watch God do the supernatural, but go step on it. Go step on it.”

— Carole Ward

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