“An African Dream” is a registered charity, which dates back to 1997 when Mark Wynter heard and obeyed a call from God to go to work in Western Uganda. During the following five years Mark visited annually to preach at a Bible teaching conference. Over these years a strong relationship was built with Pastor Lumika Masereka Eric (who is now Bishop of the East Kasese Diocese of the Full Gospel Church (FGC)) and his wife Rebecca.
In 2001 Mark and his wife Sophie bought a piece of land on which they planned to build their home with the intention of settling and working in Kasese Diocese long term. In 2002 they were based in Kampala for six months to learn the language and to prepare for their future life. Whilst back in the UK in 2003 for the birth of their first son Noah, Mark was re-diagnosed with cancer. In October 2004 their second son James was born, and sadly Mark died in January 2005. At this point Sophie realised that the calling to work in Uganda would develop in a different way.
After Mark’s death, Sophie returned to Uganda to visit friends and to strengthen previous relationships. Following discussions with Rev Lumika as to what the land should be used for, it became clear that a
primary school would be of most benefit to the local community, which led to the building of St Mark’s School. AAD now exists to support St Mark’s school, orphans, widows and pastors in the local area.
Sophie remarried in 2010, is based permanently in the UK but continues to work in close partnership with Rev Lumika. A team representing the charity visits the school and community each year to review the work and to encourage the Ugandan leadership team.