On July 28, Transform African Ministries officially launched at Crossroad Community Church in Portland, Ore. More than 60 people helped celebrate T.A.M’s inauguration through fellowship, prayer, worship songs and food. As the evening’s highlight, Alex Mutagubya shared the five-year journey that led him to start T.A.M and it’s vision for reaching Uganda.

Transitioning from a poverty-stricken childhood and into a life of ministry, Alex looked for a way to strategically reach Uganda for Christ both spiritually and physically. After graduating from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in the United States, Alex visited Kampala to search for his ministry calling. Through his home church, God led him to pastor a small community church in Luzira – a church his wife, Faith, had helped plant.

An industrial village within Kampala, Luzira is comprised of an upper-class, educational hub and a semi-slum. As Alex visited the church, he noticed a strong division in Luzira’s Christian population as well. Nestled in the poorest section of the village, Luzira Community Church attracted only poor people, while wealthier residents drove to large churches in Kampala. And, because missions organizations focus on the needy and marginalized, the middle-class is among Uganda’s most unreached. Alex’s desire to bridge these divisions led him to a bold mission strategy.