Founders Judith and Godfrey Ebil witnessed first-hand the negative effects to society caused by a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. They spent over three years living and serving the people of Northern Uganda during those difficult times. Judith, having lost members of her own family and friends in the Rwanda Genocide has had a heart of service for the people of Uganda from a young age, specifically vulnerable women and those with HIV. Judith was able to attend Makerera University in Kampala, Uganda. Judith and Godfrey were later given the opportunity to go to graduate school in the US, where they now live. They want to use their training and exposure to give back to the people of Uganda – which is why they founded Empowering Nations.
Judith’s oldest sister, Grace is the third influential woman who makes this ministry possible. Grace has been driven since she was a young girl to rise above her current circumstances and make a difference in her country. She is a lawyer and criminal prosecutor in her country. She is very business minded, determined and has a heart of gold. Grace is the owner of a farm in Luwero that doubles as a demonstration farm and a beneficial resource for the women in this program.
Since they started, both Judith and Godfrey have been ordained as ministers here in the US, Judith has also finished a Masters in Divinity, in addition she is a certified financial coach, and is working as an accountant and they have 3 children.