Lifelong friends on a mission in Uganda
The Dexter Daily Statesman in Missouri reports:
Kyle Carter, who currently resides in Sikeston, recalls that years ago he told his lifelong friend, Bobby Garner, “Anywhere you go, I’ll support you, but don’t expect me to go with you!”
That sentiment changed a few weeks ago when Carter, the minister of the Advance Church of Christ, took a journey of the heart and of the soul to Uganda at the source of the Nile River, where Garner and his wife, Candice, both from Dexter, have served for the past five years with the Kibo Group International. The projects, affiliated with the Church of Christ ministries, involve creating partnerships and solutions for sustainable African development. Garner has moved up the project’s chain of command in recent years and currently serves as Country Director of the Kibo Group Projects in Uganda.
Carter and Garner met before they were two years old and have remained close friends throughout their lives, graduating together from Dexter High School in 2000. The Garners, in their role in Uganda with the Kibo Group, work in the poverty stricken area of the Busoga region in Jinja, Uganda with very specific goals in mind. Efforts focus on digging and rehabilitating water wells in the area, thereby changing the hygiene culture of the area and ensuring a hygienic and sanitary environment. As standards of public health are raised, the focus turns to education and economic viability within the communities in which Garner and other missionaries work.