At 7 years old, Stephen Oundo developed a deep passion for music after discovering his father’s guitar. Thirty years later, he uses his passion to draw others closer to Christ.
Born in Jinja, Uganda, Stephen was raised in poverty by his single mother. Between losing his father and going days without eating, Stephen felt like his life had no direction, no hope and no certainty. But when he entered Compassion’s sponsorship program, everything changed. Through the local church, he received healthy meals, mentors and education. Above all, he was able to develop the musical abilities God gifted him.
With help from Compassion, Stephen received his bachelor’s in development studies from Uganda Christian University. He now works as a private a music teacher, senior pastor at Child of God sanctuary, wedding performer and truck driver. Later, he hopes to return to school to grow his ministry skills. Stephen lives in Swansea, Massachusetts, with his wife, Tonya, and son, Sam.
Pulling from his musical and pastoral experiences, Stephen can speak passionately on various subjects. He loves speaking on hope, unity and love, emphasizing the power of testimony. No matter the topic or audience, Stephen seeks to be living proof of Compassion’s impact.