Yudah Tadeo Okumu

Topics: Adult Conferences, Child Advocacy, Church and Society, Church Engagement, Church Partnerships, Compassion Alumni, Education, Global Poverty, Leadership, Leadership Development, Marriage & Family, Men, Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth, Youth and Young Adults

Yudah Tadeo Okumu

Okumu lives his life to inspire and transform others. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Restore Africa Network, a ministry that provides advocacy and empowerment opportunities for children and marginalized communities, and in refugee camps, training of pastors and ministry leaders, Church planting and supporting marriage and family enrichment in Uganda and progressively to the rest of Africa (https://restoreafrica.net). God took his hopeless background and turned it into a powerful tool He is using to impact lives all around the globe.

Okumu was raised, along with his eleven siblings, in the impoverished village of Butema in eastern Uganda. With an absentee father, his mother did all she could to provide for her family on her own. Often going without food, education was a luxury that remained out of reach. Everything changed when, by God’s grace, Okumu was sponsored into Compassion’s child development program through a local church. For the first time in his life, his physical, nutritional, educational, and health needs were met.

After completing high school, Okumu was accepted into Compassion's leadership development program and received a scholarship to study economics and statistics at Makerere University. He has gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in ministry leadership at Moody.

Okumu is a dynamic and passionate preacher who enjoys speaking to church congregations as well as high school and college students about his personal journey, transformational leadership, and being a bold witness for Christ. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Harriet and their three children, Jezreel, Jael Alma, and Joy Hadassah.