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Promoting and protecting a piece of God’s vision at Favor Intl.

“Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy” (1 Cor: 4:2)

As people who love Jesus as expressed in the vision of Favor International, the board of directors are volunteers who give time and wisdom to oversee the ministry. Currently we have six stellar members from many locations and professions who are serving on the board. The majority are independent members (have no potential family/financial ties to the decisions of the board). This US board has operated actively for three years and has done much to establish the legal and operational capacity of the organization.

Board of Directors

The US Board of Directors provides oversight to ensure Favor's legal, financial, spiritual, and administrative pillars remain strong and balanced to support the vision.

Jared Buswell

Board Chair & Secretary

Jared is a widely-learned connector and vision builder. Since 2012, he has served Favor US in every position, including the Board of Directors since 2016.

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Dr. Vilma Vega

Vice Chairperson

A native of Peru, Dr. Vega is an international speaker and co-founder of a non-profit that sends doctors and nurses on mission trips to Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Carole Ward

Founder and Inter-national Director

As the Founder and International Director of Favor, together with the indigenous teams that she has raised and trained, Carole continues to spearhead rural tribal discipleship movements on the multi-national level.

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Alexander Kramer

Treasurer

Alex has over 25 years of financial and executive leadership experience for private companies, and non-profit and NGO organizations. As a Favor Board Member, he brings extensive Chief Financial Officer expertise and oversight.

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David Blandford

Board Member

For 37 years, David worked at Fort Knox as an Operations Research Analyst and Urban Planner, where he monitored design and construction projects in the Fort Knox area.

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Martha Mott

Board Member-At-Large

Martha has been an international conference speaker and Bible teacher for 30 years. As a licensed and ordained minister, she has served on various ministry boards and compensation committees.

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“…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

— The Apostle Paul, 2 Timothy 2:2

Carole Ward

Founder and International Director

Juba, South Sudan, and Gulu, Uganda

Carole Ward is a missionary, leader, and teacher fostering an indigenous missions movement in Northern Uganda and South Sudan.  She moved to Uganda in 2002 during a 20-year horrific war, where she served and trained African leaders from all backgrounds to pray. Together they saw the war end,  and she began equipping them to reach their own people with the power of the Gospel.

As a third-generation American missionary, Carole grew up in the Philippines in a militant Muslim area, where her parents were Wycliffe Bible translators.  Her grandparents spent 30 years in China, as medical missionaries in Shanghai. Growing up in the Philippines shaped the longing of Carole’s heart to reach the most unreached people groups with the Word of God, and to embrace the oppressed, widows, orphans, and victims of war and suffering.

Carole came to the United States from the Philippines as a teenager, received a nursing degree, and began therapeutic foster parenting for emotionally disturbed and traumatized children. She continued with that ministry for the next 20 years. In addition, she worked as a nurse in home health and hospital settings, and then opened a residential care facility for Alzheimer’s patients. She served in church administration in positions of leadership training, evangelism, discipleship coordination, and city-wide prayer ministries.

In 2002, the Lord opened the door for Carole to serve in Uganda. She was the interim director of a Bible College in southern Uganda and had the oversight of 42 Portable Bible schools in 5 East African countries, through a Campus Crusade missionary work. During that year of service, God began to answer the cry of her heart, “Lord, let me lay my life down for you, where no one else wants to go, and to do what no one else wants to do.”

As the war in the north claimed thousands of lives and saw 50,000+ children abducted, and as missions, government agencies, and westerners were leaving the war zone, Carole moved into the area to pray and to live. Her cry was, “Lord, would you give me a bucket of water and a towel so I could walk through the land and wash the feet of men and women who have walked in suffering that I’ll never understand.”

After 6 months of prayer, Ugandans came to her with desperate visions for reaching their own people with Bibles, discipleship, education, evangelism, and more. The government required registration to work in the high-profile war area, so Carole formed Favour of God Ministries in 2004 and began training indigenous missionaries to run the vision.  Because of desperate prayer meetings, reconciliation, and unity among believers and tribes, God used these Ugandan nationals, under Carole’s prayerful leadership to help end the LRA war by 2006.

In 2007, God led Carole to begin extending the missionary work into Sudan before it became liberated. Again, the cry of her heart, was ‘Give us the lost’. This led to National Prayer Gatherings in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, being mobilized in 2015 and then again in 2019, in order to see enough peace for the Gospel to extend to the farthest regions of the nation, and into the most remote tribes and villages. In 2014, FAMI was birthed as a sister organization to FOGM in Northern Uganda, with the same vision, passion, foundation of prayer, and indigenous leadership development within each country. The vision extended was for every tribe and language to reach their own people and beyond, with the power of God’s Word.

As the Founder and Executive Director of Favour of God Ministries and Favour Africa Ministries Intl, and through the indigenous teams she has raised up and trained, Carole continues to spearhead rural tribal discipleship movements, organizes national prayer events, cares for orphaned and community children, establishes Christian education, trains indigenous leadership, equips hundreds and thousands through Portable Bible Schools and trauma rehabilitation, plants and builds churches throughout the two nations, conducts mobile medical clinics, and carries on with a passion for the unreached people groups of Northern Africa.  Under her leadership, pioneering ministries are advancing the Kingdom of God into remote tribal regions and unreached people group areas that are most needy for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Carole is passionate about prayer and teaching God’s Word.  She burns with a vision to see people walk in a new level of restoration and revival.  She loves God’s people, as well as the lost, and feels deep compassion for the suffering, the poor, and the abandoned. She is an agent of national transformation. For more information, please connect with Carole on LinkedIn.

Jared Buswell

Board Chair and Secretary

Tulsa, OK

Jared is a widely-learned connector and vision builder who serves leaders and organizations needed in the world today.  An aspiring polymath who has constantly sought the whole truth, he has given his service to Favor since 2012 to support this unique model of national transformation and to support God’s work through our powerful and passionate family in Uganda and South Sudan.

While serving with Favor, Jared has worked every position on the US side for seven years and has served on the board of directors since July 2016. He and his wife, Janice, lived in Uganda for 3 months to serve and train the team. Also, US domestic travels have brought him face-to-face with most of Favor’s supporters and followers.

Jared operates a virtual tour technology business celebrating 10 years and is Oklahoma’s longest-running panoramic photographer. For 15 years, he has pioneered ways to tell the whole truth experientially about places to know, and he has photographed over 1,200 locations in seven states for hire.

Jared and Janice are active prayer leaders and disciple makers at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa in addition to connecting several city-wide prayer movements.

Jared completed courses of study in Multimedia Production, Christian Philosophy, Music Performance, Literary Writing, and Mathematics at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa  and Marquette University in Milwaukee. After producing projects and teaching courses at ORU in graphic and web design, new technologies, and international missions, Jared left in 2009 to start a virtual tour business. His awards include National Merit Scholar (2001), Outstanding Graduate of the Year, ORU Communication Arts Dept (2005), Google Business Photos Top Performer (2012), and the City of Broken Arrow Independent Business Owner of the Year Award (2014). For more information, please visit www.jaredbuswell.com.

Dr. Vilma Vega

Board Member and Vice Chair

Tampa, FL

Dr. Vilma Vega is a board-certified infectious disease physician and a certified HIV specialist. She also is a certified personal trainer and certified health and wellness coach. She has a degree in ministry.

A native of Peru, Dr. Vega is an internationally known speaker on various subjects, including infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS as well as faith-based subjects, such as global missions, integrating medicine and faith and the role miracles play in medicine. She felt a call to missions since childhood, eventually co-founding Hearts Afire in 2006. This Sarasota-based non-profit organization sends doctors, nurses, ministers and others on short-term humanitarian mission trips to Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Vega has been involved in clinical research trials for more than 20 years. She has served on various pharmaceutical advisory boards and speakers’ bureaus on the subject of HIV. She was a 2008 recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Vega received her medical degree from the University of Illinois, where she developed a passion to practice infectious disease. During her training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, she felt a strong calling to care for HIV/AIDS patients at a time when it was not popular. After her residency and fellowship in infectious disease, Dr. Vega joined Infectious Disease Associates in Sarasota, Fla., in 1995, continuing her efforts to fight the disease that ravaged so many. She served as the medical director for the Community AIDS Network Clinic in Florida and also as a clinical research director for the Infectious Disease Associates Center for Clinical Studies.

Dr. Vega believes strongly that “God is the eternal healer. He is the divine healer.” She uses medicine as a tool to love people like Christ loved others. More info: www.vilmavega.com.

Alexander Kramer

Board Member and Treasurer

Los Angeles, CA

Alex has over 25 years of financial and executive experience providing finance, accounting, and strategic leadership for growth-oriented private, non-profit, and NGO organizations.  Alex – who has lived and worked in Asia, Latin America, and Africa – brings mission knowledge and hands-on experience serving in both start-up as well as sophisticated international non-profits. As a Favor board member, he brings Chief Financial Officer expertise and oversight. Alex holds an MBA (Finance) from “Thunderbird” (American Graduate School of Intl. Management), speaks Spanish, and holds various IFRS Accounting Certifications issued by the AICPA.

Recently, Alex was CFO of a $160M medical and social services non-profit organization where he was responsible for all financial operations and accounting matters. There he contributed to the strategic decision making of the organization and supported a diverse management team with financial and accounting services, including reporting, funding, taxes, and financial compliance. Previously, Alex was CFO of portfolio companies for Millennium Capital Partners, a boutique investment group that provides direct investment and private placement capital and equity financing services. There Alex oversaw strategic turnaround of accounting and finance operations, capital formation, SEC and foreign finance & trade compliance administration, helping stabilize and grow portfolio companies (ranging from start-up to multi-national in size). Some of Alex’s earlier career roles include VP Finance & Accounting for Venture Strategies Innovations (an international non-profit), CFO of UWD Group (USA and Germany), Head of Trade Finance for Honda Motor Co., and Chief Credit Officer for CNH Capital.

Alex has served on several boards during his career including Hearts Afire, The International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, and he was nominated Chair of the Global Initiatives Council for the LA Chamber of Commerce (a group of over 570 companies). Alex was also named as one of the most influential people in international trade in California by the Los Angeles Business Journal. To learn more, please connect on LinkedIn.

David Blandford

Board Member

The Villages, FL

For 37 years, David worked at Fort Knox as an operations research analyst, conducting cost effectiveness studies of potential new military equipment, and as an “urban planner,” monitoring design and construction of construction projects on Fort Knox.   David has served in leadership for Residents Encounter Christ (REC), providing weekend God encounters within prisons in several states.

David and his wife, Sandy, have extensively traveled on short-term trips in the western hemisphere and 3½  months in China in 2017. They have two children, 37 and 35, and faithfully serve many ministries in retirement.

Martha Mott

Board Member-At-Large

Tampa, FL

Martha Mott has been an international conference speaker and Bible teacher for over 28 years. As a licensed and ordained minister, she has served on various ministry boards and compensation committees. In 2012, Martha founded and serves as President of Hearts Desire International Ministries, a 501(c)(3) organization to establish and strengthen believers in their faith and pursuit of their destiny in God. In Bible schools, ladies’ retreats, ministry conferences and churches, Martha has taught extensively on prayer, the power of confessing the Word and the victorious faith walk.

Martha was Executive Assistant to her late husband, Virgil, for over 25 years, in his various business enterprises–commercial real estate development, oil & gas operations and partnerships in landfill and mortgage company day-to-day operations. Many doors of opportunity opened over the years for marketplace ministry.

With a B.S. in Secondary Education from Dallas Baptist College (now University), her fields were History and Political Science. Martha considers her study of the Bible and biographies of heroes of faith a very rewarding pursuit for life and ministry.

About 14 years ago, missionary Carole Ward became a focus of prayer, ministry support, and friendship. Martha was impressed with the purity of Carole’s heart: her zeal and dedication to the people of Uganda and South Sudan, and the enormous task that she had embarked on as a true nations-changer. She has counted it an honor to serve Carole and the Favor ministry vision in various capacities.

Martha makes her home in Riverview, Florida.

Opit Church Dedication

A Word from Favor

“You want God to do the impossible? Put your feet into the impossibility, and watch God divide the water… You watch God do the supernatural, but go step on it. Go step on it.”

— Carole Ward

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