"Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy" (1 Cor. 4:2, RSV).
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 [coded dynamic number] stellar members from many locations and professions who are serving on the board. The majority are independent members and have no potential family/financial ties to the decisions of the board. This US board has operated actively for [coded dynamic number] years and has done much to establish the legal and operational capacity of the organization.
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.Learn More
Entrepreneur, networker, and vision builder who met Carole through university missions work in 2011. Jared served as a volunteer/staff member until 2016, then as a board member, volunteer, and sometimes contractor until 2021 (he was not an independent board member from parts of 2019-2020).Learn More
Practicing lawyer in Tampa who Carole and Jared both met separately through participation in prayer meetings at his law office. He has served on Favor’s board since 2019, though we have known him for longer.Learn More
Alex is a CFO for large healthcare and pharmaceutical nonprofits who met Board Chair Jared Buswell first through a previous member of our board. After time, we invited him to join our board because his advice was so fruitful with our financial operations.Learn More
David is a retired engineer and urban planner at Fort Knox who was active in missions and prison ministry in several states before linking up with Favor in 2018 as a partner.Learn More
Oil and energy businesswoman who has served as a prayer partner with the Favor team and with Carole since 2008. Martha lived in Houston until moving to Tampa, FL, in 2019.Learn More
Louis has been a pastor and in ministry for more than 50 years and faithfully raised up churches In Ohio and other states. He has mentored his sons who have now taken over leadership of the churches, and Louis serves as a consultant to pastors.Learn More
“We will go to hell and back to rescue those who are perishing, if you will hold the ropes.”
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 warzone, 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 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 in 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. Favor Board of Directors formally recognized Jared in 2020 for his leadership in building the nonprofit’s financial core. Favor’s financial size has increased 20x since Jared started as a volunteer in 2012 ($300k -> $6m/yr donations).
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 Department (2005), Google Business Photos Top Performer (2012), and the City of Broken Arrow Independent Business Owner of the Year Award (2014).
Jared currently serves as the chair of the board for Favor International and is running for the Tulsa Public School Board.
For more information, please visit www.jaredbuswell.com.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mike Blickensderfer attended and graduated from Ohio University in 1974 receiving a degree in business administration. He subsequently attended Seton Hall University School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1985. Mr. Blickensderfer is admitted to practice law in Florida, New York, and New Jersey, being admitted in New York and New Jersey in 1986 and Florida in 1987. He has been a Board member for the past 2 years.
Alex has over 25 years of financial and executive experience providing finance, accounting, and strategic leadership for growth-oriented private, non-profit organizations, and non-governmental 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 in 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, tax filing, 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 and 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.
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 for 3½ months in China in 2017. They have two children, 37 and 35, and faithfully serve many ministries in retirement.
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 Hearts Desire International Ministries, a 501(c)(3) organization to establish and strengthen believers in their faith and pursuit of their destiny in God, and she serves as the organization's President. 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.
Dr. Louis Kayatin and his wife Tina have pastored and grown Church on the North Coast for over 40 years. He is an accomplished author, leadership consultant, and missionary of prayer. His decades of work building intercessory networks in Ohio and Uganda connected him to Favour of God Ministries in Gulu where he first encountered Favor’s work in 2008.
Dr. Louis and Tina have been married over 51 years, have four adult children, 17 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Though he has handed off senior leadership of the four locations of Church on the North Coast to a new generation of leaders, he is still actively teaching, preaching, strengthening families, and making disciples who make disciples at a vigorous pace.