Charles Mugisha Buregeya was born to a Rwandan refugee family living in Uganda. His parents fled Rwanda after the first genocide in 1959, settling in the war-struck country of Uganda. At the age of fourteen, Charles was recruited to work for the guerrilla force as a child intelligence officer.
As the war ended, Charles wanted to attend school, so he prayed to God for help. He began to attend church in a neighboring village and gave his life to Christ. Just a few weeks later, Charles joined other youth preaching the gospel on the streets. After attending Bible college, Charles established a church which today has more than 2,000 people.
In 1995, Charles visited Rwanda. Even though the genocide had ended, signs of death were everywhere. When Charles saw the orphaned children, widows, and homeless people, he had to do something to help. Charles and his wife, Florence returned from their trip with pictures of thirty children who needed to be sponsored. When they eventually moved back to Africa, they established a church and began ministry to the suffering. Africa New Life now has more than 2,300 sponsored children.