Alumni Profile: Scott ’05 and Jamie (Rosser) Laslo ’06
“Theophilus put his hands on my shoulders, looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘Jamie, Jesus is calling us to carry a cross. Do you know what that means? It means completely dying.’”
When Scott ’05 and Jamie (Rosser) Laslo ’06 went on a missions trip with Dr. Henry Krabbendam to Uganda, Africa, they could not have known that God would use it to transform their plans, entrench their hearts in Ugandan soil, and interweave their lives with the lives of some 300 Ugandan children.
But that is just what God did.
During the time Jamie spent in Uganda, she met Theophilus and Sarah Kamara, who were caring for a group of orphan children in the village of Mutungo. The Kamaras called their ministry “Ranch on Jesus,” and Jamie found herself wanting to come alongside them in their work.
“God opened my eyes on that trip to the reality that the kingdom of God was bigger than me, and bigger than my personal devotions or inner piety,” says Jamie. “God didn’t just want me to read my Bible every morning and not gossip. He wanted me to do justice and love mercy; to be the hands and feet of Christ in a real way. I saw Sarah Kamara doing this in her poverty, and it cut me to the soul.”
Upon their return home, Scott and Jamie got married and founded Pearl Ministries, a non-profit that partners with Ranch on Jesus Orphanage and Primary School. The Ranch orphanage is now home to 60 children, and the primary school is giving an education to 300 pupils. Scott and Jamie’s vision is to empower the Kamaras to do their work by connecting churches and individuals in the U.S. to their ministry.
They have seen firsthand how difficult work can be across cultures, even between close friends.
“You have to die to yourself to minister in and with another culture,” says Jamie. “Especially because there are so many negative perceptions and bad track records for Western missionaries serving on the foreign field. But if you enter into a culture humbly and quietly, you will be blessed. I have seen and experienced a richness of diversity, culture, faith, and love beyond what I am able to process or contain.”
God used professors and classes at Covenant to awaken both Scott and Jamie to a call to serve interculturally. Both point to Dr. Henry Krabbendam as their greatest spiritual mentor, and to Dr. Daphne Haddad as the one who taught them about intercultural awareness and sensitivity in an increasingly globalized world.
“Dr. Haddad taught us that helping others requires humility, insight, and wisdom through listening and becoming a servant first,” says Scott. “She taught us to beware of creating dependency, but also not to neglect the poor, needy, and oppressed.”
“Cultural diversity was celebrated at Covenant,” says Jamie. “Folks at Covenant were honest about cultural sins, mistakes, and hurts of the past while still believing that Christ had power to overcome that, to continue using us, and to unite his people. It made me want to be a part of that story.”
Scott and Jamie currently live in Birmingham, AL, while Scott finishes seminary training at Beeson Divinity School. They travel to Uganda each summer, engaging in evangelistic, preaching/teaching, and mercy ministry. Their dream is to live next door to the Kamaras and watch their children grow up together. They recently welcomed their first child, Vivian Nora Kyamagero (“Miracle”) Laslo.
“We are walking hand in hand with the Kamaras, which sometimes is so hard,” says Jamie. “But it also creates deep love. I love them and those children more than I can say.”