(Luisa, in Masese, Jinja)
There are many stories coming out of the trip our team just finished in Uganda. We hope to share these stories in the coming weeks and months, and would ask that if you feel so led, join us in praying for God to continue to move in the hearts of His children, in whichever continent they reside.
The following comes from one of our team leaders, Mitch:
I met a lady in Masese named Luisa. She is blind, HIV positive and cares for her 2 youngest children and 2 grandchildren. Her husband left her 8 years ago and her oldest child (man in his mid 20s) as left her and has nothing to do with her. She works odd jobs at the Bethel Junior School and makes about 10,000 shillings per month ($3.50). Her rent is twice that and her daughter pays her 20,000-30,000 shillings per month to take care of her children. Two of the 4 children that she cares for go to Bethel Junior School and she stated that the school has changed their family because they get 2 meals per day and an education that they would never get otherwise. Her dream job is to have her own charcoal making business because that is one of the few things she can do being blind and can do right in her community. One of our team members has committed to donating $200 to Pastor Andrew to assist her. That money will pay for her rent for 1 year and get her all of the supplies that she needs to start her business.
How awesome is that? Five years ago, the Bethel Junior School didn’t even exist. Now this precious woman has two grandchildren being fed both materially and spiritually by the staff at Bethel Junior. Our prayer is that these children will be able to continue their education, continue to develop physically, and that they’ll grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that the foundation currently being laid allows for generational change when these children are in their 20’s and 30’s.
This story is just one of many. Thank you for praying with us and for standing with us. In Christ, our work is not in vain, for we are laying up treasures in heaven, even as we strive to improve life on earth now (Matthew 6:19-20).