We are excited to not only wish Faith, our Child Sponsorship and OVC coordinator in Uganda, a very happy (belated) 30th birthday, but also to share her powerful testimony and 7 lessons she learned from it! Take it away, Faith –
“While in my mother’s womb precisely at 7 months, the doctors advised my mother to get rid of the pregnancy as it was a high risk one for her. She had severe malaria at the same time but as you can all testify, I am here. God gave me a brave mom. At 3 years and 7 months, my father passed on to glory and that’s when life got hard…” Poverty threatened Faith and her mother, but God was not yet done with them.
At 4 years old, Faith developed meningitis and cerebral malaria. Her mother was advised to take her into the village because she could no longer take care of her. Faith can’t recall exactly what life was like at that time, as she was so young, but she does remember that it was very difficult. She was later taken to live with her aunt, and she says, “God bless her for me.”
This is when Faith’s breakthrough came. She was brought into a Christian organization that supports children through Child Sponsorship. Faith remembers, “I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and got a beautiful [sponsor] family that assured me of their love. I didn’t worry about my school or medical needs and they called me their own. God bless you dad, Derek, and mom, Pamela!”
She says, “This is also the sole reason I am so passionate about the children [I work with] and [child] sponsorship. It is because I know that it changes lives. I feel like giving every sponsor a hug!”
Faith later graduated from university and got a job with Christ’s Hope International caring for children who are growing up very similar to how she did. She says, “I chose to work with Christ’s Hope because there’s more time spent with the children than at any other organization, and that’s more rewarding. They become like family!”
Faith married a wonderful man, Benon, and they now have two beautiful daughters – 4 years old and 8 months old. They are thankful to have an amazing church family and friends both in Uganda, and in other countries. Talk about God’s faithfulness!
So without further ado, here are 7 Lessons Learned from Faith herself –
1. God has the final say
2. Trust God wholly
3. Giving, changes lives
4. Don’t give up
5. Sponsor a child
6. Be positive
7. Be thankful
Oh, and happy 30th birthday to Faith!