7 Lessons Learned

7 Lessons Learned

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!

There are many more children growing up just like Faith did, who need the support of a sponsor!

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Congrats to our Grads!

Congrats to our Grads!

Join us in celebrating three young men who have recently graduated from the Christ’s Hope program in Namibia! Richard, Ivan, and Harry have all worked very hard and are grateful to their sponsors and Caregivers at the CarePoint who have supported them throughout their journey. All three young men feel ready and equipped to face the future as adults because of the guidance and support they have received through Christ’s Hope!

Ivan

“I am thankful for the Bible lessons, tutoring, and school supplies given to me at the CarePoint which have helped me greatly throughout the years. I plan to continue my studies now that I have graduated from secondary school. As I heard of the amazing things the Lord has done, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I feel well prepared for whatever lies ahead because I have learned that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13). I would like to request continued prayers as I leave the CarePoint and enter into adulthood.”

In the future, Ivan plans to reinvest in Christ’s Hope by sponsoring other children and helping provide for them as he was. Ivan’s advice to other children at the CarePoint is this: “Be obedient to the caregivers and pay attention to what you are taught”.

Richard

“I have attended the Ministry CarePoint since I was 8 years old. During that time at the program, I received the free gift of Salvation through Christ after my father passed away in 2010. I am thankful for how Christ’s Hope has prepared me for the future by opening my mind to the Word of God and how to cope with manhood and loss. I am committed to continuously strengthening my faith through reading the Bible and prayer.”

Richard aspires to study and become an animal doctor now that he has finished his secondary education. He plans to reinvest in the CarePoint so that the other children will take their studies seriously and retain focus on their school work for a better future. When asked if he would recommend the Ministry CarePoint to others, Richard replied, “Yes, because all orphans, AIDS affected families, and vulnerable children need to be taken care of and to hear the Word of God for them not to lose hope.”

Harry

“I have been attending the Ministry CarePoint since 5th grade and plan to continue my education in criminal justice to help those less fortunate. I enjoyed taking the Genesis Design class where I learned the Word of God, how to show others their value, and how to respect my body as a temple of God. I plan to help other children attend the CarePoint in the future by investing in the ministry in Namibia.”

Harry would recommend Christ’s Hope to others because they care for those who are less fortunate, no matter their circumstance. His advice to other children in the program would be to finish school, learn to be helpful, and be committed to their studies if they want to have a better future.

*For their safety and privacy, their names have been changed.

There are many more children just like Ivan, Richard, and Harry that need your help to graduate!

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