Hope Children’s Home Uganda

The phone conversation started out with, “I heard you have a heart for Ugandan orphans!” I was not sure how to respond. I was receiving the call because our church had just hosted a Ugandan Kids Choir on Mother’s Day 2016. You see, a School of Ministry brother was touring last spring with the Ugandan Kids Choir and was asking for places to perform. It was a blessing to have them come. Children were sponsored, but it was really done as a favor to my friend. I know this may sound dismissive, but I hadn’t really thought much about Ugandan orphans up until we hosted the choir. So when I got that call, the only response I could come up with was, “I don’t not have a heart for Ugandan orphans.” I know it’s a double negative, but I mean really, how else was I supposed to respond knowing that God’s word is very explicit about orphans. James 1:27 states, ”Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…”(ESV). The person on the other end of the line was Fabi Harris. She had heard about the choir from her sister, CCOT’s own Nadia White. Fabi Harris began to explain how she and some friends had started working with an orphanage in Uganda. After hearing about my involvement with the Ugandan Kids Choir, she really wanted to sit down with me and share more about it. 

 

It took six months for that meeting to finally happen. It is amazing and humbling to see how the Lord ordains times, places, and, of course, meetings to work His plan. Fabi began to share with me about a man named Arthur Kabugo, a 27 year old man living in the village of Mukono taking care of 19 children. The children range in age from 4 to 12. Let me digress for a moment to help you understand just how many orphans are in Uganda. It is estimated that of the 35 million people who live in Uganda, approximately 2.5 million are orphaned children. This number does not include the children who have lost parents and have moved in with relatives. Compare that to the US foster care system in which there are currently 400,000 children. Of the 400,000 children, 100,000 are currently waiting to be adopted. Understanding these numbers helps one better understand Arthur’s story and Arthur’s desire to care for orphans. Arthur, who himself had been orphaned at a young age, started his journey as a Christian due to receiving a shoebox through Operation Christmas Child. When Arthur became an adult, he inherited his father’s land. With this land, Arthur decided to help orphans and vulnerable children because he had been in the same position. God allowed him to do so and be the helping hand for these children in need. Arthur’s vision for Hope Children’s Home, the name of the home he started, is “to see all orphans and vulnerable children come to Christ and grow in His love and service.” The mission statement of HCH is the following: “Live to love and help one another in Christ Jesus.” 

 

Last February, our mission board started working with Hope Children’s Home in Uganda. We set aside money for food shortages for the children. Unfortunately, the money did not last as long as we had hoped. It is a regular struggle for Arthur to meet the needs of the children, so we began praying for another way for the children to have more sustainable food sources. In April, Farming God’s Way was sent out to survey Arthur’s land. They gave us a plan with what vegetables to plant and when to plant them. As a result of that plan, a team from CCOT and four others who have been instrumental in HCH will be traveling to Uganda in August to help get the farm started. While there, we hope to meet some other needs of the orphanage as well. 

 

On Wednesday night July 19 at 6 p.m., we will be hosting a BBQ Dinner and worship concert fundraiser for Hope Children’s Home. The menu will be smoked pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad, and corn. CCOT’s musicians  and singers will be leading worship, and we’ll be sharing a lot more about HCH. It will be a wonderful night in the courtyard! Please invite friends, neighbors, and family to this event. We are hoping to raise funds to purchase a vehicle for the orphanage as well as the cost of the farm and other needs of the home. Post card invitations will be available at the beginning of July. 

 

Our team leaves for Uganda August 8 and returns on the 24. Our team from CCOT is the following: myself, Mike Delawder, Carole Cole, Megan Shores, and Kristen Morgan. Our teammates outside of CCOT are Matt Harris, Fabi Harris, Helen McConnell, and Brianna Canale. We are already seeing God provide in so many amazing ways, but we would definitely appreciate your prayers and support! If you have any questions or want to more feel free to contact me. 

I can't wait to share more with you all on the 19th!

 

 

In His service,

Pastor David Johnson 

Travel Light, and Go With the Book!
My Father