Our summer team just returned from Adacar CarePoint in northern Uganda, my very favorite place in all the world. Before they left, I asked them to interview each of the fifty-ish children who still need sponsors, so we could share their stories. My dear friend, Ansley, sat down with each child and filled two notebooks with their hopes, dreams, and favorites. I’m giddy, GIDDY, to introduce you to these kids.
This young man aspires to be a teacher when he grows up. And if you’re wondering if the discipleship program at the CarePoint makes a difference, not only does Emmanuel want to teach, he wants to teach religion just like his discipler.
The fifth born of eight children, Emmanuel is fourteen-years-old. He lives with his dad, as his mother has passed away. With one daddy to take care of eight children, Emmanuel needs a sponsor to help encourage and support him as he works toward his goal of teaching.
His daily chores include putting the cattle out to graze and planting potatoes. Some of my favorite sights in Uganda are the grazing cows with their long horns and the potato heaps in neat little rows. At the CarePoint, he receives a meal six days a week, and his favorite foods are cabbage, beans, and beef.
His favorite story from the Bible is when David was chosen as the king of Israel. When asked why this is his favorite he said, “David was a shepherd but became a great man.”
One of Emmanuel’s dreams is to meet his sponsor someday, and if that might be you, click here here here here here.
As always, I’m happy – no, that’s not strong enough – I’m foaming-at-the-mouth, passionately, ecstatically, enthusiastic to answer any questions about the sponsorship program. I’m an eyewitness to the integrity of the program and people involved and am watching as the destiny of an entire village is moving from despair to promise. It’s not us. It’s God developing a beautiful partnership between two communities. I’m humbled to stand on the sidelines and watch.