Sponsorship Brings Hope
Of Achieved Dream
[singlepic id=52 w=320 h=240 float=right] The stories of hardship in the lives of Ugandans are endless. It is possible to become callous to their troubles because as Americans we have no concept of such suffering. It is important for REACH readers to remember that no matter how far away from us, these are real people, with real sorrows that God has graciously given the means to overcome. We bring you these stories so that as supporters you will be reminded that your gifts and prayers are actively making a tremendous impact and to help you stay motivated to support this ministry, out of love for the people we are able to help.
Our story this month is about Topista Nsekanabo, who lost her father to AIDS when she was only 6 years-old, followed by her mother when she was 8 years-old. Topista and her four siblings found themselves in a situation all too common in Uganda: orphaned and hardly surviving, certainly unable to pay for school. Topista’s aunt generously paid for her to complete primary school, but money ran short before she could finish her secondary education.
“I was then taken to work as a house girl, taking care of a child and washing clothes plus cooking food for the family. Later I accepted Christ into my life and I started attending Buwenge Christian Prayer Center that meets at Omega School, I was able to join the worship team and served faithfully and prayed that I could go back to school and complete my secondary school,” Topista recalls.
“With great joy I give thanks to God for REACH took me over and chose to give a hand of help and made my life hopeful when they took me back to school in 2005. I was so happy to learn that someone picked me and was sponsoring me to continue with my studies. In two years time I finished my secondary level and by God’s grace I passed with a first grade (A) and I performed well in science subjects.” To Topista, the opportunity to complete her education is no small thing; she has not taken her sponsor’s generosity for granted but is exceedingly grateful and making the most of it, even beyond her secondary education.
Finding that she excelled in the sciences, Topista began to dream of being a nurse. Now she is working hard to make that dream a reality. “As I write, I am happy to say that I am now undergoing training in Ngora – Enrolled in comprehensive School of Nursing in Kumi District- Uganda. The course will take me three years of training and I will be completing in 2011.”
Topista is a fantastic example of what we hope for all REACH sponsored children; that they will be given the means to pursue a career that will enable them not only to survive, but to give back to their homeland, helping to eradicate the suffering of others. In her words, “I am proud of REACH for the effort they have put forward to make my life successful. May God bless all the sponsors that are supporting us to achieve our dreams in life! Thank you.”
Thanks to all of you who are giving one small part of your lives to impact these real children in such a powerful way.