When you look at Sixty Feet and the work we do on the ground in Uganda, it may seem overwhelming. We work in many different areas of ministry throughout the country, but our focus is simple: immediate needs and long term restoration. One of the ways that we provide hope and restoration is through recreational games and events at the centers where we serve. These typically include games from a great organization called Right to Play. These games and activities are designed teach children about their basic rights according to the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Child. Uganda has signed this statement by the UN that expresses the rights that every child should have; from the right to protection in a family to the right to development and education.
As part of our recreational ministry, we recently hosted a 5K race for the children at M1 along with a team from Sixty Feet USA. This was an event that the children anticipated and talked about during the weeks leading up to it. Even the staff at M1 participated and enjoy these large group events. It gives a chance for children and staff to have fun together and build meaningful relationships. Our top 5 finishers received medals (and bragging rights) and everyone got a ribbon for finishing the race. After the race, the US team, Sixty Feet staff, M1 staff, and the children all got to party together with fruit and drinks. It was a testament to the way events like this can bring people together regardless of the circumstances that bring them to a place like M1.
Listening to some of M1’s staff speak, they are very encouraged by our presence there. We are teaching the children life skills that will be with them forever. More than anything, we are showing them what hope feels like. I am not speaking of a general hope, like hoping that we get ice cream today, but rather a Biblical hope. Bill Johnson of Bethel talks about Biblical hope as a joyful anticipation of good. This is what Sixty Feet provides the children we serve. We present them the Gospel in so many different ways that give the children a joyful anticipation of good. Sometimes that looks like running a 5K, other times it looks like getting healthy after visiting our clinic, and sometimes it comes full circle and it looks like children going home to a family that loves and welcomes them.
Enjoy these pictures of our fun, rainy race day with the kids and some special guests. Please also consider a one-time or monthly donation so that we can continue to serve these great kids.