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Sampson – A Success Story

The work of resettling children is difficult and labor intensive. So when we have a story as inspiring and uplifting as Sampson’s, we can’t help but share it. Our gospel-soaked counseling program is seeing some tangible results and the response that Sampson has to it makes all the long hours worth while. The following account comes from our 2nd quarter report submitted to the UG government regarding our work in returning children to their families.

Nyesiga Sampson* is a 13 year-old boy who we met at M1. The M1 staff identified Sam as a street child needing to be resettled, so we enrolled Sam in the Resettlement Counseling class, traced for his family, and resettled him.

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One month after resettlement, we completed a follow-up visit and we quickly learned that Sam was doing wonderful. His mom was so grateful for how Sam had changed. She reported that Sam no longer goes to the streets, works hard at home, and does what he is asked. His mom committed to finding a school for Sam and trusted that God would provide for his education.

In May 2014, we completed a second follow-up visit. Sam met our criteria for additional aid, so we visited the mother and Sam to follow-up and pay school fees. During the follow-up discussions, we learned that Sam had fulfilled one of our visions for the children: “to transform society by becoming a leader”.

* His name has been changed to protect his identity.

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As a child.

(Today’s post is from Maggie Utsey, one of our staff serving the children in Uganda.)

Jesus did only what he saw his Father doing.

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (John 5:19)

When I come to the end of knowing, I’m pushed to the very place where I should begin – sitting at my Father’s feet, seeking. Listening.

When I come to the end of myself and give up the struggle to figure it out on my own, He quiets me with His love. He speaks to my spirit that’s now calm enough to hear.

“My child”, He says, “do you remember Solomon?”

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Tension

Mar’eh is translated appearance and refers to ”what is seen”, the “outward appearance” and it “can be deceptive in nature”. Oxford Dictionary defines it as “an impression given by someone or something, although this may be misleading”; it is what is visible, or noticeable, what is shown.

The way that things APPEAR, the way they look to us, does not always indicate the truth. For, “the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

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There are two things going-on in every situation…there is the visible and the underlying truth. The Lord sees the truth, while we see impressions, on which we make judgments.

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Tale as old as time.

(Today’s post is from Katharine Wright, one of our staff serving the children in Uganda.)

It’s the age old battle that forms the basis for many film and book plots. The battle of good versus evil! Sometimes in life it can look like the battle is being lost by good-but that’s never the end of the story.

I was going to write this blog the other day but I was too angry. It doesn’t happen often, I like to be happy and I like making people laugh, but I really was angry. I witnessed violence, a case of mob justice against a young man who had committed a small crime. A crowd of people were gathered round with sticks, there was beating and there was cheering. Young and old alike were there completely ok with joining in, determined to exact revenge. In that moment it looked like evil was winning.

Thankfully in this situation the police were able to do something and intervene. But what made me most angry is that this is illegal and yet not uncommon, beating someone, even beating them to death is seen by some as just another form of ‘justice’. It is not a reaction that is unique to this place, cases of revenge and retribution small and large take place in every country across the world. The other day I came face to face with it and suddenly for me it became all too much of a reality.

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Protecting vulnerable children by diversion.

A few years ago I worked for a company that helped organizations communicate their strategies using visual metaphors. These visual metaphors were often a top down look at the organization, its processes and systems.

It was by viewing challenges at a different altitude that companies, departments, and even individuals could see things from another perspective and ultimately gave them clarity about how to solve the issues they faced.

We are extremely blessed to work alongside professionals who not only care about the present needs of the imprisoned children we serve, but the “big picture” as well.

Working to stem the tide of vulnerable children finding themselves in a prison facility, our legal director Aaron Murphy has designed a curriculum that have rolled out in partnership with the Church of Uganda.

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