And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5
Letter from John Mugabi
I thank God for the opportunity I had to visit the United States during the months of April-May 2009. The trip has refreshed me in a powerful way, and given me a new understanding of the word hope.
I know that many believers have come to a point in their lives when hope for the future is unclear, and have been greatly encouraged by the wonderful reviving text of Jeremiah 29:11 ‘‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’’
Many readers tend to ignore the context of those words and claim the ‘promises’ of the text, which is part of a letter (vv. 1-23) to a people in exile, under harsh conditions, longing to return home. These hopeless people are reminded that God is with them, and actually has plans for them, even their future.
That is how I have often felt when working with our orphaned children. As Christians, we know that our hope is a spiritual one, yet with physical implications. Therefore, by helping provide education, health, and a shelter, the children are given hope, that they can have a future and a prosperous one; that is indeed a great contribution to their lives.
But we are also giving them something more: by helping provide a Christian-based education (as we do at Nkumba Schools), health services, and a shelter, (a home grounded in Christian values), we are creating an opportunity for them to have a life-changing experience, to enter a relationship that has eternal implications, to know God, to have Him, and to serve Him. We believe that nothing gives someone more hope than discovering their purpose in life.
My special thanks goes to my sister Cara who planned the entire trip.
I am particularly glad that I was able to meet the Brueggemans. They were my hosts in Arizona and I enjoyed so much their love and care, it was too special; I have special memories of the wonderful breakfast they offered me everyday.
Finally, on this trip I was able to share the Gospel with many Americans like I have never done before– on the trains, airport lounges, and on the planes; I believe God for harvest as He touches their hearts. Our hope in His transforming power inspires us to use all the chances we get, and like I said always “we had better do what we can when we can.”
Once again, thank you for being part of the present, and the future of our humble ministry, which continues to grow and impact many, bringing hope into otherwise hopeless lives. Your support means we will continue providing these children with shelter, health and education, and prepare them to go back to the communities, as changed people, transformed by the love of God, as ambassadors of Christ, taking love and hope into the world.
Pastor Mugabi John
At that time you were separate from Christ… without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:12-13