A few months ago I became familiar with a place yet future called The Village of Hope in Uganda. Upon the first exposure to the place something deep inside me felt like I had to do something. A few months have passed and I’ve done some research, talked to people and feel more compelled than ever I need to do something. Our church has purchased 100 acres of land to build this village. We are currently raising funds for roads and wells. Later we will help build medical, educational, and housing facilities. I believe the Lord is going to use me to motivate a group of men to go over there and help build starting in the summer of 2009.
So, what is the Village of Hope? Why do we need this place of safe haven? Watch the video then go to this link http://www.villageofhopeuganda.com/ to learn more! Little children are abducted every night by LRA rebels. The children often only 6-8 years old are forced to murder their own parents and siblings. Sometimes to break them down they are forced to do unspeakable things to their own parents. One boy told the story of having to split his mother open and wear her intestines around his neck for two weeks! If these children escape from the rebels they are outcasts because they have killed. The Village of Hope is a place for these children to be loved back to life. It is a place for them to know there is a God in heaven who cares about them. It is a place that they can sleep at night and not worry about the rebels. It is a place where they can be educated and taken care of so they can have meaningful, productive lives one day. It is a place of Hope.
It is safe from rebels because it is 90 km south of where the rebels are and the Nile River is a natural barrier. There is only one bridge in the region and it is guarded by the Uganda military. So, the Village is a safe place. As Americans we have no idea what life is like in other places like this. We are so fortunate.