My niece and I visited our friends Jonathan and Jackie Sewava for two weeks in January, 2013. Jonathan and Jackie direct Unreached Africa, a registered ministry in Uganda. I first met them in the summer of 2007 during a mission trip to Uganda. Both Jonathan and Jackie had been sponsored students as they were growing up. Jonathan had been to Bible College and his passion for reaching the unreached with the Gospel of Christ was evident. Jackie had received extensive leadership training and had spoken in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia on behalf of child sponsorship. My husband and I have sponsored many students since 1982 through two different organizations. Sponsorship is something we believe in because we have seen first hand how it offers students in poverty a hope and a future.
Since 2010 we have been working with Jonathan and Jackie in supporting their efforts to bring clean water to villages in the Nakasongola District of Uganda. We are also working with them in our student sponsorship program. There are 31 registered students in African Hope Children’s Ministry. My niece and I, along with Jonathan, Jackie, and her brothers Abbey and Saul (all part of the Unreached Africa team) visited each student and his/her family in their homes. These visits included 8 home visits in the Kampala area and 23 home visits in four different villages of Nakasongola. We were able to meet each student on behalf of his/her sponsor. The graciousness and outpouring of love that we received from each family was overwhelming. Over and over again I daily asked the Lord, “Who am I?” Who am I to be the recipient of such a lavish display of love from these dear people as daily they gave us gifts of matoke, cassava, potatoes, chicken, goats, sugar cane, mangos, and above all, their friendship.
We will always remember each of these beautiful students and are so thankful for each sponsor who has committed to standing along side us in this sponsorship program. We wish that every sponsor could have been with us to receive the heartfelt hugs from each family. We can say to our sponsors that your sponsorship has truly brought hope to these students…we saw it over and over again. These students pray for you, they save your letters as treasured possessions…and they might even plant a mango tree in your honor!
Our hope is for Jackie to come to San Antonio towards the end of March for about five weeks. Our goal is for multiple sponsorships for each student. If we have 4 sponsors per student we will ensure that most of their needs will be met. Jackie will be coming to meet with as many of our current sponsors as is possible and to seek new sponsors to stand with us.
Our trip to Uganda and particularly to Nakasongola encouraged us greatly. Seeing the water wells and meeting the students face to face…these are priceless memories.
Blessings and blue skies to you each!