This is my first trip to Uganda. We have only been here for a few days, but there is something that has stuck out to me in a powerful way. “Future generations” and “leaders of tomorrow” are two phrases that get thrown around a lot in the states. I think they can become buzz words that we use for the youth of America.
Coming to Uganda has opened my eyes to the true meaning of these phrases. PCM talks about empowering future generations of African leaders to become world changers. When I first heard this, I thought it sounded great but I did not fully understand what it meant until this week.
PCM has students that are incredible. I have made a few friends this week that have blown me away. Their passion, drive, gratitude and humility is inspiring. They truly can be world changers and I mean that in the most literal sense.
I would like to introduce you to a couple of them! This is Douglas and he is currently a student at Katyazo.
Douglas had an abusive father that died when he was young. After his father’s death, his mother no longer wanted him and dropped him at his grandmother’s home. She refused to take care of him and kicked him to the street. He started begging on the street for money to pay his school fees. He told me he heard the Lord tell him to go beg at the churches. At first, they told him to go away. He did not listen to them and continued to beg at churches because he wanted to obey what the Lord had told him. It was through that obedience that a connection was made that lead him to the opportunity to attend a PCM school.
Douglas told me that he wants to help others who are hopeless and in the same situation that he came from. His life has been changed since becoming a part of the PCM family and he feels so blessed that he wants to serve others.
He has started his own Red Cross Club with 30 members at the school. He also has started an outreach at Mbarara school and an outreach in Mbarara town. He works closely with the school nurse and goes to the school sporting events to treat sports injuries.
His vision is to travel to serve refugees in Uganda and other schools with a Red Cross bus that he can drive around and administer care.
This is Francis.
He is one of the street boys that Denis and Rebecca have taken in off of the street. He was raised in a family with a mulsim mother and a father who was a drunkard and did drugs. He told me about a time that he broke his arm when he was very young. His father took him to the hospital but they had to sneak because they did not have the money to pay for the medical care. His father made him a makeshift sling with an old shirt and told him he would be fine. Soon after this, his father died from taking too many drugs. Once his father died, his mother kicked him and his 5 siblings out of the house. He then lived on the street, ate food out of the garbage and started doing drugs. Pastor Willy found him and brought him into the street boys ministry.
He has been living with Dennis for 8 years. He now has a job and uses the money to pay for his three sisters to attend school. He also told me he is wanting to go to medical school so that he can get a better job and provide for his siblings. His dream is to work for a few years and then become a part of the Ugandan Parliament to help those in remote villages that he grew up in.
These are just two powerful stories that I have heard. I know there are many more.
PCM is bringing hope and a future to a generation who has previously been hopeless. They are raising up a generation of kids that now have purpose, passion, and determination to change the cycle of hopelessness that destroyed their families.
Praise God for the work that He has started in Douglas and Francis!