"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 4) We experienced this joy in a recent follow up visit to the Village of Hope in Northern Uganda.
In April, we taught freedom and identity in Jesus to leadership of Village of Hope, an organization that has taken 250 children out of internal displacement camps (IDPs). These camps were the result of the mayhem of rebel Joseph Kony, who turned children into soldiers and forced many to kill their own parents.
Most of the abducted kids have grown and moved on but their siblings remain and suffer scars by the past. A few of the former child soldiers still live in the camp with unspeakable memories.
The leadership at the Village of Hope fully embraces the message that we are who the Bible says we are as believers in Jesus - accepted, secure and significant in God's eyes. Several leaders said it was life changing and they are eager to teach and model this to the kids. Mark preached to the kids and they got it!
This was confirmed in our recent follow up trip. Many of the kids are no longer victims of the past. They now know their heavenly Father who loves them as believers in Jesus. They see themselves as the beloved they really are. Bad behaviors and destructive habits have changed. Several leaders also confessed their own lives changed. They have been relieved of the burden of not forgiving others which had held them back.
A great testimony of how the teaching is ingrained in the kids' DNA is the song "Who Are You?" that they composed and offer unto the Lord. Click on the picture and enjoy the 4 minute 30 second music video!
Dan, Mark and Margaret