I love to hear Faith tell her story. Every time a volunteer team is here I get Faith to tell them the story of how she started BHTF, so even though I’ve heard it several times, it is still amazing to hear how God led her to where she is now.
Faith grew up in Kaihura but moved to away once she had finished school to work on the opposite side of Uganda. She had a good job, and she used most of her money to help support her mother and educate her younger siblings. When she would visit Kaihura she saw a community that was struggling to survive. There was no where to access clean water in the community, no electricity, and very limited access to health care. Faith also describes this a time in Kaihura when AIDS had taken over. Western Uganda has one of the highest percentages of HIV/AIDS in the country, and with better access to medical care people living with HIV/AIDS can go on with their lives normally, but before there was medical care, AIDS was a visible, prevalent, destructive disease.
Faith never wanted to be in ministry. Every minister she knew was living in extreme poverty, and though she had grown up very poor, she had worked hard in school to get a good job, and she did not want to go back to being in extreme poverty. But after one of her visits back to the village, she felt very strongly that God was telling her to quit her job and come back to Kaihura and help the people there. When she is telling you the story she always says that was the beginning of her great battle with God. She did not want to sink back into poverty, especially with her mother and siblings depending on her. So she didn’t quit her job, at first, but the longer she stayed there the more God began to almost pester her to quit. She obeyed, quit her stable, good paying job, and took the bus back to Kaihura. When she got here she set up shop in two small rooms on the main road in Kaihura, and started visiting families who had been affected by HIV/AIDS. And from there things began to take shape, Faith never intended to create a children’s home, but when people began to bring her orphans to care for, Home Again was founded. Hope Again Primary School started in an effort to provide quality education for the children living at Home Again, and Hope Again Medical Center was started to provide HIV/AIDS care for the children at Home Again and the people in the community. Hope Academy has since grown to have more children from the community than from Home Again, and Hope Again is now a full medical clinic, instead of just an HIV/AIDS treatment facility. Click the links above to see the needs of each department for Bringing Hope to the Family.
What I love about hearing Faith’s story is that she didn’t plan for any of this, it wasn’t her dream to start BHTF. She let God plan her life, and because of that BHTF is able to make a tremendous impact in their community.