On New Hope's logo, there are arrows shooting out from the country of Uganda. Since last writing, we have had the privilege to see some New Hope kids (some who are now adults) spreading God's truth to other places in Uganda. Two boys from Kasana started a band called "Kingdom Arrows" to reflect this and early in April they had a concert in Kiwoko, the town closest to us. It was a wonderful time with great music. The guys talked about how everyone has a "sphere of influence." They were influencing the media through their music which was glorifying God.
We were also able to visit the New Hope kids who are attending the Kiwoko Hospital Nursing School. Some of them actually graduated this month. We know one of the girls well, because she lived in David Family during her Investment Year training. She was a part of Daniel Family in Kobwin before that. We enjoyed a picnic with the students--fried chicken and salad made by Auntie Constance. It was a great time of fellowship with those young people.
The next Sunday we went to Kiruli for church. It is a village about 30 minutes away from Kasana where Pastor Paul Kusubiira and his family live. Pastor Paul was one of the very first Kasana kids and in addition to pastoring a church in Kiruli, he heads up New Hope's Pastoral Training Institute. The week we were there, however, one of the guys from Kingdom Arrows was preaching. It was his first sermon and he did an amazing job. After the service, we ate lunch with the Kusubiiras, the rest of the Kasana people, and some people from Kiruli. I was especially blessed to see one of the little boys who used to be in Hope Family. I hadn't seen him since he left last year, and it was wonderful to see how well he is doing.