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Catherine Atoko

NG25908 Catherine is from Soroti and is one of six children being raised by a single mother. Her father died before she was born. In her effort to find a home and support for her children, Catherine’s mother tried to settle into relationships with other men, but she was only used and left with the responsibility of more children to care for. They survived on peasant farming.

When Catherine entered Africa Renewal’s sponsorship program, she received mentoring and discipleship, and through the Christ-like love displayed by the staff, she began to understand that her life was not an accident. In high school, she gave her life to Christ, desiring to serve God and his people with her life. Catherine’s sponsorship afforded her the opportunity not only to finish the advanced level of high school but to dream bigger dreams for her life and cultivate hope for her future. Recognized as a leader in her community by program staff who have watched her grow and by her peers whom she has served, encouraged, and discipled, Catherine was given the opportunity to attend our Transformational Leadership Training which deepened her spiritual maturity and strengthened her sense of family within the Body of Christ.

It is Catherine’s dream to become a businesswoman with a voice of Christian influence. She began a Bachelor program in International Business with the help of her aunt, but due to the economic hardship from the pandemic and national lockdowns, her aunt can no longer provide tuition assistance. Catherine faces pressure from society and “cheap deals for survival, including marriage,” but she has resisted these solutions and trusts in the Lord who makes ways where there seems to be no way. Despite the difficulty of her circumstances, she remains spiritually sound, encouraging and mentoring other TLT & NGLP students, which she attributes to all that she has learned through Africa Renewal and TLT. Even though Catherine cannot see a current avenue for university studies, she continues to serve in local ministries and waits on the Lord rather than settling for short-term provisions from the world.

What Catherine’s peers say about her: “She always inspires me with her simple way of life full of humility, servant leadership, ambition, and encouraging words.”

DOB: 01/08/1998