Elusive Hope

Have you faced a time in your life when hope was elusive? A time when overwhelming thoughts came rushing in… when you were alone in a room, or perhaps a parked car, and the weight of your circumstance rose above your constraint to form tears that only you know about? Perhaps the hurt was business-related, perhaps it was a loss of a family member or a close friend, perhaps it was a person that let you down, or perhaps it was a grinding chase to cover the family’s bills. Maybe for you it was the feeling of not measuring up to the peer pressure that our society advertises each day.

It’s times like these we distinctly feel a sense of helplessness paired with a sense of longing to receive help. We think to ourselves, “How can I face the day?” “Is rescue coming?”

What is it that comes to mind in your life?

Whatever it is, you are not alone. Suffering in its various forms is one of our global equalizers. We all experience it.

For all our stresses in the United States, I often wonder what the unsponsored child in Uganda thinks about. To provide some context, I came across a March 2019 UNICEF report titled, “Multidimensional Child Poverty and Deprivation in Uganda: Volume 1”. The statistics are hard to comprehend:

  • “56% of Uganda’s children experience multidimensional deprivations and a low standard of living.”
  • “43% of all children are unable to read or write.”
  • “77% of multidimensionally poor children are unable to go to a health facility or afford prescribed medicines when ill.”
  • “48% of all children and two-thirds (66%) of poor children do not get three meals a day due to a lack of money.”

I imagine these children ponder and cry and toil over similar thoughts… “How can I face the day?” “Is rescue coming?”

My friends, we are privileged to live in the United States. As we enter this Christmas season, if you are not yet sponsoring a child, would you consider it today? By sponsoring a child through Africa Renewal, you will have the blessing to participate in extending hope to a Ugandan child that has dreams and longs for more. In loving the child, you also are loving the family of the child, and your faithful giving leads to the greatest hope… the opportunity for our Africa Renewal team to share the gospel of Jesus Christ that pierces all poverty and darkness and brings everlasting peace and security in heaven.

John 16:32-33, “Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Brian Park, USA Board Chairman

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