Voices of New Hope: Secondary Student

A student takes a quick break from work to pose for a photo

A student takes a quick break from work to pose for a photo

Young men and women busy at their desks, teachers writing on chalkboards, and the Ugandan flag waving proudly over the assembly area – all typical events during another school day at New Hope Academy (NHA).

NHA Students studying

NHA Students studying

With the first school term in full swing, I found several students at NHA raking up leaves on the school grounds in the afternoon shortly before the bell rang signifying the end of the day. Among these compound-cleaners was Moses, an S3 student attending the academy. After greeting him and asking permission, I interviewed him.

Me: Coming back from school, was there anything new that you didn’t expect?

Moses: Yeah, I think I didn’t do very well in exams and I knew that maybe I won’t come back to school, but the good thing was that I prayed to God and he helped me to come back to school and change my mind.

Me: Well done, so are you happy to be back in school or kind of sad?

Moses: Yeah, I’m happy because I love it, you know. I enjoy studying and I want to have a good future here.

Me: Thank you!

An NHA student helps his friend

An NHA student helps his friend

Completely unexpected but certainly welcome, this young man’s encouraging testimony is a beautiful witness of God’s sovereignty over all, even something so seemingly trivial as whether or not to return to school.

By Jensen Anderson, Investment Year participant