Interview with Kasana Childcare Extension Coordinator Charles Onyango
Q: What are the goals of the Kasana Children’s Center Childcare Extension Program?
A: The goals are to take the vision of New Hope Uganda to the community, which is to bring the Fatherhood of God to the community. One of our main goals is to build a relationship with the community, civic leaders, local churches, and other NGOs around us to train and equip them to care for the orphans.
Q: How has God been working through the Extension program?
A: God has been so gracious to our work with the children and the community! One of the things I’ve seen God doing is that God has been working with these children to see who God is – to see the Father who is above, and not the earthly father who has died. Not all of the children have embraced it, but many have come to know Christ as their Savior. Praise God for that!
One of the other things is that God has been so gracious in providing for these children. Many of these children come from very far, and graciously, God has provided. God has been so good! Now our children are able to come to school freely using the bicycles that were provided for them. That has been so very good for us. The children really see God as the provider. They point out to God and not to us. Another thing is that we do outreach with our children to the elderly and the needy. One of the things we do for them is planting sweet potatoes.
God has been so faithful to us, and so gracious. We have been able to relate to them as children, and they relate to us as parents and guardians. We put on football (soccer) games for them as well.
Q: How can people pray for the children you are serving?
A: We pray that God will continue lighting His light into their heart, so that they may know Him. Most of them are not born again. We also pray that God may provide for their needs. Some of them live in very bad conditions. We pray that God may provide for them. We pray for provision for them.
– Interview by Harrison Scott