By Jonnes Bakimi, Ministry Co-ordinator and co-founder of New Hope Uganda
Early this month, I had an opportunity to attend a conference of Christian Trainers in Cape Town, SA. Among other things discussed was “”governance and management of NGOs from founder to New CEO”. I felt very grateful to God how far He has brought us. The expert told us how many NGOs suffer the key transition stages namely: Founder as Chairman of the Board, CEO, fund raiser/funder, etc. then, Founder to Board governed and founder as CEO: then Board and CEO all independent of the founder and founder being one of the partners/co-leaders on the Board etc. His view and experience says that many NGOs struggle to pass any of these transitions, either due to lack of committed members/partners on the Board and staff, or worse still due to founders’ enability to release the authority due to insecurity or something else.
I thought deeply about NHU and how God has graciously led and provided, especially the dedicated men and women who have made it possible to make the transitions possible. I praise God for their commitment to both us/people and the ministry. I praise God for the NHUM leadership in the USA and the NHU Ministry for Children leadership in Canada. Both of theses are not just providing funds but are dedicated to us and the ministry. I praise God for the SALT&Light churches who have loved and stood by us, unconditionally. I praise God for the many supporters and partners who pray, give, come to Kasana. I praise God for the team of staff at Kasana, Musana, and Kobwin who are not only dedicated but also dependable in their services to the Lord and to NHU. Honestly speaking, I cannot even imagine how we would have survived without our staff team. I praise God for the life-long friend and co-laborer, brother, Jay Dangers.
MAY ALL THE GLORY RETURN TO GOD ALONE. For it is only by His grace that we have come this far.
I praise God for the 25 years and the Home Coming of last week. My life and energy were renewed and my faith stirred afresh. Thanks to God for the sons and daughters who returned home. And thanks for those who remained but kept longing for home. We pray for all to catch the spirit. “You may leave home but never leave family”.
Jonnes and Trudy.