The sound of benches scraping on pavement followed by the singing of young voices broke through the normal noises this morning, indicating that life had returned to the school grounds which had sat mostly quiet and empty during the three-week term holiday.
Today marked the beginning of the third and last term for the Ugandan school year at New Hope Uganda. At our primary school, Uncle Simon (the headmaster) led the morning assembly. He reminded the students about the importance of working smarter, not just harder, in this promotional term which will determine whether students promote to a higher class next year. He took the students to Proverbs 9:10, reminding them that reverence for the Lord is the beginning of wisdom!
Meanwhile on the other side of the road, students also returned to begin a new term at New Hope Academy, our secondary school. While this term is important for all students, it is especially critical for our Primary 7 and Senior 4 class, both of which will be taking the national exams in October and/or November. These exams will play a role in determining the students’ next steps in life. Please keep these classes in your prayers as they study for these exams!
Additionally, this week marked the beginning of our Investment Year students’ third and last internship placement. The young people in our gap year program have already received several training sessions, and two earlier opportunities to “try out” a field. Now they have one more eight-week work period before completing Investment Year and moving ahead to the next step in their lives! Some serve on-site, helping teach at the primary school or running The Forge, while others travel away from home to help in places such as blood banks.
Please keep the Investment Year students in your prayers as well, as they begin considering and making decisions about what direction they want to head in the next year. Please pray also for our staff as they guide all of our students, endeavoring to train them up in the fear of the Lord.
By Esther Carey, Interim Communications Coordinator