At New Hope, the Ugandan staff form the backbone of the daily operations, working as missionaries in their own country. While they receive salaries from the ministry, it is usually less than they could be making with another employer–so service with New Hope is a sacrifice for them. They would be greatly blessed by the encouragement and financial support of a relationship with a sponsor!
Jimmy Bosco Wasikeh is one of the Ugandan missionaries who has served with New Hope Uganda for 10 years in various roles.
For the past five years, he has been the school father in the primary (elementary) school. The children who come to New Hope Uganda on sponsorship have lost their biological fathers. Uncle Bosco may often be the first Godly, loving father-figure that these children have experienced in their lives. His role of investing in these sons and daughters is very crucial, especially in their younger foundational years!
On a weekly basis, Uncle Bosco leads devotions during school assemblies and in individual classes. He seeks to build relationships with the children through informal interaction with them during lunch and break times (recess). He also routinely checks each child’s hygiene in the younger classes. Every month, he prepares birthday cards for the children and staff who will be celebrated together. He also helps to address character issues in the children as the need arises. Through his ministry, he has led many of the children to the Lord over the years!
Below is Uncle Bosco’s story in his own words. If you would like to sponsor Uncle Bosco or another Ugandan missionary, please go to the sponsorship form.
I was born in the Eastern part of Uganda in the great Bugisu district found around Mt. Elgon and its low lands. I am the first born among the five children, three girls and two boys. My paternal grandparents were Anglicans. They were very religious and did go to church a lot. Later, after I became a Christian they also accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They both went to be with the Lord.
During my childhood, I was religious. I did go to church every Sunday. I did not read the Bible just because they were not as accessible as they are today. It was the lay reader that had one and would read it to us. Like any other child, I fought, I stole etc., but what really prompted me to seek to be born again was my dad’s careless lifestyle.
He was a drunkard and did not care or meet the needs of the family. Worse still, he abused my mother by beating her before us any time of the day. If it happened in the evening we would spend the night in the yard. I was disgusted by this life and one evening at the age of 15 I picked up the guts and threatened to fight my dad!
I was so angry that I fell down in some kind of fit. I am told I cried (groaned) all the time till I fell asleep. After some three to four hour interval is when I regained my senses. There were many people around me and I didn’t know what was going on. A volunteer told me [my fit] had started with me threatening to beat (fight) my dad over his misconduct.
I felt embarrassed, but something good happened. My dad apologized to me and asked me to forgive him and went a step further and asked if Jesus could save him. One of my uncles led him to Jesus and that same night my mum, my sister Jane and I also gave our lives to Jesus. And real peace and joy came to our family.
Certainly my life changed, and at the church we attended I was asked to help with Sunday school. After a period of two years, my dad took me to the city (Kampala) to study as I lived with another uncle. This uncle was born again and attended a Baptist Church. I was introduced to this church and I was discipled systematically and was helped to discover my spiritual gifts and started using them as opportunities arose.
My interest has been in children and youth. The same church invested in me and trained me as a minister. I served with the same church in different capacities as Sunday School teacher, deacon and a manager of disadvantaged (vulnerable) children.
Even at New Hope Uganda I work with children and youths. I work at the Primary School as a school father (technically as a counselor/senior man teacher). At the school I also conduct a lesson on Biblical human sexuality at least once a week with the older students. It is based on the program/curriculum “Why Wait?” by Professor Moira Chimombo. I do enjoy children as I play with and teach them. Better still it is such a joy as you see them move on. Over the years, a number of them are now holding positions of responsibility. Their mere reference to me as their “dad” is a great joy.
While at New Hope Uganda its philosophy of family has impacted me greatly. I am a better husband and father than I came ten years ago. My wife is Rose Wasikeh, and we have four children: Timothy (age 23), Ephraim (age 20), Jonathan (age 18), and Onesimus (age 14). We have also had many other “sons” stay with us over the years. Currently, my nephew Obed (age 6) is living with us. I have come to learn, enjoy and experience fatherhood in a very special way. I am convinced with my all that this is the way to go.
Please pray for my wife’s health. She is dealing with chest/back pain, loss of breath, and times when her body becomes weak. The medical people have failed to diagnose any sickness. They assume it could be stress or fatigue in her body from teaching for 25 years. Pray also for me that I remain focused on the Lord.
Before becoming the school father, Uncle Bosco served in the Extension, Early Adulthood, and Investment Year departments. Auntie Rose worked with New Hope Uganda for 10 years as a preschool teacher, until her retirement at the end of 2016.
Please consider sponsoring Uncle Bosco or one of the many other Ugandan missionaries serving with New Hope!