We, here in the United States, understand education is the key to the future; it is an investment in the lives of our children. Graduating from high school and then on to college, a trade school or other specialized occupational training is expected from our children.
- How would you feel as a parent if there was not an educational system available for your children?
- What if the lack of an education was going to leave them with a life of poverty and begging to survive?
- Knowing that the longevity of your life was not favorable due to illness and you would not be there for them to help?
- What if you had to choose between feeding your child ONE meal for the day or sending them to school?
- Even if there were a school available, the quality of education is so poor that would never qualify to even attend high school let alone a college or university.
- What if you had no hope?
This is the plight of most developing countries. Their governments will tell you they have a priority on education, but when you travel there and see for yourselves it does not exist; anywhere. This is what we found when we went to Bombo Uganda. It is a point of anguish for the people who live it; it is their reality.
While we were in Bombo in September 2008, we asked a university professor. What is the chance of a child educated in the local Uganda school system to attend college? The professor looked at me and said unless the child has a natural ability and outside tutoring and the family has school fees there is almost no chance for a child to attend higher education. Our education system is very much lacking and the children suffer. Our Country has suffered because our primary education system is so poor.
As we know, education is the primary way to overcome poverty. Giving children an opportunity to become all they can be is a passion and vision of Pastor Alex and Millie at Bombo Pentecostal Church (BPC). AlignMinistries with your help is empowering them by giving them the tools and resources to STOP and break this cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
Their vision is to give all children the opportunity to have a quality primary school education. A quote from Millie, “People bring their kids to Bombo Pentecostal Church school because they expect something superior, something different from us – they may not know it, but that difference is Jesus and a rich education. Our teachers need to be a class above what exists in the public schools.”
Children who grow up with life skills will make a positive contribution to their families and their communities. In keeping with Bombo Pentecostal Church’s vision, children’s education is the key for long term success and sustainability for children raised in an impoverished nation.
We continue to see the local church is the most influential source of care and support for the community. The church is equipped to care for the whole person. BPC in collaboration with partners, such as yourself through Align Ministries, is at the foundation for educational development. Their program is developed on the knowledge of the child’s unique emotional, spiritual, developmental and physical needs. BPC has become the leading model for growth and development in the Luwero District.
You may be saying, “This is a crazy time for them to be asking for money for a new school.” The economy is so bad, why now? Again, because God wants us to seize this awesome opportunity that is right before us. God can work in spite of an economic crisis. God goes on working regardless of the climate of the day; education is a huge tool in God’s hand. This is a school that now has a temporary site but is already up and running. It is teaching about Jesus but at the same time is “excelling” academically. It will be sought after by all because of the love, encouragement and hope it gives as well as the academic excellence it provides. We are seeing the church as the hub of everything that goes on in the community and thus shining brightly and being the “beacon of hope” for all.
If you have a heart for educating the next generation and crushing the grip of poverty in Bombo Uganda please consider donating to Align Ministries Bombo Uganda School Building Fund. Help provide a place where children can learn and excel
When you give, write on your check School Building Fund