When Amazima Ministries first began our sponsorship program in 2008, we noticed parents were trying to drop off their children at orphanages — not because they were orphans, but because there they would get to eat three times a day, receive medical care and attend school.
Our hope was to connect some of our friends from the United States with these children, sponsoring them financially so they could stay with their families, receive the education they so desperately need, and have their basic needs met. At the time, our goal was to sponsor ten children. That number soon grew to 40, and from 40 to 150, and today we have over 600 children being sponsored through Amazima Ministries.
Our focus is still the same as it was in 2008 — we want to connect our friends in Uganda with our friends around the world. This program is the heart of Amazima Ministries — connecting people with people, deeply.
Your gift of at least $300 a year (or $25/month) helps to provide for over 600 children. Become an Amazima Sponsor today!
Amazima Ministries' Education Sponsorship Program is focused on providing the opportunity for children in the Buziika area to receive education, nutrition, and medical care that would otherwise not be available to them. Each sponsored child is also assigned a mentor, a trained social worker who monitors their growth, makes sure all their needs are being met, and builds an encouraging relationship with him or her. More importantly we wish to share God's love with these children and help disciple them in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Every Saturday, the children in our Education Sponsorship Program gather at the Amazima Ministries Land in Buziika, for breakfast, worship, Bible study, lunch, and lots of playtime. This is an important and fun day for the Amazima children and staff. It is also a great time for all of us to see and build relationships with the children in sponsorship and make sure that everyone is doing well, addressing any medical or personal issues that were not resolved by mentors during the week. Most importantly this is a time to praise our Savior and learn more about who He is and His love for each of us! We hope that each child in our program as well as all of our staff members are encouraged by this time and equipped for the week ahead.
This past year we introduced Friday Fellowship over the school holidays for secondary students. Throughout most of the year secondary students are in boarding school so they do not have the opportunity to attend Saturday Fellowship. In the past, these students joined the primary students on Saturday for lunch, worship, and Bible study. However, due to the large age range between primary and secondary students, and the differences this can present in ministering to them, we decided to invite the secondary students to a time of fellowship on Friday afternoons over their holiday break. Their time of fellowship looks similar to that of Saturday fellowship; they are served a heaping plate of beans, rice, and chicken for lunch, and participate in worship and a Bible study led by Raoul, our Children's Pastor. Being able to adjust his teaching to the specific age groups, Raoul has been able reach both age groups with thought provoking Bible studies and worship.
Amazima Ministries' top priority is to see these children grow up with knowledge of who God is and a strong Christian faith, and we are overjoyed to watch them grow in their love for Christ and become leaders in their communities.