This. THIS is what hope looks like.
When we first heard about Noreen, her situation was dire. Because of her HIV, her family disowned her. They kicked her out of the shack she was living in. She and her children were homeless and hungry. A friend of a friend reached out to Project HOPEFUL to see if we could help. Noreen was living in Kampala and was no where near our other sisters but we knew we had to help.
“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4:17
It wasn’t going to be convenient or easy….and it didn’t exactly fit our program parameters….but that didn’t matter. Noreen needed hope. A home was provided for Noreen and she began receiving medical care and was improving. But because she lived in Kampala, it was extremely costly to provide for her and her children. We began to pray for a solution. I contacted my dear friend Richard from Mukono and asked if he would visit Noreen. Richard works closely with our HOPE+ sisters in Mukono & Lugazi but had never met Noreen. After visiting her, he was broken. He didn’t even make it home before he pulled off the road and called me. He said “Dawn, we must do something. I feel we need to move Noreen & her children to Mukono so that she can be cared for and her children can attend school”. Before I even knew it, her children were being enrolled in school (FREE OF CHARGE), renovations were being made to a home owned by the ministry Richard is involved in for Noreen to live in (FREE OF CHARGE) and plans were under way.
So we prayed. Richard visited Noreen and she was overjoyed that her children could go to school but was fearful to move herself. She worried who would help her cook, how would she get medical care…all important things. So Richard took her to Mukono. He showed her the medical clinic……you know….the one ya’ll raised funds for to get a gynecology bed…and ultrasound machine and more? He introduced her neighbor who assured her she would be there for her no matter what. He assured her that she would be taken care of.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” – Matthew 6:26
All for one,