AE Admin | September 28th, 2018
Bringing Hope to Youth
Melissa doesn’t feel loved at home. At the tender age of 14, she lives with her grandmother and has no interaction with her parents. “My mother lives far away and I don’t know my father,” she said through tears. “I feel better when I’m at school, but I dread going home. I’m not loved like other children.”
Melissa attends Kabowa School in Kampala. A school of about 660 students. Yesterday, a team from the Kampala Mission visited her school to share the good news of Jesus. The teams ministered classroom by classroom preaching and speaking to the students about peer pressure and the dangers of sin. The message made a profound impact in Melissa’s heart and when they called for people to surrender their lives to Jesus, Melissa was one of the first to stand up.
“I feel better when I’m at school, but I dread going home. I’m not loved like other children.”
“They told me that Jesus is the only hope my life,” she said. “I knew in my heart that it was true and that I needed him. I needed hope.” As she came forward, the team began to pray for her and she broke down in tears. “When they were praying for me,” she said, “I heard a voice of encouragement in my heart say ‘I am your Father now’ and I felt peace in my heart.”
Another girl named Julieth was seen running from the room when the missioners began speaking. She later returned while the team were praying for students and shared her story.
“I’ve been having terrifying dreams,” she said. “I’ve even been afraid to go to sleep. I feel harassed by them! When you asked who wanted to receive Jesus, I heard a voice saying, ‘Don’t raise your hand! Run away right now!’. That’s why you saw me leaving. But while you were praying I felt compelled to come back and I felt a stronger voice in my heart telling me to go back. My mind suddenly cleared and I came back to receive Jesus into my heart forever. I feel like I have been set free!”
“I heard a voice saying, ‘Don’t raise your hand! Run away right now!’
Nasanga is a muslim who decided to give her life to Christ during the outreach. When one of the Islamic teachers noticed that she had come forward for salvation he got very angry and told the team they could not pray for her because she is a muslim. He even tried to physically remove her from the room. The teacher was eventually removed and Nasanga was free to accept Christ as he desired.
“In Islam, I cannot get this kind of prayer that brings hope to my heart,” she said. “In Islam, we don’t believe in Jesus, but I believe this Jesus who I have accepted today and I am so happy!”
“In Islam, we don’t believe in Jesus, but I believe this Jesus who I have accepted today and I am so happy!”
We are praising and thanking God for these young transformed lives. Continue to pray for them and the thousands of other students who have been ministered to this week by our teams spread out around the Rubaga region of Kampala.