I have so many siblings, I can’t even number them. My parents started a foster care program even before I was born, so I was always surrounded by a lot of children. I see all of them as my brothers and sisters.
My mother runs a school and started an organisation to support women with HIV. My father is a farmer and also runs a school. It’s not for money, but to help the people in their community.
So all of this takes up a lot of their time. Growing up, I always felt abandoned. I didn’t like anything that was related to missions or missionaries.
I think I grew bitter and angry.
My father always encouraged me to see how I could fit into their missions work, but I didn’t see why. I had my own life, my own plans for life.
When I came to do my Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission, I learned a lot about God and His kingdom.
And I realised, my parents aren’t people who abandon, but people who sacrifice.
My dad wasn’t anywhere near my list of rolemodels, but now he’s on top of the list. I see a lot of good leadership qualities in both of my parents and admire them for what they do.
Now, I want to go back home and work alongside them. I haven’t told them about my change of heart. I want to go back and just become active, and this way, they will see the change in me before I tell them about it.
// David, Uganda
Student of Sound of the Nation DTS 2018