WingersDay6 (21 of 58)Visions of Hope embraces the unique task of connecting inmates, Ugandan orphans and the rest of us through face-to-face contact and a broad network of support.  There are many questions we would have never thought to ask without the guidance of a  loving God.  His instructions and the witness of lives transformed in prisoner and orphans.

How could an inmate be of any help to a child 9000 miles away?  In 2007 the first inmate asked to be a sponsor of an Option Waa child.  What do they have to offer an orphan?  You will be amazed if you explore all of this site.  What if the creation of art becomes a healing process for the artist, which then becomes an important element of hope in the life of a child in Uganda.

The children of Otino Waa Children’s Village have seen the brutality of a rebel force destroy their families. AIDS and other disease has slowly taken many parents away. Today the 295 kids at Otino Waa have opportunity for a new family, healthcare, education and very personal hope for the future.

In 2009 something very interesting happened. The inmates became even more passionate about helping our kids. That enthusiasm led to the creation of art as a way of augmenting the funding for Otino Waa. Today 115 inmates sponsor 125 orphans.  Over $144,000 has been generated by INMATES through those programs AND your participation with sponsorship matching.

The next important question.  What if YOU have something to offer both of them?  Discover YOUR PART to play.

Real religion, the kind that tests before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.” James 1:27

 

What does this really mean in the life of an inmate?

“It allows me to give to kids who have less than me.”

“It gives me an opportunity to respond to something that God is asking me to do.”                                                 

                                                             “It gives me a chance to appeal to a world that sees me as a failure.”

                                                              “It raises confidence, dignity, pride and self-worth.”

What does this really mean to an Otino Waa orphan in Uganda?

“It tells me I have value and hope.”

“It gives me an opportunity to communicate with a unique person.”

                                                                                   “It reminds me God has not forgotten me.”

                                                                      “It expands my world and gives my life much more meaning.”

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