Wednesday, 7 August 2013

How I started

Many times in life people fear to tell the world how their lives has been moving on but I also believe that when you share with others what you have been going through some one some where will be encouraged by your words. When you are doing some thing, not every one will support you. Some will and others will not. But the best part of it is that if it's God who called you to do it, it will move on no matter what. We fear to do things because of what people will say, and others will say what will my boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance, husband and wife say. How will they look at me? You can ask yourself so many questions but none of them can answer them for you. As it is in the book of Jeremiah 29:11, God has good plans for you. Satan will always want to make you to see yourself as failure but God will see you as a winner. Trust me, you were born to win and not to lose.

Most of my friends I went to school with were asking me why on earth I made a decision of staying in Uganda and look after street kids. It’s tough whenever I think of it. It’s discouraging when some of them tell me that they are now doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc,.. On November 4th, 2013 I registered Kwagala Ministries International as a Community Based Organization, (CBO). It was a tough stage working with some corrupt people in the probation office but God made away for us and we were able to register.  I love doing things in the right way.

I had a job with Amazima Ministries International but it was time for me to call it off. Some people told me that I was crazy. Why are you leaving Amazima? Questions were so many till I was not able to any of them. Instead of being happy for my new step in life sadness was right next to me. I had to dial Jeremiah 33:3. He answered, He told me not to be afraid for He is with me. I took a step of faith and had a meeting with my boss. I told her that I was leaving, she didn’t understand me but I had made up my mind to leave. All I needed from her was her blessing, nothing more. She blessed me. What we must not ignore is that, when you decide to take one step forward in your life, challenges and problems will not go away, they will come and follow you. My challenges and problems came on my way. The first one was to lose the motorcycle that I’ve been with for a long time. Secondly were school fees for my siblings and other benefits from the Organization.  The biggest challenge was loving someone for a long time then the same person tell you that it’s over between the two of you. What else could have been a tough challenge in a life of a young man like me? Life was not friendly to me at all. In fact I felt like leaving ministry and do some thing else. I felt useless, discouraged, hurt, and disappointed in every thing. It was the toughest moment of my life.

Now I had a choice to make, feel sorry for myself or encourage myself and move on. What was my choice; To move on with life and do what God wanted me to do. On October 22, 2013, a stranger came from Canada called Robbie Palmer, He knew me through his cousin Amy who is a good friend of my family. She had told him so many things about Raoul Mugosa and his four sisters (Deborah, Nathalie, Linda, and Marie). We offered Robbie a room to live with us and He said yes. He was a stranger but none of us knew what God was planning. Robbie turned from a stranger to a friend, from a friend to a house mate, from a house mate to a brother. While we were in our house we talked and one day I told him about my vision of starting a Boys’ home, Robbie was so much supportive and encouraging to me. We did all the paper work but another big challenge came on our way and that was where to start from. The best thing we had faith.  And we also believe that God is able to do just what He said He will do, He’s gonna fulfill every promise to us. So the it was wise not to give up on Him because He is able. The Lord proved to us that He really want us to start this Home for the Boys. One morning I woke-up in my bed and Robbie told me that Mr. and Mrs. Palmer (Robbie’s parents) have decided to pay for the first house rent so that we can start from there. We needed six million Uganda shillings for a start (about 2,400 US). Praise God we were able to secure the house for six months and it was the house that I wanted. God didn’t stop there to surprise me, a team came from Oklahoma to work with Mr. and Mrs. Hunter, they also blessed me with 600 UD and I was able to get a brand new refrigerator from game store in Kampala, another surprise came from a Mary and Gina who came from New York, they told me that they will pay for all the beddings that I need to start with.  God will always make a way where they seem to be no way.

On 14th of February 2013, we welcomed our first boy in the house, Emma was the first boy in the Kwagala Boys’ home, God wanted it that way. God wanted us to start with Him by sending Emmanuel as our first son in this home. What a joy it was for us and for Emma. We now have nine (9) Boys and we are still counting. We are not yet done, we are not ready to stop but we are moving forward. Whenever I look at the Boys I say, thank you Lord for providing shelter for our Boys. Where would they be without you? Street is not a home for any child, they belong to Jesus. The Kingdom of heaven is theirs, so we must play our roles by making sure that we protect them from any harm and abuse. Children are a gift from God. They need our love, protection and care. Today the Boys who were on the street of Jinja have a home; it’s not just a home but also a family. It has not been an easy journey for me but the grace of God has been sufficient for me.  We now have Emma, Joshua, Carlos, Joel (Denis), Ali, Bosco, Bumali, Ronald , and Living.

It has not been easy for me a lot but a big thanks to the Almighty who has always been there for me, to my family that has always been supportive to me, to Robbie Palmer and his family in Canada, to my friend and the home manager Mr. Kitego Brian, to dear friend and brother Biguyi Eric who introduced me to the best lawyer in Africa Mr. Mukooyo Jolly and His lovely wife Naikazi Agnes, to my pastors Robert & Grace Kaahwa, to Mr. & Mrs. Hunter for introducing me to so many people and for their love and support in my life, to my friends Chris Kulaba, Olaka  Ezra, Mukisa Prince, Kisibo Timothy, for cleaning the house before we came in. To all my friend on facebook who liked our Kwagala Ministries International page. To my new friend Pillipa Alice who has been a good aunt to my Boys, to Susan who is always in the Kitchen cooking food for the Boys, to all the teachers who are doing a fabulous job to teach the Boys. And to all the friends in Canada and USA who have been supporting us to make sure that we get food and money to pay all the staff of Kwagala Ministries International and all the bills.

How much more can I say it? God bless you all in the name of Jesus.

Raoul B. Mugosa
Executive Director
Kwagala Ministries International           

Friday, 30 September 2011

From No where to Some where

When you tell some one that God can make some one who was no body to be a some body, what do they say? I remember I when I was in my home town ( Bukavu DRCongo ). Even my own pastors could not believe in me. My chance to come to Uganda was nocking on my door, then they told me that in Uganda they speak English, going there you'll be westing money and time. But I thank God for the mother I have who told me to not let that put me down. It was not a good moment for me at all. I had to keep that up as my mom told me and as my faith says. So after that I came to Uganda, but I tell you life was not any good for me because of the language. I had to fight with that. Speaking English was a big problem for me. as the bible says in the book of 1Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares about you. That is what I had to do.
In the house where we were living, it was a Pastor's house. They took me like a son. They made sure I had peace and freedom in the house. I never met this Pastor before but I met his Wife in my church back in the Congo. The Pastor was so friendly and welcoming to this stranger in his house. He made sure I was happy and comfortable in his house. We lived there with my friend called Matthew, like me I had to learn how to milk a cow there, I did every thing that I never did back home. I enjoyed my time there but the big problem and challenge was to me was English.  Every one at pastor's house was a friend to me. And up to now they are still my friends and a family to me. I never lost my hope and my trust in my God who was watching over me.

After some time, I had to leave Pastor's house and be on my own. In this town of Jinja, I had no Uncle, Aunt, or mother, I was on my own with my God. After a period of tough time and hard moments, I went to a Bible school where I met so many people who were so encouraging to me when it come to language. Still it was very tough. Being in a classroom but you are not understanding any thing. I was just there. One of my teachers told me to not be discourage in any thing. So She told me to read my Bible all the time and news papers to help me improve my English. So I had to do that as She told me. By the grace of God my English improved and now I can speak to any one in English. That is how our God can work. He gave me the smile that I had missed on my face for a very long time. I lived in that tough situation but my God never left me alone. Philippians 4:12 I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need. 

After some good years of living alone, my Mom came to Uganda and we talked about our family, the challenges and hard times that they were going through. I use to visit them and when I look at my sisters, I just feel like crying and there was a big problem in our country, WAR, it's not a good thing at all. Now after some time they called me and told me that so many young ladies were rapt, that was a shocking news to me, I had to think on my sisters and how to bring them to this peaceful country, Uganda. It was another tough moment for me. It was hard but again God made another way for them to be here with me. When my young sisters were here with me, the next person was my only young brother, Benjamin, now this boy could count on me in every thing for living. Again God made another way and his school fees was paid for the whole year and the next year at the University. God was so good to us and the only thing was for us to praise Him and to serve Him at 100%. 

In the year 2006, I stated doing child evangelism with Welcome Home ministries Africa, there I met so many people and I grown up allot in many ways. In 2007 I met a girl called Katie Davis who is my Director now at Amazima Ministries and She told me about her vision and plans for this nation and mostly in the village called buziika. To me it was a good idea, by then I had stop working with Welcome Home but our relationship was good. I left there with a blessing, from the director, manager, and my fellow workers. I stated working with Katie and every thing was really good and peaceful. God blessed us and Amazima started to grow in a way that no devil could stop it, we got new people and more kids were coming in the program. I Shared all this with my family and my Dear friend Called Michelle, who was so encouraging and supportive to me in all ways. I really thank God for her. 

At amazima things are moving on well and I'm happy I'm one of the few people Katie trusted and She started with. One of the things I like about that place is the relationship that I have build with so so many kids and youths there. They all call me Uncle but I tell them to call me their friend. Mostly the youths because when I'm their friend, they will tell me more about their lives and I can be able to help them. But when it is Uncle business, they will fear and not be open to me. If I'm to leave Amazima today, it will be a painful time for me because of the relationship I now have with the. I had a youth conference at our church and I had to go with them, when they were there we had allot of time to talk and I came to know most of them through that. We were together for one week and it was from morning to evening. That was a special time for me. Actually I was so happy and grateful to the Director of Amazima Katie Davis with the whole team that allowed me and trusted me to go with them. It was a good time for them and for me.

I'm still at Amazima and I hope I'll be there mostly to keep my relationship with the kids and the youths grow. By the grace of God I'm doing fine and still have so many things to share with you guys out there. Just keep reading my blog.
I now live in Uganda with half of my family, my four sisters and Benjamin my little brother, we also have another boy with us here who is from Congo too but he had no where to live here in Uganda so I asked him to come live with us. He is a talented boy, he can sing, dance, play guitar and drums. He is also a blessing to us, as a family and to my church.

The Lord is good and He will never leave you alone no matter what you are going through.
Bless you all.
By Raoul Mugosa Biringanine.