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
Kwagala Ministries International