God Showed Up: Isaac's Story

05/22/14

Way out in the fields of northern Uganda, a young cowherd was getting ready to sneak off to school. Whenever he found a large enough pasture for his cows, Isaac would weigh his chances—dash to school and get a few hours of precious learning in, or stay with the cows and make sure they don't run off? 

 
Isaac was an orphan in northern Uganda, where he often had to choose between foo
Isaac was an orphan in northern Uganda, where he often had to choose between food and school. Today, as a sponsored child, he no longer has to make such choices.
 
More often than not, Isaac chose to risk it. He'd arrive to his classes late, dirty, and smelling like cows, but he didn't care. When school was over, it was a race against time to get back to the herd. 
 
"Sometimes, the animals had wandered off, and were lost so that I could not trace all of them," Isaac remembers. "Then I'd end up being spanked or denied the evening meal." When all Isaac had to eat that day were some wild fruits from the field, missing dinner was a big deal.
 
Isaac was an orphan—he lost his parents when he was very young, and had been staying with relatives ever since. Everything he needed, he had to earn by himself. "If I needed new clothes, I would have to go work in someone's field or garden for at least a week to earn some money for new clothes," he says. "I was walking around naked a lot. This would affect my studies." 
 
Today, because of people like you, Isaac knows God has always been with him
                              Today, because of people like you, Isaac knows God has always been with him.
 
Isaac looks back on his life and describes it as miserable. But today, because of you, he knows that God was with him through the pain.
 
"My favorite story is the story of Job," Isaac explains. "I like it because it teaches me that we should not deny God in our trying moments. He is even still watchful and loves us, even in moments like that. And at the right time, God will show up to rescue and restore us." 
 
God did show up to rescue Isaac from his life of hunger and despair. Desperate to find a home where Isaac could be cared for, his uncle visited the Children of the Nations (COTN) ministry site and inquired about their Children's Homes. After researching his situation, the COTN staff was able to take Isaac into one of the homes, where he now lives with a house mother and 13 other brothers from similar circumstances. 
 
Isaac now has a home, a family, and enough to eat every day
"At the right time, God will show up to rescue and restore us," says Isaac (right). Isaac now has a home, a family, and enough to eat every day, thanks to his sponsors.
 
Because of his sponsors, Isaac now has a home, a family, and enough to eat every day. Best of all, he no longer has to sneak off from his chores to go to school. He even gets some time to relax—which is one of the things he says he likes most about COTN. 
 
Now in sixth grade at COTN's school, Isaac says he loves the educational support he gets at COTN. "The mothers and staff really care about my education," he says. And sitting through class with a full belly makes a big difference too. "I even get three meals a day!" he says. 
 
Isaac is grateful that his sponsors have made this new life possible for him. "Thank you for picking me as your sponsored child, and for loving and supporting me," he says.