25, 24, 23…3, 2, 1…then a flurry of colour as strands of poppers burst into the air, reflecting the mood of excitement and celebration.
“When I began a small agricultural farming project in Kasangati, I had no idea that this is where God was leading us to”, Reverend Trevor Stevenson said as he reflected on the journey that has grown to 120 schools, thousands of sponsored children, 50,000 children currently being educated and 673 wells drilled.
On Thursday 11th January 2018, at the African Village Hotel in Mukono, Central Uganda, sponsored children, Fields of Life partner schools/churches and surrounding local communities, along with individuals whose lives have been transformed by Fields of Life gathered together to celebrate 25 years of operations in East Africa.
Richard Waya, the Chairperson of Butaleja District Local Government, shared about how men and women in his district had never seen clean water in their entire lives but now have access to clean and safe water. Gorett Sssekikubo, Fields of Life Finance Assistant, told how her journey as a young helpless child ended up with her as an employee of Fields of Life thanks to the sponsorship programme she was part of. Testimony after testimony told of the hope, the restoration and the lives changed because of quality education, clean and safe water provision, child sponsorship, I AM GIRL and many other opportunities that have been provided to the most vulnerable people in East Africa.
In his keynote speech, the retired Archbishop of Church of Uganda, the most Reverend Henry Luke Orombi emphasised that creating a legacy hinges around one thing; faithfulness to God, His calling and His principles. Following this, the Guest of Honour Hon. Rosemary Seninde, the Minister of State for Primary Education, posed a new challenge to Fields of Life, to create an even greater legacy over the next 25 years and give even more reason for greater celebration.