Sophia’s Story

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Children, Featured, Field Updates, Prayer | 0 comments

Sophia’s Story
Sophia Akello

Sophia Akello

Precious Sophia was born on November 20, 2002, in a small village in Northern Uganda. Her parents were both soldiers, called on to fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) during the 20-year war in Acholiland. When both parents died of aids, Sophia and her little brother Peter were left orphaned.

The Family Photo: Sophia (in green) with Her Aunt & Family

The Family Photo: Sophia (in green) with Her Aunt & Family

Their aunt, whom had taken custody of the children, was soon diagnosed with sickle cell anemia and asthma. Being unable to work and provide for the children, the little family soon lacked most of the basic necessities of life. They ate only one meager meal per day, and their little hut was in desperate need of repair. When the House of Hope team learned of these children and their situation, they welcomed them into the children’s home in 2007.

Sophia (2nd from the Right) Stands in front of  Favor of God School

Sophia (2nd from the Right) Stands in front of Favor of God School

In the home, both Peter and Sophia learned of Jesus. They received Him as their own Savior and loved evening prayer and worship. They enjoyed learning and related well to their brothers and sisters whom they began to share life with. One of Sophia’s greatest joys was singing and dancing with the children’s choir at the House of Prayer.

Sophia Attending Class and Enjoying the Study Moments

Sophia Attending Class and Enjoying the Study Moments

Sophia Very Attentive In Class

Sophia Very Attentive In Class

Sophia also excelled in school. She scored first in her kindergarten class of over 70 students. At graduation that same year, she was chosen to give the speech.

Sophia Working Out a Problem

Sophia Working Out a Problem

Sophia's Workbook

Sophia’s Workbook

Our House of Hope children began resettling in their birth villages this year. The Ugandan government is strongly encouraging all long term children’s homes to do this. They desire a child to grow in a healthy “foster care” setting with a  loving natural relative. This helps them stay connected to their “clan” and to transition much more easily into adulthood, by allowing them to keep an identity among their own kin, relatives and village homes. It also enables them to celebrate holidays with their families and to receive familial support as they grow in life. Each of our children have been building relationships and bonding with a healthy auntie or grandmother and have received in them a “home away from home.”

Sophia (2nd from Left) Walks Home from School

Sophia (2nd from Left) Walks Home from School

They are still “our” children spiritually, and the love and commitment we have for them remain. We continue to supervise, educate, train, nurture and love each one of them, just as we do Sophia. Our loving social work team from Favor is in touch with the children constantly, visiting and overseeing their medical care, spiritual development, and education.

Sophia Arrives Home

Sophia Arrives Home

Sophia Welcomed Home by Cousins

Sophia Welcomed Home by Cousins

From their relatives the children learn things such as their generational stories, positive cultural traditions, and favorite native dishes, while also learning to relate to their family clan with influence, leadership, and spiritual examples. Each of our children have taken the values of a strong prayer life and a love for worship, the Word, learning, reading, and excelling in school back to their village homes and extended families.

Sophia Helping Her Aunt Thresh Ground Nuts

Sophia Helping Her Aunt Thresh Ground Nuts

At the House of Hope village, we look forward to the holidays by reinforcing character development, growing love for the Lord, and the fellowship of the family they will always be a part of.

Praise and Worship Time at Home

Praise and Worship Time at Home

Prayer Time at Home

Prayer Time at Home

Thank you for praying for these precious ones over the years, pouring your heart out for them in sacrificial giving and support and, with us, watching them grow into beautiful young men and women who will become leaders in their schools, churches, and communities.

Sophia, Her Aunt, and Her Cousins Pose Outside Their House

Sophia, Her Aunt, and Her Cousins Pose Outside Their House

The discipling of nations begins with discipling our children.

The House of Hope village will still be home for these on holidays, and more orphaned children will eventually be coming. The vision of the Ugandan government is to stabilize, strengthen, and pour into vulnerable children through a children’s home setting for three to five years, and then resettle them with a loving  extended relative who can continue to nurture them as they grow. Even as they move into their new natural “families,” our children always “belong” to the House of Hope family through our support for their education, both spiritually and academically.

017_This is Sophia Akello

Transform a Child, Transform a Nation!

Sophia may become one of the next MP’s of Uganda, a worship leader in church, or a missionary to widows or nations some day. We pray over her life that the perfect will of the Father may be fulfilled in her as she discovers the “hope of her calling.”

This is our prayer for each of our children, and I pray it’s yours as well.

 

Thank you for training them up along with us,

Carole and the House of Hope Family

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