Humbled. Amazed. Energized.
These are just a few words that describe our feelings about this year’s Otino Waa Benefit Banquet. We are so humbled by God’s continued faithfulness to the ministry and the children at Otino Waa. His faithfulness was tangibly shown through the hundreds of people who attended the banquet, gave of their talents, resources and volunteer time.
Almost 400 people attended the banquet and many more participated by donating online to the banquet. We were blessed to have a $50,000 matching fund challenge and we are excited to report that it was fully matched! In total, $141,000 was raised for the ministry and 80 people signed up to become sponsors that night, praise God!
By God’s provision, three of our Ugandan nationals were able to come to the US and speak. Rev. Dickens Anyati, administrator of Otino Waa, has been with the ministry since the beginning and we were blessed to spend time with him in the US. Assistant administrator, Otem Moses also spoke at the banquet. He grew up in northern Uganda during the LRA conflict and when he was young, he was part of a child sponsorship program. He has seen first hand the impact sponsorship can have on a life. Our third Ugandan guest was Otino Waa child, Adong Edith, a gifted speaker, singer and leader. We also heard from in-country directors, Steve and Bridget Hurry. They gave a report on what has happened at Otino Waa during the past year and shared vision for the year to come.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended, volunteered and gave – together we are changing lives in northern Uganda!