DENNIS DANICA MUTEBI
Growing up without a father and a mother affected me so much in the sense that I always had questions of “Why me? What can I achieve in this life? Why did this have to happen to me?” In this process, I could see my elder brother struggling to find something for us to eat. He was young to be the one responsible to make sure we survived. Everything that our parents had was taken away from us. We were left with nothing in this world. This is the normal circumstance for most families when the parents die. Fair enough, my grandmother took us in and tried her best to care for us. Later she found an organization (Watoto Child Care) which took us in and gave us a new home, education and spiritual discipleship which changed our lives completely.
This raised more questions in my heart. “Why did God rescue my life? Why did He educate me?” I came to a point where I realized that it wasn’t just so I could have a nice job and sit and work for myself. I realized there are many children that are going through the same experience of losing both of their parents from many causes: political instabilities, wars, disease, abandonment, dumped in toilets and pits. These children need love. They need someone to care for them and give them hope for the future. They need the same love that I received, the same love that changed my story.
In 2005, I began to pray about how I can give back and help kids have hope for the future. As I was praying about these things, the Lord put the passage of Isaiah 61 on my heart: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring the good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives.” This spoke to my life and changed my life. I started to see the beauty that was lying ahead of me, the purpose, the reason that God has rescued my life.
In 2012, God brought me to a place where I met a young girl that had a story like mine. She lost both of her parents. She has never seen her dad and her mother died at her birth. She was living with a great aunt. Her story touched my heart, so I started paying her school fees and helping to meet her other needs.
I became more and more aware of the needs of children, especially when I visited the island of Makusa. I saw the overwhelming number of kids that need help. And back on the mainland, I met more and more kids and as they shared their stories, it confirmed over and over again what I needed to do. So I began by sharing their stories whenever I got the opportunity to speak. Just as God changed my story, I am glad I can now be part of changing other people’s stories. These children are calling out for love, for someone to talk to them. They need a family to belong to, someone to call Daddy, Mommy, Uncle. Some to say, “I love you.” And that is why we formed Asifiwe Child Care Ministry, to show love. Because we believe that love changes our story.