This is an overview of my story and where God has brought me.
I grew up in an orphanage in Uganda, Africa. Being there with the love and care we got, I did not know what was really going on outside of where I was. I believe my heart and passion for ministry started when i was 9 years old right before I left the orphanage to go study in the US as an exchange student.
With our families, 11 other students/friends from the orphanage and myself took a little trip outside and visited a nearby school. I did not realize how blessed I really was until I saw kids my same age or younger that did not have close to what I had. I did not have much, but I definitely had more than these kids did. I knew right then that I wanted to serve and give back to the people and children over here!
These past couple of months, I have been in Uganda and while over here I’ve been praying and asking God what his purpose and plans were for me. I got the opportunity to work and serve with a few mission teams that came here from the US and through all of that I felt and knew that Gods purpose for me was to minister and give back and this was the way to do it.
I have had things come up that tried to get in the way of God’s plan. Most of them were just thoughts coming from myself. Thoughts like:
Patrick Ssebulime, Founder and Executive Director
“I am way too young to start a ministry”
“I am not ready, I need years of training and practice out in the field”
“I won’t be enough”
“I don’t even know what I’m doing”
“I still have to figure out MY life first”
“I won’t be supported”
“I am not ready, God”
This was the biggest battle I fought and I allowed myself to believe these barriers that the devil was trying to create.
Praying and understanding that this is not about ME, I knew I had to trust God and take on this role that he has created. I didn’t have much to offer, but all I had was the love and the vision and that is all I needed!!
So I followed where I felt led. Back to my village in Namabeya. Here I was led to this school, which actually ends up having my name in it (and I don’t know how I feel about that...) but again it’s not about me, and I guess that was another thing to show me that it was his plan. From the first day there, I knew that this was where my “field of mission” was. I am very excited to share all this with you and ready to see God work over here!
Please join me in praying for, loving, caring and supporting these children and people that God has put before us in any way possible!!
- Patrick Ssebulime