CHILDREN OF LIGHT
The children in our Children of Light program have experienced unimaginable trauma. The wars in South Sudan forced them to flee their home. Most of their loved ones have died. Many have become orphans. Now, they live alongside 58,000 African refugees in Uganda’s Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. As strangers in a foreign land, the children struggle to understand their identity. They long to find purpose in their lives. Their caregivers—many, widows—feel trapped by their circumstances. Their skill-set does not earn them a proper wage. Without capital, the goods they make cannot compete in the local market. School fees—the meager cost of books, pencils, and a uniform—keep them from sending the children to school.
Our Children of Light program helps these children find their purpose. With the help of our international partner, Pastor Martin, we hold Sunday school classes for over 60 child refugees on the settlement. Of these, we identify the neediest orphans and pay for their schooling. Five days a week, they take Christian Religious Education (CRE), life skills, and core subjects at a school in the area. On weekends, they participate in Pastor Martin’s ministry.
Because of our Children of Light sponsors, we have invested in the education of 12 children. Through the Gospel, we teach them to live with purpose.
Will you partner with us?
Sponsor the children in our Children of Light program through a program sponsorship of $25/month.
How will your sponsorship help?
Your financial commitment will keep our Children of Light program active. Your gifts will help our students attend Christian primary and secondary schools in the area.
Will you receive updates?
Yes! You will receive three updates a year about the children in our program.
Martin & Rita
Pastor Martin grew up in South Sudan (at the time, Sudan). His father left just after he was born. At four years old, he lost his mother. When the war in South Sudan broke out, his older brother and sister died. The government forced Martin to become a child soldier. He spent two years on the frontlines before he escaped to Egypt. There, a Canadian church led him to Christ and awarded him a scholarship to Victory Bible Institute. In Cairo, Martin met his wife, Rita. She shared his calling—to serve displaced and abused South Sudanese women and children.
When Egypt became unsafe for refugees, the couple fled. In Israel, Martin met a friend of Alan and Melody Pierratt, the founders of CRI. When Martin explained his calling, the friend put him in contact with CRI. In 2010, Martin and Rita returned to South Sudan to begin the Children of Light Mission. When war broke out again, they moved to Uganda. In 2018, we partnered with them to launch our Children of Light sponsorships. Martin and Rita have five children.
As our international partners over the Children of Light Project, they care for women and child refugees on the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement and in Kampala. Their vision is for people of different tribes to live in peaceful coexistence through the example of Christ.