Uganda 2013: Building Men
"This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17. Christian author John Eldredge explains that the first stage in the masculine journey is being the 'beloved son". "For we must remember that above all else, boyhood is the time of Affirmation, the time when a boy comes to learn and learn deeply that he is the beloved son."
"Without this bedrock of affirmation, this core of assurance, a man will move unsteadily through the rest of his life, trying to prove his worth and earn belovedness through performance or achievement, through sex, or in a thousand other ways. Quite often he doesn't know this is his search. He simply finds himself uncertain in some core place inside, by fears and the opinion of others, yearning for someone to notice him."
Four years ago I first visited Bringing Hope to the Family orphanage in Kaihura, Uganda. While I met the cutest elementary school students and watched the great work being done in the medical clinic, my heart was captured by Bringing Hope's vocational school and farm in Kyongera. Twenty minutes away from the village by motorcycle, the farm is a vocational school for 15 teenage boys who learn carpentry and farming. These boys are mostly orphans who dropped out of school, usually at an early age, and have a limited education. They spend two years at the school learning trades that will help them earn a living.
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