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Mission – Slave to servant

October 2017

Because the biblical account of Joseph is so much like his own life, Joseph Mutabula loves it. A special calling has overcome his mistreatment as a suffering child.

Genocide in Rwanda marred Joseph’s early life. His mother hid him and escaped with him to Uganda, but soon died. As a seven-year-old little boy, he was enslaved by an uncle and forced to do heavy farm labour.

Subjected to beatings since he did not convert to his uncle’s faith, Joseph ran away. Yet his destination was a city where he lived in the street with other destitute orphans.

On the streets of Masaka, God reached out and changed Joseph’s life forever. Dr Max Lange, of Childcare Worldwide, said, ‘Our team members found him and brought him to our children’s home. There he joined our Ugandan Kids’ Choir and his leadership skills soon became apparent’.

Now, Joseph has matured into a student who excels in his social work courses at Kampala University. His vision is to help the poor of Uganda. ‘My favourite Bible story is Joseph! He lived in a foreign land without family, but God used him anyway’, he says. ‘I only hope that I too can make a good impact’.

Richard Norton, UK director of Siloam Christian Ministries, said, ‘We believe every person is made by God and for his purpose. Cruelty and slavery are evil. But seeing how just one abused orphan like Joseph can have his life turned around proves what our on-the-ground Childcare Worldwide partners are achieving’.