Every Saturday over four hundred children gather in Buziika to sing songs of praise and worship and hear the Gospel. With the help of our amazing staff, we have recently restructured our Saturday program to include more time discussing the Bible teaching and spending time with the mentors.
Amazima has been blessed with nine wonderful mentors who spend time daily in the homes of their assigned sponsored families. They provide counseling and encouragement, and a direct line of communication between Amazima and the families we serve. All of the children in our program love and admire their mentor and many even view them as part of their own family.
Due to the talent and passion of our mentor staff we have been able to change the way our Saturday program flows to ensure that the children are being discipled and are provided with a safe place to discuss issues that arise during the week.
The children gather in a large group for praise and worship. The more the merrier is our motto when it comes to singing and dancing! Then they receive a short bible message and are divided into groups of 20-30 children. Our mentors lead these groups, and we believe it has greatly improved our Saturday program.
"We do it this way because now we have an opportunity to talk to the children one on one about the lesson," starts mentor Naomi, "the children are free to speak out and they can help each other learn this way. They really feel more free and are encouraged to participate."
"They come for bible study, but the small groups allow them to understand the message. You can really grab their attention and allow them to understand more," adds mentor Vicky.
We have loved seeing the children open up to these mentors and feel more like they are part of the group. During group time they sing songs, answer questions, go deeper into the Word, and develop strong relationships. It is also a time that allows us to pinpoint specific children who need extra attention or help.
"You get to introduce other topics and behavioral issues. We talk about how they are to behave here, how they should be behaving at home...it is a really good time to address many issues," says mentor Vicky, "We really have an opportunity to get to know the children. We have great hope that this will positively affect our children. We really have great hope for them."
We really do have great hope for these children.