Amazima employs twelve mentors who spend time counseling and empowering the children, families, and communities involved in our sponsorship program. Here, we invite you to meet one of these amazing mentors, Diana, and hear about her heart for this work in her own words.
I am Akrut Diana. I work as a program sponsorship mentor. I work in Amazima Ministries. So far I have spent two years in Amazima, coming to three years now, and I glorify God for everything I have done in Amazima because it has been so awesome. And I have seen the glory of God, I’ve seen the hand of God, I’ve seen the beauty of God, in Amazima Ministries.
Why do you do what you do?
I look at the beauty of God in these children, and I look at the love that Christ gave unto me and that is a love that I do share with other people, most especially the disadvantaged ones. That tenderness, in the hearts of the children, you see Christ in them, and that is the beauty of it all. When I see the smile of a child, I also smile because it is so wonderful, and I see that is Christ smiling onto me.
So you find the Christ that we have in us, because what we all have is about Christ, and when you share Christ, you already share the love of God with the children.
Can you tell us a story of God's work in the community?
Maybe I can bring in the case of the late Tabitha? Tabitha was a lady that was wasting away. But all I knew is that she had a hope to live. And I believed that until the last day of her breath.
So I said "God, may you give me courage, that I will help this lady smile, and see these children," because the most important thing was the children. I was helping her in the name of the children. Because I wanted the children to have a mother, to have a mother they can run to, to have someone they can call, “mommy.” So that’s why I came into that and I said I will strongly stand.
You know how God can never give you a hopeless life? He will always give you hope that, something is going to happen. So I said God sure I know that she is going to breath, so I believed and became strong that this lady is going to live. That is why I came into that family and started helping her, taking her to the hospital, encouraging her. When we got her she used to not eat, sometimes she would not smile, sometimes she would not stand, but the first time we took her to hospital, I told her, “You know what? You are going to live, Tabitha. God loves you. God has a reason as to why he has spared your life. But remember that these children need you most...”
Because everyone longs for a mother. You see how God protects us, it's like a mother. That is how our God also is.
God gave her hope, she also in her heart believed that there was God who was keeping her strong. She also believed that there were people caring and she was not left alone. She could see every day someone in her room. Because in some villages, you find they will lock up such people with that case like Tabitha’s case. Some people would not look at her, they would fear. I will give an example when she had wounds, and people would say, “how can you go in and touch that person? Won’t you get infected?” But I said, “the God who has allowed me to do it, will protect me!”
I can get it from anywhere, but He himself is the one who knows how I walk, what I do. So I said, “God, I am treating Tabitha in your name, so if you allow me to get sick, it is you yourself who has alloMwed it. So I am treating her, knowing that your protection is already there, because this is your life and this is your flesh, and this is your beauty, so I have to make sure Tabitha has life.”
So with that gist, we continued helping her. But we didn’t know that God has his own plans and had a beautiful life for Tabitha. When I saw Tabitha lying on her bed, on her deathbed, I just saw the beauty of God in her face. I didn’t get scared, people used to get scared of dead bodies but when I looked at Tabitha I smiled and told [her] mama, “You know what? Tabitha is with Jesus. Where Tabitha is she is happy.”
I know the God who has taken her, is going to take care of these children. These children will grow up, knowing there is a God who called them up, knowing there is someone there loving them, knowing that there is someone who is embracing them and I believe that those children are not going to suffer, because there is a God who stood in for the mother, and he is the one who is going to come take care of them.
Why are you so passionate?
It starts form what Christ has done in us. We look at the love Christ shows, when he left all the glory and left his power, and came to see how we human beings behave in the world. How painful it is to face the things in the world. He also said I want to go and feel how it feels like to move in the world.
Look at that passion that Christ had for us! And in the end, because of the pain he had for us, we were going to be all destroyed. But he said, “God no, let me go and redeem them.” He left His glory, left everything, more over he is God who created us but He left everything and came to earth for the beauty of His name and came and died for us.
I want Christ to have the love in us that is why I embraced the love Christ showed in us. I embraced that majesty that he showed in me. I said God, if you are for me, the love you gave onto me, I want to share it with others. So I asked one thing from God, that, “Lord, give me the love that you showed onto me, that I can also share it with others.”
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