Sarang Fund helped to raise $1,000 this summer to support Jun Lee’s summer internship project. Here is his testimony. Praise God of all nations!
My summer internship project
I have been privileged with the opportunity to intern for
the summer at Hope Center Uganda, in a small city called Gulu, through the
Shuford Program at the University of North Carolina. Hope Center Uganda’s
mission is to foster a community of educated and creative youth by providing a
safe and inclusive environment for learning literacy, arts, technology, and
health. By offering youth and women technical skills training and encouraging
innovative thinking, Hope Center aims to achieve individual and communal social
and economic growth in Gulu.
Personally, upon arrival, I have been creating a financial
literacy manual, catered to the needs of the people, which will be used to
educate the community and train the Hope Center Uganda staff to teach lectures.
Isaac Samanya, a student at the Islamic University in Uganda, has been working
closely with me on every project I have been assigned so far. He is also an
intern, and together we have completed the financial literacy manual for the
center. We have been traveling into the local middle schools and high schools
to teach the students about financial literacy and the unemployment crisis
among youth in Uganda. We have also been applying for grants to different
institutions to help fund the organization long-term and have been
brainstorming innovative ideas for the overall improvement of the center, while
also developing various weekend programs. I also participate in the Uplift
Program, a micro-finance program that provides three-month loans to women in
villages with a 5% interest rate.
What I learned more
about God thru this trip
While in Uganda, I was reminded once again that God is not just God of the Jews or God of the Americans, but He is God of all nations. God reigns in all nations; therefore, God is the King in Uganda, and He rules in all of Africa. In the book of Acts, the Gospel of Jesus is unstoppable. The Holy Spirit is unstoppable despite persecutions toward the disciples and apostles spreading the name of Jesus all throughout Europe.
That Gospel of Jesus has reached Africa as well. Actually, Uganda is considered a Christian nation as the majority people confess to be Christians. I have learned that God really loves the people of Uganda, and that He has compassion for them. He is a faithful God, faithful to His people. He has not abandoned the African people, and He is working in Uganda. I feel like God wants to use Ugandan people to reach neighbor nations such as South Sudan, Congo, Tanzania, and Kenya.
I have been reflecting on the importance of who I represent and work for. HCU is a nonprofit organization with good intentions of striving to make the community better for the people of Uganda. But let’s not forget this important question. Who is my Lord and Master? Who do I represent? I can do good things in this world but give no glory to Christ. I can also do good things and give all the glory and credit to our Lord Jesus Christ. The difference lies in who I am representing – to whom do I belong? As one who belongs to the Kingdom of God, everything I do is done in the name of Jesus Christ, and I am working for him alone.
Paul often says, “I am a servant of Christ,” and I agree
with him: God takes all the credit for the work I do on earth. I think my internship program is driven by
godly traits of compassion and love, but at the end of the day, what matters
the most is that we do it for our Lord Jesus.
It is important to help the poor, widows, orphans, and
sojourners. But the greatest takeaway is
that whatever we do, do it in the name of Jesus and give him the sole glory
because you belong to Him.