What I learnt at Uganda Gathering

By Etotu Daniel 

In May 2016, Etotu Daniel attended Uganda Gathering. The conference focused on how the church can respond to the challenges of gender-based violence, street children, conflict and reconciliation and other issues affecting Uganda today. 

My name is Etotu Daniel and I am 27 years old. I am the last-born son from a Christian family of eleven children: nine girls and two boys. Two of my sisters are in heaven and the other seven are all married.  

I have grown up learning the importance of being respectful and helping my parents with home activities. My father passed away in 2012, and since then my family have seen me as the father figure in our household. I found this very difficult because I felt God calling me to serve him at the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) base in Arua, Uganda. Joining YWAM would take me away from home, meaning I could not look after my mother and siblings. 

After much prayer and consideration, I obeyed God’s voice and joined YWAM, trusting and believing that he can do everything. I now serve in YWAM as a leader in the vocational training school (VTS). I want to be a role model for the young people we work with, encouraging them and equipping them with a fuller understanding of God’s love. I want them to know the part they can play in helping to bring in his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. I also enjoy using my knowledge of computers to train young people in practical skills. 

I recently attended Uganda Gathering. My aim was to develop a better understanding of what biblical transformation looks like in the lives of individuals and communities. I really enjoyed the conference and was encouraged by the speakers and discussions. I left with a better understanding of the challenges that orphans and vulnerable children face and the role of young people in development. 

This understanding has been beneficial for me as a YWAM leader. I now encourage our students to know that they are the pillars of tomorrow and of great importance in their community. I want them to know that when they put God first in their lives, they will be able to bring positive change and transformation in their communities. They can be examples for their community, showing unity, joy, love and care for others, just as Jesus did.

I am passionate about seeing young people growing in character and developing skills they can apply in their businesses and careers. The gathering has given me a renewed sense of hope and purpose for my life. It also provided me with the opportunity to meet new people and build new friendships. 

I see life as a journey, and I want to walk in unity with others, standing together and helping each other to realise our God-given potential. 

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