In a world often filled with uncertainty and hardships, there are stories that shine with hope and purpose.
One such story revolves around a remarkable group of Kinship United alumni from the Cross Training Center in Uganda, fondly known as the Brothers and Sisters of Jesus, who have found their calling and inspiration through the incredible power of dance.
Dancing with a Purpose
A recent event at the dedication of a Kinship Project served as a testament to the incredible journey of these young individuals. Among the guests and performers at this event, the Brothers and Sisters of Jesus stood out as they took center stage, not just to entertain but to share their powerful testimonies about the boundless love of God.
What makes the story of the Brothers and Sisters of Jesus even more special is their mission. Beyond their captivating dance performances, this group is driven by a deep sense of purpose. They aim to share the Gospel, providing a message of hope and salvation.
But their mission doesn't stop there. They also advocate for orphaned children through the gift of music and drama. Orphaned children like the group’s creator, Paul.
Hardship marked Paul Ssekate’s early years. His parents, refugees who had fled the turmoil of civil wars and economic challenges in Rwanda and Burundi, sought refuge in Uganda in the hope of a better life.
Tragically, just a few years after their arrival, Paul lost his parents, leaving him and his sister, Viola, alone.
To survive, Paul and Viola made their home in the untamed wilderness of Buwanda Village, where they sought shelter among the forests and bushes.
It was then that kind-hearted individuals from the local council discovered the siblings in the forest. They reached out to help the two young children who were lost and alone in the world.
The Buwanda Kinship Project welcomed Paul and Viola into their family. Years later, the pair moved to the Cross Training Center to pursue secondary education.
Within the comforting embrace of the church home, Paul unearthed his passion for dance.
He confided, "Dancing for the Lord allows me to share God's grace with the world and instills me with confidence."
With the support of other children from the church home, Paul initiated the group known as the "Brothers and Sisters of Jesus."
Beacons of Hope
The Brothers and Sisters of Jesus have shown the world that they are not just dancers; they are messengers of hope, love, and faith. Their performances are not just about entertainment; they are about making a difference in the lives of others, especially the orphaned children for whom they advocate.
The Brothers and Sisters of Jesus are a beacon of hope, proving that even in the most challenging circumstances, the human spirit can prevail and lives can be transformed. It's stories like these that remind us that the world is full of incredible individuals and groups who are making a positive impact.
If you've ever supported these children, be it through donations, prayers, or encouragement, know that your contribution has not been in vain. Your kindness has played a pivotal role in the incredible journey of these young dancers, and they are using their newfound purpose to create ripples of change in their communities.
Written with Eddie, our field team member in Uganda