My Story. . .
by Martha Tumwebaze
Story edited by Ron Edwards, Director of Missions
Head Mistress of Harvest Christian Nursery & Primary School. Martha is one of four children including a half brother after her mother’s remarriage.
When Martha was three years old her father, a fisherman in Uganda, was murdered and the family home robbed. Her mother was left a widow without a job and no way to care for her family so she returned to live with her father. She soon remarried and left her three children to be raised by their grandfather. He had to provide for them which meant paying school tuition or there would have been no education. He was able to get a sponsor for Martha for grades 3 through 7. There was money available to complete high school at age 18. She originally wanted to be a nurse but changed to English and Social Studies.
Martha joined a local church and started teaching in their school, enabling her to have enough money to enter college. After one year the money was exhausted. She then met a local pastor who wanted her to teach at a new school he was starting at a remote site near a coffee trading center. After starting with 51 students (nursery to grade two) it increased to 319 students through grade seven. The local pastor then paid Martha’s tuition to complete a teaching course and she remained with him another tow years.
She then applied to the government and received an assignment to a Muslim school where, eventually, she was allowed to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to non-Muslims students. She remained there for 10years and was able to also introduce Muslim children to Christ. During this time she was also able to get a degree in education form the local University with the help of her American surrogate parents.
Martha is now Head Mistress of Harvest Christian Nursery and Primary School in Nabibizzi, Uganda. The 2011 enrollment in its second year of existence was 80 pupils.
Matthew 24:45 (AMP)
Who then is the faithful, thoughtful, and wise servant, whom his master has put in charge of his household to give to the others the food and supplies at the proper time?
We are so grateful to Martha for her love, courage, commitment and faithfulness to serve. Truly, she is a servant of God!
Thank You Martha!
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
John 4:35 (KJV)
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