Videos from the Raining Hope Students to encourage us all!
RAINING HOPE - UGANDA
Raining Hope provides food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education for 22 students & staff in Uganda.
The students are shown the love of Jesus Christ
and taught to share that love with others.
The students at Raining Hope have been rescued from a life without hope, without love and without guidance. They have been given an opportunity to become well-loved, well-trained and well-educated servants of God.
They are focused students who are thankful for
the opportunity to get a good education.
They are joy-filled followers of Jesus who take seriously
the opportunity to impact others' lives for God.
They are worshipers who live for God's glory.
They are servants, who take nothing for granted & are
passionate about sharing God's love with others in tangible ways.
Raining Hope is making a life-long investment to raise up a generation of people who will be used by God to change Uganda and the world.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Celebrate our11year Anniversary with us!
Meet Godfrey - Raining Hope Manager
My name is Godfrey, born on December 24,1984. Both my parents passed on when I was at age 9. It was such a hard time for me as child. I stayed with my step mother who tortured me both physically and psychologically.
Because of too much suffering, I retreated to the streets begging for leftover foods and sleeping with friends in unfinished buildings. This kind of life saw me with bad youth groups that were notorious and doing unlawful things.
It was in that kind of state that the Lord called me to salvation when I was 15 years of age. I joined Cornerstone Baptist Church where I was groomed in the Word of God.
It is there that I met a wonderful mother, Eydie Kisakye who had come from California on a mission’s trip. Mum Eydie helped me in many ways even seeing me through my wedding with Irene who is my wife to taking care of us. God put our hearts together as we share many things in common as far as ministry is concerned.
I have a heart for the orphans and other less privileged children and youth. It’s a heart that God put upon me based on what I suffered. I want to see many heads of suffering children and youths lifted up in triumphal hope and dreams restored the very thing Mum Eydie Kisakye is living for. No wonder God binds our hearts around the same desire he put in both of us.
It is in this Spirit that God chose to make me part of Raining Hope as manager through Mum Kisakye. Since then, there has been an awakening in the lives of many here in Uganda. Our children and young adults are going to school, joining institutions, are healthy and their dreams are coming true.
My life and family have been changed over the years as I am part of this noble cause that the Lord is doing in Raining Hope. My dream is to reconcile men to God through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to help many live in a real relationship with God. It is always my prayer to be a faithful preacher. I have seen this happen over time even as I serve with Raining Hope.
God grows me daily as I lead and take care of his people. It is such a noble task and great opportunity to serve others and be part of God’s activity in them.
I therefore, in a special way want to thank my Mum Kisakye for the unwavering love and care that she renders unto us as we mark our 10th anniversary. I thank all the friends, and partners for the great support of love over time. May God richly bless you all for making me who I am today and becoming every day.
When our time here on the earth is done, our works of kindness will follow us. It is such a noble task to live one entire life for rebuilding lives and restoring hope. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity. We hold you all with the highest regard.
Happy 10TH Anniversary
With love, Godfrey
Meet Our Students for August
Greetings from Raining Hope. My name is Joanne and I am 17 years old. I want to thank you for the support that you have given to us. I thank God for Raining Hope.
My life before joining Raining Hope was so challenging and full of struggles. Life was so tough on my side. I never thought of something like going to school.
I thank God because through Raining Hope I have come to know more about Him. I am achieving my dream through going to school and trusting God. I have learned a lot from Raining Hope.
My dream is to be a surgeon. According to me, my dream is becoming true through Raining Hope.
I want to thank you so much because you have always supported us right from the start. We pray for you everyday and we love you so much. It’s our prayer that the Lord may sustain you just like he sustained the children of Israel.
We love you so much. God bless you.
Happy 10th Anniversary!
Birthday: August 21, 2003
Joanne loves to play basketball.
Favorite subject in school: Science
One of her favorite Bible verses: “May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.” Psalm 88:2
Dear Sponsors and Mum Kisakye,
Trust is 3 years old. Her birthday is August 12, 2017.
We are watching her grow as a loving, friendly and jolly girl.
She's such an adorable girl who likes calling everyone by their names.
Her favorite colors are purple and blue. She likes matoke (bananas) and ground nuts. Her hobbies are singing and
She mimics almost everyone at home if she hears them sing. Watching her do these things brings so much joy to the family.
Trust loves everything about Raining Hope. So she therefore wants to wish you a happy 10th Anniversary!
Much love from her and her parents!
Meet Jonathan Our Student for July
Dear Great Men & Women of God:
I great you in Jesus name our Lord. I am Jonathan and professionally, Dr. Jonathan! I appreciate all the good things and great work God is doing in you for us to be blessed.
I pray that God will bless you unstoppable.
I am 24 years old. God has done a lot of things in me. Looking back in time, I didn’t have school fees and was often chased away from school. Lack of food was an issue. Most of the time I only ate once a day. I had
poor clothing as I would have to wear the same clothes for a week. I didn’t have exposure to other people and I didn’t know God. Since I joined Raining Hope Ministries, I know God deeply through what Mama Kisakye has
taught us and Uncle Godfrey.
We eat food in time for all meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. We are growing healthy and fat! (In Ugandan culture, “fat” means “healthy”) Wow! Life is great. In the Raining Hope family our fees are paid in time. Sometimes our fees are paid in advance even before we arrive at school. We are performing well in our classes. I am meeting many great men and women of God. Before going to school I was not exposed to different categories of people with more experience in my career.
My dream is becoming true. I am now a great doctor through Christ! Dr. Jonathan! Wow!
May God bless you every second, minute, hour, daily, weekly, monthly and throughout your
whole life. Raining Hope Forever! Long live Raining Hope!
I am proud to be a part and born into Raining Hope. I am living a happy and joy-filled life because of the Raining Hope family.
Birthday: July 21, 1996
Dream: Doctor / Own a pharmacy
Jonathan completed his nursing school studies and began volunteering at a clinic in the Kampala area. He was in that area when the lock down hit. His dream is to establish his own clinic in Uganda.
Favorite verse: “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.” Psalm 27:10
Meet Our Students for June
Dear Raining Hope Sponsors:
Praise the Lord! I bring you Calvary greetings from the Raining Hope family. My name is Hillary and I am 24 years old. I recently graduated from Uganda Baptist Seminary in Jinja with a Diploma of Theology. All the glory and honor back to Jesus our Savior!
Allow me to express my gratitude in a special way by thanking all our sponsors who have been of great help while we are running this race and journey of salvation because without your contribution we would not have reached this far. Your faithful giving towards the Raining Hope family has always made sure that we go to good schools, have quality medications, good balanced diets, access to clean water, pay all house consumption bills to mention but a few. Our prayer to all of you is that extraordinary things continue to be
part of your portion as you serve Him, the King in the land of the living.
I joined Raining Hope in 2007 while my life was in despair. In the same year I accepted Jesus Christ to be my personal Lord and Savior. This came about after failing to live with my stepmother. She always mistreated me to a point of making me homeless. As a result of the torture, I was traumatized and found myself on the streets looking for survival.
Through Raining Hope I gained back my hopes that I had lost in life. I began to understand that I also have a purpose in the world. This is the way I realized my dream of becoming a teacher. With all of this, I got back on track and joined school again to work hard so that this dream would come true. While at school along the way, little did I know that God was calling me to be a teacher of His Word. This is the very reason why I joined a Theological School. The first day I stepped into my lecture room, I saw my dream come true.
Therefore, I thank Mama Kisakye in a special way for her commitment to the Raining Hope family. We have been able to have a second hope and purpose in life. All of you, our sponsors have given us that HOPE for a better future. Thank you and Happy 10th Anniversary!
Grace and Peace,
Birthday: July 13, 1995
Dream: Pastoral Ministry
Hillary is one of the leaders on the worship team.
His favorite subject is Christian Religious Education. Hillary loves soccer and volleyball.
His favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Greetings from Raining Hope Africa. My name is Jemimah. I am in Primary Seven. I am 13 years old. I study from Victoria Nile School. I want to thank you all for everything you have done for us, support, prayers, care and love. May the Lord bless you all.
My dream is to become a doctor in the future. Through this I want to serve God and treat a lot of people from different diseases.
I also want to treat my family when they need the doctor’s attention. That’s why I am doing my best to study hard. If it was not for your support I would not be where I am now.
Thank you all. I am praying for you.
Birthday: January 21, 2007
Dream: To become a doctor
Jemimah loves swimming. Her favorite subject is Social Studies. Her favorite verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
My name is Daniel. I am 14 years old. I thank you all for supporting us in everything. My life before Raining Hope was not easy. Life was hard to live. But when I joined Raining Hope, everything changed and I know I will reach my destiny.
My dream is to become a businessman. Raining Hope has helped me in achieving my dreams by paying my school fees and also given me a chance to serve in church as an instrumentalist. Right now I play a keyboard. I am so grateful and thank all of you for the work that you are doing. I pray that the Lord bless you abundantly.
It has been 10 years since we shifted from being Living Hope to Raining Hope. We are celebrating a 10 year anniversary with Mum Kisakye. I pray that the Lord strengthen you and continue guiding you in whatever you do. I also pray that Mum Kisakye will continue to be strengthened and be used by God in whatever she does.
I love you all! Thank you!
Happy 10th Anniversary!
Birthday: May 8, 2005
Dream: To become a businessman
Dan plays the keyboards as part of the worship team. His favorite subject is English and Science. He loves playing soccer.
His favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Meet Our Students for May
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus. My name is Joan and I am 29 years old.
We are so grateful for the support and love given to us by you. Thank you for the prayers you offer up on our behalf.
My life before I joined Raining Hope was so hard. I did not know Christ because I was not saved. I didn’t have school fees so I was at home. I didn’t grow up with my parents.
When I joined Raining Hope I received Christ as my personal Savior. I was able to go back to school and I found a better family at Raining Hope. I discovered a love I never had. Raining Hope has given me an opportunity to know God more and grow in my spiritual life as I deepen my relationship with Him. I do sing at church and do interpretation. I am pursuing a degree in Social Work and Social Administration.
All this has been made possible through your support and love. Thank you for standing with us and thank you for standing with Mum Kisakye as well. We love you and we pray for you always.
Happy 10th Anniversary!
Birthday: May 20, 1990
Dream: To become a social worker
Joan is studying to become the social worker for Raining Hope staff.
She also is part of the worship team for Raining Hope ministries as
well as an interpreter.
Joan also leads the Singles’ Ministry
Sylvia, Joan & Vivian
Meet Our Student forApril
My name is Zuluta from the Raining Hope family in Africa. I am 16 years old. I thank you all for supporting us from the USA. Thank you as well for supporting our Mum Kisakye and encouraging her. We are so happy to have her in our lives as the Raining Hope family.
Before I came to Raining Hope I didn’t have hope to study or be anything in this world. I even used to think that I was born to suffer and not to be well in this world. The reasons why I used to think like that is because I saw my family struggling and I used to see my mum always crying out for support. But when I joined Raining Hope I saw my life beginning to change. I see myself getting there in my future. Raining Hope made me what I am today and is making me what I will be in future days to come. Raining Hope is my everything in my life.
But the most high thing that I want to thank Raining Hope for is making known the creator of the Universe to me - GOD! When I accepted Christ, I got to understand that he can change my name from a person who is hopeless and powerless to a person who has hope and power. I got to know that even if a situation is worse, God can change everything to become better. Raining Hope is my everything.
I have a dream of becoming an accountant. Through my Raining Hope family and studies I see myself achieving it. I know and I trust God who is loving and caring to make what I hope for become reality. Thank you all for loving and caring and supporting in the way you do.
I love you all!
Happy 10th Anniversary
Birthday: April 9, 2003
Dream: To become an accountant
She loves volleyball.
Her favorite subject in school is math.
Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,but fools despise wisdom and instruction”.
Meet Our Students for March
Praise the Lord! My name is Maria. I am 19 years old. I want to thank you for your love and support towards the Raining Hope family. I also want to thank God for enabling and using you in each and everything you are doing there in the US for us. We are seeing the greatness of God in this family. If I remember my story I just thank God for His love and care. It was in 2009 when I was four years old that my dad died and left me with my mother and brothers in a hard situation.
My mom had no business that she could make money but tried her best to look for what to eat and wear, and money for rent to live and school fees for us to study. Sometimes I would go to school and they would chase me for fees where I would come back home for a term. But I thank God for the day I entered Raining Hope where my life changed. I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
I go to school without being chased for fees and every school requirement is provided. I eat and drink at any time. God is working in my life and in ministry. I can’t give him anything but to praise, worship and read His Word. My dream is to become a chef and great worshiper of God.
The Raining Hope family has enabled me to go to school and achieve my dreams through learning Home Economics and it’s all about cooking, baking and how to maintain a clean house. When I am at the house I try
out my practicals I have learned at school. At church ministry I am in the choir. I like dancing, praising and worshiping God and spiritually growing. God is using Uncle Godfrey to teach me God’s Word.
I thank God for the gift of life He has given to Mum Kisakye. I also thank God for using Mum all these years because she has been a great, loving and caring woman of God because she has been there for us in every situation. Thanks to all of you who have never given up on us even when times have been hard. I pray that God continues to give her and all of you knowledge & wisdom in everything that you do. I am thankful for the way the sponsors stand by Mum Kisakye and the Raining Hope family. I am always praying for all of you and love you all so much!
Happy 10th Anniversary!
Birthday:March 15, 2001
Dream: To become a chef & great worshiper of God. Maria is on
the worship team. She loves singing. Her prayer request is that
she may "become a great woman of God and always serve Him
in power to bless His people.”
One of her favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 54:4, “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.”
Praise the Lord! I am Jael. I am 11 years old and am in Primary Five. I want to be a doctor when I grow up.
Thank you for your support, love and care.
Love you all!
Happy 10th Anniversary & Happy New Year!
Birthday: January 21, 2009
Jael is Godfrey & Irene’s second daughter out of five. Jael’s hobby is cooking Her favorite subject is math. Jael wants to become a doctor.
She loves Proverbs 3:5 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
Meet Our Students for February
My name is Tamarah. I am writing this letter to testify about my life and thank you for what you have done for me since my childhood at Raining Hope. Before I came to Raining Hope, I lived in very terrible conditions. My mum got pregnant when in school, left her family to start life off on her own. Unfortunately, life failed and she went back home where her family mistreated her. By that time she had already given birth to me.
As I grew, she tried to find money so I could go to school but was not successful. One day she saw children inside a compound which turned out to be Raining Hope. She entered to see if they could also take me in as she continued to look for money. After some time they allowed me to join. When I came I found different categories of people but all were Christians by faith. I was feeling out of place because I was muslim. But when I came to Raining Hope, I changed. I starting seeing God as the only way to live and I received Him as my Lord and Savior.
I always had a dream of being an accountant but I never even dreamed it could come true. Slowly by slowly I started studying. I am being encouraged by people at Raining Hope. They are committed to helping me pursue my accounting dream. I appreciate their goodness upon my dreams.
I am taking this opportunity to thank Mum Kisakye for listening to God so that she does the will of God. Thanks mum for everything. You have been a blessing to my life since I joined Raining Hope. You are always there and are a part of my story.
I am thankful for my sponsors, Kelly and her family. Thank you for not leaving mum alone. You have continued to support me through Raining Hope. Thanks. You have made my life brilliant. Thanks to the Raining Hope family and Pastor Godfrey. He has always been an example for me to learn. He has given me food of life which is the Word of God. I have not remained the same. My life changed since he came to Raining Hope. He is a strong man who never gives up even when we are in difficult situations. He has always shown me love and directed me whenever I have gone wrong. All of you and mum have made me a successful girl. It puts a smile on my face to be a part of a loving family. I love you mum and I always pray that God may bless you so that you live more longer and proper in life and pray you will be a blessing to the whole world.
May God be with you all and never forsake you because you are His and He is yours. The book of Mark has blessed my life this year. Mark 6:5-13 (Sending out the Twelve).
Happy 10th Anniversary! I love you all!
Birthday: January 30, 2003
Dream: To become an accountant.
Tamarah loves to play basketball.
Her favorite subject in school is English.
One of her favorite Bible verses is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall
not perish but have eternal life.”
Meet Irene - Our Staff
Hello sponsors! I greet you all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I humbly write to you this letter just to thank you all and our dear Mum Kisakye for the love, care and support you have given to us. Before life was hard but ever since you came in our lives, we have experienced hope and joy each day. Raining Hope children have grown up spiritually and are serving in ministry just because of your love and support. Their future is bright and their dreams are getting realized. Mum Kisakye has been a great mother to me, a mentor and friend. You have all been always by our side to pray for us, encourage us and love us. I appreciate the effort, love, care and sacrifice that you give to us. It is amazing.
God bless you all.
Love you all!
Happy 10th Anniversary!
Birthday: February 22, 1986
Irene is Godfrey’s wife. They have five beautiful children, Jemimah, Jael, Jireh, Hope & Trust. Irene is instrumental in the home as a parent to all the children & support to Godfrey. She used to have a small business selling vegetables. She now sells necklaces that are handmade. She would like to have another business in town to help support the Raining Hope family.
Birthday: January 5, 2015
Godfrey and Irene pray that Hope will spread the Word of God. She likes talking to others and making friends. She is reasonable and open to learning. Hope likes singing and telling others what to do. Ha ha! She is funny!
Praise God sponsors,
We love you and thank you for all you are doing for us and Mammy and Daddy.
I am in Top class and next year I will join Primary one. When I grow up I want to be a pilot and fly planes. Through your support I know I will make it. I love the color red and my favorite meal is rice and chicken.
I miss you Mum Kisakye and love you all!
Happy 10th anniversary
Meet Our Students for January
Praise the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Greetings from Raining Hope. I am Sylvia and I am 25 years old.
I want to take this opportunity and thank all the sponsors for the great support, care, love and prayers that you render unto us. I highly want to appreciate all your efforts and your kind hearts
My life before Raining Hope was so tough and challenging. I had lost hopes of pursuing my dream as a broadcaster. My parents could not afford my school fees. It was such a trying moment for me as a young girl. But as I joined Raining Hope a lot changed. I joined school and I pursued a diploma in journalism. This is all because of the great support I attained. I am glad to see my dreams coming true.
Still, through Raining Hope I have learned a lot. God has really been faithful to me. I lead the church worship team and have seen God working awesomely in my ministry. Currently, as I wait upon the Lord I am working with
Raining Hope and it’s such a great honor and pleasure.
I want to thank you again for the great support and the love you show us through Mum Kisakye who has been a
blessing all these years.
Thank you and wishing you the best of 2020 and a beautiful 10th Anniversary!
Lots of Love,
Birthday:January 14, 1995
Dream: To become a journalist.
Sylvia is one of the leaders of the worship team. They have choir practice on Saturdays and Sunday nights.
“It has been my desire to be the voice to the voiceless and to proclaim the name of Jesus in this field of journalism. Pray that God uses me mightily to reach out to the broken souls and give them courage.”
Meet Our Staff - Hellen
My name is Hellen Kataike, I am now 60 years old. I want to thank God for his love and grace that he has shown me through Raining Hope. Before I joined Raining Hope as a support staff helping in cooking, my
life was a struggle. I couldn’t meet basic needs as a woman and I had no husband to take care of me in any way.
When I got a job at Raining Hope, through my earnings I started seeing a difference in my life. I
could help myself and my children. I have known God more and grown in my relationship with God through Raining Hope. This month of January, I will be retiring from active work.
In a special way, I would love to thank all the sponsors especially Mum Eydie Kisakye for the love you have shown me and all the children. I want to thank my Pastor and manager, Godfrey for all his love and care unto
me. It has been a special moment to serve the children and the entire ministry of Raining Hope as a
cook. I will forever be grateful for the kindness of the Lord and His goodness that he has shown me at
I pray that the Lord will continue to use you in the lives of all these children here at Raining Hope. Pray also for me that wherever I will be, I will serve God and have a better old age.
I love you all.
Happy New Year
Hellen loves singing and charity work.
Her dream is to help others.
One of her favorite Bible verses:
Psalm 2:1 - “Why do the nations conspire and the people plot in vain?”