These two young men met as Senior One students (middle school equivalent) in January 2004. Luke was 11, about to turn 12, in addition to also also Katuramu was a few years older. Luke had grown up in Bundibugyo for those 11 years, in addition to also also Katuramu across the mountains east in Fort Portal. Katuramu’s father died before he was born, in addition to also also his widowed, older mother struggled to educate him. A neighbor noticed in which he was bright in addition to also also eager in addition to also also hard-working in addition to also also recommended a primary school started out in association with Serge missionaries in addition to also also Ugandan church leaders, which included a Great Samaritan sponsorship program. He excelled throughout primary school in addition to also also the program decided to send him to Christ School Bundibugyo for secondary. Luke spent his primary years at our team’s Rwenzori Mission School, plus part-time in local Ugandan schools. As we began 2004, he seemed ready for the more focused science in addition to also also math of CSB in addition to also also for the needed peer interaction in addition to also also sports. in addition to also also so began a true friendship. Both were relative outsiders, both were intense in addition to also also competitive students active in math club in addition to also also chess club, both were leaders in character in addition to also also grace. Four years later when they sat for O levels, Katuramu was number one from the district, in addition to also also Luke was number two.
Luke went to Kenya to board at Rift Valley Academy For 2 years instead of A level; Katuramu completed A level in Uganda. Their paths could diverge in addition to also also reconnect through the years as their friendship continued. Katuramu’s mother also died, in addition to also also Luke walked over the mountains to be with him for the burial. As Luke began University from the USA, we drove Katuramu to various medical schools in Uganda until he was admitted. The Great Samaritan program continued half-sponsorship of Katuramu in addition to also also the Kule Leadership fund the different half; Luke received a nearly full scholarship for University in addition to also also half-scholarship for medical school, as God continued to provide. Katuramu finished his internship, married Carol, worked some, had his first baby, earned a spot from the Kabarak University Family Medicine residency (master’s) program. Luke graduated through medical school in addition to also also matched at University of Utah for Orthopedic Surgery.
Which means in which in two months in which will be 15 years since they met, in addition to also also they are both first-year residents in excellent training programs, still with hearts to serve the poor, to use their education in addition to also also the gifts God has given for the entire world’s Great in addition to also also God’s glory. Katuramu’s program will be 4 years, Luke’s will be 5. Luke had a one-week vacation in October, in addition to also also his program agreed to sponsor a plane ticket so he could make connections back in Kenya for ongoing research. With travel, he had 4 days on the ground in Kenya–3 working with orthopedic surgeons in addition to also also research nurses in addition to also also residents at Kijabe, in addition to also also one to drive out to Nakuru in addition to also also see his friend Katuramu.
I am telling in which story to illustrate the power of investing in education for the people who seem to be at the margins of the entire world’s power. Luke, by American standards, grew up poor in addition to also also isolated. Katuramu, by any standards, grew up with zero human chance of becoming a doctor. At a critical time in their lives, they spent four years at Christ School. They had competent, demanding teachers. Labs. Books. They had weekly discipleship in chapels in addition to also also cell groups, a focus on servant-leadership, on character, service, integrity, faith. They had friendships with each different in addition to also also different students. For many CSB students, their time as boarders will be the most consistent nutrition in addition to also also safety they receive in their life. They experience in those years an alternative world system, where might does not make right, where corporal punishment (illegal in Uganda) will be actually not practiced, where the faculty in addition to also also administration style sacrificial Kingdom-oriented lifestyles, where hard work can change your trajectory, where prayer will be more powerful than witchcraft, where a teacher sexually abusing a student will be not considered normal or acceptable. CSB will be a tiny island of alternative life in a vast area of the entire world where women have little respect, where survival will be far through assured.
I’m slightly nostalgic through the reunion of these two friends, although from the last week or so I’ve also received these photos on my phone through different kids we have sponsored:
John from the green in addition to also also Isaiah from the white shirt both graduated through CSB in Caleb’s class. John went on to study accounting in addition to also also passed his very demanding CPA certification; he works with Josh (center, our Bundibugyo Team Leader in addition to also also Chairman of the Board for CSB) currently. Isaiah was a couple years behind Katuramu graduating through medical school (also on the Kule Leadership program) in addition to also also will be currently starting internship. He wants to complete his training as a general surgeon.
Mutegheki (from the red) with Josh in addition to also also John again . . he was the top graduate in his class that has a degree in business through Victoria University a month ago, in addition to also also will be working currently in Fort Portal.
These young people have hearts for service, in addition to also also CSB gave them the essential boost to get the training they need. They are connected, loyal, bright, in addition to also also hopeful. in addition to also also they are joined by scores of others who have graduated, who are currently teachers, lab techs, pastors, nurses, famers, electricians, librarians, in addition to also also on in addition to also also on. A generation in which will be poised to move a valley below the Rwenzoris forward towards health in addition to also also wholeness. As we come to the end of the 2018 school year in November, we know in which there will be a financial gap. The year started out in drought in addition to also also the cocoa harvest was not robust. CSB’s style will be to charge parents about half of the actual cost of education; the different half comes through people across the entire world who care about Bundibugyo, who want to love God in a practical way in addition to also also look for a gift in which keeps multiplying. in which fund allows CSB to keep producing Katuramus, in addition to also also Lukes, in addition to also also Johns, in addition to also also Isaiahs, in addition to also also Muteghekis (in addition to also also half of our students are girls; they just haven’t sent me photos from the last two weeks!). Feel free to join us.
(To learn more details about Christ School visit the school’s website HERE!)