Light Instead of Darkness; Hope Instead of Hopelessness

Kids Club Kampala was set up to bring hope and love to vulnerable children and to transform poor communities in Uganda. But where do we get this hope from? And why do we do it? The answer is Christ and the reason is because of what He did for us and this all comes down to the story of Easter. As a Christian organisation Kids Club Kampala has certain beliefs and values and of course we want to share these with everyone we work with. However, all of our activities, programs and projects are open and welcoming to children and communities of every faith, belief and background. We believe in practically helping and supporting others. The following passage from the Message bible sums it all up:

James 2:14-17

“Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?”

So why is Easter so important and what does it tell us about the Hope we can have in life and what Hope we can bring to others who are in need? Jesus not only died a brutal death on the cross to take the punishment of our sins, once He died the barrier between God and humans was torn apart. When He rose three days later He showed that He had overcome death and that Light had replaced darkness. Since He was raised back to life we are able to have Hope that we can not only start over again but also we can have the power to be able to succeed at this new life! This is why we have Hope for the future. There is ALWAYS HOPE, ALWAYS LIFE, no matter how difficult the situation. But how can we say this? It seems to good to be true.

Often we can look at the need we are faced with on a daily basis and become overwhelmed. Why is it ok that thousands of children are growing up in poverty, many are subjected to child prostitution, child marriage and forced labour? Why is it ok that people in the slums live on less than 98p per day whilst others in the world have unending bank accounts? Well the answer is, IT IS NOT OK, and that’s why we stand with those who are living with injustice so that we can stand up and say, “We do not think this is ok, we will not let this be the end of the story.” And this is where HOPE comes in. How can you stand with those who are living with such pain and difficulty and say, “Everything will be ok” if you have no Hope to base this on? When we look at the Easter story it shows that no matter how desperate the situation is, there is still Hope for the future. When Jesus was tortured and crucified to death and put in a tomb, 3 days later, He came back from the dead. If he had not risen from the dead there would only be forgiveness but no Hope for the future. The fact that Jesus overcame death means that nothing and no one is a lost cause. Things can always get better. We can exchange hopelessness for Hope and darkness for Light!