Scott Hodge



May 26, 2009


Wow, what a trip this has been.  My brain is overloaded and my heart is overwhelmed. Yet at the same time, I have a huge amount of hope and encouragement as I’ve witnessed God healing and restoring hearts in Uganda.

Case in point: TANITA.

Tanita is 14 years old and has a fascinating story.

In 2002, Tanita’s father died.  Shortly after his death, Tanita began experiencing unusual, physical symptoms which eventually led to her being admitted into a hospital where she ultimately tested positive for HIV.

Today, we had the privilege of meeting Tanita and hearing her story on our visit to the Luwero Child Development Center. 

Hearing Tanita’s story was tough.  She cried as she began to share about her father and her disease. 

So did we. 

And yet, beneath the surface of all the pain and sadness was an amazing amount of hope, determination, and thanksgiving for how God is working in her life through the ministry of Compassion International

Here’s a part of Tanita’s story in her own words:

“I as admitted into hospitals so much when our mother was not having money.  Because she was not having a job.  Some church people came to our home and they were told my story.  So I was registered at the Luwero Child Development Center in Compassion.  And I thank God for that. 

One day in a meeting at the hospital, I heard children when they were talking about HIV/A with doctors.  Our doctors told us that HIV does not kill you if you take your drugs and in time.  I started drugs in 2005.  I have seven others like me here in this project.  We thank LCDC for helping us. Because they give us food, transport to hospital, and treatment. 

I thank God for my beautiful skin, my good nails, my nice hair, my good appetite and my whole life.  On behalf of my fellow HIV positive children in this project, I want to thank you sponsors for all the support you give us which is helping us to have a good, healthy life.”

Tanita is one of 8 children at this particular project who has tested positive and is being treated for HIV.  Altogether, they are currently helping 56 people impacted by the disease – children, caregivers, and siblings.  And overall, the project currently has 238 children enrolled as Compassion helps with education support, shelter renovations, Bible distribution, food relief, income generating projects, and more.

I’m seriously blown away by Compassion’s work here in Uganda.  More on that later.  But if you currently sponsor a child through Compassion, you need to know that EVERY dime you give makes a difference.  And every letter you write, inspires and empowers.  I've seen it.  And to say I'm impressed would be the understatement of the week.

More later.  I'm exhausted.

3 Responses to “Tanita”

  1. Barry says:

    We have friends, Chris and Rebecca Vogt, who are in Lowero with New Hope Uganda. Is that where’s your visiting?

  2. Josh Lee says:

    Wow, wasn’t expecting to be so moved by her story. Thought I was just going to feel sorry for her. Makes me want to freaking sell everything I own and get more drugs for them. With HIV feeling like such a death sentence, it is awesome to see what compassion is doing for everyone they can.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. says:

    Scott, I saw Dennis link you! I did not realize you were got to travel to Uganda. HOW AMAZING IS IT! I know you heard it and you knew it but your life is forever changed. Not only because you have seen poverty but because of COMPASSION. We are sold out! Keep processing! H

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