I AM Family Ministries is a holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda whose lives had been devastated by Cholera outbreak and AIDS epidemic in 1999.
How we started: A sack of 50 kilograms of maize and another of rice fed the Lwakatale family of 13 for a month. The father, Ponsiano Lwakatale, a pastor in Kampala, Uganda, took note of each grain.
When cholera swept the Lwakatales’ neighborhood in 1998, their youngest daughter, Omega, 8, began sneaking scoops of maize and rice to her friend whose father had died from the disease.
At the end of the month, the Lwakatales were short of food and the father, discovering that Omega had been sneaking it out, was angry. As he was about to punish Omega, she said, “If you beat me for giving to the needy can you still be a pastor?”
Her words halted her father. “It was an eye-opener for him that there was so much bigger need outside our family.”
Omega’s little question and her father’s reaction sparked the beginning of something that has become truly special, including:
• An organization that helps orphans and widows in their Kampala community and beyond.
• A children’s choir that travels the world to raise awareness about the plight of underprivileged children in Africa.
• A church focused on changing the community for Christ by nurturing God-fearing leaders of tomorrow.
Today I AM Family Ministries serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
Our vision is to nurture honest God-fearing leaders of tomorrow, and provide for five basic needs of each child that He brings us: food, shelter, clothing, education, and parental love.
God: I AM Family Ministries is a Christian organization. We believe in the one God. We believe in the Trinity. We believe within the nature of the one true God there are three co-equal, co-eternal, co-loving persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus: We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. We believe Jesus lived a perfect life and shed His blood for our sins by dying on a cross. We believe Jesus rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven.
Salvation: We believe that all who put their faith in Jesus and repent from their sins will have eternal life in heaven with God.
The Bible: We believe that God speaks to us through His Bible – both Old and New Testaments. The Bible is without error in its original writings and authoritative in guiding our faith.