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Songs of Healing

Using Song to Heal

 

During Richard’s abduction, his father and grandfather were murdered by the LRA.  His younger siblings were left and his mother given instructions by the rebels to “raise them well… one day we’ll return to take them too.”

Richard was trained in the bush to be a “doctor” for other LRA members and child soldiers – removing bullets and bandaging the wounds of his peers at 10 years old. He survived years of captivity with the LRA and has now been reunited with his remaining family members.

Thanks to the comprehensive care offered by EI programs and teammates, Richard is in school and receiving the physical, spiritual and emotional care he needs to heal AND to excel!

For Richard, his faith in Christ and song writing became major elements of his healing process. With pride, he shows off notebooks full of songs – songs expressing hurtful memories from his time in the bush… but vastly outnumbering these lamentations are his songs of redemption and his hope for the future. Richard now uses his musical talent and leadership skills to organize and lead a youth choir in his community – exerting a positive influence on the next generation.

Richard is a gifted leader and student…  He is pursuing an educational track that will empower him to reach his dream of becoming a lawyer.  Join us in praying for his success as a future leader for peace!

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Many other future leaders await sponsorship.
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With $38/month, you are helping give food, healthcare, education, trauma counseling, peace building/leadership development & spiritual care!

100% of sponsorship donations will go straight to the field. 

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EI trains and partners with local caregivers and teammates. Their experiences and cultural awareness are key to the successes of our rehabilitation programs.  Thanks to a partnership with Children of Peace Uganda, Richard and many others in northern Uganda are receiving the care they need. Thanks for your part in making this possible!

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 Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Cowart

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