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Hope

October 19th, 2010

ASHLEA BRENEMAN - Almost two years ago I was apart of something I didn’t think would happen in my life. It was one of those dreams I had shoved to the back of my mind and my heart. But God is too gracious and good and faithful to allow the dreams He’s placed in His children to go unnoticed. Little by little he will bring them to the forefront until they are a bright blinking neon sign before our eyes.

In January of 2009, I traveled thousands of miles to visit a country in Eastern Africa called Uganda with Compassion. A country filled with a tragic history and desperate situations but filled with beautiful people and a hope in the midst of it all.

My job was easy. Observe and take in. Be present.

It’s hard though when the scenario is not easy. When you’re in a little shack with a family who’s father died because of AIDS and a mother struggling to provide for her children who also have AIDS.

You sit there and wonder.

How can this be?

But in the midst of desperation, there is this thing ripping through your heart.

This belief that God is real.

That He is there.

That He cares.

That He loves.

That hope does exist.

It’s true. God is real. He loves and cares more than my heart could grasp or contain.

We can demonstrate a characteristic of God.

We can be hope.

Find out how you can be hope to a child in need during WJTL’s 26 Hours of Compassion. Click on the Compassion banner at the homepage or call 1.866.392.3690.

Here is a video recapping my time in Uganda. It still brings tears to my eyes.


Ashlea Breneman
ashlea@wjtl.com




  1. October 20th, 2010 at 07:03 | #1

    I just sponsored a little girl for my daughter yesterday. Im a single dad and lost hope because of unanswered prayer. I don’t know what a family is supposed to be anymore. So thank you for giving me the opportunity to help give someone else a hope that still exists in christ through me. I love you all.

  2. Adriane M.
    October 22nd, 2010 at 10:29 | #2

    What a touching video. It stirs my heart because I have close ties with Zambia and brings to mind all the wonderful children I have met there. I was blessed to hear Ashlea’s story on air during the 26 hours of compassion- how God is calling you back to Uganda and providing a way.. that is so amazing, praise God. Thank you for sharing.
    Who sings the song in the video? The lyrics are wonderful.

  3. Ashlea
    October 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 | #3

    @Adriane M.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the video! The song is called “God of Justice” and it’s by Bethany Dillon and Matt Hammitt. It’s found on an album they did together called, In Christ Alone: Modern Hymns Of Worship.

  4. Michele Horn
    November 23rd, 2010 at 09:22 | #4

    Missions seems to be where God is calling me now. It all started when I began planning and preparing for our church’s mission trip to Uganda in 2009. Let’s just say the mission bug has bitten me and I want to do more here and back in Uganda. Where can I find more information on state side mission projects that I could even include my children in?

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