Several people and partner organizations have been and are important to the work TILT does to cultivate community.
Alec Johnson, who died December 23, 2014 in a drowning accident, was always captivated by knowing God, following Jesus in his lifestyle, and in helping the poor, the disadvantaged, and the homeless. Educating poor children, especially orphans, was important to him. In working with the poor, he sought ways to “capitalize” them, to help them help themselves.
My name is Sherie Renne, and my husband and I began sponsoring two twin boys from NW Uganda in 2006.
Initially we arranged the sponsorship to serve as an extension of a children’s ministry we were helping run. The offerings gathered and given by children in our ministry were sent over to the twins to help fund sustainable agricultural projects to benefit their overall livelihood, such as Irish potato crop starters, cassava crop starters, and goat rearing. These projects first served as a small investment for future income and quick funds for housing, food, medicine, etc. The funds also began to cover the small school fees of their primary school level and eventually the more substantial tuition needed once they reached the secondary level of their education, at which point the government no longer provides tuition free education.
It was at this point that we stepped in to personally to take over the sponsorship of the boys.
We started helping Ugandans because our older boys packed a couple hundred Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes a year, and one ended up going to Joshua Anywarach’s little brother. Josh wrote a letter thanking us and gave an email address, so I wrote back. We ended up emailing each other every night and “talked” for hours almost every night. He worked as a DJ at a Paidha, Uganda radio station then.