Message from the Executive Director
With only a few weeks remaining in my tenure as Executive Director, there is much to reflect on. To begin, I want to share a few images from my final trip to Uganda just over a month ago.
In John 15:16-17, Jesus says: “I chose you. I put you in the world to bear fruit. Whatever you ask of God on my behalf, he will give you. But everything depends on this command: Love one another.”
To carry out acts of love. This is ultimately what we were created for. These words reminded me of the beautiful acts of love given and received in Uganda.
A pregnant woman in Bwirambere returns three times to the tap turned on just minutes before to fill up a glass cup with clear, clean water. “So sweet!” she says, grinning. The glass is passed from one person to the next, each drinking two or three cups.
A dozen women and children break out into spontaneous singing and dancing, a swirl of brightly colored dresses and flashing smiles.
Because of the gift of water, many will feel more human, freer to bear their own fruits of love within their families and communities. Isn’t this ultimately what we all long for?
In the long story of ACTS—almost 45 years—literally hundreds of thousands of images like these have been made possible because of your love for a distant stranger. I’m honoured to have been a small part of these acts of love over the past three years. As I pass the torch to a new Executive Director, it’s my hope and prayer that hundreds of thousands of these stories are still to come.
Nate Lepp, Executive Director