Published in Living Hope Newsletter, January 2012
In 1988, Resty Nalugwa was married and had four children. Two years later, her husband fell sick and was told it was yellow fever. He continued to grow weak and sickly until he died in 2000, leaving her widowed with their four children.
In 2004, after her first child passed away, Resty started to suspect that the disease her husband had was not yellow fever, but AIDS. "I went to test for HIV and my worst fears were confirmed; I was HIV+," Resty explains. She was devastated and did not know how she would face her community, family and more importantly, her children. She felt like all hope was lost.
In 2008, she was registered with Living Hope and was cared for in every way. Even after she fell sick and became blind, she was provided with medication, her basic needs including food, and she received regular visits with prayer support.
When Resty recovered, she was called to attend discipleship and business classes at the Living Hope Centre. From the discipleship classes, she learnt to be strong, take care of herself and her relationship with Christ grew deeper and more personal. From the business classes, Resty learnt to work diligently and to steward her finances well.
Today, the 40-year old Resty crafts beautiful arm bracelets from beads. She can now support her family and has a hope for the future.