17 February 2012
Volunteer work is a big part of Watoto Ministries. Every year, we receive numerous volunteers, both locally and internationally, who come to serve in various areas of need; including Baby Watoto, Watoto Children’s Choir, Living Hope, Social and Youth Work and others.
This week, we introduce you to a dynamic, young woman who has made a difference at Watoto in Uganda. Victoria Chung is from Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance and worked as an internal auditor, assisting the chief accountant in the finance department.
Victoria first heard about Watoto in 2006 when the Watoto Children’s Choir toured Hong Kong and visited her church. The children’s stories stirred deep conviction in her and she began to ask God how she could contribute to this ministry.
In 2007, she started volunteering at the Watoto regional office in Hong Kong and, through her service in Hong Kong, she visited Uganda for the first time as a member on a build team in 2008. It was during this visit that she heard God speak clearly in her spirit, “These are my children, take care of them.”
At this point Victoria seriously started to think about returning to Uganda to live and serve with Watoto. In September 2009, she stayed on for five months, serving as a volunteer in the finance department. “I had hoped to stay for six months, but I could not so I prayed to God for another opportunity,” she says.
In January 2010, she resigned from her job as a chief accountant in Hong Kong and re-located to Uganda to work as a permanent part of the finance team, where she has served until February 2012.
As a volunteer, Victoria says her service has taught her to follow the will of God instead of her own. “I have been able to understand the Watoto vision deeply because working here is more hands-on and has given me a sense of the whole picture. Working with the children has also given me the opportunity to shape the lives of future leaders," she says.
“My work colleagues treated me as part of the family which helped me assimilate into my role and the Ugandan culture with so much ease. I’m very grateful for that,” she says.
In her spare time Victoria helped out at Baby Watoto, looking after babies. She was also vibrantly involved in the Watoto Church worship ministry, where she took part in the annual Christmas Cantata production in December 2011.
As she returns to Hong Kong this week, Victoria is sad to leave since she has become very attached to the people of Uganda and the vision of Watoto.
Just like Victoria, you can take up the opportunity to experience Africa and contribute to changing someone's life. Contact the Watoto regional office close to you for more information and get involved with Watoto today.