In September of 2007, Renee Bach at the age of 18 left her home in VA and traveled to Uganda to volunteer at an orphanage in the town of Jinja. While there, the Lord opened many doors to serve and fall in love with the people; her 6 month stay turned into 9 and her heart was torn by the contrast of her comfortable life in America and the extreme needs of the people she had grown to love. After a prayerful time back in America, she began the process of forming a non-profit ministry that could make a difference to the hurting people of Uganda. In the fall of 2008, Serving His Children became a reality.
During her initial stay in Uganda, Renee helped start a temporary feeding program in the slum community of Masese. She was impacted by the extreme poverty and hopelessness of the people, particularly the beautiful children. When God called her back to Uganda, she knew that this is where she would start. In June of 2009 Renee landed in Uganda and moved into a rented house that only God could provide right in Masese! She made herself available and began to get to know the community through a feeding program at her home for 900-1,000 children two days a week. Word spread quickly that there was help for those in need and the first malnourished child was brought to her door in August. Within a few months she began getting referrals from the Malnutrition Ward at the local Children's Hospital and, once again, it was clear to Renee what God wanted her to do. God gave her the vision for a Malnutrition Rehabilitation Center where not only would children's lives be saved but the hearts of the mothers could be changed as well. In March of 2010, less than a year from her arrival in Masese, Renee began phasing out the initial feeding program and accepted the first child into the Serving His Children Malnutrition Rehabilitation Center which has now been home to literally hundreds of changed lives.
When God called Renee back to Uganda, she knew that He would use her to change lives but what she didn't know was how much hers would change! In October of 2009, a neighbor brought Renee a 10 day old infant who had been found abandoned in the village. From the time she first held this tiny little girl, Renee knew that this child was different than all the others….today Selah Grace is 3 years old and will soon share the last name of Bach!
To read more about Renee's story, check out her personal blog at www.servinghischildreninuganda.blogspot.com