Meet Ngobi Fyrine. At 24 years, she is an alumni of Maranatha Primary School where she completed her primary level in 2002 and qualified from there to attend Secondary School. She attended Secondary School at St. Mbuga and finished her Secondary education at Naalya Senior Secondary School. From there, she went on to study at Bhim Rao Ambedikar University in India, where she was able to get a diploma in Business Management.
Fyrine returned to Uganda in April of 2013 after studying abroad. It was now the time to start searching for jobs. Fyrine explains, “Pastor Walusimbi asked me this question, ‘From your field of study, how can Maranatha benefit from it and from you?’” She didn’t have an answer at that time. Little did she know what would be awaiting her in 2014.
She continued her search for a job and found a Kenyan Company in Kampala (Uganda’s capital city), called “The Hive Ltd” where she worked as a project administrator. Though she was working in Kampala, she still took frequent visits home to Mityana, where she would discuss with Pastor Walusimbi about what can be done in Maranatha to improve the standard of academics and income status of the school system.
As Fyrine got more and more familiar with Maranatha Integrated Schools Project (MISP), she felt a strong calling to minister to the needs of Maranatha. As Fyrine explained, “I realized that if I would like to see my dream of Maranatha being a success in the community I would need to be there. I therefore requested Pastor Walusimbi to be in the system as an employed administrator at Maranatha and he gave me that chance and accepted.”
In May 2014, Fyrine joined Maranatha Schools. She started by visiting all 5 Maranatha School locations, where slowly she was able to identify things that she could contribute her skills and abilities to.
“My stay in Maranatha is not because of anything else but because of the love that I have for the school. It’s the same love that was showed to me many years back during my Primary days.”
She specifically recalled one day where the school had a field trip to “Didi’s world,” but she wasn’t able to go because her mother wasn’t at home to pay for her, thus leaving young Fyrine hopeless. She explained that as they were reading off the names of the children who had paid and thus were going on the field trip, suddenly she heard her name called.
“Pastor Walusimbi (daddy), had paid for me. I really felt happy because he did something that I didn’t expect. This sounds funny and seems to not be such a big deal but for me it was a huge thing worth remembering. I mean, there are so many things that pull me back to Maranatha.”
Fyrine also attended Sunday School at Golgotha Missions Church where Pastor Walusimbi pastors at.
“These are the same people who have groomed me spiritually. Have come to know God because they have showed me the love of God and many people have come to know me simply because of what Mr. and Mrs. Walusimbi have done in my life. If they had neglected me maybe I would be an opposite of what I am today. Being under the same church and in Maranatha makes me a better person.”
Fyrine expressed how she is one person who desperately wants Maranatha to be a success, and would love to see many more children come back and testify just as she has. Many of them, like Fyrine, are “orphaned”, and she truly believes that others can be better off after Maranatha.
“I strongly believe it’s because of the joy of Mr. and Mrs. Walusimbi have while seeing such children become important in their future. It’s my prayer that God may give them life to see lots of harvests in their lives even as they’re growing old. That they may feel proud of the fruits that they are producing. Fruits which grow and mature always are good and sweet fruits….I pray God will continue to give them good and mature fruits to keep them happy always and to multiply everything they desire in life. Glory be to God.”