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The best way to describe Patrick is joyful, sweet, gentle, thankful, & courageous. He loved his 5 siblings (see photo below… Stella, Faida, Clinton & Irene. Barbara not pictured) and friends, going to school, playing soccer and dancing. He had a big heart for God.


They were abducted by the LRA rebels, where they were abused and forced to watch the horrible slaughter of their parents. Afterwards, they had no home to return to and were left to fend for themselves. In November 2008 Patrick and his siblings joined our family at VOH and then in May of 2010 they were thrilled to be the first to move to the Village where their new life began.



In November 2011, while Patrick was preparing to take his final exams he was overcome with horrible pain. But instead of going to the hospital, he insisted on completing his exams. Only AFTER he finished did he allow Mike to take him to the Gulu hospital. They removed a tumor in his chest and diagnosed him with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer. In the months that followed we helplessly watched as he went through chemo with faith and courage. Many times our “miracle boy” fought for life, as he faced death. His desire to live was not for himself but in order “to help my family”.
On March 14, 2012, Jesus chose to take him home, where he will enjoy eternity dancing with the Lord. As the children often sing at the Village, “I will no more suffer.” Please join us in rejoicing in his short life with us, and the example and inspiration he was to us all. Until we meet again, “Mama” Cindy.

Read Mama Cindy’s letter to the children about Patrick


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14