About Pastor Isaac
Papa Isaac Wagaba and his wife Rebecca began the children’s home in 1996 with two abandoned children.
During the reign of infamous Idi Amin, when Pastor Isaac was laying on a heap of bodies, Shot and left dead, he had a voice “Isaac, I have saved your life so that you may save the lives of the fatherless children…….. Isaac. I will be the father of those children through you.”
Strengthened with energy from God, Pastor Isaac crawled from the pit and ultimately God fulfilled his promise, beginning with two abandoned children.
Today in Buziika, near Jinja (Uganda), Pastor Isaac serves God who saved him to be a father of the fatherless, by directing a growing and vibrant orphanage and home for destitute children- the invisible children of Africa.
In his own words
Canaan Children’s Home was born after the Lord gave me a vision when in a dangerous time and that was the time when Idi Amin was the ruler of Uganda. He closed all spiritual Christians churches in Uganda and he persecuted the church openly. Most our churches were burnt down and many of our Pastors were killed. I was one of the Pastors, who were persecuted but narrowly escaped by the Grace of the God, because I was invaded three times because I was a District Overseer and my name was on the death list.
On this third time, I was found at home with my family and they started shouting at us, looted my household property, bound me with ropes and I was put on their truck and taken to Kampala where they had a special place for killing people. On that truck I found five more Pastors whom I knew and we became six. We were kept in a room at the house which was called the Nile Mansion and the room was stinking with human blood.
When we arrived there, we found when they had just killed some Pastors including Bishop Jana Luwum of the Anglican Church of Uganda. We were told to stay in that room for three days. On the third day soldiers came and asked us to denounce Christianity and become Moslems so that we can save our lives. Because of torture and hunger, four of the Pastors accepted to be Moslems and they were circumcised and eventually set free.
The other pastors and I persisted and after three hours we were told to get ready for death. We were taken outside with our faces blindfolded; our hands held backwards and were shot at. My fellow pastor called John died instantly. I was shot on the right hand the soldier thought that I had died, and then we were left there. They never knew that I was still alive, so that is how I miraculously escaped death. After that about 25 of us were thrown on the back of a truck and the driver was commanded to take us to a pit dug in Kampiringisa Forest on Masaka road, then we were dumped in the pit as dead bodies. Late in the evening, I had a voice calling, “Isaac, I have saved your life so that you may save the lives of my fatherless children”.
In that state, I got a vision in which a lot of children were coming to me and these children hungry and malnourished. In fact they were like naked, moving skeletons and the voice went on to say, “Isaac, I will be the father of those children through you”. Immediately I felt strength in my life and stood up but failed; so I crawled on my knees from the dead bodies. I really cannot tell how, but I found myself in the home of a Herdsman who was looking after his master’s cows. I asked him to help me because I had come from a dangerous situation. He welcomed me and nursed my wound. He was my Good Samaritan and early in the morning I was taken on a bicycle to a place where I received first aid and that man paid the bill. I recovered after 5 days of treatment in that clinic. I requested my Good Samaritan to go and see my home but when he went there he found everything looted and my house burnt to ashes. My wife had gone to hide at her parents’ home with our children whom we had at that time; James and Samuel. I found myself homeless and I had no where to go. So many pastors were escaping into the neighboring country, Kenya. I also got an idea of escaping too and the Lord made it possible for me to go into Kenya by train. Within one week I had found my fellow pastors who were already in Nairobi and took me to the hospital where I was totally healed.
We spent 9 months in Kenya praying that God may give us a God fearing President and did hear that prayer. The government was overthrown in 1997; we started making arrangement to return to Uganda. The Spirit led me to go back to my Church at Buziika even after my home had been burnt down. I insisted that I go back to that place. I thank the Lord for the brethren in Kenya had contributed some money to help me build a small house to live in. The brethren in Buziika helped with putting up the small house.
In 1982, I had almost forgotten about the Vision and the words of the Lord in the forest, but one day a lady came to our church with two children and told us that the Lord had led her to come to our church. She stayed for three days and the fourth day she abandoned and escaped leaving the children behind. After 2 days that when we remembered the vision of becoming the Father of the fatherless; the two girls are now married. In 1986, a widower came to us and asked us to help his two sons because he was sick and old, within a few days the old man died and the children remained with us: one was 4 years old and the other was 8 years old. We stayed with them and took them to school until they became adults and self-reliant.
CANAAN CHILDREN’S HOME
In 1996 this was a year we found that a home was necessary because of the many children who continued to come to our church with the problem of orphans increasing and abandoned children continued to rise. I remember the vision in its full light and great conviction came to me to help these children. My wife and I rented 2 rooms near our house for those orphans. We started that home with 4 children. By July 1997 we had received 8 more aged between 4-13 years. We tried our best to clothe and feed them and met their health needs. To our surprise children continued to come and we could not stop them. By 1998, we had 24 children on roll and I was obliged to open another home at one of our local churches in the village called Seeta. We helped them with the little finances we could get from God. The most difficulty problem has been the education of these children but the Lord has been so good, we trusted his providing hand.
In 1999, Canaan home became a registered ministry with an orphanage of 30 children and that year was the year when our Ministry was low in finances and we found that we needed some real partners to give us a hand in this work of promoting the vision that God gave me.
GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
- Children are people too and Canaan Children’s Home’s main objective is to bring children out of the street and turn them into good Christians and responsible citizens. We desire that they come out of life they are leading on the street (i.e. drug abuse and bad moral behaviors).
- It is our desire that the orphans get helped to find meaning in life and to belong to the home.
- To help them not to think that life ended when they lost their parents. We desire to be the father of the fatherless as the Lord commissioned us.
- We desire that all these children get an education so that they may be self-reliant in the future and we want to train them to help other orphans.
- To give these children good health services by building a clinic at the Home and have a doctor available of them.
- To give these children a good education by building primary and secondary schools.
Birthdate: 01/10/06 At Canaan since 2010 Vivian comes from a village called Kibaale in Pallisa district in Eastern Uganda. Her father died after long term illness caused by HIV/Aids in 2009. Vivian was staying with the her auntie in Pallisa who is a simple farmer and unable to provide for Vivian with the basics of life. Vivian was connected to us through a Pastor in Pallisa and the local council officials recommended Vivian to Canaan’s. Vivian likes listening to Bible stories and reading books. She wants to be a bank manager when she grows up. Her favorite colors are red and green. She loves having friends! Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Vivian is currently sponsored at $35/mo. Sponsor...read more
Pennies needs a sponsor! Date of Birth: 16/4/2004 At Canaan since 2012 Peninah was abandoned by her mother leaving her in the the care of a sickly, poor and peasant maternal Aunt in Pallisa. As the situation was alarming, her father decided to take her to her Aunt who could not provide basic needs for Peninah. Peninah was identified by the probations officer to Canaan. Peninah wants to be a policewoman when she grows up. Her best subjects in school are English and Science. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite thing about living at Canaan’s is her studies (so basically, she’s very thankful for school!) She likes to play soccer. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Peninah is not currently sponsored Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 04/16/2001 At Canaan since 2006 Elizabeth is Enoch Namugema’s sister. They share the same story. They are both needy children and both their parents are disabled. Nakate loves to play games and singing. She wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. She is quiet and humble. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite subjects in school are English & Math. She loves to read books (especially the Bible) and sing. If she could tell the whole world one thing it would be, “May God bless you all!” Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Elizabeth currently has one sponsor at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 02/26/08 At Canaan since 2012 Elijah is an orphan who lost his parents due to a car accident when he was 2 years old. He was left under the care of an Aunt Nansubuga Joan, a resident of Buziika in Buikwe district, whose work for survival was based on peasantry. Before joining Canaan, Elijah’s life was in dilemma- going without food, clothing, and other needs. We pray that you may find provision in your life to share with Elijah in the gift of sponsorship for his expenses here at Canaan home and school. A little about Elijah: He loves to learn English in school and his favorite color is red. He likes to play football (soccer) and wants to be a pilot when he grows up! Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Elijah is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 07/04/06 At Canaan since 2010 Teopista is from a very poor background that doesn’t even have adequate accomodation. She lived with her poor mother. Nothing is mentioned about her father. Her mother is unemployed so Teopista was brought to Canaan by good Samaritans so that she could get a decent life. Teopista wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Her best subjects in school are English & math. She loves to sing and her favorite color is red. Teopista has a very enthusiastic personality and is full of life – as well as a bit of mischief! Her favorite way to help out around Canaan’s is to mop the floors. All the children are very helpful with chores and working together. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Teopista is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Frank needs a sponsor! Birthdate: 01/01/07 At Canaan since 2010 Both of Frank’s parents are alive, but infected with HIV/AIDS and as young parents they are stigmatized. This has greatly impacted the welfare of the children. When Frank’s father realized that he was positive, he started drinking alcohol and abanded the family in the hands of his wife Agnes. She did brick laying as a source of income for her survival. But because of sickness, she could no longer do that work. She abandoned Frank and Edrine to their grandmother’s place. The grandmother, who is also helpless, decided to seek for assistance in Canaan and Canaan rescued the life of Frank. Frank’s favorite game to play is soccer, his favorite color is red and his favorite subject is math! He wants to be a lawyer when he finishes primary school. He loves living at Canaan’s because of the food! Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Frank is not currently sponsored Sponsor...read more
Lillian needs a sponsor! Birthdate: 08/01/08 At Canaan since 2012 Lillian was abandoned by her parents to a lady known as Suubi Jane. She has been taking care of Lillian since childhood until she got bedridden by cancer. Lillian is now at Canaan but she needs someone to love and support her, a mother or father she has never had. She is very funny and lovable. She likes to play with bubbles and her favorite thing about living at Canaan’s is making crafts. She wants to be a nurse when she grows up and her best subject in school is math. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Not currently sponsored Sponsor...read more
Birth date: 5/19/2009. At Canaan since 02/08/2012 Stella’s father died in a fatal road accident and the mother abandoned her due to lack of a stable source of income to provide basic needs for the child. Rebecca her mother went hiding. Stellah was introduced to Canaan by the believers in the church, therefore needs a blessing of a caretaker for a better livelihood. Stella loves to sing and her favorite subject in school is math. Stella wants to be a police woman when she grows up. Her best color is red. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Nusula is fully sponsored – Thank you! Birthdate: 02/12/02 At Canaan since 2009 Nusulah is a sister to Faridah Kagoya. Their father died of AIDS leaving them in the hands of their jobless and helpless mother. Nusulah is a jolly girl. She would like to be a nurse in future. Her favorite colors are pink & blue and her best subjects in school are science and English. She also loves to sing and dance. If she could tell the world any one thing she would say, “I want to be a hard working girl.” Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Currently sponsored at $100/mo Sponsor...read more
Steward needs a sponsor! Birthdate: 03/30/05 At Canaan since 2011 Stewart came to Canaan because the mother was helpless with a lot of stress that she can only afford one meal in a day sometimes not anything to eat. The late Mr. Jackson developed a mental illness which resulted to his death, leaving Stewart with the mother who could not afford his school fees and general welfare. Stewarts favorite subject in school is math and he hopes to be a bank manager someday. He likes to read educational books in his spare time. For recreation he loves to play soccer with his friends. His favorite color is red. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Not sponsored Sponsor...read more