On Saturday, April 29, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church welcomes this year’s Compassion International speaker Michael Kirungi of Uganda. Kirungi will share his life-changing experience with Compassion International, which offers child sponsorship to children around the world living in poverty. Sponsorship provides health care, nutritious meals, education, teaching about Jesus, and hope for a bright future.
Kirungi will be the guest speaker at a community dinner on Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 119 E. Walnut St., Hillsboro (school entrance). Kirungi will be interviewed live on WLRU-106.9 FM, Saturday, April 29th at 10 a.m. For more information about Saturday’s events, contact St. Mary at 937-840-9932 or visit www.saintmaryhillsboro.org.
On Sunday, April 30, Kirungi will visit Hillsboro First United Methodist Church. The community is invited for an inspiring presentation by Kirungi at the 9 a.m. traditional service at Hillsboro First United Methodist Church, 133 E. Walnut St., Hillsboro, and the 11 a.m. service at First Church on 50 at the Hillsboro VFW, 1000 W. Main St. A Meet and Greet Michael Kirungi Community Dinner will be held in Robison Hall at Hillsboro First United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30. RSVP for the dinner by calling the church office at 937-393-2981. For more information about Sunday’s events, contact the church office at 937-393-2981 or visit hillsborofirstumc.com.
Kirungi is passionate about empowering children and adults to better their lives and the lives of others, to the glory of God. He is the founder and director of Mifik Global Mission, a non-profit organization that provides educational and developmental services to disadvantaged children in Uganda, as well as founder and director of Mifik Missions and Safaris, a missions travel company.
Kirungi received his bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Makerere University and worked as a missions coordinator at Africa Renewal Ministries prior to pioneering his own organizations.
Kirungi grew up in the rural village of Gaba, outside of Kampala, Uganda. As the youngest boy in a family with 15 children, resources were always stretched thin and food and schooling were constant stresses.
When he was 10 years old, Kirungi was enrolled in Compassion International’s Child Sponsorship Program through his local church. Because of his sponsorship, he was able to complete his primary and secondary school education without worrying how his school fees would get paid. And because of sponsorship, he had the opportunity to earn a university degree, which allowed him to develop further leadership skills in addition to achieving higher education.
Kirungi advocates passionately for the poor and vulnerable, and motivates, challenges, and inspires people to make a difference with their lives. He enjoys speaking about hope, perseverance and faith, all the while connecting people to the work of Compassion by sharing his own personal story of transformation.
He lives in Kampala, Uganda with his wife Flavia (whom he met in the Compassion program) and their two children, Michelle and Marcus.
For more information about Compassion International, visit compassion.com.
Submitted by Kim Zerkle.