Bringing Hope to the Family just completed their annual staff retreat on Thursday. The retreat was held at Dorcas Vocational School.  It was a grat time for the staff to reflect and evaluate on their performance over 2010.  On the first day of the retreat each department head had to give a presentation covering which 2010 goals  they accomplished and which ones they did not.  On day two they had several meetings including integrity in the work place and donor relations.  On Wednesday each department met together and set their goals for 2011.  The retreat wrapped up on Thursday with employee awards and a Christmas gift exchange.

This was our first time to attend one of these retreats.  Overall it was very encouraging to see their honesty and their desire to accomplish more in the upcoming year.  It was also a great time to interact and fellowship with the staff outside of the office.


Leaders of Faith

We believe communities rise or fall based on leadership.

It can be seen throughout history and it can be seen today.

Right now as you’re reading this email there are unrecognized community leaders all over the world who are laying down their lives to serve their people. Many have broken out of the poverty cycle themselves, but instead of forgetting the challenges of their youth, they’ve returned to their villages and home towns to help the next generation follow their lead.

They’re declaring a better future not just for themselves, but for others too.

They’ve started small organizations with big visions and built teams of average people with above average hearts. They’re taking care of orphans and widows, the sick and the downtrodden. They’re taking on incredible foes like malaria, typhoid, AIDs and unclean drinking water… just to name a few. It’s an up hill battle, but day by day they’re winning.

How?

Tenacity & Persistence, Wisdom & Knowledge, Patience & Love… these are a few of the reasons. But above all I think it’s their Faith.

They see things not as they are, but as they could be and they live each day to make it so.

They are leaders of Faith.

-Travis


Leaders of Faith

We believe communities rise or fall based on leadership.

It can be seen throughout history and it can be seen today.

Right now as you’re reading this email there are unrecognized community leaders all over the world who are laying down their lives to serve their people. Many have broken out of the poverty cycle themselves, but instead of forgetting the challenges of their youth, they’ve returned to their villages and home towns to help the next generation follow their lead.

They’re declaring a better future not just for themselves, but for others too.

They’ve started small organizations with big visions and built teams of average people with above average hearts. They’re taking care of orphans and widows, the sick and the downtrodden. They’re taking on incredible foes like malaria, typhoid, AIDs and unclean drinking water… just to name a few. It’s an up hill battle, but day by day they’re winning.

How?

Tenacity & Persistence, Wisdom & Knowledge, Patience & Love… these are a few of the reasons. But above all I think it’s their Faith.

They see things not as they are, but as they could be and they live each day to make it so.

They are leaders of Faith.

-Travis

We believe communities rise or fall based on leadership.

It can be seen throughout history and it can be seen today.

Right now as you’re reading this email there are unrecognized community leaders all over the world who are laying down their lives to serve their people. Many have broken out of the poverty cycle themselves, but instead of forgetting the challenges of their youth, they’ve returned to their villages and home towns to help the next generation follow their lead.

They’re declaring a better future not just for themselves, but for others too.

They’ve started small organizations with big visions and built teams of average people with above average hearts. They’re taking care of orphans and widows, the sick and the downtrodden. They’re taking on incredible foes like malaria, typhoid, AIDs and unclean drinking water… just to name a few. It’s an up hill battle, but day by day they’re winning.

How?

Tenacity & Persistence, Wisdom & Knowledge, Patience & Love… these are a few of the reasons. But above all I think it’s their Faith.

They see things not as they are, but as they could be and they live each day to make it so.

They are leaders of Faith.

-Travis


Christmas is approaching quickly all over the globe.  With that thought in mind most of us like to share with others that are less fortunate this time of year.  There are numerous ways that we can be a blessing to others; Angel Trees, Salvation Army buckets, etc.

But, if any of you are still looking for a way to bless others this Christmas I would like to encourage you to think about helping to make this a wonderful Christmas for the children at Home Again.  The gifts that they look forward to is a new outfit and a pair of shoes.  We also would love to bless them with a great Christmas day meal.  If you are interested in these needs please follow this link http://www.knowthinkact.com/needs.php?search=Christmas.

Thanks,

Chris Sassser

Nov
2010


Last week Joyce held her final day of testing and class at Dorcas.  Two weeks ago the students had their written tests and each day last week they had to bake an item that they had been taught throughout the course.  On Monday the girls baked banana bread.  Tuesday it was chocolate chip cookies.  Wednesday they baked yellow cake with chocolate icing.  And, finally on Thursday they baked pineapple pie.

Overall the girls did very well.  They had a few challenges, but when you figure that none of them had every used or been near a gas oven before, they did great.  We would like to say thanks to those of you who gave towards the gas stove.  This wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Over the course Joyce taught them how to follow instructions and to use measurements.  With traditional cooking there are no measurements or written instructions to follow.

One of the things that they were taught to bake that most impressed them was bread. They were shocked that bread could be baked in the village.  They didn’t think it was possible.

The students had a great time, and as with the tailoring course their possibilities were expanded again.  The people here are very bright.  They just need to be shown new options. Often times we can take for granted our schooling, parents, mentors, internet, television and books.  We have such an endless supply of knowledge available to us.  So much of these things the people here will never have the chance to learn from.  That is why volunteers, like Joyce, who are willing to come and teach what they know to others is so valuable.  The body of Christ in action.  I love it.