It is almost impossible to describe this experience in words- and even the pictures cannot fully bring to life the magical world of Uganda.

After hours of travel, the team finally made it to Kaihura and we were warmly welcomed at Bringing Hope to the Family. As a newcomer, I had certain ideas of what to expect with regard to the “amenities” but I wasn’t quite prepared for the immediate outpouring of love and pleasure as a result of our arrival.

One of the best parts of this trip was walking the kids to school every morning. We began our first full day getting up bright and early to walk Esther, Joann, Christine, Liz and the little ones from the Home Again orphanage to school. A true highlight and each child is truly a small gift from God. As we moved through the week, my heart was lifted each and every morning when the little ones ran to us with joyous looks on their faces. In particular, my heart melted when a little boy named James would kick up dust running into my arms before we walked hand-in-hand to school.

As the days progressed, we were blessed to visit a small surrounding village to hang mosquito nets. These amazing people welcomed us into their homes, ever appreciative of the help we wanted to provide. Even though they had very little, they would give us a bundle of onions or eggs in thanks. Together, we prayed for their health, their loved ones, and ultimately their hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow. Through their faith in Jesus, and a purity of spirit, they weather the toughest of storms and can still express love and gratitude in a way I have never experienced back home.

The following days were a blur of activity which included painting Faith’s mother’s church as they prepared for the Pastor’s conference, and building a saloon (our version of a hair salon/spa) for the women to create and sustain income. We learned while here that there is great opportunity for income for the village if they can rent out wedding dresses. Our goal when we get back to the States is to gather as many wedding dresses as we can and send them back with a group of nurses headed here in September. Laine learned about the history and dreams from the boys at the farm bonding in true man fashion – volleyball, ultimate frisbee and competitive games of spoons.

The night before we left, Dannell and I spent time with the older girls at Dorcas. We shared with them our stories and were asked a lot of questions about our lives as women in the United States. Unlike the experience Laine had in Kyongera, the girls were not comfortable sharing their stories in a large group. Instead, girls would pull us aside individually to talk about history. Sadly, they don’t let themselves dream too big. Just the idea of getting an education is enough to make them continue to hope. But as is true with anyone, no matter where they live, they just wanted to be heard and know someone cares.

Each night we closed learning about the way God touched our lives and spoke to us through the people of Uganda.

As I write this, it is hard not to think of the overwhelming needs here and how to best help. Their needs are great, from the simple ones like food and shoes, to supporting the schools and building the medical clinic. Though the girls here don’t feel like they have permission to dream big, that won’t stop me from dreaming big on their behalf.

-Kiki


I want to fill everyone in on the status of Robert, the boy at Home Again who was hit by a truck last year. We are all amazed at how well and how quickly he has recovered. Robert is up and about and back to school already. About a week ago I saw him working in the garden with a hoe. I had to take a second look. I was amazed that he was not only walking, but also able to do chores.

A couple of days ago I taught the boys at Home Again to play darts. The boys had a great time and, as you can see in the photo, Robert got in on the action as well.

I want to thank everyone who gave towards Robert’s medical bills. Your support was truly a matter of life and death. And, he is alive today thanks to your help.


Chris Sasser
International Coordinator


I want to share a little more from our time with our last team before we move on to new a topic, so today I will highlight our mosquito net distribution. Katie and Moses took a group of our volunteers to the village of Ruhooko to visit families and provide them with mosquito nets one day and I took a few others later in the week. Bringing Hope to the Family provides education assistance (tuition/scholastic materials) to several children in this village. This was our first time, personally, to work in Ruhooko. We visited several of the families that Bringing Hope assists and hung nets for them and prayed with them as well.

The volunteers had a great time visiting with the families and getting involved with them. It is one thing to see how people live, but to step into to their world and to talk and share with them is another thing all together. This is where the ministry truly comes to life.


Chris Sasser
International Coordinator


Our team’s big project for this trip, besides the conferences they have been holding, has been to transform the courtyard behind Village Art craft shop into a beautiful oasis. Bringing Hope’s plan to is open a salon, or as the Ugandan’s say a “saloon,” in the room behind the craft shop.

The team has also funded the renovation of that room in preparations for the salon. This process has involved installing a door and windows, wiring it for electricity, and installing indoor plumbing. The local contractors have been great. They have jumped right in and made quick work of the process.

Our team has been quite motivated as well. The entire courtyard was completely transformed within 48 hours.  We were all amazed at how quickly it came about how nice it turned out. Village Art’s goal is to sell hot tea and soda’s to clients who come to get their hair done. Currently there aren’t any big salons nearby for ladies to get their hair done for weddings or other special occasions. Up until now, ladies have had to travel to Fort Portal, which about 45 minutes away, just to visit a salon.

The new courtyard is already gaining the attention of many people around town. There has never been a shop like this around here before. Now, obviously a good bit of money has been put into this project, but everything has been done with local materials. We hope that this will inspire others to try new things, take pride in what they have, and try to present it in the best way they can.

I want to thank our team and many of Bringing Hope’s staff for their hard work in making this project come to pass so quickly.

-Chris Sasser
International Coordinator


As day 2 of the marriage conference in Katooke gets under way I thought I would share a little about it. In the past, our friends Paul and Teri have hosted these conferences in Kaihura, but this time Bringing Hope to the Family decided to share this much needed information with the people of Katooke. Because of the distance, most people in Katooke have not been able to attend the conferences in Kaihura.


In these marriage conferences Paul and Teri discuss many topics that are vitally needed here. Topics can vary from why a couple should get legally married to how to properly love your spouse, but they also have to deal with things like polygamy in this area. Technically, polygamy is no longer legal in Uganda, but in village settings it is still practiced by many people. Also, Uganda is a very male dominated society, especially in rural areas. Thus, the topic of being unselfish and putting your spouse’s needs first needs to be addressed.

The conference began yesterday in normal Ugandan fashion with about ten people, but by lunch there were over seventy, and by the end of the day there were over ninety people in attendance. This morning we already have a large crowd. Having enjoyed yesterday’s message and a nice lunch, the people that attended yesterday quickly returned for more. The second day usually draws in more people due to word of mouth. We are expecting well over 100 people to attend today.

This is Paul and Teri’s third trip in three years to Uganda. They have a true heart for the people of Uganda and a desire to help them with their marriages.

-Chris Sasser
International Coordinator