Things are moving along nicely in Kyongera. With the rainy season upon us again almost every matooke tree has a bunch of matooke growing on it.

Bringing Hope is about 5 to 6 months away from all the matooke they could ever want. They will have plenty of extra they will be able to sell in order to by other food items that they do not produce.

The additional 3 acres that were purchased earlier in the year are being prepared for this planting season.

Also, the roof is being installed on the dormitory that will be for the male students of Dorcas Vocational School. The rains, though helpful for farming, have been a hindrance to the construction process, but they are steadily making process.

We want to thank everyone who gave towards the work being done in Kyongera.


Chris Sasser
International Coordinator


On Thursday Katie and Josh, a volunteer that has been in Kaihura with us for some time now, tackled the job of painting the two rooms that will be storing the bridal gowns and accessories. As Village Art continues to grow, the need for a new administration building for Bringing Hope to the Family becomes a greater necessity. Including these two new rooms, Village Art has now commandeered 4 rooms that were offices for Bringing Hope staff members. Bringing Hope has been working towards a new administration building for some time now – this is just extra motivation for them.

Next week we are hoping to hang shelving and a full size mirror in these freshly painted rooms. We’ve got about 3 weeks to get ready for the first delivery of gowns.

We are also happy to say that Village Art’s salon has been very busy as of late. They have had several clients over that last couple of days. Progress. We love it.


Chris Sasser
International Coordinator



Despite their lack of materials and having only one wedding dress to rent, Village Art was able to land their first bridal client this past weekend. A lack of gowns is not going to be a problem for much longer, as we have volunteers bringing over 40 gowns within the next month. On the other hand, we are still trying to raise funds on Know.Think.Act for the needed equipment to get the salon up and running properly, but that being said they were still able to assist this bride on her special day.

The ladies at Village Art had a great time preparing the bride and they got a glimpse of what is to come for Village Art and Bringing Hope to the Family. I believe the excitement was too much to keep some of the other ladies with Bringing Hope away. There seemed to be several extra hands in the room to help get the bride ready. The wedding was held at the local Full Gospel church in Kaihura and went off without a hitch.

We are very excited for Village Art and Bringing Hope to the Family. Part of our vision at GSM is to help our network affiliates with self sustaining projects. Lord willing, this was the first of many bridal clients to come.


Chris Sasser
International Coordinator



Despite their lack of materials and having only one wedding dress to rent, Village Art was able to land their first bridal client this past weekend. A lack of gowns is not going to be a problem for much longer, as we have volunteers bringing over 40 gowns within the next month. On the other hand, we are still trying to raise funds on Know.Think.Act for the needed equipment to get the salon up and running properly, but that being said they were still able to assist this bride on her special day.

The ladies at Village Art had a great time preparing the bride and they got a glimpse of what is to come for Village Art and Bringing Hope to the Family. I believe the excitement was too much to keep some of the other ladies with Bringing Hope away. There seemed to be several extra hands in the room to help get the bride ready. The wedding was held at the local Full Gospel church in Kaihura and went off without a hitch.

We are very excited for Village Art and Bringing Hope to the Family. Part of our vision at GSM is to help our network affiliates with self sustaining projects. Lord willing, this was the first of many bridal clients to come.


Chris Sasser
International Coordinator


I just want to take a minute and recap our week:
Rain and power outages.
There’s our recap.
Just kidding, but it’s partly true.

Seriously though, we continued on with our leadership course on Wednesday. We had to hold the class in our living room due to a violent rain storm. We had to read by candlelight for a while until the electricity was restored. It was fun though, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Each week Katie and I are requiring homework from the students mainly to see that they understand the material and also for further studying. We were encouraged after reading their homework from the first week. It appears that they are grasping what we are teaching. That, obviously, is very important.


Also, after a few holdups (mostly weather related), the digging of a new shallow well in Katooke Town is underway. If the rain will lighten up some they should be done with the construction by early next week.

I have to brag on Moses a bit. He took all of the photos of the well construction. He’s getting really good at taking nice shots.


Chris Sasser