One of the fundamental aspects of leadership and being a good leader is to never stop growing and learning. We take this idea to heart and are always looking for ways to improve our leadership skills as individuals and as a team. One way that we have started to do this here in the U.S. office is by having leaders, CEOs, and executives come in every Wednesday morning and share with us their insights, challenge us, and help us process what we are working on in our individual roles, and working for as an organization.

This morning we welcomed Jeff Hawley, board member of Global Support Mission and CEO/founder of HonorGuard Pest Control. Jeff is a big supporter of Know.Think.Act. His company has completed numerous needs and is set to accomplish so much more through matching his employees’ donations. We love partnering with Jeff and the entire team at HonorGuard and are humbled by all they have accomplished by meeting tangible needs around the globe.

As we talked this morning, Jeff asked us some key questions that leaders should be asking their teams and that we should constantly be asking each other.

The first question asked was, “Why are  you here?” In part because Jeff was getting to know us as individuals, but this question is key to reminding ourselves why we are doing what we are doing. When we can have the tendancy to get bogged down by the individual details and tasks of the everyday, it’s a good reminder to step back and remind each other and ourselves why we are here in the first place.

Jeff’s follow up question was, “What is the deeper purpose behind the why?” Even as all our answers varied in some way, it was great to see all the common ideals and mission that unite us in our deeper purpose. With a group of people that work so closely together – yet on such different tasks – it’s encouraging to be reminded of the things that are driving each of us as individuals and those things that unite as a team and as a organization.

Our conversation continued to move forward to more practical issues facing our team and how we can go about addressing them and what that could look like, but when I look back at this meeting and the big take aways that we discussed after, I will be reminding myself and each other of the vision, passion, and purpose of what we do.

Have you asked yourself lately about these core questions? If not, I highly recommend you take a few minutes to sit down and ask yourself why are you doing what you are doing, and what is the deeper purpose behind the why. We would love for you to share what it is you are doing, why you do it, and what the deeper purpose is behind that why.

Thanks, and we look forward to continuing to developing as leaders and individuals united to end extreme poverty.


Continuing in our series of spotlighting the staff at Bringing Hope to the Family (BHTTF) in Uganda, we are honored to introduce you to Georgina! Hear from her in her own words below her photo!

“I have been working with BHTTF since 2004 and now it is 9 years of service.
I was working somewhere in another organisation and I had a dream that God was calling me to leave the place. I did so but after a year, God brought me to Bringing Hope to the Family. Since then I worked as an administrator, cashier, and store keeper. I stayed with two positions up to now. On Jan. 30th, 2012, I was appointed as acting principal of Dorcas Vocational Institute. I enjoy serving people, meeting their needs, accepting them, and praying with them.
My future dream is to move and serve others far in the villages who can’t even afford to come to BHTTF. Mostly I long to have money to build a residential house where I can look after five children and it’s my future dream.
I very much enjoyed the leadership class and how it is shaping my character:
  1. Becoming a leader who is humble.
  2. Making myself a leader of integrity .
  3. I have developed the spirit of servanthood.
  4. I have learned to keep time. Training other leaders not to be selfish or work alone.
  5. Accept people as they are and serve them with abandon.
I highly appreciate my facilitators Katie and Chris for their effort and time they put in. God bless you so much. Lastly, I was inspired to go for pastoral training and look forward to that opportunity. Thank you.”
We are so proud of the staff and how they have grown through the Leadership Classes, and looking forward to what the future holds for us as a team and for each individual.  Say hi to Georgina in the comments below! She’d love to hear from you.

We want to share a little about several of Bringing Hope’s staff members that are helping to make a difference in their community.  We will begin this segment with a wonderful young lady named Jane.

Jane has been working for Bringing Hope to the Family as the cashier for Hope Again Medical Center for 4 years now.  Prior to coming to work at the clinic, Bringing Hope assisted her with her education needs.

Jane was also in our first leadership course last year.  She says that the lesson on courage was her favorite.

In her owns words:
“Since I’m a cashier I like making profits for the organization and I have seen it progressing.  Further more I like making friendships since we get very many clients from the community coming to our clinic.”
Jane, having grown up through the Bringing Hope system and now working to assist others, is one of numerous success stories for Bringing Hope to the Family. God is definitely using Bringing Hope to change lives.

On Friday morning we held a graduation ceremony for our second class of leadership development students. We started this course in October with 10 students and completed the course this past Wednesday with 6 graduates. We are proud of all of the graduates for their dedication and hard work. Our goal throughout this course was that the students would learn skils that will help them more effectively serve those God has called them to serve, but more importantly that they would draw closer to God.

We want to thank everyone who prayed for the students, us, and the course as a whole.

This week, Katie, Moses and I are getting everything ready for our departure to the States on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Katie and Moses will be working at Village Art in the morning and then we will be holding our final leadership course for this term. We will be holding our graduation on Friday morning (with photos to come!).

In other news, the windows and doors to the Home Again bathroom/kitchen addition were delivered today and installation has begun. We’re getting closer to completing this project and are very excited!