In celebration of International Women’s Day, we would like to take a moment to honor the women who work with Global Support Mission. As the only woman working in the U.S. office full-time, I’m especially humbled by the ladies who have come before us, the ones who continue to walk alongside us, and the men who support us.

The last hundred years have brought incredible changes worldwide for women. We can now vote, work, go to school, receive healthcare, manage our own finances, and run for office in many countries throughout the world. While inequalities and injustices certainly continue to exist in many countries, today we celebrate these victories and the effect they’ve had on us.

Take our fearless leader of Bringing Hope to the Family, Faith Kunihira. She was raised by a single mother in rural Uganda and speaks of how they did not have hope that she or her family could bring any good to themselves or the village. However, through doors that miraculously opened for her and through her work outside of the village, she began to see hope and a future full of positive change for her home. She returned to the village and began to lay a legacy of difference in her community. Today, she is the mastermind behind the great strides being taken in orphan care, healthcare, education, leadership, vocational skills, and agriculture for thousands of boys and girls in Kaihura. What an inspiration!

I admire Faith for her boldness in faith, hope, and action. I admire her for taking steps forward in enacting change for her community. I admire her for courageously walking down the path of opportunity that many women before her had begun to pave. I am especially encouraged by the ways she is continuing to inspire all the little girls and young women not only in her community, but also in those of us who love Global Support Mission and Bringing Hope to the Family worldwide.

Working alongside Faith in Uganda, Katie Sasser, one of our International Coordinators in Uganda, continues to use her skills and gifts to further the mission of GSM & Bringing Hope to the Family. We have great women working alongside us Stateside as well, from Maggie, Evan, and Katy in the office, to Exchange Tour participants, international and domestic volunteers, and Legacy Partners. Today, we remember the women who paved the way for us and honor today’s women who strive alongside Global Support Mission every day.

Thank you for supporting the women you so dearly love in your life and for encouraging them to continue to seek opportunity and change.

Thank you,

International Volunteer Coordinator & Office Manager