Welcome to Photo Friday, where I highlight some of my favorite photos from the week!

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The children at Home Again are constantly wearing the oddest outfits. I think this guy’s attire might be my favorite, I have seen this Luigi halloween costume worn several times, and it never ceases to make me smile.

 

Happy Couple

Last weekend I attended my first Ugandan wedding. Kenneth, who works in the admin department of BHTF, and the beautiful Beatrice were married last Saturday at the church in Kaihura. The wedding was quite the event, and it felt like half of Kaihura was packed into the church to wish Beatrice and Kenneth well as they started their new life together.

 

Christening the Mortuary

BHTF recently moved the Hope Again Medical Clinic into brand new facilities. The new clinic building is not only larger, but it also features indoor toilets and showers, an incinerator, and a mortuary. The construction on the new mortuary is almost completed, so Katie and Alexa decided to test it out.

 

Adios Sassers

The Sasser family said goodbye to Kaihura this week.
The Sassers will eventually move to Kenya to work with Action Ministries in Mombassa. Chris, Katie, Kolby, and Logan have been such a blessing to get to know. I am so excited to see where their next adventure takes them.

 

Hope you had a great week and a fun weekend ahead. Keep up with all our Photo Friday posts here.


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Village Art is a very unique feature to Kaihura and Bringing Hope to the Family. Village Art was created to help generate a stream of income for the organization. Right now, Village Art consists of a café, a hair and nail salon and school, a bridal salon, and a craft workshop and store.

There has been a lot of work going on at Village Art in June! The bridal salon got a complete facelift with lots of new gowns and some interior design updates. The whole front of the Village Art complex is being re-landscaped, as is the back courtyard and the bathrooms. I walked down to Village Art today to take some pictures of the changes in progress as it continues to grow.

Wedding Dresses

Lots of new bridal dresses for the salon!

Inside the Bridal Salon

The bridal salon got some wall art to spruce up the place.

Cafe Menu

A brand new chalkboard menu for the Village Art Cafe.

Tables

These tables will be great places for Village Art customers to sit and relax.

Courtyard

Lots of landscaping going on out front to make a nice place for people to sit and enjoy their coffee’s from the cafe.

Bathroom

Newly painted bathroom doors, and brand new fence to make the Village Art bathrooms look fantastic!

Sinks

These sinks may not look like much, but before they were installed, the cafe had to use a water faucet outside in the courtyard for their baking.

Can’t wait to share with the rest of the work!


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At Know Think Act we are passionate about empowering local leaders. We have strategically partnered with some incredible men and women who were hard at work changing their communities before we ever showed up. Our partnerships started out of a deep respect and appreciation for what these local leaders had already accomplished and the visions they had for the future. We’re in the business of helping increase the transformation capacity of these leaders who’ve already proven themselves faithful.

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Every need you see on Know Think Act was identified and submitted to us by our partners. Our partners share a common mission in serving the poorest of the poor, but there’s no one size fits all magic formula. Each of our partners understand and strategically approach the unique challenges of their communities and the people they are serving. Peter and Action Ministry face a lot of medical challenges unique to people living with leprosy, while Faith and Bringing Hope to the Family deal heavily with AIDS and malaria. This has been represented by different needs on the site to provide for specific medical procedures or to equip our partners with the appropriate equipment, supplies and medicine necessary for each challenge.

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We created KnowThinkAct.com to enable people anywhere in the world to directly partner with local leaders like Faith and Peter. We saw what both of them had accomplished on their own and knew that if people had specific opportunities to join in and partner they would… and we’ve been blown away by the generosity we’ve seen from the growing KTA community over the past few years. By featuring specific needs our partners have, donors are able to see the difference even a small amount of money can make.

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We understand that some times the various needs on Know Think Act may seem random, but they are all part of a holistic and integrated mission specific to each of our partners. Every need is a part of furthering or improving a current program or service to a clearly identified group ie: specific orphans, widows, elderly, disabled, etc. Each need on our site is a current real time opportunity to make a direct impact and lasting difference. We’re so grateful to all of you who have taken on different needs and empowered our partners with the resources to meet them. Thank you so much.

What other questions might you have about the process in which needs are put on Know Think Act?

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Overlooking the craters in Queen Elizabeth National Park

With only a couple of days left in Kaihura we are busy packing, finalizing projects, and saying so long to friends. I am sure a month or so from now I will be able to really sit and think through our time here, but for now I will simply share with you some of my favorite highlights from our life and work here in Uganda.

One of my favorite highlights working in Kaihura was having the opportunity to invest in Bringing Hope’s staff through our leadership courses.

Investing

One of our leadership classes in session

Christmas with the Home Again children was always a blast.

3 legged race

Games are a big part of Christmas day, and the three-legged race is always a highlight

Rejoicing with communities as they received clean water for the first time was always a wonderful experience.

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Praying over the fresh, clean water in Kisangwa

Getting to know and work alongside all of our volunteer teams has been a blessing.

Teams

All of our Know Think Act volunteer teams have served and loved alongside Bringing Hope to the Family so well.

We really enjoyed the relationships we made with other missionaries and celebrating American holidays with them.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Uganda with friends

These are just some of the highlights of a lifetime of memories. Can’t wait to see what’s in store next!


Saturday we spent the day working at Village Art. In addition to working in the cafe and doing some landscaping and painting, the team here from LA also did a complete overhaul of the Village Art Bridal Salon. They brought over 30 new wedding and bridesmaid dresses and remade the whole salon! This little girl waundered into the bridal salon while we were working and I snapped some photos of her with Alexa.

 

Nice bathrooms are a serious business here in Uganda. When most of the restroom options are a hole in the ground, having a nice bathroom will distinguish any business. Bringing Hope is working hard to make the Village Art bathrooms a place to be proud of and that will distinguish their service to guests.

 

Chameleons are an everyday sight in Kaihura. You can find them on plants, fences, or being shown off by a child from Home Again. This particular chameleon was particularly large, so I obviously (at the urging of Katie Sasser) decided to get a picture with him on my face!

 

The team here from LA spent a few days at the Kyaninga Lodge. The Sassers and I met them for dinner one night and I was amazed by the beautiful view from the lodge. Kyaninga is situated on the caldera of an old volcano. The lake in the photo was formed from the crater that formed when the volcano erupted, and the ash cone you see is also a result of the volcanic activity in the area.

 

I am really going to miss this family when they leave Uganda next week. When I came to Kaihura I didn’t know anyone, and they have done such an amazing job making me feel welcome. It is so awesome to see how they have poured into this community and how they let God live through their lives. We are all so thankful for the Sasser family and their dedication to loving the people of Kaihura well.

 

Hope you have a great Friday and you have enjoyed our favorite photos from the week. Keep up with all our Photo Friday posts here.