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I recently spent a few days in Kampala (the capitol city of Uganda) getting my visa renewed and doing some airport runs. While Kampala has really good food, I’m not going to lie, I really dislike it (if Ryan Gosling ever “hey girled” me and asked me to marry him but told me I had to live in Kampala, I would say no without a doubt). It has about a zillion people living there, it is noisy, crowded, dirty, and almost always gives me an asthma attack, but this last time I was in Kampala I saw something that really made me dislike it even more.

I was walking out of the mall with a friend one night around 10 pm, when a young girl approached us with a scale and asked if we wanted to check our weight for a small fee. Not only do I rarely want to see how much I weigh, I don’t often buy things off the street. So we told the girl “no thank you” and walked away. As we were walking away we heard a man whistle and yell from a balcony above us. As we turned around we saw the man shouting and motioning for the girl to try and weigh some people exiting the mall behind us.

I don’t think anything I have seem here in Uganda has bothered me as much as seeing that man force that six or seven year old girl to work late at night (and probably all day too), while he just sat back and watched, it just reminded me of the darkness that fills our everyday world that we are often unaware of.

Seeing that also made me so thankful that there are people like Peter of Action Ministry in Kenya, and the Partner I work closely with,  Faith Kunihira and Bringing Hope to the Family, working to bring light to their world and to their community. Faith believes in the story of a person, that they are more than their outward strengths and flaws.

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Faith recently sat down with a team and told them the story of a boy she saw begging at a gas station, and eventually brought to live at Home Again. When he was first brought to the home he has so many rough edges and problems, but she saw his story, that even though the first part of his story was dark, he had so much more of his story to live and so many opportunities to make the rest of his life a successful story.

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This is why I believe so strongly in what Bringing Hope to the Family is. Because they work hard in their community to bring hope and restoration, and help people write a better story for their lives. Who has helped you write a better story? Who do you need to help with their story? We all have a part to play, and if you want to help meet the needs of those Bringing Hope works with, you can click here.

– Kate