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Tis the season to celebrate, and today we celebrate with you! We hope that this Christmas is a very merry and special time with family and friends.

Thank you for joining the Know Think Act family this Christmas and for being a part of partnering with local leaders who are working to end extreme poverty in their own communities.

From all of us at Know Think Act – in Uganda, Kenya, and in the United States – we say thank you, and have a very merry Christmas!

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Christmas is an exciting time, and it is especially exciting around Home Again with everyone getting into the Christmas festivities! We have been putting up trees and shopping for Christmas clothes. Every year all the kids at Home Again load up in the BHTF van and drive to Fort Portal to pick out some Christmas clothes. Every day this week a van of Home Again residents has ventured out in search of new Christmas clothes.

Home Again has also been given a Christmas makeover, two of the three houses at Home Again put their Christmas trees this week (the baby house didn’t put a tree up). It has been so much fun seeing all of the kids getting excited about the holiday season, and we want to thank everyone so much who gave to make Home Again Christmas possible.

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The Christmas tree at Shalom House! The kids loved putting all of the homemade decorations on their tree!

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Shopping for Christmas clothes at the market.

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Can you spot Matthew in the tree? He wanted to make sure the top had decorations too.

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Buying new shoes for Christmas!

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The outside tree at Home Again, and Mark making a face.

Thank you!


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Know Think Act’s very own Prossy got married this past Saturday and it was quite the Bringing Hope the Family event. In Uganda weddings are very community oriented, so the whole wedding was planned for the most part by the community, which meant there were weekly wedding planning meetings where we all discussed food, music, and decorations. All of these meetings culminated last Saturday when everything came together for Prossy and Julius’ wedding!  The wedding ceremony was in Rutooro, so everything had to be translated for the few non-Ugandans. It was an amazing day spent dancing, and eating, and celebrating Prossy and Julius. I would love to share some photos with you from the wedding weekend.

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The beautiful bride!

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In Ugandan weddings there is no kiss when you get announced “man and
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Finally married!

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I was so happy to be a bridesmaid in the wedding! Here I am with the other maids striking one of what will be many amazing photo poses.

We are so excited for our friend and wish her and Julius a lifetime of joy in their marriage! Congrats!

 


It’s been a great week and we wanted to share some of our favorite photos with you!

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It’s always a good day when you can have fun on the swing set at Home Again.

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This is a Rolex! Probably my favorite food in Uganda, they are basically eggs an vegetables wrapped in a chapati. They are the Ugandan equivalent of fast food and I try to eat them as much as possible.

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Prossy got married this last week and we are so excited for her! Here is Josiah in his wedding suit looking very presidential. See more from Prossy’s wedding on the blog on Monday!

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The fallen pieces of tinsel from the Christmas tree were turned into face decorations.

Thank you for checking out this week’s Photo Friday! As always, see this post and the rest of the Photo Friday series here!


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I have a lot of emotions as I type my final blog for Know Think Act.

Over the last two and a half years, I have loved watching needs be met financially through knowthinkact.com and then seeing them come to life through Bringing Hope to the Family in Uganda and Action Ministry in Kenya. I have loved getting to know the donors who selflessly give so that others may have life, and life to the full.  More than anything else about my time at Know Think Act, I have loved getting to know our local leaders who are partnering to end extreme poverty in their own communities.

I love our leaders, Faith and Peter.  I have gotten to know each of them deeply over the last two years and have seen them love their communities well.  I respect the long hours, endless sacrifices, and selfless grace that they extend as they live out God’s calling on their lives.  Seeing them succeed and thrive has been such a source of inspiration for me and I am proud to call them my friends.

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Faith is a woman of faith – she lives out her her name better than anyone I have met.  I have exchanged countless emails and skype calls with her, and had the opportunity to work alongside her in Kaihura, Uganda.  Her dedication to her community, her passion for community development, and her belief that God can do what seems impossible is an inspiration.  I’ll never forget, after spending almost two weeks with Faith and the Bringing Hope to the Family team, I was getting ready to return to the US and Faith asked if she could pray over me.  That was one of the most holy moments I have had. I remember that prayer very clearly and was humbled by her words. That prayer has meant a lot to me, and not something I have taken lightly. In fact, that prayer had something to do with me taking my next steps. I know that the faithfulness of Faith will continue to impact her community and beyond!

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Peter is a man of God and his faith, smile, and laugh are all contagious.  He is a servant leader to the core, and a humble one.  His care for those that others have discarded is beautiful. Peter and I hit it off during our first skype phone call and our work relationship has blossomed into a friendship. I was so excited to meet Peter when I got off a plane in Mombassa that I cried. It was a surprisingly overwhelming moment for me as I finally got to meet my friend.  I believe that Peter, his wife Nancy, and their two boys are going to continue to do amazing things in Blessed Camp and beyond as Action Ministry gets more and more opportunities to lead in communities that others have overlooked.

I’m truly grateful for Peter and Faith and for God’s calling on their lives and how they faithfully live out that calling.

This is my last week as part of the team at Know Think Act. As confident as I was that God had called me to Nashville to be part of this team for a season, I am confident that He is bringing in a new season for me.  KTA will always be an important part of my story.  Bringing Hope to the Family, Action Ministry, Faith, and Peter will always be treasured parts of my life. In addition to our local leaders, I’m especially grateful for the Sasser family and their faithfulness to serve in Kaihura, and now as they take their next steps toward Kenya. Their hospitality will always be a gift to me and they are going to keep doing amazing things in partnership with our local leaders.

Thank you to each of you who have selflessly given as part of Legacy Partner program to allow me to be a part of this team. Thank you to each and every one of you who give to the needs of the communities served by our local leaders. You are making a tangible difference around the globe.  Keep up the good work friends.

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Grace and Peace…

…adam