Bright Hope Blog

Thoughts on poverty and giving from the Bright Hope team.

Why I Serve on an International Ministry Board

Why I Serve on an International Ministry Board

17-Apr-2018
I’ve been asked a few times why I serve on the board of a ministry that helps people in far away countries when there is so much poverty and injustice right where I live.


Doing Short Term Missions Wisely

Doing Short Term Missions Wisely

10-Apr-2018
"Short-term mission trips carry potential for much good and harm. Wise engagement is critical, especially when we hope to benefit children." -Christian Alliance for Orphans


Bright Hope, a Holistic Ministry

Bright Hope, a Holistic Ministry

27-Mar-2018
When Jesus walked the Earth and began his ministry, it was very tangible. He laid hands on people; some were blind or crippled, and others faced physical challenges including death. Most of the people who came to Jesus, did so because they had a physical need.


On the Ground in Bolivia: Salvation and Llama Pizza

On the Ground in Bolivia: Salvation and Llama Pizza

20-Mar-2018
When you visit a country for the first time, there’s always a lot of “firsts”—like your first time eating llama meat on a pizza, or your first time seeing the Andes Mountains…


God Wants Us to Give Sacrificially

God Wants Us to Give Sacrificially

13-Mar-2018
Paul tells about the people in the Macedonian church who even though they were tested by many troubles and were very poor, gave not only what they could afford but far more.


Running the Race for Christ

Running the Race for Christ

07-Mar-2018
The news this past week has celebrated the life and memorial of Reverend Billy Graham, a man affectionately nicknamed, “America’s pastor.”


Mutual Transformation Inspired Me to Make the Most of Every Opportunity

Mutual Transformation Inspired Me to Make the Most of Every Opportunity

27-Feb-2018
Although I’ve only been employed by Bright Hope for about six months, the process of mutual transformation is underway in me… As I work to make a difference in the lives of the poor, I am being changed in the process.


Are Microfinance Programs More Helpful or Harmful to the Poor?

Are Microfinance Programs More Helpful or Harmful to the Poor?

20-Feb-2018
The concept of microfinance rests under the idea that small loans to the poor will lift them out of poverty. This strategy has spread rapidly and widely over the last 20 years.


Salty Water and a Rock for Your Head

Salty Water and a Rock for Your Head

13-Feb-2018
Lots of excitement and a little apprehension. Know the feeling? That was me as I set off for Haiti a few weeks ago. Thank God for a mom gracious enough to drive me to O’Hare airport at two-something in the morning for a 5:15 a.m. flight.



Extreme Poverty—less than $2 a day?

Extreme Poverty—less than $2 a day?

06-Feb-2018
Determining the standard of living across countries and examining the poorest economies to reach a true extreme poverty line.


5 things you should know about Bright Hope

5 things you should know about Bright Hope

30-Jan-2018
Maybe you randomly clicked and page-hopped your way to a Facebook post of ours, saw a cool photo on Instagram, or landed on our website from Google. Hopefully, you were intrigued by what you found.


Grow. Change. Impact: The Power of Mutual Transformation

Grow. Change. Impact: The Power of Mutual Transformation

23-Jan-2018
This village had an incredible testimony of how Christ had infiltrated a hard, dark place of extreme poverty, and now the community was being transformed spiritually and physically—the very ground had started producing more fruitfully. Yet their need was still very great.