Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Hope Grows in a Greenhouse

Hope Grows in a Greenhouse

Monday, September 01, 2014

Pastor Leandro lives in the Pehuenche community located high in the Andes Mountains in the region of Alto Bio Bio in Southern Chile. For Leandro, working as a pastor is a major sacrifice. Pastors do not receive pay and are expected to live off the tithes of their church congregation. Most families in this region work as subsistence farmers and do not earn a typical wage, so the tithe often comes in the form of produce or a live chicken. When food is scarce in the winter months, many have nothing to give.  


Ebonny Empowered by ABCD Workshop

Ebonny Empowered by ABCD Workshop

Monday, September 01, 2014

When facing extreme poverty year after year, it is easy for a person to believe that anything he or she can give is not substantial enough to actually make a difference in the broader community. This is exactly why Bright Hope brought the Asset Based Community-Driven Development program to Apac, Uganda. 


ABCD Workshop Promotes New Vision for Ugandan Church

ABCD Workshop Promotes New Vision for Ugandan Church

Monday, September 01, 2014

Apac, Uganda—Following the success of its microloan program for the extremely impoverished in Apac, Uganda, Bright Hope implemented the Asset Based Community Driven Development program, or ABCD workshop, on June 11 and 12, 2014.  The ABCD workshop is designed to further a community’s development by helping it discover its strengths, skills, and passions.  The ultimate hope for ABCD workshops is that each community, as well as each individual who participates, will move from a sense of deprivation and helplessness to an understanding that everyone has something to provide for the betterment of the community.  


Sahayak is Self-Sustaining After Five-Year Partnership

Sahayak is Self-Sustaining After Five-Year Partnership

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Delhi, India – After five years Sahayak, the community development program run by Bright Hope partner New Delhi Bible Fellowship Church, is now self-sustaining.  


Indians Relief Pitcher Cody Allen Steps up to the plate in Cleveland to Support Feed Their Future 2014

Indians Relief Pitcher Cody Allen Steps up to the plate in Cleveland to Support Feed Their Future 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

Hoffman Estates, Illinois – Cody Allen, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, has joined with Bright Hope and Moody Radio Cleveland for Feed Their Future 2014. The summer campaign exists to provide meals and education to children in Mathare Valley, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.  


In Memory of Franz Saravia Quispe, Pastor of La Roca Church

In Memory of Franz Saravia Quispe, Pastor of La Roca Church

Friday, August 01, 2014

El Alto, Bolivia – On Thursday night, July 31, 2014, Pastor Franz Saravia Quispe went to be with the Lord, after suffering complications from peritonitis.  


Bright Hope PD Mark Brubacher Speaks at South African Orphan Summit

Bright Hope PD Mark Brubacher Speaks at South African Orphan Summit

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Samfya, Zambia – Mark Brubacher, Bright Hope Partnership Developer for Zambia, spoke at the South African Orphan Summit in June on effective orphan care. The conference set out to educate organizations, churches, and individuals on best practices of orphan care to help make a lasting, positive impact on children’s lives.  


TIU Students to Bike from Illinois to California to Fight Human Trafficking

TIU Students to Bike from Illinois to California to Fight Human Trafficking

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Deerfield, Illinois – Four men from Trinity International University’s football team have created “Bike4Solution” and are partnering with Bright Hope to fight human trafficking in Northern India by biking across the country starting June 14, 2014.  


Esperanza Reaching the At-Risk Youth in Bolivia

Esperanza Reaching the At-Risk Youth in Bolivia

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

El Alto, Bolivia – Esperanza Chuquimia is currently the Director of the Children’s Program at Bright Hope’s partner church, Bethesda. Her name, Esperanza, means “Hope” in Spanish, which fits her perfectly as she is truly a beacon of Hope for the at-risk children of El Alto. 


Workshops Encourage Chilean Church Leaders to Return to School

Workshops Encourage Chilean Church Leaders to Return to School

Monday, June 02, 2014

Collín Alto, Chile – Pastor Eleuterio Cayulao from the Collín Alto Church in the Mapuche communities of Southern Chile recently graduated from high school at the age of 55. 


Margret and Emelda Transformed Through Microloan Program

Margret and Emelda Transformed Through Microloan Program

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Samfya, Zambia – Margret is a widow and a mother to five children. She enrolled in SCCP’s microloan program in 2008 with a $10 loan to begin a garden at her home. Though Margret had never gardened before, she was successful in her harvest and sold her vegetables to fully pay back the loan after four months. In December 2008, she received a loan for $120 and became a farmer, utilizing a maize field to feed and support her family. In the first year she grew 25 bags of maize and 33 bags in 2013. Because of the success of her harvest, Margret sent all five of her children to school, something she never thought she would do.  


JELLY Fun Fair Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Haiti

JELLY Fun Fair Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Haiti

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — On Saturday, February 22, Bright Hope hosted the JELLY Fun Fair to raise money for teachers’ salaries for the nearly completed church-school in Beganabe, Haiti.