Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Microloan Recipients Seeing Business Grow

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Pignon, Haiti — Many of the recipients on the microloan program have received and successfully paid back six loans and have recently received a seventh. The impact to these individuals and their community is notable. Two families on the program have seen growth in their lives. 


Tragic Accident Claims Pastor Trying to Save Others

Monday, April 02, 2012

Northern India — We’d like to honor a pastor in India, whose life was quickly taken from him in a tragic accident.  


Students Working Hard for a Better Future

Monday, April 02, 2012

Northern India — Even though they live at the poverty line, young students and their families in the Hope for Artisans school sponsorship program are full of Hope for Today, Tomorrow, and Eternity. 


Homeless Widow Finds Salvation and a Home

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — A leader from a Samfya church was told about an elderly lady, Godfridah, who found herself homeless after recent devastating flooding caused her hut to collapse. He found her sitting in front of her dilapidated home reading her Bible. It is unusual to find someone in the village with a Bible, so he asked what she was learning from the Word. Godfridah answered that she was looking for salvation. 


New Curriculum Developed for Samfya Bible School

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Samfya Bible School is in the process of re-developing its curriculum. The new structure will allow the classes to be presented within the context of the rural church and community. 


Four Trafficked Girls Rescued from Brothel

Friday, March 23, 2012

Northern India — This morning our partner in India contacted us to say that four girls have been rescued thanks to your support – praise God! A safe house has been set up for rehabilitation; training and counseling can now start for these girls as well as many others to come. We believe as many as ten girls may be rescued and rehabilitated from your efforts. 


Church-Based Response to Human Trafficking

Friday, March 23, 2012

Northern India — Bright Hope has made significant progress with our in-country, church-based anti-human trafficking program since our last update. We have a three-pronged approach including awareness, rescue and rehabilitation focused in Northern India. Many of the extreme poor in this area are at risk for being lured into human trafficking.   


Microloan Case Study in Bolivia Shows Great Impact

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

El Alto, Bolivia — One family benefiting from Bethesda's microloan program is the Zapata family. Carmen Zapata owns a business where she washes cars in the street in front of her house. She has two daughters Nayla (13) and Andrea (9), and Carmen is very proud to tell us that they are great students.   


Zakhira Church Steadily Growing

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Zakhira, India — Over the last few months, the church that was started in this slum area has grown to 50 people attending every Sunday. The local people gather for church in the home of a man who recently became a Christian. 


Loans to Change Deforestation on Mbabala Island

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Zambia is one of the highest rated countries for deforestation, in fact, it is ranked in the top five. Why? 


Former Vulnerable Student on the Road to Success

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Daniel was once a vulnerable student. He became supported by the Samfya Community of Care Providers (SCCP) and graduated high school. After graduation, he received a job as a cashier. In 2010, Daniel received support to take a class by correspondence from the University of Kwazulu-Natal for two years. He has completed one year and is now into his second. His major is Community Based Social Work with Children and Youth.  


Ongoing Programs Training Providing Brighter Futures

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Uttar Pradesh, India — A candle-making and food preservation training was held through Christian Fellowship to provide skills to 26 students. Additionally, there were 32 women, mostly from impoverished areas, who completed a sewing training class.