A Time to Celebrate and to Reflect
We at Bright Hope have so much to celebrate! As Allies like you continue to partner with us to bring Hope to the extreme poor, we are equipping churches and communities to break out of poverty permanently.
We celebrate with Restoration Church, the first Bright Hope partner church in Uganda to graduate from our support. We can also celebrate the successful harvest of the Natoot Farm in Turkana, the region in Kenya that just last year was hit by a devastating drought.
But as we read the news headlines about the coronavirus, this is also a time to reflect on what is really important in life.
Although we planned for this Ally Connection to be all about celebration, it would be irresponsible for us to ignore the COVID-19 virus that is spreading like wildfire across the globe. While many of us have the means to stockpile food and toiletries and hunker down in our warm homes with our families or friends, the extreme poor can’t do that. And as we furnish our homes with antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer, families in Kenyan slums and rural Haiti don’t even have access to clean water.
No matter how you look at it, the coronavirus will cause exponentially more devastation in the impoverished communities where we work. Please make sure you read the special COVID-19 insert in this Ally Connection and consider how you can show God’s love and care to the extreme poor.
As you read this spring edition of Ally Connection, please join us as we celebrate God’s faithfulness, and prayerfully consider how you can partner with us to break the bonds of extreme poverty.
President & CEO, Bright Hope
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Creating an Oasis in a Desert
Imagine growing up in Turkana, a vast, drought-ridden county in northern Kenya. You live the way your parents and their parents and their parents lived, as far back as anyone can recollect. You are an iconic people group, with your layers of bright beads around your neck, vibrant fabric wraps, and deeply set traditions.
Every Day We Face a Choice
Will we do everything we can to make our lives comfortable?
Or will we do everything we can to help others experience Hope?
Rose and her husband, Simon, were peasant farmers in Uganda. Day after day they struggled to feed their family. The income they made from growing rice and yams was never enough. And then…. CHICKENS!
A Cause for Celebration
When Bright Hope comes alongside to suport a church, the end goal is always to get the church to a place of self-sufficiency. Before we start working with them, we must first set goals for how long we think it will take and make a plan on how to get there. Reaching a goal of self-sufficiency is not something that happens overnight, but rather it usually takes 5-10 years. You can imagine, it’s really exciting when a church finally reaches that point!
Because God Remembered Us
“Some people in this county have never experienced hunger, but everyone in Natoot knows what hunger is, even our little children. We always look up to the county government, but no one is concerned about us. Not even one person. Our redemption comes from brooms, charcoal and firewood.