Dear Hope for Life Family,
Recently, two volunteer staff members and myself had the chance to travel to Rwanda to visit the kids at Hope for Life’s home.
The Hope for Life (HFL) home is not just doing well but is truly thriving! We could sense it the moment we walked onto the beautiful property. Rwanda’s Executive Director, Chantal Umutesi, has built the best staff team HFL has ever had, and each and every child has an inspiring story of transformation. We had the opportunity to sit in on a few of their family devotional times—an experience that was deeply moving for us all. Our volunteer staff, Matthew Aina and Megan Busek, both return home even fiercer advocates for HFL.
I had the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with each member of HFL’s Rwanda-based leadership team, including staff and the Board of Directors. This trip has reaffirmed my conviction that the team there is immensely capable and have much to teach me and HFL’s partners and supporters. Over the past seven years, we have learned that cross-cultural ministry and community-based leadership development comes with a unique set of challenges, and I am thrilled to report that HFL is truly flourishing under Rwandan leadership.
Now more than ever, I am reminded how necessary it is for each of us to personally engage in this life-changing work, no matter which continent we call home. The team in Rwanda is dependent on the financial support and encouragement that you provide each month, while we depend on the expertise that our Rwandan staff brings to the hard work of affecting transformational change in their own community. It is beautiful how the success of HFL is dependent on each of our engagement in this process.
I look forward to sharing more inspiring stories at Hope for Life’s upcoming gala on March 18, 2017 in Mukilteo, Washington. Please consider joining us or giving in lieu of attending the event. We hope you can join us and believe that you will leave encouraged. To buy tickets, please visit www.auctria.com/auction/HopeForLifeAuction2017.
With deep gratitude for your continued partnership,
US Executive Director and Co-Founder