I love Uganda. I have two children from the gorgeous country and have traveled there many times. When Dawn asked me – just 18 months ago – if we could start a Hope + Sisterhood in Uganda, it was pretty much a no brainer for me and for Project Hopeful. We wanted to expand our programs in Uganda and this was the perfect opportunity.
Since we launched the Uganda Sisterhood, I have supported a sister and advocated for others to do so. “I believe in this program,” I told people. And I meant it.
This trip is the first time I have seen with my own eyes what God has done in the Uganda Sisterhood and I want to shout from the rooftops: This program works. It really works!!!
Perhaps that conclusion is a bit anti-climactic. You may be left wondering why I’m so surprised and excited. But here’s the thing: I knew from being told that it was working and that women were rising up out of poverty, finding hope, and becoming independent. Seeing it with your own eyes, however, is something quite different. It is working!!!!
Women who were lost have found hope. Women who never knew Jesus raise their hands in worship and praise to the One True God. Women who could not afford to care for their children are parenting children who are thriving. Women who lacked a regular income are running businesses that are thriving and successful. Across.the.board. All of them. The testimonies I heard at the graduation were incredible. Sisters are succeeding because of your short-term (12 month) “hand up.” And so I say again, it is working.
We at Project Hopeful are praying about whether to expand our sisterhood to other countries around the world. We invite you to join with us in empowering women to rise up out of hopelessness and into a community of believers who love and support them. Because it works!
Here’s a picture of me with my gorgeous sister, Gertrude, and her daughter, Betty.
Love from Uganda, Deb Steiner