The Deeper You Go – by Peter Ochiel

November 28, 2012

Water is a basic human necessity. Can you imagine what life would be without water? In the Western world this is almost unheard of as the water system is always flowing, but the situation is different in most developing countries where entire communities survive almost without a trace of water, and what they seldom have access to is never fit for human consumption, not to mention that even our capital cities constantly run out of water, which can last for weeks.


One of our goals at Action Ministry is providing communities with access to clean water through the digging of wells. Two weeks ago we started the excavation of a shallow well at the Action Ministry Center – Blessed Camp. Water from this well will be used at the school, clinic and will greatly enhance our food production through irrigation, while the residents will greatly benefit as they will use it for all their domestic purposes.

At about 25 feet down we hope to reach the water surface. The excavation is no easy task as the land structure is all rock and will take a couple of weeks. Once we hit water, the water sample shall be taken for tests inorder to know its mineral contents, and we plan to have an overhead tank to supply the water to all sections.

We are so exited as we look forwad to reaching the water, and also very gratefull to Know Think Act for supporting this initiative!

- Peter

Founder & CEO of Action Ministry, Partner of Know Think Act

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It’s Graduation Day!

November 27, 2012

This past Friday, Hope Academy, the primary school run by Bringing Hope to the Family, held their end-of-the-year graduation celebration! Each of the classes performed a few songs and several guests and staff members gave speeches.  Prior to the function beginning, the parents of the students were taken on a tour of Dorcas Vocational School. The primary school is relocating to the Dorcas buildings beginning with the next term that starts in February. Up until now they have been renting a couple of small buildings in town and this relocation will allow the school more adequate space and a better environment for the children.

To see a current list of Hope Academy’s needs to help with the relocation, click here.

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[Thanks + Giving] Day Seven: Legacy Foundation

November 24, 2012

Today is the last day of our [Thanks + Giving] blog series, and we hope that you have enjoyed being able to hear from each of us on what we are grateful for in these days. I also hope that it has been a great opportunity to spark some conversations about what it means to live thankfully and to give generously. In all of this, know we are thankful for you. Without you and the way you love through local leaders and through meeting the needs of these communities, we would be nothing.

Today I am reminded how thankful I am for our Legacy Foundation. If you didn’t know, one of the aspects of Know Think Act that we all feel the strongest about, is to give 100% of your donation to that specific need. Because we believe so strongly in this 100% model, and giving away 100% of all public donations, we need others to support the staff and the management of the programs. This is called our Legacy Foundation, and the individuals, couples, churches, and businesses who make up our Foundation are our Legacy Members. Because of their faithfulness, we are able to function as an office and as a staff and we are so very grateful.

We are currently looking for new Legacy Members, people who want to join in the work of supporting local leaders through the 100% model, by giving to the organization and work behind the scenes. For more information on becoming a Legacy Member, click here, and if you would like to talk to someone about becoming a Legacy Member, send us an email at info@knowthinkact.com and we would love to start that conversation with you!

Each of us is building a legacy, something so much more than bricks and mortar, and as we conclude this week, we want to say thank you for being a part of the legacy of Know Think Act, and the local leaders we serve alongside.

…adam

Community Development Coordinator

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[Thanks + Giving] Day Six: Health Care

November 23, 2012

Africa + Health Care doesn’t conjure up the best images. Most of you probably think of malaria, AIDS, tiny babies with bloated bellies, open wounds, and flies everywhere. I admit that’s all I knew of Africa before getting involved with the continent myself. That’s why today, I am thankful for local leaders who care for their communities’ medical needs.

This year in Kaihura, Uganda, Bringing Hope to the Family has seen many urgent medical needs met through Know Think Act in record time. Children like Alozio and Adolf have received the urgent medical attention they need and are living better lives because of the ways you have partnered with us (be sure to check this great video update on Adolf’s story). Blessed Camp outside of Mombasa, Kenya has seen their ongoing needs for leprosy and jigger wound care met through 100% of donations on Know Think Act as well as on the ground through a nursing team that traveled through our International Volunteer Program. I am so thankful for the dearth of local leaders who work every day through Hope Again Medical Centre at Bringing Hope to the Family and Blessed Camp at Action Ministry to meet the medical needs of their neighbors. Even more so, I am grateful for the ways you join hands with our Partners in supporting both urgent medical needs and ongoing medical needs, on the ground and from your living room.

So you find yourself asking, “how can I give back to these leaders who are giving so much of their time and talents to serving the health care needs of their communities?” This Thanksgiving, there are two people in Uganda who have medical needs that have not yet been met on Know Think Act: a four-year old boy named Roger, who has open wounds on his face; and a 16-year old girl named Lucy, who has osteomylitis. If you can’t give today, then keep checking back at KnowThinkAct.com this holiday season as more medical needs are posted by our Partners in Kenya and Uganda.

Thanks for Giving,

Karen

International Volunteer Coordinator

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[Thanks + Giving] Day Five: Orphan Care

November 22, 2012

I am, and always have been so thankful to Faith and Peter for making the choice to serve those in their communities, especially the choice to serve the children.  The statistics about orphans in Africa are so overwhelming that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to truly absorb what was going on when I went to see Faith and Peter in action for the first time.  I thought I would leave full of despair.  But when I arrived in Uganda and Kenya and saw the absolute love and care provided to these children, I did not feel overwhelmed.  I felt hopeful and I felt thankful.

Personally, I could not even begin to the make the difference in these children’s lives like Faith and Peter have. And it is not just them, it is the house mothers at Home Again and it is the staff at Action Ministry.  Know Think Act has made a way for us to do what we are able, and for the staff and the community to do what they are able.  We can supply them with resources to meet the physical needs of these children and they can provide love, support, and care, which they are doing so well.  Together we are all giving these children a sense of family, of hope, and of possibility.

So this week, enjoy spending time with your families, reflecting on the many blessings that we have in our lives, and remember those around the world who do not have the same.  I want to invite you to look at the needs on KTA and however you are able, participate in making a child’s life better.  Click here to see how you can help. Thank you!

- Maggie

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[Thanks + Giving] Day Four: Education

November 21, 2012

Today, in keeping with the [Thanks + Giving] theme, I want to shine the spot light on our thankfulness for the gift of education.  KTA, partnering with Bringing Hope to the Family & Action Ministry, has provided numerous children the opportunity to literally change their lives and the lives of their families.

Education is a vital part in the fight to end poverty and we feel honored to have a hand in this fight.  This year in Kaihura, Uganda, we have assisted with the education of 131 secondary students as well as several university students.  We are currently focused on helping Bringing Hope relocate and establish Hope Academy, which is the primary school they operate and is where most of the children from Home Again attend.  We believe in education and are thrilled to help provide this gift to as many children as possible. We would love for you to participate in giving towards education, to providing a hope and a future for these students. To give to an education project, click here.

Thank you,

Chris

International Coordinator – Uganda

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[Thanks + Giving] Day Three: Agriculture

November 20, 2012

When I first travelled to Uganda in 2006, one of the first things I noticed was not only the extreme poverty, but the lack of proficient agriculture and farming techniques, especially compared to other countries in the region.  The problems with hunger and malnutrition were not strictly due to lack of access (most families in this area of Uganda have property that has extremely fertile soil) but due to the lack of knowledge and tools.  Thankfully, over the past six years I’ve seen incredible growth in this area!  Many families are no longer struggling with hunger and on top of that, many have excess produce that they are now able to sell in the local markets.  I am so thankful and proud of the role Know Think Act has played in this – specifically in providing training and resources to these previously destitute families.

The agricultural needs on Know Think Act are constantly updated and evolving.  I encourage you to take a look at the different projects that are empowering people to better provide for their families and communities.  This is truly a gift that continues to give!  Click here to learn more about the agricultural projects we are hoping to support right now.

In what ways are you thankful for the food and agriculture that you have access to? Thank you for helping these projects and we look forward to a sustainable future!

- Brady

Chief Technology Officer

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[Thanks + Giving] Day Two: Clean Water

November 19, 2012

When I met Faith for the first time in 2004, she brought me to see where her family and several other families were getting their water.  When we reached the water source, I couldn’t believe it.  It was just a hole dug in the ground.  It was stagnate, full of tad poles and mosquitoes, and shared by animals and people alike.  It was hard to believe that in the 21st century there were still people living like this.
In just the last three years since launching KnowThinkAct.com we have funded 25 wells, bringing clean water to over 5,000 people.  It is amazing how much clean water changes a persons life.  This Thanksgiving don’t forget the simple things, that for many would be a dream… like having access to clean running water right in the convenience of your own home.  The truth is it’s a luxury. I’m thankful for clean water. What are you thankful for?
- Travis
Founder & CEO of Know Think Act

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[Thanks + Giving] Day One: Our Leaders

November 18, 2012

Around Know Think Act, we love Thanksgiving. We love setting aside time to remember just how blessed we truly are, we love the food (shout out to mashed potatoes), the celebration, and the friends and family. The idea of being thankful is deep, and should permeate everything we do and how we live. As a staff, we were talking about this idea of giving thanks for the work that we get to do, and the lives that we get to see impacted through participating with you to empower and resource local leaders.

For the next 7 days, one of our staff is going to be sharing one of the reasons we are thankful for Know Think Act. While being thankful is great, there is more to the story than just being grateful. We want to give thanks, but we also want to give to the areas that we are excited about, and invite you to join with us in giving. We are really excited for this week, and can’t wait for you to participate with us. Join us by leaving a comment about what you are thankful for, and give with us by clicking the links included. We are glad you all are a part of our story!

As for me, one of the aspects of KTA that I am most thankful for is our partnership with local leaders. I love that we get to be in relationship with them, learning from their wisdom, experience, and passion for loving their communities. I recently got to spend time with each of our leaders in Africa, and my time with them was my favorite part of my trip.

Peter started Action Ministry, an amazing ministry that is loving the people of Blessed Camp  and Got Osimbo in Kenya. I am so thankful for Peter’s leadership and wisdom in the way he leads Action Ministry to not only meet the sometimes overwhelming needs of his community, but how he goes above and beyond to love each person so deeply. I loved walking from home to home through Blessed Camp, meeting the people who lived there. Without fail, when we approached, I loved seeing their faces light up when Peter came to visit each of them. It was truly inspiring to witness such genuine love and leadership. I am grateful for Peter, and if you are interested in learning more and supporting Action Ministry, you can do so here.

Faith is the CEO and Founder of Brining Hope to the Family in Kaihura, Uganda.  You can’t spend one moment around Faith without experiencing the depth of wisdom and truth in this woman. The depth of her faith and her passion for leading sets her apart. I am very thankful for Faith, and the way she leaders her organization, developing other leaders and people of a deep faith, but what I am most thankful is her love of Jesus. I got the opportunity to have Faith pray over me before leaving Uganda and those words prayed still echo in my ears. I am thankful for Faith and for Bringing Hope to the Family. You have the chance to support and encourage Faith here.

We hope you will join us in being thankful for this week, and we pray that you will join us in giving as well. We are thankful for you, and are excited to have you leave a comment of how you are thankful for Peter and Faith.

…adam

Adam Buzard

Community Development Coordinator

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2011-2012 Annual Report!

November 15, 2012

It’s been another exciting year here at Global Support Mission! Once again we’ve seen tremendous growth and surpassed our 2010 fiscal year by 110%. This led to more lives being impacted on the ground than ever before. None of this was possible without your constant and generous support, so thank you!

We hope you will take some time to look over our 2011-2012 Annual Report and see just a glimpse of all that was accomplished. You can view it here.

Thank you again for partnering with us as we empower local leaders who are working to end extreme poverty in their own communities!

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