WHY GIVING IS IMPORTANT

WHY GIVING IS IMPORTANT

It’s better to give than receive, so the old saying goes. Christmas is a festive season full of rich tradition and celebration. Christmas music, decorating the tree, the smell of pine, twinkling lights and the joy received of giving and doing for others. Anyone who has given their money, time, skills or services for the sake of helping others knows that this kind of giving feels good, some might even say amazing! Most would agree that helping others is one of the most fulfilling experiences we can have. In fact, a multitude of studies on giving all come to a similar conclusion; GIVING PROMOTES WELL-BEING! Donate Now We like to feel that we’re healthy, happy and prosperous and charitable giving has been correlated with one’s health, happiness and prosperity! According to research here are some reasons why giving really is living: 1. Giving instills a sense of purpose. Whether we give money, time or advice the end result is that we feel useful to others, thus giving our life added meaning or purpose. A reason beyond ourselves to get up and moving each morning. 2. Giving increases life satisfaction. When we reflect on our life and how we feel about ourselves, it has much more to do with what we did and how that made a impact on others than what we received from our efforts. 3. Giving helps us feel more connected with others. Even for introverted givers :), donating money, time or skills toward a charitable cause provides that genuine human need to feel connected with others, even if it’s from a distance. 4. Giving is connected...
Keep Climbing, DuHope!

Keep Climbing, DuHope!

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf… Hebrews 6:19-20a Like a belayer at the bottom of the rope looking up at the climber, we see the progress and the potential of every climber at DuHope. Sometimes the climbers can’t see it, because they fear looking down. There is the fear that the rope and anchor won’t hold them if they slip, or the fear of defeat and utter failure. But as we continue to belay them on, we see the progress, the potential in each person and God working in their lives (even when they don’t recognize it is Him). One of our climbers from DuHope was recently kicked out of her house. The situation seemed dim. We had hoped this would keep her from engaging in prostitution, because she no longer had a home for men to come to. But she was sleeping in her neighbor’s house and was often kicked out of the bed, because it was being rented out for prostitution. Often she was told to go to the streets and make money. Usually after a full day working at DuHope, she’d end up sleeping outside and not obtain much sleep at all. Her child was coming to DuHope with rashes on her arm. She was being pushed into urine from bed wetting by other kids when sleeping on the floor while her mother was outside. So how was anything miraculous happening in these dark circumstances? How could we see...
Milestones to Heal

Milestones to Heal

And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 The years of damage DuHope women have faced don’t heal from a quick-fix band-aid. Abuse, abandonment, neglect, war, sexual perversion, witchcraft and backstabbing – these are some of the disasters that have come into their lives. Healing requires constant cleaning, attention and care, along with understanding of the need to repent and live to righteousness. As the redemptive plan took time to unfold, so too does the restoration of the heart. As we’ve been working with women at DuHope for 18 months, we have seen miracles along the way. We’ve witnessed breakthroughs of women leaving prostitution, others quitting excessive drinking or taking responsibility to care for their children. But often we fail to mention the smaller milestones which are a part of the long, grueling trek. One of those hard trails to climb was when conflict and distrust were on the rise. One gossiped, telling an entire neighborhood about things intimately shared in counseling. Another was maliciously beaten by the other women. The staff knew that without intervention, they would eventually fall. So they gathered them together to play games to help build unity. With hot potato, telephone and a fun relay, simple truths like the negative impact of gossip were laid. They got it. They understood. In the final relay they raced one another to sing a famous love song and speedily put on their kitinge skirts and jewelry. Throughout the relay, they laughed hysterically. They...
An Empty Cup

An Empty Cup

Sitting low to the ground on the wooden bench, I smelled the alcohol. I looked down to see little liquor bottles by the charcoal stove as we waited for her to come in. Having just been greeted by the neighbor who was in a drunken stupor, it was a reminder of the strong influences surrounding her. After greeting and small talk, we inquired about the water filter donated to her. She brought it to us covered in red clay dirt, not being used. Then her little girl came running in the house asking for water, but there was none to give. The water filter needed to be rigged, but even still, there was no water. The little girl and I played with an empty blue cup. She let me drink, and then I gave it to her to gulp down. We smiled as we pretended, but deep down, hearts were wilting. This was not pretend but really real. We came because this little girl was sick, and we wanted to check up on her. After seeing her recovery, we assessed it would be okay for her to come back to DuHope where Claudine, our Childcare and Health Advisor, looks after her and other children. We encouraged her to come back to work – without work, there is no pay. Without pay, there is no insurance, food, water, nor doctor visits. And what will she do in desperation to fill that empty blue cup? We asked her to get her Bible. She brought it to us proudly, as it was clean and well-kept unlike the unused water filter. I yearned...
Give Control and Create Leaders

Give Control and Create Leaders

by Jamie Boiles, Executive Director Captain David Marquet, a nuclear submarine commander, vowed once to never give another order to his team. He instead replaced instructions with intent, giving the control of the ship to his men. Marquet insists that the type of people who inspire greatness “give control and create leaders.” People ask what my “day to day” job looks like in Rwanda. It’s hard to explain that I see my biggest job as inspiring and equipping Rwandans to drive the direction of our organization. I love that we hire young people who are passionate about impacting their community for the glory of God. They come to work excited to learn and eager to serve the women of Duhu and DuHope. They take their responsibilities seriously and know that people’s livelihoods depend on their ability to do their job well. I often have to tell Gabie, our Program Director, that she needs to stop working, because she has worked too much this week. She will explain that if she doesn’t do what she needs, then DuHope might have to close and that means people won’t eat this week. It’s a stark reality that many don’t understand. A roof over our head. Food in our belly when we are hungry. Clothes on our backs and shoes on our feet. We are currently collecting a few items to be given to our DuHope women for our Christmas party. Our Operations Assistant at DuHope, Rachel, said, “The money they get at DuHope is used for food, rent and health insurance, which leaves them with just a little or nothing for providing...