4th Quarter time!
Focus as a Superpower
As we enter the 4th quarter of 2019, it’s time to share the impact YOU have created here in Uganda. It’s been another year filled with growth, struggle, and transformation.
And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here in Uganda, our daily focus is simple. We seek to know God and receive new depths of His love and light each day. We are honest with ourselves and allow His love to transform us. Then we go and use the opportunities and gifts He has given us to speak light and hope into the darkness and chaos of lives wrecked by untreated dental disease.
We do this together, and we do it by empowering talented, passionate LOCAL leaders who impact sustainable transformation through our simple, effective, and innovative clinical model.
Humility and Our Work
As I wrote last month (https://www.hopesmiles.org/blog/2019/5/8/where-is-our-focus), our team in Uganda constantly talks about the importance of being aware of where our focus lies day to day, moment to moment. We have to look out for each other so we don’t veer off the path before us. There are a few components to this:
Where Is Our Focus?
Humility is a topic we talk about a lot here at Hope Smiles Uganda. What does it mean to be humble? Is it important? How can we cultivate humility? It is a virtue we believe is simply defined, but difficult to practice.
On our team, we define humility as living life focused on God and developing our talents with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength to love others.
And just like that, it’s May! It’s been far too long since you’ve heard from us in Uganda! Growth poses new challenges. Instead of mentoring and leading everyone at Hope Smiles Uganda one on one, the size of our team means our more experienced team members now have new team members THEY are responsible for developing. Because that’s what we do here at Hope Smiles – we don’t just provide quality, compassionate dentistry…we awaken hearts and develop PEOPLE to lead well. As anyone who has lead anything can attest, installing another layer of leadership within your team can be EXTREMELY challenging. Frustration abounds. The temptation is to step in and address everything yourself. And that would be wrong…
A Word To Start 2019
Today we want to introduce you to Gorreti, one of the leaders within our community...one of the leaders YOU have empowered.
Gorreti started at Hope Smiles Uganda as a dental assistant in 2015. She studied social work in University, and was looking for an opportunity to use her skills through meaningful work.
Our challenge in this life is constant yet simple: How can I love God with all my heart, soul, and strength? And how does that look as we live and love others in the real world?
This is the core of what we do at Hope Smiles. This is the question we are continually asking ourselves each day with our 24 (!) team members in Uganda. This is the filter through which we interpret our circumstances. Today, what does it mean to use the time, talent, and gifts I’ve been given to love God and others?
This is the question we would like to tackle alongside you!
We have found the answer, like the question, is simple yet profound…