Humility and Our Work

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.

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Ryan Shinska
Where Is Our Focus?

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…

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Meet Gorreti!

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.

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A Word To Start 2019

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…

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Special visitors and podcast!

2018 has been a joy-filled year here at Hope Smiles. October gave us one of those joy-filled highlights when we hosted Dr. Lance and Luke Miller at our Uganda branch. Dr. Lance is an orthodontist in Keene, New Hampshire at Keene Orthodontic Specialists, while Luke is applying to dental school. Dr. Lance and Luke were only in Uganda for a week, but their impact will be felt for years to come!

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