It all started with a... "Yes"
Our ministry is based in beautiful Bemidji, MN where we have a heart to see our city, region and the community of Bukibokolo in Eastern Uganda grow and flourish. Rooted in Christ, our core team consists of founder and director, Jenn Anderson, co-founder, Jen Kovach, Board Member and Team Lead, Gretchen Thompson, Board Chair, Kari Termont, Office Manager, Barb Hall and Spiritual Adviser, Suzanne Barbkneckt. We love to laugh, pray and seek God's heart, love others and experience life through the truth of who God created us to be.
Here's how it started...
Jenn Anderson took a trip to Kenya in 2009 and found her life to be forever changed. She returned about a year later to visit Uganda, where she ended up starting a school for children who were at risk of starving or being sold into child labor.
This school is now among the highest rated schools in the district and has rescued over 900 children grades preschool through Secondary 1. All children in the school receive an excellent education, daily meal, and are taught about the love of Christ.
In 2011, Jen Kovach and Kari Termont joined Hands of Action International, and in 2016 Gretchen and Suzanne began their journey of serving widows, orphans, and those in need of love and hope through this ministry. We welcomed Barb Hall, our very first Office Manager this year!
Their joint love for Jesus, women and children fuels their passion to work harder and harder to share hope and meet the needs of those who are "the least of these".
from left: Suzanne, Gretchen, Jenn A & Jen K
Co-founders from left: Jenn A & Jen K
Stay tuned to our blog to learn more about our individual stories and how saying YES to God changed our lives forever.