UGANDA: Update From The Field

Sole Hope has grown so much in size and impact in the recent years. Like every organization there have been many amazing people that have served as the building blocks and scaffolding that have gotten us here and continue to propel us forward. This month we say “see you later” to one fantastic team member and “hello” to another. We love keeping you in the loop so please take a minute to read about Kelly & Lori below.
The Best Is Yet To Come,

Drü Collie, Executive Director

“When you say YES to God, amazing, surprising and challenging things can happen.  A year ago I said yes to coming to serve with Sole Hope and live in Uganda.I was so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an organization that was doing powerful work to educate, heal and advocate for vulnerable communities in Uganda.

It has been a joy to work with the Sole Hope staff.  I can’t express how inspired and proud I am of this team of Ugandans who serve with generous and charitable spirits.  I have loved witnessing every day their commitment to zero jiggers in Uganda.

I have discerned that while I love being here, my gifts and passions are not a fit for what Sole Hope needs at this time.

My time with Sole Hope has enriched me in so many ways and I will forever be an advocate of the work of this organization.  I’m so grateful to the staff who have welcomed me in, taught me so much about their culture and have offered their blessings as I step towards a new season.

So when you say “yes”, be prepared to be changed, deepened, and inspired.”


“Hello!  My name is Lori Acton and I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri.

From about the age of 13, God had really began to develop a heart for Africa in me when I happened to see a TV show about the slave trade in Sudan.
After studying social work and intercultural studies, I moved to Uganda in 2009 to work with an organization focused on community development through the provision of training. Throughout these past seven years,

I’ve loved being able to invest deeply in people and communities.In December 2015, the organization closed, but God opened up a position for me with Sole Hope.

The idea of joining this team was really exciting to me. I love the heart of Sole Hope’s mission and what it means for Ugandans. I also knew that this job would offer new opportunities to build relationships and invest in others in a meaningful way.

I have now been working with Sole Hope for almost three weeks and I am even more excited about what’s to come. The staff has been incredibly welcoming to me and I have loved seeing them educate and care for people in the field.

I am also looking forward to seeing the outreach house in action in the near future.

I am thankful for the journey that brought me to Sole Hope, and I know this is going to be a wonderful adventure!”