There is a tree where the future home of the Bugesera Project will be that stands out from the rest of the trees on the property. This tree has been there for a long time. The tree is called the hope tree. The tree earned its name because there have been several attempts to remove it. People have tried to remove it by setting it on fire, poisoning it, and even cutting it down. However, it is still standing, alive, and thriving through all of these attempts to destroy it. It stands as a symbol of hope to all who know its story.

Our lives are the same way. It states in Romans 5:3-4 that there is “glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” No matter what we may face in suffering, we keep pushing through, producing perseverance. So when the next wave of events that challenge us comes, we know that we are conquerors in Christ and will overcome. This cycle of overcoming challenges that cause suffering builds our character. When people see what we go through and overcome all the obstacles in our way because of Christ. We become a beacon of hope for them to see that all things are possible with Christ. Our lives then become a legacy of hope to the world. Our lives become a story that gives God all the glory because we could not do it without him. So like Romans says, we then can “boast in the hope of the glory of God.”

Our lives become a testimony of God’s goodness and his glory. Christ made way for us by shedding his blood for us to be overcomers and not succumb to the enemy’s plans to destroy us. Christ’s death allows us to be more than conquerors. Just like the testimony of the hope tree, our lives tell that no matter what weapons come against us, they will not prosper or fulfill their mission to hurt or destroy us. We will prevail no matter what comes our way because Christ is by our side all the way, and he provides a way to have an abundant and fruitful life.

To this day, the Hope Tree is still standing and will continue to stand as a symbol of hope to all who visit the Bugesera Project.

Press Release

sent one's international ministries earns a four star rating from charity navigator

Sent One’s International Ministries is proud to announce that its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator. This rating designates Sent One’s International Ministries as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that our organization uses its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria. Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. Since 2001, the organization has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 11 million donors annually.

Charity Navigator analyzes nonprofit performance based on four key indicators called beacons. Currently, nonprofits can earn scores for the Impact & Results, Accountability & Finance, Culture & Community, and Leadership & Adaptability beacons.

“We are delighted to provide Sent One’s International Ministries with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Four-Star Rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work that Sent One’s International Ministries is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”

“Our Four-Star Charity Navigator is further validation that our supporters can trust our commitment to good governance and financial health,” said Steve Tull. “We hope it will introduce our work to new supporters who can help us advance our mission to empower the local church by equipping disciples and transforming communities around the world.”

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Sent One’s International Ministries’ rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on charitynavigator.org.

About Sent One’s International Ministries

Sent One’s International Ministries empowers the global church by equipping disciples and transforming communities around the world. The goal of Sent One’s International Ministries (SOIM) is to further the gospel and grow the kingdom of God by meeting practical needs and training disciples worldwide. John 20:21 says, “As the father has sent me, so I am sending you.” This verse is the foundation of all we do.


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