At A.L.I., we are guided by six core principles captured in the acronym: B.E. C.A.L.M.


Best: Reach for your highest & best offerings; not to BE THE best, but to GIVE YOUR best.

  • “I want you to be able always to recognize the highest and the best, and to live sincere and blameless lives. I want to see your lives full of true goodness.” (Phil 1:10-11)
  • Ow’amaanyi amatono : y’agatumbula. (One of little strength still does his best with it.)

Earn it, keep it: Keeping a good reputation is even more important than earning it.

  • “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth. Favor is better than silver and gold.” (Prov 22:1)
  • Obwesigwa kwe kusaanira obwesige abalala bwe bakussaamu. (Trustworthiness is being worthy of the trust others place in us.)

Communi-what? Communicate!

  • “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” (Prov 25:11)
  • Okusirika tekumara nsoonga. (Silence does not solve problems.)

Alone, you are not: When we function from places of alone-ness, we lose.

  • “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Cor 12:26)
  • Agenda amamgu agenda yekka, agenda ewala mugenda babiri. (If you want to go quickly go alone, want to go far, go together.)

Little gardens must be tended before we get our big farms.

  • “You’ve been trustworthy over a few things, now I’m going to put you in charge of much more.” (Mat 25:21)
  • Bwe tuba nga tusaanidde okwesigibwa, tusikiriza ebintu bingi. (When we are worthy of trust, we attract abundance.)

Make it beautiful: intend that all the works of your hands will result in pleasant presentations and offerings.

  • “God shines from the perfection of beauty.” (Psalm 50:2)
  • Obulungi : bukira obugagga. (Beauty is better than riches.)







Nathaniel Dunigan