On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew delivered a devastating blow to Haiti. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA), the storm took the lives of 1,000 people and displaced 175,500 residents. HOPE worldwide immediately released $5,000 aimed at providing life-saving aid for members of our partner churches, their families and their communities.
Charles Ham, Hww International Disaster Response Coordinator, and Wade Cook, Hww Vice President of U.S. Programs, were soon on the ground assessing the situation and formulating an effective and sustainable recovery plan. Part of that was an appeal for funds, and we were humbled by the response. Over the Christmas holidays, HOPEww friends and partners rallied support to raise just over $210,000. Our sincere appreciation cannot be adequately expressed in words.
This is the third year we are writing a 30-day quiet times series for our Volunteer Corps participants (HOPE Youth Corps, HOPE Singles Corps, etc). This year the theme is "Go and Do Likewise!" and it is based on the book of John. This is a series we encourage all participants to study in the month before going on one of our trips, to get their hearts ready for service. Every year, we write a different series.
ONE DAY the sick will be healed.
ONE DAY the poor will hear good news.
ONE DAY the orphan will be welcomed home.
ONE DAY the captive will be set free.
ONE DAY the oppressed will have hope.
Throughout history visionary leaders have inspired change.
This is our moment to change the world.
Our 2016 Boston HOPE worldwide Chapter Year in Review video highlights some of the many ways our church members and volunteers have served the poor. Many people initiated service efforts in their home towns and worship center locations. Other volunteers used their talents to play basketball, soccer, golf ride bikes, write grants and sing to raise money for many programs in the world.
HOPE Youth Corps has reached a milestone! The first participants from 20 years ago are now sending their own children to HYC.
Steve Burns was on the 1997 Moscow HYC. His daughter has now just signed up for her first HYC. She is Philadelphia bound.
It is always so encouraging to see young men grow in their compassion and service. Gary Torres from Los Angeles went on two HOPE Youth Corps last year. He served in Croatia in July, and the Philippines in December. Watch this short video, in which he shares his convictions about service...
Ignatius Beard is a single brother from Maine. He served on the HOPE worldwide Singles Corps in Sri Lanka over Christmas. Read about his trip...
Goldstone School of HOPE worldwide (GSHW) is located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. GSHW's mission is to provide Cambodian youth with the leadership skills and opportunities to change our country through education. The Goldstone School of HOPE worldwide provides an environment of academic excellence that fosters proficiency in English, computer literacy, lasting relationships, and Christian moral values.
HOPE worldwide’s mission and culture:
HOPE worldwide was founded in 1991 in response to the call of the Scriptures to serve the poor, sick and suffering throughout the world. Maintaining our Biblical foundation, HOPE worldwide is compelled to find new and innovative ways to fight poverty, respond to disasters and foster a culture of volunteerism. Today, HOPE worldwide serves more than 1.5 million people annually on every inhabited continent. With a global network of committed staff and volunteers, we treat the sick, feed the hungry, house the homeless, comfort the downcast, educate the poor and provide loving homes for the abandoned. Our work is produced by faith, prompted by love and inspired by hope.
Over this past Christmas and New Year, a group of singles from all over the world (Australia, Singapore, the US, etc) spent their holidays in Sri Lanka, away from family, serving at a school for underprivileged children, an orphanage for boys, and a pediatric hospital for autistic children. They also greatly encouraged the local church, the Colombo Church of Christ, as you can read in this article written by David de los Santos. David and his wife Nadia are the young couple leading the church in Sri Lanka.