Disasters and emergencies are affecting human lives across the globe; causing casualties and disrupting the lives of millions. HOPE worldwide is a humanitarian nonprofit organization that continues to monitor situations around the globe. We are limited and will not be able to respond to every disasters and emergency. However, with the support of many, we are trying to meet some needs that we identify on the ground.
The ICOC HOPEww / Benevolence Service Team is making the following request of the ICOC family of churches in the United States. Our hope is that as many churches as possible can take up an offering for Hurricane Harvey Response this Sunday, September 3. HOPE worldwide is eager to supply necessary resources and manpower to help families rebuild their lives and their communities.
To all of our brothers and sisters,
As many are aware, there is a dangerous situation off and around the coast of Texas and Louisiana as Hurricane Harvey is gaining strength. What looked to be a tropical depression has strengthened into a full-fledged hurricane with the potential to become a category 3 storm by Friday night when it is expected to make landfall. HOPE worldwide has been closely monitoring the situation and has been in contact with church leaders across the region. Richard Alawaye, evangelist in Corpus Christi, reports that to his knowledge all 30 disciples of the Corpus Christie Church have evacuated and are safely in the homes of brothers and sisters in San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas.
The team at Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital recently celebrated its five year anniversary. SKMH opened in April 2012 with the mission to meet the needs of poor children and women of Southern Cambodia. It is managed by HOPE worldwide. Since its opening, nearly 50,000 patients have been touched by the team. On May 26, the hospital honored 31 employees who have served since the hospital’s opening day. Through the dedication of its staff and supporters, SKMH has seen tremendous growth.
Since its opening, the hospital has accomplished the following:
HOPE worldwide's Global Service Internship application for 2018-2019 is up on the website! If you are a full-time student between the ages of 18 and 24, have very good grades, are currently involved in leadership, have traveled internationally, and have HOPE Youth Corps experience, this may be for you!
Russ Hargrove, HOPE worldwide's Chief Development Officer, explains how one dollar given to HOPEww from churches effectively becomes $10 for the poor.
If you have not seen the video yet, please take a few minutes to watch it, as it will help you to understand how we are able to leverage church giving for greatest impact.
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.
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