Situation Report, October 13, 2016: The situation continues to be difficult in Haiti as recovery begins after Hurricane Matthew. Haiti was already in dire need and at risk for many different diseases like cholera, made all the worse by the devastation left behind by the hurricane.
On September 10, 2016 my husband and I, along with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and volunteers from the Abidjan Church of Christ in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, walked onto the church property at 7:15 in the morning and were greeted by hundreds of disciples eager to be seen by a doctor. Some had spent the night in the church building, wanting to be sure that they would be able to meet with a physician about their concerns.
Responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, HOPE worldwide has rushed to distribute lifesaving supplies of food, water and blankets to remote regions of Haiti. Our relief team managed to arrive in Les Cayes on October 9th with supplies to distribute. A more detailed assessment on the ground will supply important information on how we can best meet the immediate and long-term needs. A second relief team led by Wade Cook and Charles Ham arrived October 10th, bringing more supplies and further assessment resources to inform and enable HOPE worldwide as we assist the Haitian people.
"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’” -- Luke 10: 36-37
Come and serve on HOPE Youth Corps, HWW Singles Corps, or on various HWW Volunteer Corps! We have exciting trips planned throughout the year in 2017. We will serve all over the world. This is a preview, so you can start planning.
HOPE worldwide volunteers gathered in Baton Rouge Louisiana over Labor Day Weekend to help victims of the recent floods which devastated areas of Southeast Louisiana. The catastrophic floods, being called the worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy, claimed 13 lives and destroyed numerous homes and communities - resulting in upwards of 100,000 homes being damaged.
HOPE worldwide USA is inviting any interested HOPEww volunteers to travel to Baton Rouge & Denham Springs, Louisiana over Labor Day weekend, September 1-6, to serve victims of the recent flooding. Volunteers will help to clean out and gut flood-damaged homes and may assist in some rebuilding efforts and other duties. Operation Blessing will provide no-cost housing and food for volunteers.
|Source: Patrick Dennis, The Advocate (AP)|
Many have asked about the safety of disciples in our churches and how HOPE worldwide is helping the community enduring the flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We are extremely grateful for your prayers and desire to help. We want you to know the disciples are safe, although some have personally experienced flooding in their homes.
"The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord." -- John 10:17-18
The events of 9/11 like few others have permanently changed the course and tenor of our country. Since that fateful day in 2001, we take time to remember both the breathtaking loss for America and the extraordinary heroism performed by our first responders. These brave fire fighters, police, and medical personnel who so compassionately and expertly knit us back together when events tear us apart should be held in the highest honor. The sacrifice, love, and devotion shown to others are otherworldly qualities most exemplified by Jesus. Each week our fellowship celebrates Christ laying his life down for us just as these brave men and women did for their fellow Americans.
There are more than 100 North American Chapters of HOPE worldwide. In addition to Saturday Academy, one of our signature programs in many cities across the US, Chapter programs include serving foster children and their families, feeding and caring for the homeless, empowering youth service through Hope Scouts, lending a hand to beautify communities and mobilizing volunteer teams on designated days of service to help meet local needs. Here’s a moving story of a mother and her children from Columbia, South Carolina in her own words.
As a single parent juggling several jobs and my own education to better my family’s financial situation, I often felt like the only person invested in my children’s future. If it wasn’t for the mentoring and educational support of HOPE worldwide’s Saturday Academy, I don’t know where my family would be today. That was about eight years ago. It was then I realized… I wasn’t alone!