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!
A year ago, a young man named Eric Joseph Roberson I, asked me if he could plan a HOPE Youth Corps in his home city of Chicago. Eric is one of our 20 Global Service Interns, a group of young campus students and HYC alumni who are trained to lead their own HYC.
Exciting updates from HOPE worldwide's Volunteer Programs July Newsletter:
HOPE worldwide is happy to announce the appointment of Wade Cook, Denver Church of Christ evangelist, as the new Vice President of U.S. Programs. Joining him is his wife, Debbie, who is assuming the role of Executive Assistant for U.S. Programs. Wade comes to HOPE worldwide with an extensive ministry background and a heart full of compassion, which has prepared him to be an excellent advocate for the poor. In his new role, Wade will oversee HOPE worldwide’s U.S. programs including over 100 Chapters, the National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) and U.S.-based disaster response services.
Natives of Denver, Colorado, Wade and Debbie grew up in familes that valued serving and helping others. It was no surprise that in addition to almost 24 years in the full-time ministry, both of them were drawn to helping professions; Wade as a licensed therapist and counselor, and Debbie as a registered nurse. Wade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Colorado and a Master's in Community Counseling from Denver Seminary. His multiple certifications range from marriage and parenting, to crisis intervention and domestic violence. He is also is presently working on a pre-marriage counseling app for Manna in the Morning.
The clouds were gray and the rain made for a great memory as the Boston HOPE worldwide Chapter volunteers and Boston Church of Christ came together for a worship service and fundraising walk to support the Framingham Food Pantry and a yearly donation to HOPE worldwide. Over $66,000 was collected from the fundraiser. The singles ministry established a faith goal of $20,000 and collected over $25,000 for the Walk. Many creative and sacrificial ideas were implemented to support the cause of easing hunger in our cities.
|Anthony Herrera, at left, and Makar Donskoy in the middle.|