I live in Melbourne, Australia and manage HOPE worldwide Australia. In December of last year I had the fortune of serving with volunteers at the HOPE Youth Corps in Fiji and when I heard about the cyclone that struck last weekend, I was eager to know how everyone was doing. I spent quite a bit of time this week on the phone to Alex Hernandez, who leads the churches in Fiji and lives in Suva. Through repeatedly broken calls, he gave me an update on how things are going. Many places are still without power or water. There was a lot of flooding with high sea levels and many homes were swept away by wind and water. Please be praying for the disciples, the wider community and the ongoing relief effort!
John and Isa Araneo, disciples in the San Diego Church of Christ, go to the Philippines every year to help with the work of HOPE worldwide. This past Christmas, they were able to serve alongside the HOPE Youth Corps volunteers.
A group of 80 HYC participants built houses for typhoon victims, repaired and painted boats, and spent time with the community of Daanbantayan in Northern Cebu.
Read more about another family's experience in Cebu: Healing through Serving
Almost a year and a half ago, our congregation in Southwest Florida put together a service team. Our mission was to serve those in our local community with the conviction that when we’re serving the poor, we are serving Jesus.
My name is Olivia, and I am a member of the Northern Virginia Church of Christ. It is truly an honor to write about the way HOPE worldwide Panama impacted my family.
In October of 2015, I received a call, "Your dad is not taking his medication. His mental health has declined to the point that he was found in the streets of Panama and had to be admitted." I had traveled to Panama over and over, seeking for help. Unfortunately, my prior efforts only led to dead ends, so this news was devastating.
The International Volunteer Program department is pleased to announce a limited number of $500 scholarships available for campus students for the China, Nairobi (Kenya) and Novosibirsk (Russia) HOPE Youth Corps.
For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes. -- Matthew 25:35 (TLB)
HOPE worldwide Detroit chapter collected 3,424 bottles of water and 64 gallon jugs to help Flint residents with the water crisis. Due to high levels of lead, the water has been deemed unsuitable for drinking.
Winter Storm Ilias is quickly spreading snow and some ice through the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys today after blanketing parts of the Midwest with snow earlier this week. After this system, Winter Storm Jonas is then expected to develop Thursday and become a significant snowstorm for the East Coast Friday and into the weekend.