Dr. Mark Ottenweller's trip through Africa continues, and so does his blog.
His latest blog is about the immense amount of damage that AIDS has caused in Namibia. Over 10% of the population there is living with AIDS and there are over 66,000 AIDS orphans in just this one country.
In January of 2008, HOPE worldwide and the American Red Cross began a partnership that has gone one to change the lives of millions of people.
In a year and a half, we have seen the country through hurricanes, floods and much more. But our ability to change lives together is far greater than it is apart.
In January 2009, HOPE worldwide -Jacksonville chapter was able to send nearly 250 backpacks to children in Kabul, Afghanistan. The book bags were distributed along with some pens, pen holders, and some clothing donated at the U.S. Embassy. There were around 250 children so they added in a few more bags so that everyone got something.
Dr. Mark Ottenweller is returning to Africa to train the new staff, reconnect with the volunteers there and help once again in the fight against AIDS in Africa.
You can follow his trip by reading his blog.
A special friend is remembered and honored
~ Proverbs 31:20
On February 6, 2009, HOPE worldwide lost one of its finest volunteers when Deb Rawls passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Her impact on her community and on HOPE worldwide as an organization will never be forgotten.
More than 250 partners, staff and supporters from around the world gathered for the fifth annual HOPE worldwide Global Summit meeting in Reston, Virginia on May 16, 2009. They heard speakers celebrate the faith, heart and impact of HOPE worldwide volunteers and leaders and challenge them to make a difference in these difficult economic times.
“All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor.” –Gal 2:10
The brothers and sisters on the HOPE worldwide and Benevolence Committee have continued meeting together on a monthly basis, besides having extensive individual phone calls, emails and fellowship meetings between members. Since the last update (in late January) we’ve seen God bless our work in a powerful way, with the help of your prayers.