Over this past Christmas and New Year, a group of singles from all over the world (Australia, Singapore, the US, etc) spent their holidays in Sri Lanka, away from family, serving at a school for underprivileged children, an orphanage for boys, and a pediatric hospital for autistic children. They also greatly encouraged the local church, the Colombo Church of Christ, as you can read in this article written by David de los Santos. David and his wife Nadia are the young couple leading the church in Sri Lanka.
HOPE worldwide’s mission and culture:
HOPE worldwide was founded in 1991 in response to the call of the Scriptures to serve the poor, sick and suffering throughout the world. Maintaining our biblical foundation, HOPE worldwide is compelled to find new and innovative ways to fight poverty, respond to disasters and foster a culture of volunteerism. Today, HOPE worldwide serves more than 1.5 million people annually on every inhabited continent. With a global network of committed staff and volunteers, we treat the sick, feed the hungry, house the homeless, comfort the downcast, educate the poor and provide loving homes for the abandoned. Our work is produced by faith, prompted by love and inspired by hope.
Looking for a good cause to give this Christmas? Every year, hundreds of young people go on HOPE Youth Corps all over the world, yet for many, this dream is still out of reach due to financial constraints.
HOPE worldwide is seeking a Communications Officer who will be responsible for conveying HOPE worldwide’s internal and external messages. The Communications Officer must have excellent writing and speaking skills, must be proficient at working within a team and with media and must demonstrate a heart to serve the poor.
Brooke Hammer, a teen from Los Angeles, went on the Philadelphia (Track 1) HOPE Youth Corps this past July; it changed her life and she was baptized a couple of weeks ago! Again and again, God changes the hearts of our youth through service, as they strive to become more like Jesus. Read about how God transformed Brooke's heart on HYC:
Going to HOPE Youth Corps has had a huge impact on my life. I had studied the Bible for a long time before I went but I wasn't ready to become a disciple. My heart just wasn't in the right place. I wanted it to be, but I didn't know how to get it there. When my parents brought up the idea of going on one of the HYC trips I was interested because I thought it would be fun, but also because I secretly hoped it could help change my heart and get me to a place where I wanted to study the Bible again.
How two HOPE Youth Corps interns shared their faith with Min Pennella on the plane after Reach2016:
As they sat on the plane after the Reach conference, on their way from St Louis to Philadelphia to lead the Philadelphia (Track 2) HOPE Youth Corps, Sean Tan and Mariah Boger were exhausted physically, but energized spiritually. Sean is from Singapore. He studies at the prestigious National University of Singapore, and Mariah is from Indianapolis. She studies at Purdue University. They are both Global Service Interns (GSI), full time students who are also training to lead HOPE Youth Corps programs.
Registration for the 2017 HOPE Youth Corps, HWW Singles Corps and Volunteer Corps is now open!
To register for HOPE Youth Corps and Volunteer Corps programs, go to hopeww.org/HYC. To register for the HOPE worldwide Singles Corps program, go to hopeww.org/HSC.
Below is an article describing the incredible resurgence of one of these programs.
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.