Tear-Jerking Success Story! Louise in Congo

Posted on December 4, 2015

A Different Kind of Sponsorship Success At a conference in 2013 thousands of dollars were raised in support of the Tumaini Project – helping women in Congo, Africa re-establish their lives after trauma. One such lady was Louise Kifame – a lady who was raped three years prior. Culturally, as a rape victim in Congo, you are seen as an outsider and ostracized. But because of the Tumaini Project and the help of hundreds of people on the other side of the world, Louise is now attending nursing school – her lifelong dream. Hope was found, and the trajectory of her life has now been changed. She wrote this letter of thanks to her sponsors:


I’m very excited to be living my dream! I was raped 3 years ago, but God can touch someone I never met to change my life around. Thanks for accepting to become my father. May God increase the resources of my sponsor and bless him and all his family. I will pray for you every day. I believe I will meet him and Jodi one day.

Thank you so very

Smiles & Excitement for Christmas!

Posted on November 9, 2015
Christmas!
“The moment the call came from Home of Hope, telling us the devastating story of how brothers, David & Moses, were beaten, burned, starving and abandoned by their drug-addicted mother — we knew that they would be “our boys”. We were overwhelmed with love and compassion for these special little boys and are privileged to have the opportunity to support them. My girls, who are the same ages as David & Moses, proudly take every opportunity to tell people about their “brothers” in Kenya. We appreciate all the pictures and video updates, they mean so much to us, what a blessing to see our boys grow and flourish at the Dream Centre! I strongly encourage families with sponsor children to take the time to put a small parcel together for them this Christmas. There is nothing more heart-warming than to see their beautiful smiles and genuine excitement when they receive their special and personal gift from you. We are blessed to be a part of something so great! Thank you, Home of Hope!”
-Niki
 

Being a privileged 21-year-old girl who has her dream full-time job, an apartment and a car, I was overwhelmed when I received my first email about the Pregnant Mothers Ministry in Kenya.

Each girl had a story to tell. Beatrice Muthoni was the first name on the list. When I saw “Age:16”, I could feel my stomach turning. 16? She’s 5 years younger than me. Almost in a state of panic, I scrolled down the page to see the other girl’s profiles, 17, 21, 18, 19, 14, 21, 18, 18, 17. Horrified, I began to read each story individually, and with each story brought more tears to my eyes, and a stronger passion in my heart to help these girls. Every story different, but every story the same.

Beatrice had been a sex worker since she was 15, just trying to make enough money to feed herself while living with her mother in the slum. When she got pregnant, she could hardly feed herself, she certainly couldn’t feed a baby. Twice she had unsuccessful abortions.

What a great fundraising idea! You’ll never pass money on the street again. In May 2014, Carolyn and Brent McAllister were wandering Parkland Mall in Red Deer, when they happened upon a ten-dollar bill in the middle of the hallway. It almost appeared as though someone had planted it there. Knowing that $10 wouldn’t drastically change their lives, the McAllisters decided to offer it to God and trust that He would do something with it. They bought a few chocolate bars and bags of chips with the money and started a snack program at her work, to raise money for Home of Hope’s feeding program. Within a year, that simple ten-dollar bill has become $826, or 826 meals for children in desperate need. Thanks to honesty and support from the staff at Inland Concrete, hundreds of children will have a full belly when they go to bed at night. What simple thing do you have that God could multiply? Article written by: Lani Lupul

FEATURED ON BUSINESSWOMAN MAGAZINE The Stella Project – Microloans

Valarie was raised by a single mother some 300 miles away from Nairobi. Despite the struggle her single mother managed to pay for Valarie to graduate school. Being the first-born she saw how her mother was struggling to raise the rest of her siblings. Her mother washed people’s clothes and sometimes tilling land to support her family. This troubled Valarie. She started looking for manual jobs; sometimes she would get the job that she says was physically hard. Valarie became friends with women of the street (which she didn’t understand at the time). They were beautiful and had beautiful things that they said men gave to them. This lifestyle intrigued her and she thought about it for some time. After a few months, Valarie gave in and decided to follow the girls’ route. She narrates:
“I started engaging into casual sex with men in exchange for cash. I used drugs and alcohol in order to give me courage to approach men; these horribly controlled my mind and I would sometimes go out in bars to strip naked and have sex with

Helping Aaron walk

Posted on July 3, 2015
In North America, we can sometimes take for granted simple things such as the ability to help our children learn to walk, talk, and eat. For many living in developing nations, it’s another story altogether, often based on the provision of a simple healthy meal. Aaron Kiano is 2 years old. His mother was working for a man as house-help, when he took advantage of her. She was just 16 when she got pregnant. Since their home is on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, he and his mom are at the mercy of passersby to help them out. Due to malnutrition, Aaron’s bones haven’t developed enough for him to learn to walk. He has a kind heart but is full of fear and sadness. Being without food is his normal, and he finds comfort in sucking his thumbs as he and his mom wait for kindness to find them. With sponsorship, Aaron would have healthy food and his body would be given the ability to develop. Cross the Atlantic ocean to the Word of Life, Red Deer campus, and a young father of two picks up a photo of Aaron at the Home of Hope table.

Realtor to help those in need in Africa

Posted on April 9, 2015

Airdrie realtor Dan Peters visits some children at Home of Hope’s Nairobi Dream Centre in Kenya. Peters is heading back to Africa on May 6 for his 15th time as a volunteer with the Alberta-based not-for-profit organization. Airdrie realtor Dan Peters isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. In fact, he is heading to Africa for the 15th time on May 6 with Home of Hope, a church-based not-for-profit organization that helps thousands of children, orphans, and women every month through its food, microloan, health, education, animal and housing projects. This trip, Peters will be visiting Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and war-torn Congo. While there for three weeks, he will be helping open up new campuses, assisting in training for Home of Hope’s microloan program, visiting rescued children and will even be getting his hands dirty with some building projects. Peters’ trips started in 2007 when he met the head of the not-for-profit organization, Olds resident Brian Thomson, and was inspired to make a difference. “The first time I went I knew my life would never be the same, ”Peters said. “Africa gets in your blood, you can’t get it out.” Since then, Peters has met and assisted rape

BMark Weber – Red Deer Express Published: March 18, 2015 7:51 AM

TEAMWORK – Elisabeth Walker and Peter Thompson are gearing up for Walker’s coming mission to Africa with Red Deer-based Home Church. Thompson is helping with a fundraising project for his friend prior to the trip later this spring. When a person signs up for a mission trip on the other side of the world, it’s good to know there’s a supportive team at home backing you up. Elisabeth Walker is preparing to journey to projects oversees managed by Red Deer-based Home Church this April. This will mark her third trip to Rwanda and Kenya. Several years ago, Word of Life Centre launched Home of Hope Rwanda which supports orphans by linking them with families. [Find out how Home of Hope started here…] Walker is a residential caregiver for Blackfalds resident Peter Thompson, 49, who in turn is holding a special fundraiser through to March 26th to give Walker a hand with her trip. Thompson, who is in a wheelchair, will row at the Abbey Centre in Blackfalds 10,000 metres

Brothers Rescued!

Posted on March 19, 2015

  Sponsorship making a difference Young brothers, David and Moses, have been rescued from a life of abuse and trauma. A neighbor discovered the boys late one late evening when he responded to Moses’ cries for help. Tied to their kitchen table, the father was missing and their mother had abandoned them in a rage. She would taunt and beat them saying, “I want to kill you and forget you forever, that you may not bother me with food again!” Young David still has a swollen foot from being hit with a wooden pallet when asked for food. Due to the nature of their upbringing, they are still recovering from the trauma, but now they are fed and loved in a safe environment. They are both growing like weeds and in perfect health! They have friends at their new school and continue to heal. David can communicate fluently in English, and Moses is improving. Both love to learn! Thanks to people like you, these young boys were rescued and have a bright future in front of them! Article by Lani Ledingham

Sponsors are finding out about a new way of giving that actually will benefit them more. A sponsor talked to Pastor Brian earlier this year and asked if they can give a donation to Home of Hope directly from their investments. This was a great idea, but we didn’t have anything set up. We are now able to receive donated shares and units In-Kind from investments, stocks, bonds, non-registered Mutual Funds and segregated funds. Before you make a donation, consider if you have an investment account that you can give directly from instead. There are some great benefits of doing this:

  • Pay NO TAX on the growth of your investment.
  • Get the full tax benefit. The charity gives you a donation receipt at the end of the year for income tax credit.
  • Donated shares are exempt from any Capital Gains.

It’s EASY! Fill out the form (Form T2033) with the information and sign it over to Home of Hope. FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION HERE. Watch this 15-second video:

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