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
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.
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
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
By Mark 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
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:
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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