The Feeding Project is one of the many ways that Home of Hope is helping desperate children. Most of the locations are being sponsored $320 each month, which feeds at least 400 children a month. This project is changing the lives of thousands of children. It is a source of hope for them and many will walk for miles each week, even risking their lives for the hot meal.
|This extremely malnourished girl walks for miles to get to the feeding program. At her age, walking for hours is dangerous because there are many kidnappers in the area and she has been attacked twice. Two local people now walk with her to ensure that she gets to and from the feeding program safely.|
|This is Matthew, he is 2 years old and lives with his father. His mother was murdered after being raped. Their life is very hard but they are now attending the nearby church and Matthew loves the Feeding Program!|
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SAMUEL IMARA DAUDI: Samuel was thrown away like garbage in the dump – in a bag. His umbilical cord was still attached! Locals passing by notified the police when they heard the cries. The police then contacted the Dream Centre to pick up the baby at the hospital where he spent a night under supervision. Now, he is healthy and doing good. He is now 2 years and 4 months old and he weighs 26.lbs. It is hard to imagine him as the boy who came to the centre about 2 hours old and very fragile. He has a good appetite and is very interactive with other kids.
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JOSHUA PATRICK BARAKA: In January of 2013, a woman asked a fellow Word of Life church member to hold her son while she went to make a phone call. She never came back. The pastor of the campus waited for 3 hours waiting to see if the mother would return. With there being no hope of the mother’s return, the pastor went to
NEW BUILDING FOR KARIOBANGI, KENYA! Children in the slums of Korogocho (near Kariobangi, Kenya) are sponsored and have a future because of generous people in Canada. But, one thing that Home of Hope strives to do is not to just give money to the poor, but to teach the poor how to make money for themselves! With many teams going up each year, a large focus is on business and financial training for adults. The Kariobangi campus has shown great results from simply managing money and relying on God instead of the Canadians. As George, the Word of Life Kariobangi Pastor said, “I want to thank you for your continual training on how we can do it on our own without depending on Canadians… For pastors who are trying and might be overwhelmed, my belief is if we can come together in prayer,… we can see our campuses succeed and gather in better places.” It is so awesome to see a campus come together with a common goal and succeed. Pastor George referred to this project as a ‘massive mountain’ because the majority of their church comes from the slums and extreme poverty. But this did not stop them!
Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye – Ponoka News After 11 years the Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast continues as a tradition of prayer and fellowship. Representatives and churches came to pray April 6 at the Kinsmen Community Centre, for leader Mayor Larry Henkelman’s, Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins, who was in attendance, and Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Rod Fox. Calkins thanked everyone for coming and was grateful for their support. “I’ll need your prayers and your support and your guidance.” Mayor Henkelman feels these prayer breakfasts would not be possible without the work of the Ponoka Ministerial Association. “Ponoka is a better place to live because of the ministerial association.” He also introduced guest speaker Pastor Brian Thomson and a program called Home of Hope. “They’re looking after almost the population of Ponoka.” Attendees had the chance to hear how Thomson’s group, which helps impoverished women and children in Third World countries, has made changes around the globe. These Homes of Hope in Rwanda, India, Kenya and the Congo are orphanages for children. They are helping 4,000 children with a goal of 10,000. “Rwanda is the number 1 place in the world of children raising children.” Many of them do not have a home, were born with AIDS
By Erin Fawcett – Red Deer Express For Red Deer resident Brayden Thomson, a return trip to an African orphanage has proven to further connect him to the continent. He journeyed to Rwanda in August with a team of 18. The group visited Home of Hope Rwanda, which was spearheaded by the Red Deer-based Home Church. The mission supports orphans by linking them with families. Aside from the orphanage work, the ministry also educates people and provides job training. ‘Micro-loans’ have been granted for ventures in gardening, farming and the selling of used clothing, smoked fish and charcoal. Provision of food, clothing, education and Christian training are also at the heart of what local teams do when they travel to Home of Hope Rwanda. The work has grown tremendously since its inception. There are operations in nine places besides the city of Kigali. For Brayden, a youth pastor at Word of Life Centre (now Home Church), who had also traveled to Rwanda four years ago, a return trip only served to further deepen his burden for the troubled country. He also got to connect with his two sponsored children there – a touching part of the trip. “My favourite part
|It never ceases to amaze me what people are willing to give to someone they don’t really know. They may know this person through someone, or hear about a project or a need from a story they hear, or even hear of someone else’s experience and decide “I have to do something.” That is what seems to be the story here.|
|A couple who so kindly gave a good sum of money to Home of Hope decided that they too needed to do something for people they have never met. They send in the funds hoping that it would be used towards electronics that are so in need in the projects that Home of Hope manages. In true HOH fashion the money was put to immediate and much needed use. The people that benefited are pictured above and their faces say it all. The money was divided up between laptops, cameras, memory cards, MP3 players and some adapters for use in the Home of Hope areas to enable them to communicate with the Canadian office. A team of 13 people were in Rwanda and Kenya the first part of December and were able to pass|
Article from Today’s Businesswoman Magazine
“He lifts the poor from the dust. He lifts the needy from a garbage heap.” Psalm 113:7
A dump is for garbage, not children. WHAT IS HOME OF HOPE? Home of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with desperate needs. They seek to create a loving and supportive home environment while providing food, clothing, education and Christian training. Home of Hope is in Rwanda, India and Kenya and is currently helping over 860 children every month. ABOUT HOME OF HOPE DIRECTOR BRIAN THOMSON: “An advocate for orphans and children…” Brian was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. He has been a pastor since 1977 and travels internationally out of Home Church (formerly Word of Life Centre) Red Deer. In December 2006 Brian went to Rwanda and saw the need first hand. Rwanda has one of the largest orphan needs in the world because of the 1994 Genocide and the AIDS Epidemic. Gripped by the needs of the nation, Brian became the Founder and Director of Home of Hope Rwanda. Rwanda: In 1994, Rwandans experienced what no one should ever see. One million people were murdered
KATHY ANEY – EAST OREGONIAN Three large signs rise from the city dump in Nairobi, Kenya. They read, “Please don’t throw your baby away.” Hundreds of desperately poor Kenyans pick through the 30-acre dump each day for food and items to sell on the streets. In the rubbish is the occasional abandoned newborn, sometimes alive, sometimes dead. Now, thanks to a simple, surprisingly successful program, moms are thinking twice about discarding their babies. Kristen Van Cleave, of Pendleton, won’t soon forget both the misery and the hope she found in Nairobi last summer. Van Cleave, 21, volunteered at the Dream Center, an orphanage for babies rescued from the dump or streets. The Blue Mountain Community College nursing student got a tour of the Nairobi dump on a gloomy, rainy morning. “The stench hit us — it was hard to breathe,” she said. “There were people picking through the garbage with their bare hands.” Some of the trash pickers sleep at the dump, she said, while others live in a nearby shanty town that squeezes more than 500,000 of the city’s most desperately poor into less than a square mile of shacks and open sewers. At the dump, she saw people trudging
As I sit here in my comfortable chair, in my beautiful constructed home, in my nicely maintained neighborhood, thinking about going out later in my nice vehicle into a nicely established restaurant I can’t help but think of my friends in Rwanda and what they are up to. What is on the agenda for their day? What will they encounter today? And then I remember what I had seen and experienced while I was there… Courage… I know many pieces have been written about the word, the idea, the characteristic of it. But I feel like I have actually seen this word in action. I have seen it in action overseas in a country called Rwanda, in a people of great fortitude, strength, gentleness and graciousness. Quality people are somewhat hard to find these days but not so much in my experience in Rwanda. When I think of quality people I think of people like Jane our financial manager of Home of Hope. I think of Doreen our leader over the feeding program in Buhoro. I think of Emmanuel heading up the projects in Buhoro… especially the pig
Ellen started sponsoring Joy in Kenya on April 1, 2011 and they have been writing letters ever since. The letter you just read grabs you doesn’t it? This kind of cross-cultural sharing and exchanging of lives is just one of the benefits you will have when you sponsor a child from Kenya or even Rwanda or India. In this case Ellen is receiving her joy from Joy so many miles away. Her decision to start to sponsor a child has changed both their worlds. Joy sounds so excited about her new sheets and blankets and even thrilled that she got to go shopping for them with her Grandmother. Small pleasures bring big joy. This wouldn’t be possible without the generous sponsorship and support of people like Ellen. This child and her family are benefitting in so many ways. They are eating, attending school and staying warm at night because of one woman’s act to share a little of what she had with a child around the world. Think about sponsoring your own special