Realtor to help those in need in Africa

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…



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Local residents team up for African mission

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 in 10 days. He’s hoping to raise $2,000 for the cause. “I said I could either row on my rowing machine or…



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Maurine’s Amazing 180° Story – Sponsor gets tattoo in child’s honour

**WARNING – KLEENEX MAY BE NEEDED**   Growing up in the Korogocho, Kenya slums, Maurine was a happy little girl just like any child. This all changed when her father left when she was just a young teenager. She remembers clearly the anger she felt at being abandoned, and the subsequent poverty that followed. Maurine still cannot believe that her real father could not just abandon them like that. In our interview, she explains how she grew up with bitterness. This would often lead to anger that could eventually manifest in very destructive ways, tainting her views of men, money and sex. The hurt of being abandoned and the fact that they had to continually struggle for their basic needs subconsciously influenced many of her bad decisions. She found herself depending on men, selling her body to them for a small exchange of cash or even sometimes food, an act she was introduced by her peer group in the slum. She began engaging into casual sex with men, she was desperate, confused, and empty. This lasted a full 2 years. Maurine narrates how she never found satisfaction in sex but it was a means to survive. “I just needed the…



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Local peace officer shares skills on mission

Article by: Mark Weber (Red Deer Express) NEW EXPERIENCE – Dana Jones enjoys time with some children in Kenya during a recent mission trip to the country with Red Deer-based Home of Hope Ministries. Jones taught some self-defense courses during the mission as well.   A local peace officer has returned from a mission trip to Africa with a renewed sense of how one’s life can make a profound difference. Dana Jones, a community peace officer with the Town of Penhold, recently returned from a two-week trip with the Red Deer-based Home Church (formerly Word of Life) to various projects connected to the church’s Home of Hope ministries. The trip took the team to both Kenya and Rwanda, with a four-day stint in Kenya’s poverty-wracked capital of Nairobi. Pastor Brian Thomson, who led the group, said there are some 26 slums throughout the city and surrounding area where many are forced to go and search for food everyday. “Everyday was similar – we would feed hundreds of children and ask the pastor of the local area to find the 10 most desperate kids in the area within a 15 kilometer walk, and we delivered pigs and goats everyday we were…



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Churches pray for community leaders – Apr2013

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…



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Life-changing journey into the heart of Rwanda

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 was…



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Courage – The Country of Rwanda – Aug 2011

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 project. I think of Espeance who from nothing has risen to watch…



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The Beginning of Home of Hope

Brian Thomson’s initial contact with Rwanda came out of a conference he attended in spring of 2005. One of the presenters spoke to Brian about his future and about how she could see Brian working in Africa and specifically Rwanda. He was also approached by another individual, from the conference, who had contacts in Rwanda and knew how to get Brian there to speak in one of the largest churches in the capital, Kigali. Brian then spent hours of research on the country of Rwanda and submerged himself in the facts and culture of the Central African nation and the genocide that took place there. He discovered that it was the number one country in the world in need of orphan care. At that time there was a ratio of 1 orphan for every 13 people. All this was before he had even set foot in the country he has now fallen so deeply in love with. God had started to knit Brian’s heart with Rwanda. Anyone who knows Brian knows of his intensity. Intense work ethic, intense drive, intense faith, intense sense of humor and once you are his friend it’s for life. This intensity would serve him well in…



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