Having a hard time to believe you can raise enough funds for your HOPE Youth Corps or HWW Singles Corps trip?
Anthony Herrera is an enterprising young man, with a lot of faith, and a heart to match. He is incredibly resourceful when it comes to fund-raising for his HOPE Youth Corps trips. And then he shares his faith as he raises funds. By the way, he is only 18 years old! Amazing!
He had some tips he wanted to share...
"Hey everyone ! I have been given the amazing privilege to share with all of you on how I have personally fund-raised for HYC and about the motivation that kept me going, when I knew there was so much money I didn't have!!!
- Pick up every coin you find ( in 3 months from just finding random coins I made $60)
- Fund-raise at your local fast food restaurant ( Chic fil A., Panera, Rubios etc.). The big thing that is needed for this fundraiser is connections ! With this fundraiser you must desire to have the opportunity to let everyone know about this , whether it's on social media or flyers! There will be an information booth of your cause, and the cool thing is you meet new people as well as invite them to church !
I had the chance to meet a single mom and she is now studying the Bible ! Please pray for her!
- Do the announcements for church and explain to the whole congregation your desire to volunteer ! I made at least 5-600 dollars doing this. When the church sees your desire, you will be blessed!!! This job includes baby sitting, gardening , watching dogs, painting fences , pulling weeds, the list goes on !
Many disciples have work that could be done around the home, and would love to get to know you individually ?
- Email family members and explain to them your hunger to be right with God, to volunteer, and be forever changed !
- Go to other churches and let them know about your fund and see how they can help fund for you !
This is probably the most ideas I can think of, but besides money, God truly cares about our heart and where it is at.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Satan will tell you lies ! He will tell you that money is something you will never receive. There were so many times I hoped for more money and was not satisfied with what I got . God does not desire a heart that doubts him! We must stay cheerful because God knows our heart and people may see you smiling on the outside but God knows everything about you.
Do not lose heart, brothers and sisters, because we serve a God that sees our big problems as the size of a mustard seed! We can easily put hours into the fund-raiser, but if your mind is not governed by the Spirit, you will not seek prosperity. Thinking the way our flesh thinks will show God that we doubt him. The song "Oceans" states ".. spirit lead me where my trust are without borders ".
Let your trust for God be without borders, and he will bless the faithful ?? This heart of service of your fund-raiser will reflect how your HYC may turn out . Happiness is not gratefulness , gratefulness is happiness. I would challenge you all to FAST and PRAY because when we offer our body and time to God, he will do MAGICAL things ! Be sure to write thank you letters once you have received your donations .
Once again huge shout out to Chic fil A for really being a huge resource and positive impact on my life . Be sure to eat a chicken sandwich that comes with great service.
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.”
Romans 8:6-7, 10
The team at Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary. SKMH opened in April 2012 with the mission to meet the needs of poor children and women of Southern Cambodia. It is managed by HOPE worldwide . Since its opening, nearly 50,000 patients have been touched by the team. On May 26, the hospital honored 31 employees who have served since the hospital’s opening day. Through the dedication of its staff and supporters, SKMH has seen tremendous growth. Since its opening, the hospital has accomplished the following:
· More than 140,000 patient consultations with nearly 50,000 new patients
· 71% of visits have been for women and children
· Nearly 800 children have been born at the hospital since the opening of the Maternity building in November 2014
· 7 Cambodian doctors have graduated from three year hospital training program.
· Currently employs over 180 people
· The Neo Natal Intensive care unit opened November 2015. To date the NICU has served 49 children
· Centralized Medical Gas System for NICU and campus opened in November 2016.
· Surgical department opened in 2015
· Surgical team has performed over 360 surgeries in 2016, not including C-Sections. 86 surgeries have been for children
· Blood bank opened in August 2016
· A Learning Center for children of hospital staff opened on June 12
Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital has been blessed with international support from medical and administrative partners as well as volunteers from around the world to serve and teach. The local Cambodian staff continues to grow and serves as the primary patient care providers.
The team is grateful for all the support that has been given this past five years; however, there remains more to do. Future development includes the addition of a CT scan, upgraded X-ray diagnostic equipment, continued development of staff training programming and pursuit of international accreditations. Please consider how you can make a difference at the Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital. Go to https://www.hopeww.org/donate . Use the drop down box and select Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital. If you wish to learn more about the Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital, please visit www.skmh.org .
Dr. Rin Receiving the Empathy Amplified AwardClick here to watch .
Jenny Harkabus spent Christmas serving in the Philippines. She wrote this, and also made a short video:
I did not imagine that I would be spending Christmas in the Philippines for my first HOPE Youth Corps experience. This opportunity has deeply changed my perspective on the importance of service in my daily walk.
We are created in God's image, therefore we are meant to help and serve others. I know this to be true because I have never felt so used by God and fulfilled, than the times spent serving and pouring out my love in the Philippines.
James 1:27 says, " Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Some translations refer to this as true religion. The bible also stresses the importance of giving to the poor (1 John 3:17, Matt 9:21, Proverbs 14:31). God considers caring for the poor and orphans as true religion, yet this can be an area of faith that is overlooked.
I was privileged to spend time with girls who have experienced trauma and abuse at the HOPE worldwide center in Laguna. Many of these girls have been separated from their families, becoming orphans, as a result of the abuse they have experienced. I also received the opportunity to play with children within the community as we rebuilt their homes and provided them with medical care. I witnessed the children’s precious value for human relationships, as they clung to me emotionally and physically. They showed me instant love and respect, which I find to be rare in today’s society. Our focus should be about investing in others just as the children in the Philippines invested in me.