Every year, as HYC participants apply to go on volunteer trips, they are faced with the daunting question: “How do I pay for this?” It is always so impressive the faith, planning, and creativity of our volunteers! Read about Carley Lloyd, a disciple in Los Angeles, how she raised money for HYC:
Fundraising for HOPE Youth Corps has not been easy for me in any way. Raising money has tested my faith tremendously. For all three Youth Corps, I have had to remember that all I can do is trust that God WILL provide. There were many situations where Satan tried to get a foothold, and discourage me from wanting to continue to raise and save money. I had to constantly remind myself that God is a faithful God, and I cannot lose heart, despite the challenges and lack of support I sometimes felt for wanting to go on Youth Corps. I learned that God was teaching me about my character in these times of trial. I needed to start working hard and making sacrifices, in order to pay for my trips.
For my first HYC in Philadelphia, I was still in high school with no job. I had to get creative. I raised the majority of my money by making edible fruit arrangements. I advertised at school, and made them more affordable than the actual company "Edible Arrangements". I made about $350 on Mother's Day that year. After that, people started to spread the word (at school/social media), and I began to make them for gifts and parties, earning around $20-$30 for each arrangement. I also wrote fundraising letters to disciples and family members, expressing how much I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and go serve in a new place. Many people contacted me with jobs they had for me, which included house sitting, dog walking, yard work, house cleaning, and so much more. People will see your desire to volunteer and want to help in any way they can. For my recent trip to the Zagreb HYC, I had to make more sacrifices. It sounds a little silly, but I decided that I would cut out Starbucks. I absolutely love my coffee, but I knew that this is what I had to do. In the end, I saved around $300! I then started to sell my clothes on the app "Poshmark", which allows you to sell clothes for decent prices, which helped a lot.
The day after I arrived home from my HYC in Zagreb, I applied to go to Kathmandu this Christmas for another HYC. In my heart, I was afraid and doubtful that I would be able to pay for it in only 5 months. Two of my best friends are also going on a Youth Corps this Christmas, so we teamed up to have different babysitting night events. We reached out to the different disciples to drop off their children for a few hours, and give us any donation they would be willing to give. We ended up receiving over $500. The kids love it too because all of their friends are there. I also had a yard sale, where I asked disciples, family members, and neighbors for any items they are trying to get rid of. I continue to sell my clothes, and am sacrificing pretty much every Saturday night for babysitting.
If I had listened to Satan's lies, I would not be leaving to Nepal in a month. I learned that it is not always easy, and I cannot just rely on donations alone, but I really need to work hard for God, and trust him. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" Colossians 3:23
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.