Hurricane Harvey Response Updates

  • By Shane Engel
  • 07 Sep, 2017

HOPE worldwide Disaster Response:  Hurricane Harvey


Hurricane Volunteer Information

Hurricanes have displaced families, devastated homes, and halted any ability to earn a living. In an instant, this disaster has made what most feared as a worst-case scenario, into a nightmare reality. Many families in Houston have lost everything, they need our help.  HOPE worldwide  is eager to provided necessary resources and manpower to help families rebuild their lives and communities.
Together we can bring hope and make a difference.

Please be aware that the greatest needs at the moment are financial resources, however, if you are arranging in-kind donations of NEW goods please contact Shane Engel ( . We are communicating with our local partners in the disaster area and will determine what items will be most helpful to victims. We will update this website as soon as we have more information.

Thank you so much for your heart to serve. We are going to begin volunteer operations in Texas starting September 15th and will be establishing future dates as opportunities present themselves. Here is what you'll need to know in volunteering for our Disaster Response.

HOPE worldwide USA is organizing two (2) volunteer opportunities
     1. Beaumont, TX Friday, September 15th – 16th
     2. Houston, TX Thursday, September 28th - October 2nd

Volunteers will help to clean out and gut flood-damaged homes and may assist in rebuilding efforts and other duties. Operation Blessing will provide no-cost housing and food for volunteers in Beaumont. HOPEww is assessing the situation in Florida and will communicate to our volunteers as the specifics of these opportunities are determined.

  • Those who wish to volunteer at the Texas locations should carefully review the details below and fill out the volunteer application below.
  • It is ok to arrive a day early if necessary.
  • Registration for volunteering in Beaumont  will close on 9/14 at 4:00 pm EST or when capacity is reached; registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until volunteer spots are full. Volunteers should arrange and pay for their own transportation to the Beaumont, TX area.
  • Volunteers who are flying or renting vehicles should not make non-refundable arrangements until they receive a confirmation email that their registration was accepted for that specific service event.
  • Beaumont Volunteers should plan to:
  • Arrive at Cathedral Church, 2350 Eastex Freeway - Beaumont, TX 77703 on Thursday, 9/14 before 9:30 pm or Friday morning 9/15 at 7:30 am
  • Leave on Saturday evening, 9/16 or Sunday morning, 9/17.
  • Volunteer housing is provided by Operation Blessing at no cost to the volunteer. Volunteers will be staying in a church fellowship hall - men sleep in one area, women in another.
  • Volunteers will be provided a cot but will need to provide their own bedding including a sleeping bag and pillow.
  • Shower trailers are provided. Volunteers should provide their own toiletries - towel, soap, etc.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided.
  • Minor volunteers aged 15 years or older who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian may volunteer at the site during the day. However, they must make alternate sleeping arrangements since minors are not permitted in Operation Blessing housing.
  • All volunteers must be 18 years or older to stay in volunteer housing. Operation Blessing and HOPE worldwide have a no alcohol and no tobacco policy.
  • Volunteers must have access to a vehicle throughout their stay. Those flying in may rent a car at their own expense from a local car rental agency. Due to the severity of this disaster, rental vehicles may be difficult to secure in the area, so please reserve your rental vehicle before making flight arrangements. Volunteers may share a vehicle.
  • Volunteers should be in good physical condition and able to work in a construction-type atmosphere in high temperatures.
  • We will provide all necessary equipment.
  • Volunteers should wear long pants and solid, rubber-soled shoes or work boots while serving.
  • Despite the organizers’ best efforts, conditions and work flow at disaster recovery sites can be very fluid. Volunteers should remain flexible and patient throughout their stay.
  • Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive an email confirmation that your registration was accepted.
  • The Houston accommodations are being finalized and will be announced shortly.
Please click the volunteer application button below to sign up.


September 6, 2017

HOPE worldwide  has been on the ground in Houston, Texas meeting needs and actively organizing volunteer efforts.  The Dallas and San Antonio Chapters have sent groups of volunteers and supplies to help Houstonians recover. HOPE worldwide and the Greater Houston Church are currently working with countless displaced families and individuals who have lost their homes, their cars and their livelihood for the time being.

Austin Wright, a student at the University of Texas San Antonio, started his internship with HOPE ww by organizing 51 volunteers from San Antonio to help with the Harvey relief efforts! The volunteer group was a diverse mixture of college students, young professionals, singles and married couples. They helped six different families in northern and western Houston  clear out the debris from their homes.

Teams of volunteers gutted  houses and took ruined furniture to the curb as you can see in some of the photos. They ripped up flooring, removed  base moldings and cut out damaged sheet rock.. Some houses had to have two to three  feet of sheet rock cut out as that reflected how high the flood waters invaded their houses. In all the neighborhoods, people were working on Labor Day to gut their houses and begin the slow process of rebuilding their houses and their lives.

August 30, 2017

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt throughout Texas and Louisiana, as heavy rains and catastrophic flooding are expecting to continue for days.   Although the full extent of the damage and death toll will not be clear for some time, we know that this storm is unprecedented.  HOPE worldwide was able to deploy our HotNews team to Houston and they are gathering footage from the devastation as we speak.  

HOPE worldwide is on the scene in Texas and Louisiana and already responding. In the few days since this storm made landfall, the HOPE worldwide disaster response team made an early needs assessment and started helping to supply food, water, and tools for many affected by the storm. HOPE worldwide is now actively preparing to mobilize our network of amazing volunteers to continue to deliver aid and implement more extensive clean-up and recovery efforts. These efforts are made possible by compassionate donors from around the world and in conjunction with our network of nonprofit partners.

Many of our HOPE worldwide community members in Houston have been affected and we are getting reports of total material loss from many families. There are an untold number of homes and people affected, and the additional flooding and rainfall is set to make the situation even worse.  It is already apparent that recovering from this disaster will take years, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.   

HOPE worldwide has boots on the ground in Houston and we will be able to mobilize our volunteers to meet specific needs.  

We will keep you posted!

The HOPE worldwide Team

August 29, 2017

"This disaster is going to be a landmark event." That's how the head of FEMA  described  the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. "This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet," he added.

I’ve lived in Houston for a total of nine years, and have witnessed many incredible storms, hurricanes, and even tornadoes, but nothing close to Hurricane Harvey. The destruction will be as nothing seen before in the U.S.

This morning, a local official  called  the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey "an 800-year event." The National Weather Service  described  the damage as "unprecedented" and "beyond anything experienced." According to the Insurance Information Institute, flood damage  may equal  that of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in United States history.

We ask and thank you all for your fervent prayers on our behalf! We could see as much as 50 inches of rain, and many of our members will have their homes flooded. The cleanup will be a massive undertaking, perhaps taking years. Your love and support means so much to us here in Houston.

We are grateful that as far as we know all of the disciples in our churches are safe and many are helping their neighbors. We mourn with the families who have lost loved ones.

We know that we serve an amazing omnipotent God who cares and who can! I have every confidence that  the Greater Houston Church  will come through this trial with faith and love as we live out Phillipians 2:14-16: " Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain ."

We look forward to glorifying our God as we serve our community in the coming weeks, and know many of you will be joining us in doing so. Please keep us in your prayers and God bless.

Doug Wens
Lead Evangelist, Greater Houston Church

Friday August 25, 2017

To all of our brothers and sisters,

As many are aware there is a dangerous situation off and around the coast of Texas and Louisiana as Hurricane Harvey is gaining strength. What looked to be a tropical depression has strengthened into a full fledged Category 3 Hurricane. 

HOPEww has been closely monitoring the situation and has been in contact with church leaders across the region. Richard Alawaye, Evangelist in Corpus Christi, reports that to his knowledge all 30 disciples of the Corpus Christie Church have evacuated and are safely in the homes of brothers and sisters in San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas.  

HOPEww together with church leaders in the area are initiating the first phase of it disaster response protocols. We ask first and foremost that you pray for the many people and communities that will be hard hit by this storm. As the situation develops we at HOPEww will do our best to keep you informed and let you know what scope of disaster response we will organize.

By HOPE Youth Corps/ HOPEww Singles Corps 14 Nov, 2017

As we travel to foreign countries to serve and learn, we encounter amazing individuals, whose lives have been transformed by the work of HOPE worldwide . We strongly believe in respectful service. On our Volunteer Corps, we assist existing programs, and provide additional help. We do contribute, but we also learn from the incredibly resilient individuals we meet. While serving in Africa these past few months, we met these courageous women…

By HOPE Youth Corps/ HOPEww Singles Corps 01 Nov, 2017

Matching Gift Challenge!

Challenge accepted!! Recently, a member of our community challenged our supporters and friends to raise a total of $50,000 by December 31, 2017 for HYC Scholarships. Our generous donor will match what we raise dollar-for-dollar! The money raised to meet this challenge will help students experience this amazing program. Double the impact of your gift by donating today!

Here is how you can get involved:

The individual who raises the largest amount will get a full scholarship to the HYC of their choice* for 2018 sites!   (prize does not include airfare).

Every year, hundreds of students volunteer their time to plant, rebuild, mentor, train and encourage. Thank you for making it possible for those with limited financial resources to share in this incredible opportunity to serve those in need. 

Click here  for our HYC Scholarship Fund Brochure.

Please help us SPREAD THE WORD and share with a friend .  

´╗┐Any questions please contact:

Mandy Goins

Cell: 610-608-7094


By Shane Engel 17 Oct, 2017

Churches in South Florida are continuing to bring hope to Bolivia through the 5th annual “Celebration of Caring Golf Classic.”  The fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, November 17 on Key Biscayne off of the Miami mainland.

The Golf Classic benefits HOPE  worldwide  Bolivia, providing funding for programs that serve Bolivia’s children and most vulnerable populations. Since HOPEww was established in 2011 in the capital city of La Paz, the country’s health care and social services systems have been positively impacted. The tournament has raised $157,000 since its inception!

There are six levels of sponsorships ($1,500 - $5,000), and individuals can golf for $225. All information is included on the website ( ), including a registration portal and links to videos, stories and blogs about the work in La Paz. Individuals can also donate through the website.

The Crandon Park golf course is considered one of the most picturesque in Florida. Golfers are surrounded by tropical foliage, mangroves and breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay as they encounter seven saltwater lakes and challenging sand traps during their round.

Former Florida residents Dr. Kevin & Noelle Broyles lead HOPE worldwide  Bolivia. The Duke-educated Dr. Broyles was behind the building of Centro Médico Internacional Hope Clinic in Bolivia, a cutting-edge sustainable social enterprise that will generate revenue to meet increasing medical needs in the La Paz community. CMIHope  is the result of a joint effort between Foundation Arco Iris and HOPE  worldwide  that integrates high quality health services to the population of Zona Sur of La Paz with financial support to the charitable work of HOPEww and Hospital Arco Iris, who partner to serve Bolivia’s large indigent population. 

“Celebration of Caring” welcomes all golfers to join in this “fun”draiser.

By HOPE Youth Corps/ HOPEww Singles Corps 01 Oct, 2017

It’s taken me a long time to process what happened in Africa. I’ve been home for over a month. It didn’t help that two days after returning to the States, I was thrown back into the routine of starting a new school year, half asleep and still hungover from a three week adrenaline rush. And it didn’t help that as soon as I got back, people were asking about the trip – “How was Africa?” “Did you get sick?” “How was the food?” “Were you scared?” “We’ve been praying for you.” 

I was overwhelmed and frustrated with their simple question. “How was Africa, how was Africa?” I didn’t want to diminish the effect this trip had on my heart by spewing out words that didn’t give it justice. I didn’t want people to ask, because I wasn’t ready to answer. My standard answer to people asking became “It was amazing!”. I tried to leave it at that, though in saying it, I felt both trivial and fake. It was amazing, but that wasn’t enough.

There is no perfect way to describe serving in Africa. I guess I can start by telling the story of how my family came to be there.  After all, the ‘getting to Africa’ had a huge impact on my life, as well.  January 1st of every year I choose a spiritual quality that I want to grow in, and I work on it for that year. This year, I decided I wanted to grow in my faith. Through the process of getting to Africa, I did grow in my faith.

This year I was realizing that it is very easy to be faithful when you have everything you need. I wanted God to test my faith, and to help me grow in it.   I had no idea of how he would do this, but I fully believed he would do it.

Africa had never been on my bucket list (and I’d never heard of Zambia!). But I guess God had other plans, because a Bible study at our home led to an idea, which became a conversation, which quickly turned into a vision. And that vision was that Dru and I take our girls and go with the HOPEww Volunteer Corps to Zambia, Africa to renovate a preschool. The project was such a great fit for our entire family. It was obvious God had his hand in it. Dru is an electrician/plumber/handyman, who was perfect for building renovations. I am a teacher, able to help with teacher training and planning in the classroom. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It fit in a perfect window in our summer vacation.

By HOPE Youth Corps/ HOPEww Singles Corps 30 Sep, 2017

We have 27 trips all over the world throughout the year. Registration opens on December 1, 2017. Apply early to ensure you get your top choice. Some of our more popular trips fill up within the first month of registration. The Houston Singles Disaster Corps will open registration sooner, as the program will take place early in the year (February).

Our 2018 theme will be “In His Steps”, and our curriculum will be based on the book of Mark.

So start planning, and start saving! There will be scholarships available for teens and campus students who need financial assistance.

By Shane Engel 29 Sep, 2017
UPDATE:  We are happy to announce that we were able to successfully send 16 pallets of direct relief to Puerto Rico today!  2 pallets are scheduled to fly out Saturday, October 14 and the rest will be sent by cargo on Sunday.  Thank you to all who have contributed to these efforts and a special thank you to the South Florida Churches of Christ for their generosity and the lending of the Broward Church building for our staging area!  Please keep Puerto Rico in your prayers as the recovery effort will take months if not years.  
By Shane Engel 22 Sep, 2017

 "We are grateful that our twin Island Trinidad and Tobago has been spared this season and that we are in a position to help our brothers and sisters throughout the Caribbean.  We have joined forces with a local NGO called ITNAC an acronym for "is there not a cause' They are known here as first responders for providing assistance in disaster stricken Caribbean areas. We collect relief items and food and have had our volunteers there daily . Last night we got the assistance of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment who sent their large trucks and military staff to transportation water and clothing to the port to be taken to Dominica.

One of our sisters Kendra Blanchard, who lives on the Island of Grenada  (35 minutes flight from Trinidad) parents live in Dominica, which was badly destroyed by Hurricane Maria. They are alive but their home was damaged and they are staying with neighbours.  [Kendra] is attempting to go.  Together with ITNAC we plan to charter a boat from Trinidad which can carry supplies and relief workers to Dominica.

We are engaging local donors for housing and medical supplies as well as food and water to be taken on the chartered vessel.
I have been sending regular updates on t e HOPE w orldwide Trinidad and Tobago Facebook page. You can add me on both to keep abreast if you would like.

I am very grateful that you have made contact with us and for the support offered. I am attaching a few pics of the work and our progress."

Kirtia Arthur
HOPEww Trinidad and Tobago


By Shane Engel 19 Sep, 2017

A powerful earthquake jolted central Mexico today (Tuesday, September 19, 2017). The earthquake buckled buildings, cracked foundations and brought rubble down on all sides of Mexico City. The U.S. Geological Survey has said the quake had magnitude 7.1 and was centered near Puebla.  At this time dozens of people are reported dead and many are hurt and missing.  We have local chapter partners and church leaders that we have been able to make contact with, but your prayers are needed more than ever.  

Please check back for updates.  

Visit our Global Disaster Response page to donate and empower a quick response and recovery!

Be well! 

By HOPE Youth Corps/ HOPEww Singles Corps 16 Sep, 2017

My name is Michelle Charon. My husband and I have a full house with four teenage daughters.

Our older three girls are disciples of Christ, and the youngest one is on her way to making the

same decision to have her own relationship with God, and become a disciple herself. We are a

busy household, and love serving in the Kingdom of God. My husband is a deacon and

together, we lead our local Chapter which helps serve with Hope worldwide in our local

community, as well as helping to lead our Youth and Family Ministry. We have strived to raise

our girls to love serving, and pray that they are drawn to those in need. We also pray they

continue to use their lives to serve those less fortunate than themselves, to show Jesus’ love

where hearts are hurting and in need of the truth, to show people that God loves them, is

paying attention, and will give them comfort through disciples who are willing to show His love.

We have been so fortunate to have made the decision to send our girls to HOPE Youth Corps

every year. Our older three have been on a total of seven trips between them, and our

youngest cannot wait until it is her turn to go and serve when she is old enough.


In sending our girls on these trips to Denver, Philadelphia (twice), Mexico, Vancouver, Dallas,

and Bolivia so far, we have seen changes in them that only God can provide. Once their eyes

were opened to serving in such a deep and powerful way, and how much good it does for their

hearts and characters, they were hooked on serving with HOPE worldwide!


They have seen things that we could not possibly have shown them while we live in the suburbs

of Massachusetts in our comfortable home with our easy lives. They so look forward to

traveling each summer to a place where they learn something new and challenging about the

people they serve, as well as the spiritual lessons they find, as they give their hearts to the

people and each other, rely on God, work harder than they thought possible, give more of

themselves than they knew they had, and gain so much more as they exhaust themselves to

meet all of the needs.


My girls have come back from HOPE Youth Corps completely different from these experiences.

They love how spiritual the whole crew can be, the new friends they make that love God as

much as they do, the discipleship groups they attend where they can be real, learn to be more

giving, open up about how much it hurts to know they can’t do it all, or make everything better

in one trip.

The bond they form with the people they serve alongside is a very powerful thing. They make

friends that become best friends, closer than they could ever imagine, by having gone through

the same serving experiences. They meet future college roommates, learn to love people they

never would have thought would be a good friend, laugh until it hurts about the memories they

make, skype with their new 20 best friends after the trip is long over, cry because they miss the

bond they made in that new place, fly across the country to visit those new best friends, and

thank God every day for these experiences.


We will forever be grateful for the experiences that HOPE Youth Corps brings and the blessings

that come from serving and bonding, as well as hard work. We have seen our girls cry about

the people they meet that are so in need. They have kept in touch with the children they

mentored, sent packages to the orphanages they’ve left behind, prayed for the families and the

lives they’ve touched, and smiled from so many good memories of times that only they can



If there is one major thing that we think has been the most powerful in helping shape our

daughters into the strong, faithful women they are today, outside of our family, hands down it

would be the spiritual growth they gain from serving and the amazing job that HOPE Youth

Corps has done in making these trips possible.


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of the volunteers and leaders who work with

HOPE Youth Corps. Your work is not in vain, and your sacrifice is changing the lives of the other

volunteers like my girls, as well as changing lives all over the world of those who benefit from

these service trips.


We cannot wait to see our lives change once again as we look forward to joining in as a family

on one of the many opportunities to serve on one of the Volunteer Corps open to families.

By HOPE Youth Corps/ HOPEww Singles Corps 15 Sep, 2017
Zionn Bill (London, UK) shares his about his experience on the Zambia HYC 
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