My name is Melissa George and currently, I am a sophomore in college studying to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I am currently in the process of transferring to Nursing School and a different ministry. The past two years, I was part of a larger campus ministry and this fall I’m moving into a ministry where I will be the only woman in my college. Being part of the Glasgow Hope Youth Corps has been a mountain top experience that prepared me for what God has in store for me this fall. The experience helped me to see how God can use anybody regardless of size of the ministry (big or small) to glorify his Kingdom.
Philippians 2:1-4 came alive for me. The two weeks I spent in Glasgow allowed me to see the power of just doing what the Scripture teaches. HOPE Youth Corp Glasgow gave me a glimpse of what unity feels like as people from different nations came together in one spirit and purpose. You might ask, what does that look like? Well every day we ate together and met in disciples’ homes (Acts 2:42-47). We encouraged one another daily (Hebrews 3:12-14), shared our faith together (Matthew 28:18), confessed our sins to each other, (James 5:16) and prayed constantly (Colossians 4:2). We continued to learn from the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3: 14-17).
Applying the Word to our lives had a monumental impact on me. Not only were we striving to grow individually in our relationship with God but we did it together. The consistency transformed & trained my mind and my thoughts to think like Christ and the fruit of it was gratitude and pure joy. It made me realize the truth in what God says, my words are not burdensome. and I couldn’t help but notice how God was using us to be his ambassadors.
For example, we lived in a hostel, where we met two Swedish girls who worked there. Fortunately, we had two Swedish sisters who were part of our group they connected with. We were able share the Word with them. I also met another guy who was visiting all the way from Michigan, really close to where I am from, who was really impacted by our fellowship. I saw Acts 17 come alive, where God arranged places so people would have an opportunity to find him, and we were his instruments by just practicing the Word!
When we were in Edinburgh, another city in Scotland, we were sitting waiting at the bus stop when a girl comes up to us and starts talking to us. She was so impacted by the diversity and the love in our group that she was curious to know what we were about.
We had the chance to serve in Love Milton, which is a low income neighborhood in Glasgow, all the workers were shocked to find out that our HOPE Youth Corps group had only known each other for a couple of days. They were convinced that there was something different about us and they could see it by our fellowship with each other. We were also able to encourage the church in Glasgow which consists of 20 members. The first church service we had we had about 60 people at church. It was incredible to see God use us in any way we could to help the church and city of Glasgow.
Although I wish I could stay there forever, I want to take the things I learn back to my home church in the States. It’s amazing to see & experience the power of just obeying the scriptures produces fruit. I hope to encourage the church the gift of having the word and each other. Also, in the span of two weeks, a group of twenty-six people from all over the world who hardly knew each other, were able to worship and serve God together. This helped me see a vision for the school I will be transferring to and impact this small ministry can have we have all have the same mind-set. With the same purpose in mind God was able to use all of us to be the light of the world. It helped to see the glory of the kingdom of God and the joy of having this same love and spirit in heaven. It was a great reminder of how amazing heaven will be and just being able to taste it in Scotland helped me focus my heart on reaching that goal.
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
The airport on the holiday island of Bali has reopened after tens of thousands of travelers were stranded for two days due to an erupting volcano, but Indonesia's President said the danger has not passed and urged anyone within the mountain's exclusion zone to get out "for the sake of their safety." Mount Agung’s hazard zone has up to 100,000 people that are called to evacuate the area around the crater, however only 43,000 people have followed the order. Villagers around the Bali Volcano are refusing to leave despite warnings of an “imminent” larger eruption, with the state of emergency extended to at least December 10. HOPEww is on the ground and is closely monitoring the situation for ways to provide relief.
Prayers for Indonesia!
Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali continues to release volcanic ashes after several days of eruptions. Ash and debris are shooting as high as two miles high causing mass spread of hazardous pollutants into the air. As many as 40,000 residents are encouraged to take shelter away from the danger zone. The international airport has been shut down and many people are in need of shelter and essential supplies.
Our own Charles Ham, Disaster Response Coordinator, and the HOPEww rapid response team are on the scene. They rushed to deliver masks and assess the situation on the ground. Many of the residents need food, shelter, blankets and possibly health care depending on the severity of the upcoming days. We ask for your prayers for these individuals who are experiencing this displacement right now. Please pray for their safety, for their needs to be met and for our staff and volunteers to have the wisdom and the resources to help them in the best way possible.
Come join us in 2018 as we learn to walk “In His Steps”! We are excited to offer 27 life-changing trips all over the world throughout 2018! Many of our most popular sites fill up within the first month of registration so to increase your chance of getting your top choice, make sure to apply early! This year most of our programs are open to all – teens, campus, singles and families.
Click here to take a look at the detailed site descriptions to learn more about HOPE Youth Corps, HOPEww Volunteer Corps, HOPEww Medical Corps and HOPEww Agriculture Corps sites. Many of these sites are open to all! If you're single and want to learn more about our 2018 HOPEww Singles Corps sites - including our Houston Singles Disaster Corps - click here. Some sites have specific age restrictions. Most North America trips (Canada, U.S., and Mexico) are open to all teens 15 years old and above. The minimum age for U.S. teens is 18 to go on all other trips. Non-U.S. teens can travel internationally from the age of 15.
Our 2018 theme will be “In His Steps”, and our curriculum will be based on the book of Mark.
There will be scholarships available for teens and campus students who need financial assistance. Email email@example.com with any questions.
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…
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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 ( www.CelebrationofCaring.com ), 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.
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.
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.