Since the Jakarta, Indonesia HOPE Youth Corps this past June, three of the ten teens in the Singapore church who attended the program have been baptised. The latest addition is Devin, who will turn 15 next month. Devin had been studying the Bible for more than a year when he made the decision to go to Jakarta. These are his words:
“HYC helped in my decision to become a Christian. Being on HYC, there were times when I was down. It was hard for me to get out of my comfort zone. It was tough; I wanted my comfortable bed, my mom, I fell sick etc. That was when I really needed God. That pushed me to seek Him and build a connection with Him and that made me learn just how much I needed Him.
I’ve also learned so much about working with other people, and how teamwork makes so many things possible. I felt really encouraged by the community. Every morning, for the whole two weeks, you would hear someone say, ‘Let’s do a quiet time together’ and that’s not normal! You can’t get that anywhere else.
This whole experience can be summed up by the word ‘love’. The amount of love that everyone had for each other, the connection that we managed to build over just two weeks was just so amazing! At the very end I cried; we all cried as we were leaving and it’s really the love of God that brought us all together.
Since then, I’ve continued stretching myself to build friendships with new people from different age groups. I’ve also learned to take initiative. Sabrina (another teen who went on the HYC) and I felt like our group in Singapore was not meeting consistently enough, so we decided to plan a Bible talk that focused on helping the group to connect and be comfortable with each other.
If you want to be spiritually refreshed and build great bonds, go on HOPE Youth Corps. I did, and it changed me.”
Below are photos of Devin serving on the Jakarta HYC. The last photo is of Martin baptising him. Martin was the Global Service Intern leading the Jakarta HYC.
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.