"HOPE Youth Corps was the best experience of my life." Cheyanne Jackson shares how HYC helped her on her journey to becoming a Christian. So many young people give their life to Christ after going on HYC. Cheyanne was baptised last month, and this month, just a few weeks later, her travelling companion to the New Delhi HYC, Ryan Toomey, was also baptised!
"In December of 2014, I took a trip to New Delhi, India that changed my life forever. HOPE Youth Corp morphed my perspective on the world. As soon as I arrived in New Delhi, I met disciples from all over the world- India (of course), Australia, France, different parts of the U.S., and the Philippines, to name a few. These people set an example of how to serve the poor and have a heart of Jesus. Their attitude and mentality helped me change mine and gave me a heart for the needy.
The difference between New Delhi and the United States was like night and day. One of the jobs I had was cleaning and painting someone’s house. Sounds easy, right?
Not at all! I could not believe the condition their house was in- they slept on a plank of wood, the ground was dirt, and the house was made of concrete. There were rats- dead and alive- on the floor, and my room was bigger than the entire house. After fixing up their house, I still wanted to do more for them, however, the smiles on their faces showed how grateful they were that people took the time to come to their house and fix it up.
Another experience I had with HOPE Youth Corps was going to the leprosy colony. To be quite honest, I didn’t know leprosy was still an issue in the world, but, in India, there’s an entire community set aside for them. One thing we all got to experience was bandaging the patients’ wounds. Mark 1:40-41 MSG says, “A leper came to him, begging on his knees, ‘If you want to, you can cleanse me.’ Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, ‘I want to. Be clean.’” This is just one of the many cases Jesus healed someone with leprosy, and just like Jesus, I got to experience something that was similar. It is so amazing to be a part of something which Jesus was a part of.
In my last big experience at HOPE Youth Corps I spent time with the kids at the HOPE school. We played games, danced, and gave each other henna tattoos. There was a fifth grade girl, named Tanu, that taught me the importance of friendship, and how important it is what we do with our time by including her friends in everything she did. I was supposed to be serving her, but it felt more like she was serving me. She offered to do henna tattoos on me, and asked me to dance with her and her friends, her heart was always serving. Tanu taught me a lot about giving, that time is precious and what we do on this earth should be for the good of God and others.
HOPE Youth Corps was the best experience of my life. It played a huge factor in my becoming a disciple on August 25, 2015. I was able to see God’s love in a way I had never seen it before- through serving others. I now aspire to serve the poor and help others and I plan on doing many more Youth Corps in the future. I am so excited to see God’s purpose for my life and I am so grateful to God through HOPE for changing my life forever."
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.