HOPE Youth Corps (HYCs) all around the world require financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual sacrifice from their participants and leaders. But for every area in which they sacrifice, they receive a hundred fold in return. Such was the case with the recent HYC in Philadelphia which reached its completion in June. Over the course of 12 days, the 20 participants and the leaders experienced and learned lots serving both in Schwenksville, PA, and in North Philadelphia. Although the trip started and ended in June, the fundraising and planning efforts began months before then, and the impact of the trip has already extended far beyond that time frame.
Over the first couple days of the trip, our team was able to work with One Day At A Time (ODAAT), an organization that helps individuals recovering from all sorts of situations in the neighborhoods of North Philly. Started by the now deceased Henry “The Rev” Wells, ODAAT runs several half-way houses throughout North Philly where people getting out of prison, overcoming addictions, or dealing with HIV/AIDS can receive support. The HYC team was able to clean out one of the main administrative buildings that ODAAT runs, as well as help set up for an upcoming charity concert that was scheduled for later that week. Out in the surrounding neighborhood, our team had the opportunity to help repaint some city blocks as well as do some landscaping in some of the nearby lots and playgrounds. Many of the participants were taken aback by how grateful and appreciative the members of the community were. Despite the perceived “rough” appearance of the neighborhood, many passersby stopped to share kind words or even brought water for those working out in the sun. What appeared to have the greatest impact on our team was the stories that those who worked with ODAAT shared from their own lives. Hearing about what the neighborhood and the individuals have been through and some of the current situations went a long way in showing the our HYC team what exactly we were helping accomplish in the short time we were there.
Camp Miracles is a mentoring program that is run throughout the summer at CHFK. Children aged 8-16 from North Philadelphia and from Highland are paired up with mentors for a week of camp. Not only do the mentors and their mentees get to experience all the excitement of camp that rock climbing, zip lining, the pool and just nature in general can involve, but they also get to form friendships that help them both to grow and learn from each other. The HYC participants went above beyond as mentors, with some getting gifts for their mentees, and all of them giving their mentees the time and energy to make camp extra special. Apart from the everyday camp activities already mentioned, there was also a talent show where the kids could showcase their talents for all the Camp Miracles and HYC participants as well as the Pre-teen camp that was being run at CHFK simultaneously. Particularly touching was when one of the kids from North Philly got to sing, the crowd rushed the stage like it was a concert by a world famous performer. The smile on the kids face from all the attention was a reminder of what Camp Miracles is all about. On the last day of Camp Miracles, the kids got to showcase their talent once again in a group song and dance performed for the donors that make Camp Miracles and the other programs run out of CHFK possible. The farewells and goodbyes that followed shortly after the show were sad but hopeful. It was evident that camp is a highlight of the year for the kids coming from North Philly and Highland, and the HYC participants are a big part of what makes it so special.
Apart from serving at CHFK and in North Philly, our team also had the opportunity to serve and fellowship with the Midtown Region of the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ. Our HYC team was able to assist with singing songs during worship, as well as sharing in front of the congregation for the welcome and the sermon. We were also able to serve and learn from the campus ministry in Philadelphia with two days of reaching out and sharing our faith on the campuses of Temple, Drexel and Penn Universities. On campus we were able to hold several Bible discussions which the HYC participants got to lead. A number of students who we reached out to on campus came out to these Bible discussions, and have started studying the Bible to figure out their relationship with God as a result.
Being able to meet both physical and spiritual needs like this is what HYC is all about. All the planning, money, travel, sweat, tears and energy that went into this HYC were all worth the end results. Although the memories made, the fun that was had, and even the fact that the trip didn’t go over budget are all great results in their own way, they pale in comparison to the way that lives were impacted both physically and spiritually. This applies as much to our HYC team as it does for the people we served. For every way in which we met the needs of those we served, our needs were met by the community in North Philly and those at CHFK. We all learned lessons from each other that will last a lifetime. One of the participants has already made the choice to make Jesus Lord of her life and be baptized! The long reaching impact of this HYC is already apparent.
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. That donor would match what we raise dollar-for-dollar! The money raised to meet this challenge will help students with limited resources to experience this fantastic program.
We are thrilled to announce that with your help we were able to raise over $62,000 for this amazing program! This means that together with the match we raised over $112,000 for scholarships! Thank you all for the amazing support and generosity!
Our fundraising Champion this year was Melina Cruz who successfully raised over $5,000 for the HYC scholarship by having her volunteer hours paid for by her company. What a creative and resourceful way to raise money! Additionally, she is paying it forward by gifting her full scholarship prize to her little sister. Amazing.
Among the many benefits participants receive from serving on HYC are lifelong friendships and memories, a heightened sense of purpose, greater self-confidence and independence, and a better understanding of the world and cultural differences. Many who volunteer through HYC go on to become nurses, doctors, teachers, counselors, or work with HOPE worldwide and other NGOs to bring much-needed attention and assistance to the developing world. Through their experiences with HYC, student volunteers deepen their compassion and gain a profound appreciation for what they have been given in their own lives. Fundamentally, HOPE Youth Corps builds a future generation of leaders who seek to improve the lives of those in need. We are so excited to be able to send many more deserving students on an HYC this year. All glory to God!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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.
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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.