How two HOPE Youth Corps interns shared their faith with Min Pennella on the plane after the REACH conference:
As they sat on the plane after the REACH conference, on their way from St Louis to Philadelphia to lead the Philadelphia (Track 2) HOPE Youth Corps, Sean Tan and Mariah Boger were exhausted physically, but energized spiritually. Sean is from Singapore. He studies at the prestigious National University of Singapore, and Mariah is from Indianapolis. She studies at Purdue University. They are both Global Service Interns (GSI), full time students who are also training to lead HOPE Youth Corps programs.
They had just spent four electrifying days, listening to great lessons, and being trained as GSI by Derik Vett and Nadine Templer. They were ready to go! They sat on the plane next to a lady named Min Pennella. Having found out that she spoke Chinese, Sean tried his best to converse with her in his limited Chinese. Midway through the conversation, they discovered that she had a PHD in biochemistry from A & M and that she was searching for a religion of some form.
Sean and Mariah were quick to action, sharing Acts 17:24-27, explaining to Min the personal relationship that God desired, and also praying for her. They talked about following Jesus, and how having a relationship with God was a daily choice. It is a decision to follow God, and it is a choice to deny oneself every minute of the day.
They found out that she was from Columbia, MO, and was flying to Wisconsin for a job interview. Mariah had just spent three weeks earlier in the summer in Columbia, MO for a Ministry in Training (MIT) program, so she knew about the church there. Mariah got Min connected with the women’s ministry leader in Columbia, Robin Hawkins.
Min came to church in Columbia and began to study the Bible. Min ended up getting the job she interviewed for, and moved to Madison, WI. The sisters in Columbia got her connected with sisters in Madison, and she continued her studies there with Carol Nuelle, the women’s leader in Madison.
Min was baptized recently. We are so grateful for God’s miracles. We are also grateful for the faith of our young leaders, who serve, preach the word, and share their faith, spurred on by the Holy Spirit!
It is so encouraging to be part of a fellowship where we can all work as a team to help people find a relationship with God.
I Cor 3:5-8: "What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building."
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.