Thank you for supporting HOPE worldwide as we work with refugees around the world. In the wake of the growing refugee crisis, we strive to do all we can to help families and communities displaced by tragedy. Your gifts allow us to provide food, clothing, supplies and love to thousands without a home.
Millions of people have now traveled 100's of miles to flee violence and civil war. They have little more than the clothes on their back. Their lives will never be the same. The political and social implications of the current refugee crisis are complex. But our mission is to compassionately serve those in need, regardless of background or affiliation. We are partnering with churches and local organizations to provide basic supplies and services to refugee families. On the “wishlist” below, you will find a few specific supplies needed today. Purchase these items online and they will be sent to the family in need!
If you are in the San Diego area and would like to donate gently used items on this list, please contact Thalia Mejia at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange drop-off at our San Diego offices. If you wish to support our efforts with a cash donation to the Refugees Fund, click here: hopeww.org/refugees .
Thank you for bringing hope in challenging times!
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.