Global Hope Newsletter:
Mission Trips Edition
June 2020
Dear Global Hope Friends,

I don’t know about you, but during the early COVID days when I’d go to the grocery and see empty shelves it had me thinking about scarcity. I wondered how our friends in countries where there isn’t a grocery store on almost every corner would fare during these stay-at-home times. I was inspired to see how our ministry partners worked diligently to ensure food was made available to vulnerable families in their communities. We know in these turbulent times there are many important needs that require our focus. Remembering our friends nationally and internationally who are so impacted by difficult times has made many of us look for ways to provide support. It is an honor to serve others. Traveling to a foreign mission field is one way we at Global Hope serve--we provide Christ-centered support for orphans and vulnerable children so that they can know God’s love and thrive. Would you honor us and consider serving on a mission trip in 2021? 
Our mission trips focus on relationships…each day may bring different activities, but for all trips you will meet the children and our in-country ministry partners and learn about their programs and day-to-day lives.  So far, I’ve been able to travel to our locations in India and Kenya. Both of these trips were so impactful and gave me the opportunity to provide support by working directly with the children sharing stories, singing, helping in school classrooms, and serving meals.  While in Kenya, I was able to spend a day with a community helping build a mud home for a young widow and her children. Both trips provided so many opportunities to experience and learn about the local cultures.
This type of trip can have a meaningful impact on your life and your Christian journey. Not only do you get a chance to serve and support others, but you can expand your world view to understand how God’s love can bring amazing transformation and hope to those living in poverty and difficult situations.  Each of us, no matter our background or skills can participate and bring value. Interacting with the children is a highlight. For them, they meet people who have come a long way to visit and show God’s love and support….for us we get a chance to see the world again through the eyes of a child.  
On behalf of the Global Hope board of directors, I invite you to join us on a future mission trip!
In His service,
Marsha Weber
Global Hope Board Member and Mission Team Coordinator

Why do we go?
Supporting the children and lifting them up through our visits is a key part of Global Hope mission trips—it’s all about sharing God’s love with the kids and letting them know they are special and cared for by fellow Christian brothers and sisters. Our visits can help build them up and create special memories for them in their lifetimes. Establishing these long-term relationships can bring stability in the lives of the children and our ministry partners and let them know they have someone who is in their corner.
A mission trip can provide an opportunity to meet new people and learn about different cultures. We celebrate that God has made a wonderfully diverse world where we can learn from each other and appreciate our uniqueness all as His children. 

[left: India, March 2015]
Spending time with and building relationships with our ministry partners is so inspiring. Knowing we, as Christians, can partner with and work in ministry together from across the world provides a bond that can last a lifetime.  [Below: India, March 2015]
All of God’s children deserve an opportunity to thrive. Enjoy these highlights from past trips and see firsthand the impact of our ministry on the lives of children in Romania, Kenya, or India. Mission team members can interact with the children during VBS, games, or arts and crafts, OR some specialized teams provide a focus on a particular skill set (e.g. medical teams, counseling teams, education, etc.)   
Global Hope has two ministries in Romania, one in Arad and one in Sibiu.

In Arad, we have one large group home for children called Ana’s House, as well as several foster homes. Over the years, 24 children, have grown, thrived and blossomed in Ana’s House.  

In addition, Global Hope supports the Super Kids Academy day center providing after-school care for vulnerable children impacted by extreme poverty in Sibiu.
A visit to Romania may include helping with summer garden projects, making crafts, helping older children with simple carpentry, and small maintenance projects. The kids love to play indoor and outdoor games so be sure to hone your Uno and matching game skills before going, or be prepared to join them in a game of soccer or volleyball! Depending on what time of year you go you may learn how to process honey from the Ana's House beehives or take part in vacation bible school activities.

[Above: visiting with a few of our children, Eduard and Lynet; below: learning how to process honey]
In  Nairobi, Global Hope supports  Hope for Orphans Rescue Center (HOREC) providing long-term care for over 40 boys and girls, either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

In addition, we partner with Spring Valley Children’s Center located in a slum called Spring Valley. The Center offers over 375 children food, education, spiritual development and dormitories for children at high risk. 

Last year, Global Hope began project-based support for The Jewels of Obaga.  The village of Obaga was also affected by HIV/AIDs leaving a large group of widows and orphaned children. The widows have formed a supportive group providing care for local children and the community.
Spending time with the children is always a highlight of our trips. Being able to share a story can be a great experience for us as well as the children. Here we’re telling the story of Noah as a translator helps relay the story. The children loved seeing the colorful illustrations and then working on a project to build an ark and apply foam animal figures.   [Spring Valley, June 2019]
After a wonderful church service enjoying the celebration and a special luncheon with the HOREC children. Working together with some of the older kids we rearranged the room, prepared the meal and first served the younger ones.  It was a fun and relaxed time to just enjoy being together.   

[HOREC, June 2019]
On a mission trip you may find yourself working with the Jewels of Obaga to build a mud home. The community comes together to help provide labor, food and pray over and bless the new home for a young family.[ above -- Near Obaga, June 2019]
Experiencing the community through outreach. Making up baskets of food and supplies for some of the families in the greatest need was truly a memorable event. Some of the mothers who received these weren’t sure what they would be feeding their children that day and these came as a true blessing from God. 
[Spring Valley Slum, June 2019]
When traveling to Kenya, mission teams have an opportunity to add on a safari to see and enjoy many of the beautiful animals and sights that are in this part of the world.
In India, Global Hope partners with Kathryn E. Larsen Children’s Center (KEL) supporting 20+ children, who are poverty orphans, providing shelter, food and education.

In addition, we partner with the John Foundation in Hyderabad to establish children’s homes for orphaned or semi-orphaned children. Many of these children have mothers in the sex trade and were living in poor and dangerous environments before coming to live at our children's homes.
While we prepare for a mission trip, the children at each location are looking forward to our visit. The hospitality shown by the children and our ministry partners is amazing. In India we enjoyed such a warm welcome. It was a joyful start to our visit! [ KEL India, March 2015 ]
Working on a project with the children is a learning experience all around. For us to be able to touch the lives of others through service is so rewarding. They love to learn new things, ask questions about where we are from, and mostly just enjoy the experience of making new friends.  [KEL India, June 2019]

Serving meals in India . During most trips, we help serve food to the children under the care of Global Hope as well as other children in the local communities. It is a wonderful way to meet the children and show God’s love by providing food to them. Often these are the only meals children will receive in a day.  [Near Palakollu, March 2015]
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**Due to the current COVID situation, Global Hope is assessing when the next mission trips can be safely scheduled—tentatively early 2021. We work with our in-country partners as well as look at recommendations by the CDC and Homeland Security to ensure safe travel for our teams. Please look for updates on our website or Facebook page or contact to learn more.**
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms . 1 Peter 4:10