A Word from Kirk Nowery about Hope Partners’ Christmas Gift Catalog
Hope Partners’ annual Christmas gift catalog doesn’t feature the tantalizing products that fill most Christmas catalogs, but it has something much better: opportunities to share in the greatest work of all and spread the greatest message of all— the Good news of eternal life and hope in Jesus Christ.
Hope Partners is at work this very moment in Latin America, Africa, and India. We are fulfilling our primary mission—To rescue children and transform their lives in Jesus’ Name. this vital work takes on different forms and addresses a variety of needs. You will see that in a tangible way in this catalog.
Jesus said, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” and Paul the apostle said, “God loves a cheerful giver.” We all have needs to meet and obligations to fulfill, but i am more con- vinced than ever that God will supply fully if we determine to give with joyous generosity.
Please take a few minutes to explore these compelling needs and think about them very prayerfully. i think you will be capti- vated by the possibilities; and i think you will be spiritually en- ergized as you consider these Gifts of Hope.
Yours for a blessed and memorable Christmas season,
Direct Your Gift to Where It Is Needed Most
Caring for “The Least of These”
When you direct your gift to “Where Needed Most” you enable Hope Partners to address the most pressing concerns. This helps to provide the staffing, materials and resources needed to fulfill our mission of rescuing children and transforming their lives in Jesus’ name.
Our Lord commanded us to care for “the least of these”—the little ones who are endangered, exploited, and exposed to all kinds of evil influences. We are to value these precious lives, first and foremost, because Jesus values them. We love them because He loves them. And we keep pushing forward to rescue and transform them because it honors and pleases Him. You can be sure that your gift marked “Where needed Most” is a gift for the sake of “the least of these.”
Sponsorship provides needy children with a place to live, a place to learn, and opportunities to grow. For many of our children—like the kids at Mason’s Place in India—a place to live means a full-time home. We provide everything for them—a comfortable bed, nutritious food, quality clothes and shoes, physical care, a superb education, and purposeful activities.
For others—like the children who come daily to the Hope Center in Costa Rica— a place to live means a safe haven, away from the constant danger of the slums. Our team at the Hope Center there leads an innovative mentorship program. We also feed these children, and for many of them it’s their only meal of the day.
A place to learn describes the educational component—which looks different in different places. In some, like the Hope Centers in India and Kenya, it is a traditional school with a traditional structure. But at the Hope Center in Costa Rica, the emphasis is on teaching special skills and cultivating creative minds through a wide variety of classes and mentoring.
Opportunities to grow happen at every Hope Center as the children we have rescued and cared for experience life in a totally new way. These precious girls and boys, many of whom had been abandoned and some who were literally thrown on the garbage heap, come alive as they encounter Christ and His love. By His grace they truly become new creations in Christ and beautiful examples of His transforming power.
Hope Partners’ approach to child sponsorship is purposeful and strategic.
First of all, we don’t “subcontract” with other organizations in providing for needy children. We have direct, daily contact with the girls and boys in our care. We know them, we love them and we do everything in our power to make their lives better and more meaningful.
Also—in the interest of transparency—in the countries where we serve we use the term scholarship, not sponsorship. One reason is because education is always central to what we provide. Another reason is that we’ve learned by experience that scholarships are understood and appreciated in these nations, but sponsorships are often viewed with suspicion. We choose to use the terminology that works best and facilitates the best work.
Here in the U.S. we still call this a “child sponsorship program”—but as a sponsor you are indeed providing a scholarship (plus much more). And because the needs vary from country to country and place to place, we have streamlined the program to multiple levels of support. Each of these levels is identified by a key word: Amplify, Edify, Magnify. The following pages spell out the distinctives within these three.
Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, you can be sure that your generosity will make a lasting difference in a child’s life—a difference that only eternity can measure.
The Amplify Sponsorship $79 per month – Comprehensive Care
An Amplify Sponsorship covers all educational expenses plus food, clothing, shoes, housing and medical care. think of it as a “full-ride” scholarship. Presently, sponsors at the Amplify level are providing support for the children at our two residential homes in India—Mason’s Place in the city of Ajmer, and St. Michael’s Home for Girls in Delhi, the capital city of India. Both campuses are served by a large staff, fully committed to giving the care that these precious children need.
Mason’s Place and St. Michael’s are for girls only because that is what each home is licensed and limited to provide. We would love to some day establish homes for boys, but for now God has entrusted us with a remarkable number of little girls. All of them have been rescued from desperate poverty and many from very dangerous circumstances. Now they are being transformed as they experience genuine, loving, Christian care.
The Edify Sponsorship $39 per month – Education + Extras
Costa Rica | India | Kenya
An Edify Sponsorship covers educational expenses and other basic needs for a disadvantaged child.
Hope Partners is caring for hundreds of children at the Edify level in Costa Rica, India and Kenya. A prime example is the Hope Center in Costa Rica which is filled every day with children from Pavas, an enormous but blighted community in Central America. There are over 100,000 families in Pavas who live in extreme poverty. While we cannot help all of them, we can minister to many, and we’re committed to bringing holistic transformational strategies to this needy area.
The work is focused not just on the at-risk children of Pavas but also the great numbers of single mothers in the community. The Hope Center programs provide food, education, spiritual formation, dental care, periodic medical clinics, psychological guidance and leadership development.
The Costa Rica Hope Center currently feeds about 400 children daily, Monday through Friday. For more than half of them, this meal represents the only balanced nutrition that they receive that day. In addition to the feeding program, the academic program provides mentors, tutoring, clubs, computer skill development, robotics, ballet, and art. Mothers play a key role in this program. They are required to not only make sure their children attend their weekly club and tutoring sessions but also to attend monthly meetings that focus on the psychological and spiritual development of their families.
The Kenya Hope Center, adjacent to one of Africa’s largest slums, has been a beacon of spiritual light for over 25 years. One of the Hope Center’s key ministries is Hope Academy, a traditional school with an enrollment of 550 students. When you sponsor one of these children at the edify level you provide that girl or boy with a outstanding Christian education plus breakfast and lunch at school every weekday. Because most of the children come from very poor families this ensures that they have the balanced nutrition they don’t receive at home.
The Magnify Sponsorship $159 per month – Nursing School – All Costs
A Magnify Sponsorship is for the young ladies who graduate from our Hope Centers in India and go on to nursing school. Sponsorship covers all educational expenses at Philadelphia school of nursing (shown bottom right) plus food, clothing, shoes, housing and medical care. It is an all-expenses-paid scholarship that enables these young women to achieve something they couldn’t have imagined while growing up in extreme poverty.
Provide Desks for our Hope Centers $100 for a Portable Desk
At our Hope Centers in Costa Rica, the increasing number of children we serve has created the need for more desks for our educational programs. However, because we use the same facility for multiple purposes, this is challenging. Fortunately, we have found a desk that is portable and can be folded up and stored when we need to use the space for one of our sports clubs, or for our programs in ballet or taekwondo.
Provide Tablets for Deserving Girls and Boys $200 for a Computer Tablet
India | Kenya
In today’s world, electronic tablets are a necessity, not a luxury. The classrooms at our Hope Centers in Costa Rica, India and Kenya are all in need of these devices. We so often take for granted these in our everyday life, but that’s not the case for the children we’re educating. When you provide a tablet you are creating a remarkable way of discovery for deserving girls and boys.
Build a Playground $10,000 for a Complete Playground
India | Kenya
This is truly a gift that keeps on giving, especially in giving joy to children. At our Hope Centers in Delhi, India, and Nairobi, Kenya, we have an urgent need for playgrounds that will give hundreds of children a safe and beneficial place to work out their boundless energy. We partner with professionals who specialize in the most durable equipment and the highest quality of installation.
Provide Materials and Equipment for Our AWANA Program
We’re excited to announce that our Pavas Hope Center in Costa Rica will be partnering with AWANA to provide an engaging new way to disciple our children into a growing relationship with their Heavenly Father. In addition to training materials for each child we need to purchase supplies and equipment such as jump ropes, bean bags and other items to create a fun and interactive experience.
In fulfilling our primary mission of rescuing children and transforming their lives we encounter women who are struggling to survive. Most of these women are single mothers who are in desperate straits. Through our Women’s Empowerment Program we provide disadvantaged moms a dignified way to earn money for their families by making jewelry that they themselves can sell. Participants in this program not only learn valuable skills; they also benefit from mentors who walk beside them and invest in their spiritual and emotional health.
At the Pavas Hope Center in Costa Rica, a major new initiative in 2021 is to create what we’re calling the Circle of Hope. The purpose of this project is to transform the neighborhood near the Hope Center in ways that inspire hope. We will work together with the community to paint houses, plant flowers, provide trash receptacles and do many other good deeds to encourage and uplift our surrounding area.
At our Hope Center in Ajmer, India, our most pressing major need is a new dormitory to accommodate 20 new girls.
Our plan is to build on the foundation of our old kitchen building which was replaced last year. The same contractor who built our beautiful new dining hall and kitchen is ready to proceed on this new dormitory building.
An LCD projector may be commonplace here in America and Canada, but in India this is an uncommon communications device that is extremely effective. With LCD projectors, the children at our Hope Center in Delhi will be able to watch educational videos that greatly enhance their learning experience.
At our Hope Center in Ajmer, India, we have an ongoing need for supplies and equipment for our medical clinic. We need these to test for COVID-19 and other illnesses, and to vaccinate our girls for flu, MMr, tetanus, and diptheria.
In the places where we serve, goats are not simply living weed eaters. They produce highly valued milk and cheese to people who struggle to survive from day to day. Your gift of a pair of goats truly makes a difference for people in difficult places.
An Additional Word about Your Gift to Hope Partners
Many of the gift opportunities presented in this catalog will be met by individuals and families who commit to a share of the cost, not the full cost. Whatever you give, in whatever amount, is so appreciated and will be used as you designate. Of course, we also appreciate all who give a “Where Needed Most” gift. Often this is above and beyond regular sponsorship commitments. Whatever role you play, may God bless you richly!
Why We Give
It’s very simple. We give because we have received. What we have received is the greatest gift imaginable —the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Sharing this incredible gift with others is the most important activity we can engage in—with our time, our resources, our energies. We give because we have been given the great privilege to do so. We live in an unprecedented time of material prosperity and opportunity but we must have eyes to see the needs around us. To us, perhaps as to no previous generation, Jesus says: “Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matt. 10:8) We give because we have been given an amazing promise: We cannot out-give God. No matter what we give, He gives us more to share. “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (2 Cor. 9:8) When we give, we are simply giving back a portion of what He has given us. And what we “have” isn’t really ours at all. It is entrusted to us to use in His service. What a joy and a privilege to give Gifts of Hope in Jesus’ name!