27 Apr Mission of the Month
MAY 2017 ♦ HOPE CHILDREN’S HOME
Stan Pittman will tell us more about Hope Children’s Home during the Mission Moment at the 8:30 and 10:00 AM Worship Services on May 14. More information will be available at the table in the Narthex.
Founded in 1968, Hope Children’s Home has rescued nearly 5,000 children between the ages of infant to 18 years of age. Most of these children have been discarded, abused, unwanted, or orphaned although some of the children have simply come out of a situation where a parent just needed help. The purpose at Hope Children’s Home is to share Christ with the children and mold them into Biblically and Academically educated members of society.
The home is located in northwest Tampa, Florida on 55 beautifully wooded acres of land. The campus consists of dormitories for the boys and girls that can house a total of 80 children as well as beautiful 4,000 sq. ft. cottages that care for the younger children, allowing siblings to live together. The children live in a family atmosphere with house parents who are with them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to give guidance and encouragement.
Hope Christian School is also located on the property and is accredited by the state of Florida, providing a private, quality, Christian education to each of the children including a well rounded sports program. The school program begins with a Nursery and continues through the 12th grade. Over 90% of the students who graduate from Hope Christian School will continue to college.
Hope Children’s Home receives no State or Federal funding and is entirely supported by churches, private individuals, clubs, and organizations. The faith that they exercise each and every day for their needs is a faith that is passed on to the children as they see God’s faithful hand of provision.
“For over 40 years, Hope Children’s Home has taken children in and tried to make a difference in their very impressionable lives. We feel that God has called us to help rebuild the broken lives of these children and to build the bridge, when possible, between home, parent, and child. The rewards of our labor are the thousands of young people across the country who are now productive adults raising their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Dr. Mike Higgins, Executive Director
Read more about Hope Children’s Home here: www.hopechildrenshome.org
To donate to the Mission of the Month, please GIVE online, use the envelope in the pew on Sunday or send your donation to the church.
APRIL 2017 ♦ FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH RANCH
The Youth Ranch is set on 65 naturally beautiful acres. The buildings and facilities available to the youth in residence include: a community center, two cottages, administration building, maintenance/vocational building, livestock pavilion and a high ropes course. Currently the capacity is for 20 boys and girls. The Bradenton/Sarasota campus also offers a Summer Day Camp. Boys and girls ages 5-15 experience many different therapeutic camping activities. Canoeing, archery, swimming and many other recreational activities allow them the opportunity to build basic teamwork and peer communication skills. Additionally, they can spend the week enjoying the beautiful, tranquil outdoor environment. The camp provides an opportunity for Deputy Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Volunteers to get personally involved with the youngsters to form positive, healthy relationships.
MARCH 2017 ♦ LOVING HANDS MINISTRIES
Loving Hands Ministries is a two-year minimum Christ-centered residential discipleship program designed to rehabilitate men who have life-controlling problems. It is one of the very few help programs that still requires no money or fees. Loving Hands is a trans-denominational, not for profit organization that works in harmony with Pastors, Churches and other Rehabilitation Ministries. It is considered by the courts and legal community as an excellent alternative to a jail or prison sentence. (After a thorough application and interview process, some residents are voluntary court ordered to complete the residential program.) The men learn to change their habits and lifestyles by renewing their mind with God’s word while living in a disciplined, loving, family atmosphere. This is accomplished by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Before attempting to re-enter a man into society, Loving Hands also offers him educational and vocational training opportunities when possible. More than 75% of our graduates are leading successful, drug free, Christian lives, and are law-abiding productive citizens.
FEBRUARY 2017 ♦ SAMARITAN’S PURSE
The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done its utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering.
JANUARY 2017 ♦ HOPE SEEDS
Hope Seeds is a Christian charitable organization that provides seeds and agricultural support to missionaries and mission teams around the World. This mission empowers the hungry to grow nutritious food which helps heal broken families and communities. By supporting this mission with your donations you have the opportunity to not only share seed for gardens but also share seed for the Gospel. The seed is packaged in small zip-lock packets of ten varieties and species chosen for the climate and culture of the nation they are being sent to free of charge. Plant A Seed! Feed A Soul!