The new thing!
A couple of weeks ago we had a detour in our mission trip planned for September and we are so excited to now be going and helping Amy and Todd Block and Dan and Christi Ucherek get Village of Hope ready for children!!
(click on their names to head to their blogs!)
What’s Village of Hope about?
The vision of Village of Hope is to provide family, faith and a future to the least of these- to give them a place where HOPE can enter their world. We will do this by providing holistic orphan care to special needs orphans, primarily focused on those living with HIV/AIDS in a family style setting. Each family style unit will consist of house parents as well as 6-8 children in the home. Our hope is to create a family unit as God intended- a family to provide life- long support as well as teach the children to have life values. The goal is to avoid institutional living and prevent children from being thrown out on the streets when they are 18. We will do this by equipping them with family- as well as life skills that meet their physical, emotional, spiritual, and educational care. Because adoptions are closed in Guatemala there is little hope of the children ever begin adopted into families of their own. One part of our vision is to develop relationship in the Guatemalan Evangelical churches, to come along side of them, educating them on God’s heart for the orphan, HIV/AIDS, as well as adoption.
I think God is doing BIG things with this..and I can’t wait. I have signed up to be a state rep for Village of Hope and I can’t wait to be a part!! God is on the move—I feel it. When I was in Guatemala several years ago I was so moved by our time in the HIV home. The reality of these children’s lives was so heavy on my heart and it was the most impacting thing on Rebekah.
Here are a few of the pictures from our visit. I think they speak for themselves.
These children touched my heart so much…
So..I am SO VERY EXCITED about Village of Hope!!
To see more about Village of Hope..go here http://lifesongfororphans.org/orpCare/guat.html
And you can help support the families making sacrifices to be there!! the Ucherek’s leave in about a week!! and still need your support!
You can also buy something to support Village of Hope:
$18 from each necklace sales will do directly to help Village of Hope impact orphan care for the most vulnerable!!