Lifeline to Dignity
“As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man” (Proverbs 27:19).
This Scripture is clearly seen in the grateful faces of women who have just been given a lifeline to dignity.
Lifeline to dignity?
Yes! So many women – widows especially – feel they have nowhere to turn except to prostitution. They have no skills and many who are older are just not physically strong enough to work at hard labor or in the fields under the hot sun. They are terrified! How will they feed themselves and any children they might have?
The fifteen sewing machines provided by a church in Connecticut just changed the lives of the women you see in the attached pictures forever. No more begging; no more going to bed on an empty stomach; no more being mistreated by in-laws because she can’t contribute.
When I am speaking in the US, I have people come up to me all the time asking how they can get involved and make an impact besides sponsoring a child. They don’t feel they can make the trip to India, but they want to see some immediate results. Please let me encourage those reading this to consider raising funds to purchase sewing machines for our widows and dowry castaway women. What a gift! A sewing machine allows a woman to earn a living.
Our pastors set up training centers at some of our churches and hire a seamstress to come in and teach these women how to sew. They are so excited and they learn very quickly. If you think your congregation or Sunday school class would like to get involved this way, consider the following:
- Sewing machine: $85
- Sewing machine with table and paddle: $185
- Cutting table: $175 (only one table needed for each training center)
- Electric sewing machine: $450
We will send you pictures of the women who receive the sewing machines so you can pray over them! Please consider getting more involved with the ministry. We believe in educating our children and teaching a trade to adults so they can be independent.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and he will stay fed for life!
Thank you for giving and thank you for getting more involved. The Lord will surely show you where He needs you to contribute!
By Noelle Green
I went to India in October 2016 for 10 days and I would go back in a heartbeat! I saw first hand how God is working in the lives of the orphans Hopegivers rescues. I went with a group from my church – Calvary Baptist. I was the only teenager. Our church raised money for water filtration devices that we could take over for the orphanages.
We visited schools, orphanages and even a leprosy colony. Our visit to the leper colony took place in the middle of a Hindu festival so we were weaving in and out of a lot of traffic to get to the slum school at the Delhi leper colony. While visiting the slum school, one of the women in our group taught the children a song. They learned it quickly and didn’t want to stop singing it. So we sang it over and over again! When the children in the slum school or at the orphanages sang for Jesus, it was simply amazing! I didn’t want them to stop either. Their singing was truly to the Lord – so worshipful and so sincere!
There was one little girl at the leper colony that was very shy; she was maybe two years old. When she saw me, she would run away. Then she would peek and move a little closer until she decided I was okay. Finally, she got comfortable enough that she stayed with our group until we left. I think about and pray for her all the time.
When we visited the orphanages, the children welcomed us with songs like “Mighty To Save.” They sang passionately and from the bottom of their hearts.
The girls would then take our hands and pull us into their dorm room where they would show us their Hope Pack and Hope Chest from last year. They are so proud of them!
These children are all so very happy. Some are shy at first, but all are so filled with joy. It’s as if they don’t have a care in the world and yet their world has so little in possessions compared to my world. I learned a lot simply by playing, singing, praying with and talking to the orphans.
Our school requires that seniors do a senior project before graduation. I thought about the hundreds of children I visited and decided that I could help by putting flip-flops on 1000 orphans so that no one had to go barefoot. I have written a letter to local businesses sharing what my goal is and why. I have also asked the elementary and high school where I attend to help raise money for the flip-flops.
Anyone can get involved with Hopegivers. There are so many needs we can help fill either by raising money for needed items needs that have to be purchased in India or collecting things like flip-flops that can also be taken over to India when a group goes over to visit. If you are a teen, you can help too. Just take yourself out of your comfort zone. I promise you, God will change your life and your view about how blessed we are with regard to food, worship, clothing, and our homes – just everything in your life. I’m going back for sure!!
Give it a Shot!
Spring is right around the corner. Maybe you still have not decided a way to help the orphans without it coming out of a wallet that is already stretched too thin! We have an idea for you that will benefit you and the children.
Over the winter months we all tend to squirrel away “stuff” that will probably not be seen again for years – stuff in boxes, hanging in the backs of our closets, or in the garage. Why not call a couple of neighbors and see if they would be willing to do a combined garage sale and use the money to buy some Hope Packs for the orphans? If they don’t know who Hopegivers is, this becomes an opportunity for you to introduce them to the children and their needs. Let them know that India’s school year begins July 1 and we need to outfit the kids before then.
Check your weather forecast and drag everything out, clean back in the corners, throw stuff out, move some furniture and get ready to help us put children into school this year. It is not unusual to raise $500 or more through a project like this.
$500 purchases Hope Packs for 10 ORPHANS!
Spring has sprung early almost everywhere. You might even get a chance to do it twice this year! Thank you for your prayers and for being so consistent in giving. All of us at Hopegivers are so appreciative of every gift! God bless you and your family and have fun this spring with them as you raise additional funds to help us rescue One Million Orphan Leaders by 2030!
Would you like to do something that requires very little effort for the mission portion of VBS this year? Consider getting labels from Hopegivers, wrapping them around empty soda cans and motivating the kids to see how many cans they can fill with change before the end of VBS. Have the kids set a goal for the number of cans they want to fill. Use a coke label for one team (girls) and a sprite label for another team (boys).
One church put a five-gallon bucket just inside the entrance of their church doors and people coming in and out of church services would throw their loose change into the bucket. We will get labels for five-gallon buckets too!
This is a project that works for all ages and programs.
This VBS or Sunday school missions project has success written all over it because everyone has spare change – even the kids! Mom’s purse is probably heavy because she throws her change into it when she is in a hurry. Even small children manage to collect loose change. Finders are keepers whenever change is found in the cushions of chairs, couches and the car floor!
Show the kids that they CAN feed the less fortunate by simply collecting nickels, dimes, quarters and even pennies. It all counts in God’s economy. A 12oz can or bottle:
Filled with quarters = $67.50 (feeds a child for 67 days)
Filled with dimes = $52.50 (feeds a child for 52 days)
Filled with nickels = $15 (feeds a child for 15 days)
Filled with pennies = $5 (feeds a child for 5 days)
Contact the office for more information at 1.866.373.4673 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you handy with needle and thread? Then help us make these simple puppets in which we place a New Testament or a “messenger” (audio Bible in Hindi) so we can introduce Jesus Christ to children who won’t hear otherwise. Click here to find the pattern and other instructions to create your very own handmade gift for an orphan. Puppet Pattern and Instructions
Walk for One…Give Hope Walk/5k
Friends all over the country are walking and running to help us raise funds to rescue and care for orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children! The third annual Walk for One/5k is scheduled for November 14, 2015 at 9 AM in Uptown Columbus. You can host a walk/5k with your church, community/service group, school, family or neighborhood anytime of the year. For additional information, contact us at 1.866.373. 4637 (HOPE) or email@example.com.
Drop of Hope™
Mankind can survive for long periods of time without many things that we in the West consider critical to life. However, one cannot live more than three days without water. Sadly, one of the leading causes of death for children around our world is dirty water. Hopegivers has been drilling wells and providing water filters for many years. Still, with decades of effort, we have only scratched the surface.
Please contact us if your church or business would like to provide a well ($3000) for a hope home or one of our churches. We need thousands of water filters ($50) for our churches. Contact us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
“We won’t know until heaven how the Lord uses each puppet we made to draw a specific child to Him, but it will be worth the wait!” — Rhonda B. (CA)