What we do for the children means so much and at times it means life.
Consider water for a moment. It is life giving, it takes relatively little to produce too just some capital, some know how, a truck or two and an engaged community.Look at how it works.
For example look at these results just in, Star of Hope has been part of bringing water to more people. Water is talked about so much in all circles of life because it is also the solution to sanitation and hygiene problems in the developing world. Not only life-giving but life sustaining and improving! Together we have helped make great strides to improve the quality of life for the people of Hesse Haiti.
Before we drilled in Hesse it was common to see a long line at the old pumps. The old pumps were spring fed and gave little water and often ran dry. One would see people waiting at the old spring well with empty buckets in hand, so sad to see the fear that the well would run dry.
In the effort to make drinking water available and abundant in the whole community of Hesse, Star of Hope’s plans were to dig four water wells, the wells were planned and dug in four different areas in Hesse. With no real road infrastructure, it was a great challenge just to get the big trucks to the community. To get the trucks on site, people living in the community contributed with labor and made it possible for the trucks to drive up. They were about one hundred men and women who came with picks and shovels, with big smiles on their faces they worked and they sang and it was a commotion when all the tools hit the rocky ground of the old donkey road. They cleared the way for the big trucks to get in. One collective goal on the people's minds, “find water”.
As some farmers lost their new beans crops to drought, they were very happy and excited to get the wells done.
It took the big machines five days to dig four wells in different areas in the community. Water was found in two wells. The population of Hesse was very happy and grateful for this new gift, soon available as the pumps and cement holding pads are being installed right now.
People sang, danced and praised God for and asked for blessings on Star of Hope and all the sponsors who contributed to bringing drinking water in Hesse community.
The population in Hesse is still talking about water that Star of Hopes donors made possible for them.
What a blessing you have been, real change has been created for the Hesse community.
Rich Blessings and thank you for making this happen, for bringing water to the people of Hesse.
Update 8 2017 WE NEED MORE FUNDS TO DRILL MORE WELLS. WATER WE BELIEVE IS A BASIC RIGHT.
WHY GIVE SOMETHING UP
Why start a paragraph with the topic of resentment, well it is one thing that will happen if you're asked to give something up, even to help another person. Some say it is also a defense mechanism or even a fear. This chatter is found all over the internet, yes even a US congressman suggested recently that some of the less affluent members of society should give up their telephones. That thought was met with vigorous speech both for and against his opinion. It is so easy for all to think "this or that and post a comment" then boom, it's out there, all this chatter positive, negative, and all in between. You can imagine, the poor with phones were against giving them up and resented the congressman's statement.
Another example of this right now in the United States is Healthcare. Health care is a multifaceted problem with multifaceted solutions from hundreds of thousands of people who at most think this and that about the magical solution, most of those solutions involve some element of people being asked to give something up. Nobody likes to give anything up, especially when it comes to their health or their families health care. I believe, not very many people will be happily on board to give something up, to help the common good. Yes, there is an opposite element but not proportionately large.
Let's go over the top. Let's talk about giving a pint of blood. What would it take for you to give up a pint of blood? A blood drive, a friend, or would it take something like a critically wounded person lying bleeding on your lawn or in your living room and the emergency personnel screaming we need a pint of blood to save this person. I wonder who would give sooner, or later, or neither.
I guess the same argument and a similar visualization could be used for food and education.
We don't have a good visual for a child who never went to school. Sometimes we need a stronger message, we need someone to paint the image of the child. For children who missed an education, I say, that might of been the person to cure cancer or the one to invent clean energy. Sometimes I think that one might have brought democracy and freedom or better yet the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Then, I have often wondered why it's so much easier for a child to give something up than for an adult. My name is Mark Presson, I am the CEO for Star of Hope I can write and say this because I have traveled and met people and seen the reactions.
I've been talking to groups, youth, adult, children, and families and I see and experience that children give easier than adults. I never take any donation from a child unless of course their parents are there and want to do a lesson of the giving, yet you would be amazed at how many children would give up the $2 in their pocket that they were going to use for candy or ice cream and give it to me after I have shared with them about how little children have it in some of the poorest places on our planet.
The children I am speaking of have no resentment whatsoever; these children are full of emotion with joy and want to give from their heart. Were we all like that once?
Yes, we have grown used to hearing the critic's voice, it is easy for the critic to be heard, (thank you internet), some say, “shall I give to these non-profits with super inflated salaries" or we hear “let me tell you I am broke and I take care of mine only" and then some just say "...good for you Star of Hope and Good luck" but we are not giving now.
People who give, specifically adults, who give by choice are usually happier people than most. I did not say more affluent, more important or simply richer; no, they are just happier. It is proven that those who give of their time, talent or treasure are happier, fact.
From blood to coffee: a study done last year showed that the average America spends close to $1,000 on coffee per year per person. That is an incredible amount of money and I don't know if I believe that number, but it’s one we can work with and think about if we or you could perhaps go without a coffee.
I wonder, can we give up a few coffee drinks under a short specified time and do something fantastic with that money. Yes!, I used the money word! Just like a small amount of blood can save the one who needs blood and also the same thing could be said about the small amount of cash from foregone snacks, candy, chips, coca-cola, an entertainment expense. Yes, we probably all spend a lot more than we think we do.
I feel the huge "elephant in the room" in the USA with money is of course retirement and we are not talking about that, however, a close second with all people is trying to get an iron grip on the amount of their discretionary spending. Generally speaking, we're not very careful with our personal discretionary spending and that is the money I want to talk to you about right now as it is often 2, 3, or 5 times more than we "feel" it was or is, but of course, if and when we look at the credit card or check statement we just shake our heads and say hmm or worse.
I want your help with the allocation of a small amount of your discretionary spending, specifically the part that comes from you "giving something up in partnership with no resentment". I do not want your 10% tithe, I don't want your paycheck, I do not want your boat or that old hot rod or other gifts and there is a reason why.
A small portion of your discretionary (think voluntary) spending can change a life, It can educate, heal, build, share, care and more. All the small amounts when put together make a huge force of change.
There are people who need your help and you can help them very simply by giving up an indulgence, a movie, or dinner out. It will make you stronger too. This inner strength comes from a project that will support you. It is called (Skip it to Give it) or #skipittogiveit. “Skip it to Give it” happens for two weeks in October and you can do it individually, in your family, or a group.
I am asking you the question, will you let a coffee or a snack take the role of "life changing for a child in need?" Please then take a look at the campaign page, see who and what your coffee, candy, snack, dinner cash will do and then ask yourself when you're finished looking at the page and the video that explained all things about the campaign “why not, why can't my family give something up for 2 weeks and help somebody? Pretend they are bleeding in your living room and then ask "will I help"?
Join "Skip it to Give it" here.
Thank you and Rich Blessings to you and yours!
Get the package here!
Mark Presson CEO
Did you hear how easy it is to Skip it?
We are doing this!
Did you know, it is simple to be a part of "Skip it to Give it".
It takes place over a 2-week period. October 16-29 is suggested but any 2-week period is fine.
People are encouraged to give up a daily item for 2 weeks and instead put the money they saved into the provided envelope.
People are encouraged to increase prayer for the people of Haiti for the 2 weeks.
Envelopes are collected and returned to Star of Hope.
You then receive updates from Star of Hope about how your money was used to help the Haitians.
Do not delay sign up your group now, it is going to be great!
You can't imagine how happy Star of Hope Haiti was when they found out that some children from Great Bend Kansas were able to supply them with 4000 seedlings to reforest much-needed Countryside in Haiti. The planting will occur in the mountain village of Bois Negresse. They suffered a forest fire and it destroyed part of the forest. Now the planting will be done by our sponsored children and forest workers.
We thank Grace Community Church VBS 2017 for raising enough money to plant 4000 trees and we also want to thank the donor who anonymously doubled the gift.
The Children at Grace during VBS 2017 heard about the situation of children in Haiti, deforestation and the need for trees. New trees will hinder an even larger problem.
They also decorated stars to send to children at Star of Hope project in Bois Negresse, Haiti.
Star of Hope has been working in Haiti for almost 40 years, with help from people like you, we support; 7 churches, 7 schools, and 3 children's homes. Haiti has suffered more than its fair share of natural disasters over the years so these trees will really help protect the countryside and will teach the children good stewardship of their natural resources. So again thank you very much to each and one of you who has donated to this wonderful project. If your VBS or Youth group would like to help with trees in Haiti please contact us via info@starofhope or call us on 866 653 0321.
Another way to get involved with your group is to join #skipittogiveit this is a new fun way to get groups involved in helping. Look at the Campaign here.
Thank you from Star of Hope
We have developed a new campaign for integration into the Church and community... we call it ”Skip it to Give it”. We will be talking a lot about this in the next few months because we want you to get your groups involved and #skipittogiveit.
The campaign helps develop Christian characteristics in our youth while also helping to give a hand up to our brothers and sisters in Haiti, the poorest country in this hemisphere. Visiting Haiti is quite difficult for me on a personal level and I cannot seem to get away from the thought that it is in the western hemisphere, so close to the USA, it should not be like this. In Haiti, due to repeating disasters; I have seen people who have lost everything they own several times over! Restarting their lives is a normal part of their life. I believe we need to help them with a hand up not a hand out. We need to help them there in their community and home. We can be that hand up, it’s so easy.
The “Skip it to Give it” campaign can literally change the lives of people in Haiti, just by applying a few simple steps to your everyday living. Imagine thinking about others before buying that Starbucks coffee, or that half dozen Dunkin Donuts, and taking those few dollars and giving them to help feed the hungry in Haiti?
As far as how this will spiritually grow you and your church, just visit the campaign page www.starofhope.us/skip and look at the “how it works” video. This campaign is one way to help the lights of the needy to not be extinguished and help our lives honor God and shine light a little brighter in a dark world.
As far as how this will help Haiti, share this mail with your church, people of leadership in your community and share it with your own family. The possible groups to participate is endless...the NHS at your local high school, your business office, Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, community service groups, or motorcycle club. A movement can begin with one person sharing about this campaign and thus catalyzing others to respond to the need. Just imagine a whole community of people remembering the need before they spend the green and being a living example of “Skip it to Give it” to others! Wow!
Our friend Pastor Jonathan explains it so well in this video,
Join us, help change a life, be the change, go here: www.starofhope.us/skip
Broken hearts with a great destiny - what a great thing to touch and help the hearts.
Beginning July 9th some 200 people will descend on a camp located in Constanta, near the Black sea. This group of people will not be the usual campers, rather they will be families with a very special gift – a child with disabilities.
During the week these families can escape the burden of alone, caring for their special child. The moms and dads will be encouraged, learn new skills and have time to rekindle their love for each other.
The children will have activities and opportunities to do things they might have never done. They will play outside, see the ocean, and make new friends who are special, just like them. All of this happens under the supervision of caring specialists.Of course, there will be sessions where everyone’s faith is strengthened and each will be encouraged to follow Christ.
Speakers will come from many countries to share with these dear people. This cannot happen without your help. The people who need to come to this camp simply don’t have the resources to make it happen. All they have is tied up in caring for their child. But you can give them a hand.
Call us on 866 653 0321
In Romania and Moldova Star of Hope is improving the lives of children with special needs. We are also working to keep children off the streets. We do this, for example, by providing support for various daytime activities for socially excluded children as well as children with special needs. We also run fitness activities, integration of work and working with the development of parent associations. Our Christian conferences encourage mothers and fathers of special needs children in their faith while providing knowledge and skills on caring for their child. Through visiting occupational therapists, physical therapists, specialist teachers and others, we provide transfer of knowledge to the Romanian health professionals and authorities which in many areas changed their way of working. Star of Hope continues to actively work to affect the public opinion and attitudes about children with special needs.
Star of Hope is also working actively to change the attitudes of health professionals and political leaders. The sight of these children with special needs has long been characterized by the notion that people with special needs cannot contribute to society and that therefore they are inferior. Instead, they have been placed in institutions, where they had to endure both physical and psychological abuse. They never get out of bed, do not learn to walk, talk, feed themselves, dress or do without a diaper. There was simply no time to give every child adequate care. The children were under-stimulated and forced to a life without the possibility to develop as human beings and live full lives.
God is Good!