What's in the box? 

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Click the goat to find out.

You decide what's in the box. We hope it will be a gift from our Christmas catalog. A gift that will help a child in need.

Christmas is near and we ask you to consider giving through Star of Hope and Tent Mission to spread joy where it is most needed.

You can be a Christmas blessing this year and if you give in honor of another, personalized "in honor" of cards are available.

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When you visit the "shop" you will see it is a lot of goats and chickens this year. The reason is simple, they are the most effective gifts and are needed together with food.

When you and your family participate in our mostly “Pay it Forward” Christmas gift-giving program, you become a “Star of Hope" for that child and their family.

Together, with your help, we can impact lives around the world. This year the pandemic has created a situation that our 50 years of helping children have never seen. The Men women and children we help are much worse off than before due to the pandemic. Yes, it is sad but true, our kids are in a bad place due to Covid but you and your family can be a light of hope and a blessing.

It takes just one gift to shatter their darkness.

This year's catalog is different, most all items are specifically designed to fight the lingering effects of the pandemic.

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Do even the goats have masks?

 

The situation is very hard for many of our kids so we now ask you to act by doing one of two things:

 

1. Visit the Christmas Shop 

2. Print this Catalog 

Then take it to your church or workplace for insertion into the bulletin or to place in the common area.  

You will hear a lot about Christmas from now on and we hope you will do more to help a child, like but at our Christmas shop.

Star of Hope and Tent Mission thanks you for the kids.

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www.starofhope.us/shop

Have a look a Christmas around the world.

 

 

 

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You are so important to the children who benefit from your generous support. Thank You so much. Together with us, you have made great things happen this year. You have fed, given clean water, educated, kept healthy, built great things and brought children to Christ. What a great and huge thing we have done together, thank you.

We are proud of you and that we do not change our mandate. Right now, the children helped through you have gained a better life and are much better off due to you!
Thanks to you they are on the right path for a better future.

In the New Year, we will continue to do the work much the same way to get to the same goal of creating Godly men and women. 

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Thank you!


Here are a few examples of what is on our hearts in the New Year and where your blessings would go.

• Continue to ensure our children receive a better education through:
• Teacher training 
• Continue the Lunch program “lunch buddy” (over 150 000 lunches has been funded because of our Lunch Buddy program)
• Drill more water wells.
• Provide more training and services to families caring for children with disabilities
• Conduct more Bible classes for adults, children, and youth
• Continue to develop a legacy giving fund.
• Start a daughter entity “Tent Mission”.

This year we will start a new entity called “Tent Mission” we have heard that some of you and some potential donors desire to give to a more evangelization specific bible true partner. That partner will be “Tent Mission” and will be under the Star of Hope umbrella.
Inversely those who want to give to different development and classic education can continue with Star of Hope.

Blessings and hope to you and yours for a wonderful New Year.

Star of Hope

  www.starofhope.us/give is where you should climb aboard

My wife, Linda is a gifted writer. She works part time for Star of Hope and was the primary person involved with the 2014 Christmas Gift Catalog.

Did I mention she is also a grandmother? Three beautiful little grand daughters. That probably spoke to her heart when she heard from another grandmother who used the Christmas Gift Catalog.

She tells the story in her blog. http://bit.ly/KingsGifts

May you be blessed by her story.

-Barry Borror

President & CEO

 

We are calling your heart! Christmas is soon and we ask you to give through Star of Hope and Tent Mission to help a child!

Be a Christmas blessing to one in need, personalized in honor of cards are available.

Visit the Christmas Shop 

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Goats and chickens again, well yes of course. When you and your family participate this year in our mostly “Pay it Forward” gift program, you become a “Star of Hope". Together, with your help, we can impact lives around the world. This year the pandemic has created a situation that our 50 years of helping children have never seen. The Men women and children we help are much worse off than the poorest here at home. Our kids are in a bad place due to Covid but you and your family can be a light of hope and a blessing, just a simple gift will shatter their darkness.

This year's catalog is different, most all items are specifically designed to fight the lingering effects of the pandemic. We now ask you to act, do one of 3 things please:

 

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1. Visit the Web Shop

Print Legal size Catalog and take it to your church for insertion into the bulletin.  

3. Print 1-page (2up) Letter size Catalog and give 1 page to a few friends.

 

 

That is it you are done. Unless you want to help us distribute the catalog. If you are interested take the next step, help us distribute the 2020 Christmas catalog to like-minded people, groups, and Churches: 

 

Print the full catalog on letter duplex color or B&W

Christmas 2020 gift guide WEB 2020 Page 1   Christmas 2020 gift guide WEB 2020 Page 2

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Print on legal duplex color or B&W

Fold and combine - or send it to your printer!

Here is a mini 2 per page Christmas bulletin insert for printing.

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In the online catalog, Star of Hope works with local people groups in 14 countries to identify the greatest needs. Your donations will purchase real gifts, from goats to books, and everything in between to fill those needs.

Our own Maria Presson talks about the results, "I have seen with my own eyes the positive impact your generous giving has had on the families and communities we serve,” states Maria. “I had the privilege to travel many times to project countries at this time of year. I have met many children and families who are blessed to be recipients of Star of Hope’s support, thanks to donors like you. It is a blessing that the education programs and the “pay it forward” program are helping, and will continue to give meaning, and change lives now, and in the future.”

When our Star of Hope teams deliver these life-changing gifts to children and families, we personally witness the hope and gratitude in their eyes. Together we can create real change in the lives of children, families, and communities through your generous contributions. Thank you for giving hope, prosperity, and a future to so many in need.

Blessings and wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday season.

Maria Eriksson Presson 

COO Star of Hope

Yes you can do more to halp[ a small child get some hope and Joy!

 

I think it is such a blessing to send a small gift to those who are in need this Christmas.

Need help or want printed copies, call us at 866 653 0321 

The online version is also open for all at www.starofhope.us/shop

God Bless you and yours

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Can you figure out which one of these photographs is our good friend Emmett B Ziggler when he either found out (A) his wife was not going to take him to dinner or (B) when he found out why he was going to get to skip dinner? We think you can guess.

Be like Emmett, skip dinner with #skipittogiveit and make someone else happy and guess what, you won't starve. In fact, you just might feel better, just like Emmett B Ziggler. When he found out that together we will help a family in need.


Skip it to Give it is simple, easy, and effective have a look here.

Working in the non-profit sector helping across the world in the poorest areas, I often ponder on the difference a normal "working joe" can make. After all, most of us are not able to fund extensive development projects, costing millions! Most of us couldn't take off for a year or two and volunteer our time and knowledge. So can I as an "average American" really make a difference with my $50 or less?

I can answer that with a shouted - yes, you can. How? Simple. Sponsor a child through Star of Hope (my organization) or another organization you trust. You see, our interest shows up in the life of the child we support. That child receives hope in the knowledge that someone cares. They feel a sense of responsibility to do well for their sponsor.

Don't do nothing because you believe you can't change the world. The only gift that doesn't make a difference, is the gift not made.

Barry W Borror
President & CEO

Good News: Thanks to you; Star of Hope is changing nations.

Recently we inaugurated our new resource center for vulnerable children in Husi, Romania.

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For 30 years, Star of Hope has been proactive in abolishing the institutions in which some children with disabilities were locked up during the communist era.

We support:

     6 rehabilitation centers

     2 centers for socially vulnerable children

     5 resource and education centers

     14 parent associations and national parents' federation

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The center was renovated with the support of the Huși Municipality, and the project is part-financed by the EU. The project manager for the entire municipal center is Star of Hope Romania.

Thank you to everyone who supports our work in Romania.

  

Good News: Thanks to YOU, Star of Hope recently transported and delivered food and hygiene products to all Star of Hope Haiti schools, and all the kids were able to receive school supplies.

Inspection and follow-up visits will start soon. Most of the children wear masks and all teachers have taken hygiene and social distancing measures to protect children from the spread of  COVID-19. Through the health and hygiene program, we supplied each school with cleaning materials, a sanitation station for washing hands, and a thermometer to take the students’ temperatures at the school entrance. We make sure the kids always have access to handwashing facilities and safe drinking water.

Good News: Thanks to YOU, another water well was drilled in Marigot, Haiti, recently. Easy as 1 2 3

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Today, water is available in the community of Marigot at four locations in villages 1mile from each other. One of the wells is in the schoolyard for the exclusive use of the school and church members. The other wells are placed in three of the poorest areas of Marigot to serve the community. Star of Hope aims to drill a total of 6 wells in Marigot to serve the 10,000 people who live there. We are still looking for funds to drill the two remaining wells to meet the water needs of the population.

Good News: Christmas catalogs have been sent out.

We hope you received your Christmas Gift Guide and have taken the time to look through it. The selections have been minimized due to prioritizing the greatest needs. We do our best to get all the children taken care of to the best of our abilities.

Please visit the shop online visit www.starofhope.us/shop

Thank you and God Bless,

Mark Presson

CEO Star of Hope 

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bff - best friends forever, in Brazil

In Brazil, Star of Hope works primarily with pre-schools in the slums. The desired outcome of this work is that the children will acquire the preschool skills they need to enter the primary school. It is also important to give them a good start in life and prevent them from becoming street children. Of Brazil's large population, some say 200,000 children live on the street while others say have of all children live on the street. Who knows for sure in any case it seems millions of them are street children.

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Give to where it is needed most

Please see, https://www.starofhope.us/give for latest news on this section.

 

With 30,000 kids to look after, a charge that comes with insuring they become educated men and women of God it is important to know where we stand as far as needs are concerned. Here is a list of the top needs for 2014 and beyond, if anything strikes a cord or if God taps you on the shoulder please give us a call and lets talk it over.

Top Needs 2014 and beyond.

We have had a wonderful 2012-2013 with many projects completed. We were blessed with funds for new construction projects including Churches, Schools, and water projects, as well as seed and tool projects and more. Our main thrust is always the 30,000 kids in our schools, learning their abc’s as well as hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Vision is a world where all children have an opportunity to become educated, healthy adults, get involved in their communities and share their love of Jesus Christ.

We depend on your time, talent and treasure. Without you, the kids would not be in school and our extra important projects would never have a chance, so thank you and God bless you.

Our desire is that you become a sponsor. That is what we need to make is possible to help kids around the world. $30 a month will fill the need for one child!

Top needs for extra projects include:

1.            Hesse Church. An additional $50,000 needed

Hesse church is under construction and scheduled to be completed within a few months. The additional funds are needed to make the building a little nicer and provide the furnishings like benches.

A gift to this project will greatly encourage the church people and children who have been holding worship under a tarp since the earthquake in 2010.

2.           Repair to 4 other Haitian Churches. $80,000 needed

There are simple church buildings in each of the other project communities, where we work. These buildings are all in need of repairs. Some paint, some structural repairs, others roof repair or furnishings.

This project will provide clean up and repairs to various church buildings and result in bringing Glory to God as the people see that God does provide.

3.           Four (4) classrooms for Bois Negresse school. $76,000 needed

The Bois Negresse school is in one of the poorest communities where we work. We have been able to procure land and build a 4 classroom preschool building with kitchen and dining area. The kids in grades 1-6 have been meeting under a shed without walls for the past two years. A youth group in Sweden has raised the first $38,000 to build 2 classrooms. We need to build two more units, each with 2 classrooms to complete the school. Each unit of 2 classrooms is $38,000.

4.           Build new children’s home to replace one that we have to vacate. $375,000 needed

This is the Carrefour children’s home for 100 kids. They have to vacate the property which they did not own. The government has made land available outside the city. Other donors have pledged or given half of the total cost of $750,000. The balance we need is $375,000.

This will build 4 group homes, each holding 20 children and an apartment for a set of house parents. The project also includes a dining/study hall and office/guest house.

5.           School Based Community Health Pilot Project- Haiti. $25,000 needed

This project has been conceived to meet the need of helping the children grow up healthy. It is not an acute care project, but rather education and community (public) health.

6.           Pastor and Christian Workers Seminar. $15,000 needed

This provides a retreat setting for the Haitian pastors and workers. They will sit under the teaching of men from the USA and or Sweden. It includes the cost of the facility, transportation for the men, food and materials costs.

7.           Child Evangelism & Discipleship Training. $97,500 needed

This project will make sure that each child has a Bible. Each teacher has training in child evangelism and child discipleship training. Since this is a startup project for us that we intend to replicate world-wide, I estimate the cost to be $25 per child. We have 3,900 children presently in our projects in Haiti.

The dream is to expand this all 30,000 children we work with worldwide. The cost for that will reach $600,000.

8.            Christian Youth Complex in Argentina. $1,500,000 needed

This project now has a 500 strong church body, however they meet in a tent and it is overflowing. The Church in the Chaco province is concentrating on winning souls in the Church and on the streets. The young pastor and his whole team are on fire. The church building within the complex is expected to run $250,000 or about 15% of the total project. They are growing fast and they need a real church building.

This church will have multiple uses and is tied to the Christian sports activities as well. The dream is to get the church built at create a soul winning machine in northern Argentina.

9.           School books in all countries. $500,000 needed

Every year school books cost more and it does not matter where in the world you are. The need is endless and we always need funding for school books to produce graduates.

10.         Romanian family conferences and bible classes. $40,000 needed

Starting in September 2013, in Dorohoi, Romania, we have begun Bible classes we have planned for some time. We want to do expand these outreach efforts.

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. The center is changing lives and we want to empower the team much more.

11.         Church support in rural Philippines. $15,000 needed

We support a school and a church in western Quezon province of the Philippines. Pastor Ben Mergano who spearheaded the work passed away last December, however his work continues and we want the work to prosper.

12.         Church support vehicles in Argentina and Haiti. $80,000 needed

Some projects have a real need for vehicles, in these countries the roads are terrible and reliable transportation is a must for Church and School work.

We have many other smaller projects not listed here so please give us a call and tell us what your interest is. ( 1 866 653 0321) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blessings and thanks.

Staff, Star of Hope

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Thank you for your gift that gives hope.

Greetings!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ~ Philippians 4:6-8

 

Prayer, thanksgiving, and worthy thoughts...this is how you live with hope! Of course, it is easier when you have access to food and don’t have to resort to selling your sons and daughters off to older men in order to eat. 

 

PRAYER

We have seen growing desperation in our poorest countries where the government still has its people on lockdown. Teenage Pregnancy Crisis - up to 4,000 adolescent girls have gotten pregnant in Mombasa County alone between January and May 2020. The figure for the whole country may run into several thousand. Adolescent girls are encouraged by their parents to indulge in sexual behaviors with older men so that they can put food on the table. This situation puts them at risk of early pregnancies, early marriages, and dropping out of school. This scenario has been happening since the start of the pandemic in public schools, around Mikindani, and the slum areas of Mikindani, where most of our children reside. 

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This desperate situation is more harmful to the girls than the Covid-19 virus. 

 THANKSGIVING

We can’t lose focus on the positive results that have been achieved in our projects through our intervention programs. Teacher Involvement in-home visits to our children, counseling the children, and checking up on their education progress has enabled our children to stay focused and connected to their education.

Another blessing is that Star of Hope Kenya has incorporated a new program, the Pastoral Care Program for the Girl Child, which is focused on helping our girls deal with the challenges they are facing at home during this time. 

The Relief Feeding program has also made it possible for our female children and their families to avoid being victims of trafficking and the teenage pregnancy crisis as they have enough food to sustain themselves. 

 

WORTHY THOUGHTS

We are not alone. We have Christ, our Savior, and we have each other. You do not have to help these children with only your own energy, on your own dime, or depending on your own knowledge. We all come together, offering what we have, and together we make a difference in this world. Together you can educate and feed children. You can protect young girls. You can teach children about Christ. You can do all this without ever leaving the USA because the body of Christ reaches around the world for us...we need to pray for it and support it financially.  

 

In prayer,

Mark Presson

Donations Welcome

 

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As you consider the charitable gifts you will make to close out the year, I ask you to please remember Star of Hope and our work on behalf of children across the world.

Now 2019 is quickly coming to an end, and 2020 will be here before we know it. We get caught up at the end of year activities and we forget about making year-end gifts.
These gifts, large or small, are important to us as it allows our work to blossom and the return on investment is seen in the children's eyes.
Looking over your charitable giving plans between now and Dec. 31 can help assure maximum benefits for you and your family as well as Star of Hope. Giving sometimes helps you meet personal goals as well as spiritual goals.

There many ways you can make a gift before the end of the year that will provide you with valuable benefits and help further the work.
These benefits include tax savings on this year's return and bypass of capital gains tax on the sale of your property.
Here are three options for year-end giving:

A. Make a deductible gift of cash

While all gifts mailed or hand-delivered by Dec. 31 qualify for the charitable deduction, gifts of cash are the most common and the easiest way to give. If you itemize your tax deductions, gifts of cash are deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

B. Make a deductible gift of securities
Making gifts of stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds directly to Star of Hope can bring extra tax savings. If you have held such assets longer than one year, the gift can be deducted at full fair market value, not just the original cost. Giving this way enables you to bypass capital gains tax. Gifts of securities are deductible up to 30 percent of AGI. Please ask your expert too.

C. Make a deductible gift of real estate and avoid taxes
If you own appreciated real estate that you no longer need, consider gifting this property to Star of Hope for the benefit of your personal cause weather it be; education, health, spiritual leadership or other. Star of Hope will sell your property tax-free, and you will receive a charitable tax deduction for the fair market value of the property and avoid paying capital gains tax.

 

Now is also a good time to review your estate plan as well, will you leave a legacy?
Many want to make an impact on the world, to leave it in a better state after we are gone. A bequest is one of the easiest ways to have a lasting impact on the people and organizations that mean the most to you. You can create a bequest of any dollar amount, gift specific property, or designate a percentage of your estate in your will or trust.
Ten percent can make a big impact. Your generosity will make a difference for years to come.

These are but a few examples of what we plan for the New Year;

• Get more youth bibles in children's hands

• Bible-based missions

• Water wells in Haiti and Argentina

• New building in Argentina

• Enhanced nutrition for our kids

• Training and services to families caring for children with disabilities - Romania

• Teacher training

• Economic opportunities for people in Haiti and Argentina

• Alpha classes all over the world

• Lunch program needs a refill

Contact Mark Presson on 620 204 1865 or 1 866 653 0321 for more information on year-end gifts.

God Bless you and Happy New Year

 

Mark Presson

Star of Hope

You may donate by clicking here

 

As I have been pondering how to condense what we in Star of Hope are accomplishing into a short phrase, I have found it difficult. Like many non-profits we seem to be pretty good at telling you what things we are doing but not what we are actually accomplishing.

This exercise in creating a short blurb message has been a good one for me to work on because it helps me focus. After looking at all the things we have going on - quite a remarkable list itself - I have come up with a phrase I like. "We are helping kids change the world" Then I thought to myself, really? That's quite a statement.

As I researched more, I found it is true. It fits in with measuring success one child at a time.

I found this Blog by my good friend Dennis Thern that highlights this well. Read his blog Success Stories from the Philippines by Dennis Thern

My next blog I will tell you more of how I decided that we really do help kids change the world. Barry Borror President & CEO

 

Thank you for your gift that gives hope. 

Our condensed featured story for you...

The Arnautu family lives in the poor Roma community of Babadag in the SE area of ​​Romania. Living conditions of the family of 8 are challenging. Their house is a small room without electricity. Drinking water has to be carried in from the outskirts of town.  There is no bathroom or kitchen, and the place has a clay floor. The bedroom is for all 8 members where they have a single bed made by planks. To warm up in winter, they burn cardboard found in dumpsters.

 

   

 

During this pandemic, they live on state children’s allowances and social assistance provided by the mayor’s office, a minimal amount for them. Usually, the father would go begging abroad to supplement his family’s income while the children remained in the mother’s care. Before the pandemic, the mother would occasionally work at a wedding salon in the Roma neighborhood, cleaning, and washing dishes. There is a permanent lack of clothes and food for the children. The climate at home is inadequate for their healthy development, especially their ability to do their homework and learn.  They dream of a better future.

Babadag’s Star of Hope Center provided the opportunity to educate three of the kids in the family. They also received help with food, detergents, footwear, clothing, and the parents received parenting counseling.

Despite the living conditions, one of the boys enrolled in the learning center, Leonard, never misses a day. He was enrolled in the preparatory class when he started to come to Star of Hope center, and now he just graduated from the fourth grade with great success. This is an excellent achievement for a child from the Roma community.

Leonard is a hardworking child with a great mind and motivation to finish his education. During primary school, Leonard was supported with a lot of hours at the center learning math and how to read and write. In the past 4 years, we have discovered that Leonard is very good at math. Therefore, Leonard loves math and began to participate in several mathematic competitions. At one point, he obtained a diploma for the “best mathematician” in the class.

During the COVID 19 pandemic, activity at the center had to be suspended. Those 3 children no longer receive the daily hot meal from the center. Often that was the only real meal of the day. The mother can’t work anymore because every business closed their activities, and the father couldn’t go abroad.

During this period, the Arnautu family was visited by the Star of Hope staff, encouraging them to not lose hope and to deliver food packages.

Leonard is unable to attend online school classes because he does not have access to electricity, internet, or a smartphone. This is a big minus for a child eager to learn. The staff provided him educational material on paper to continue to practice math and the Romanian language.

We want you to get involved in these people’s lives, to be changed by your involvement in their education, and to be a wholehearted sponsor.

GIVE HERE - CLICK AND COME ALONGSIDE A CHILD IN NEED JOIN THE FAMILY

 

Working toward a better future,

Mark Presson

I had the privilege for the first time to meet the “Star of Hope drum and lyre Band” in the Star of Hope village Ilog, Infanta Philippines. It is located four hours east from Manila on the other side of Luzon Island. Children between 5 and 12 years old preformed an amazing selection of songs like “Oh when the saints” and a song from the band “One Direction” plus many more.

Assortment of thoughts for the New Year

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Here it is a big "Thank you", to all of you who has sponsored Star of Hope during 2013.
Without you we could not change lives just like the young girl in the photo, she represents one of our 30,000 kids. She was so happy she is made a sign. That's happy.

The violence reported in Argentina has long since calmed down and things are back to "getting back to normal", I wonder what would happen if all the police in your country would go on strike, all at the same time. In any case the projects reported no damages but as you might recall the staff emptied everything from the outlaying places. It was good planning and diligence by the Staff in Argentina that minimized the risk at Star of Hope Argentina.
The work after the disaster in the Philippines continues, the medical teams have gone home and the rebuilding efforts are under way. Maria Presson will have a look in the affected areas in a few weeks so we will hear firsthand how the efforts are shaping up. Also we will send about 27 tons of roofing materials.

Star of Hopes Ben Mergano Dec 2013 A Great Man donate on www.starofhope.us/give to support his family.

Pastor Ben Mergano, a staff pastor in the Philippines passed away just before Christmas. He was a good friend of mine and a role model. He was poor but had much integrity, when we together in 2005 built over 400 homes and apartments and of course the school after devastating mud slides and typhoons he worked relentlessly always putting others before himself. Pastor Ben would always find someone who was needier to help before he allowed us to help him in any way. He was much loved by all in "Real, Quezon Province Philippines". I am a better man for knowing him. We are covering the funeral costs and a small nest egg for the family, please help if you like.

Thank all of you who gave to the Christmas catalog this year it has been the best year ever for giving and we can't wait to get all the photos and reports back; so together we can see and know how many lives we touched. I often wonder about a hen I gave in 2008, how many offspring that one hen has produced, I bet it's a very large number by now.
Haiti is approaching the 4th year anniversary since the earthquake that destroyed so many of our projects; our schools, Churches and tarnished the lives of countless children. Due to the combined efforts of the Star of Hope family, you the donor and the grace of God we have realized some astounding works in Haiti, new wells, churches, schools and a renewed signal that we are in it for the long haul. Whatever it takes, we will do to produce Godly men and women who are educated and have a fighting chance to break the chains of poverty with their education.

Yearend giving was up and we thank you, this extra giving we hope has extra advantages for you as we are so extra grateful for this type of giving as it allows us to do more good works that otherwise would never be done. A new well, a set of 600 school books; a party the list goes on and on.

We are always ready to talk about legacy giving with you. Yes it's a somber topic but it should be fun! Simple accounts or more complex instruments like a charitable trust or a fund. All these gifts represent a powerful and meaningful way for you to create a philanthropic legacy for your family or yourself. Perhaps you have land, oil or capital investments you have contemplated "doing something different with", if this is you let's talk.

It makes me happy that each day we are able to help so many children earn an education and learn more about Christ. In the US we talk about the education system, our children's education, and college costs all while the older segments talk about continuing education for themselves. It is arguable that education is directly connected to income. In Christian circles it is always continued learning and relationship building. So it feels right that so many people are concentrated on education as that is what we do every day!


JOIN US BECOME A SPONSOR

A lot of children in the local communities are very happy and blessed when they have a sponsor! You can be one of those who change a child's life.
Blessings to you and yours.

Mark Presson

Blessings to you and yours from the Star of Hope family.

In this month's letter, you learn about Rosaline, she is just four. She and her mother live in a tiny hut with a dirt floor and no electricity or running water. Rosaline has been living knowing something's going on; she can hear the fear in the voices of the grown-ups around her. Please read more in the letter below.

Also, you can read and learn about the personification of COVID by the children who are mad because he is bad.

Also, we can look at some of the drawings some of the children have done. 

Have a look at the video report from Tony as well!

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Read the pdf Letter here and See Tonys Video here or below. - Thanks

 

 

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We had the honor to meet with Hon. Guia Gomez the San Juan, Manila Mayor. A few years back when Star of Hope was going to be forced to give back the land we had lease grant for 25 years. The same land our Taytay School is located on. The Mayor was part of the land swap deal that enabled us to keep the land in Taytay and more importantly the school. Instead of a returned lease we would give land to the government.

Thankfully, Star of Hope Philippines owned a parcel in an attractive spot in a subdivision of Crame. Today when we meet with the Mayor she was so grateful for the land swap because now the City of San Juan is building a school on the lot Star of Hope swapped with the city. Land is so expensive here in Crame so the government could not have bought the land themselves. So even if we did not put up a school on that lot as we planned to do; if the Taytay land swap deal had fell through. The great news is that there is a school being built there right now and the children in Crame, a squatter area will soon have a school and no longer will they have to commute 30 minutes to go to school.

On Dec 1, 2013 I was privildged to be part of the dedication and inaguration of the new church campus in Rigaud, Haiti. It was a joyful time, celebrating how God heard His people's cry and saw their distress. He provided a new place to gather following the loss caused by the 2010 earthquake. It was a joyous time and you can see pictures and read about it by clicking here.

Returning to Tony and Myrtha's home just after dark, we were talking about the events taking place and how excited we were to see how God had provided. Getting close to our destination, bouncing down the rough road, our headlights illuminated a young boy, maybe 7 years old on the side of the road. We were busy with our own conversation and didn't pay much heed to him.

As we passed by we glanced at him and noticed his head was down and his eyes were darting to and fro over the rough dirt road. As we passed our impression was that he was crying. As we rounded the next corner, Tony and I both commented that he probably lost a coin that his mother had given him to go to the corner merchant and buy something that family needed for dinner. He will be in big trouble for losing the money when he returns home. For us it would not have been much. He might have had a 1 gourde coin (about 2 cents). Maybe he was sent to buy one bullion cube to season the evenings rice and beans. We will never know because we didn't stop.

As we sat in our airconditioned car, waiting for someone to open the gate into Tony's home, we looked at each other and both said almost in unison, we should have stopped. We should have stopped to lend a light for that boys search. We should have stopped to meet his need. We easily could have given him a few gourdes to replace his loss. But we didn't because we were too busy.

That feeling of regret is as strong as the joy of the celebration we had with the 500 people who came to dedicate the new church building.

I have committed to be more aware of people. Don't let regret live alongside the celebration of Christ's birth. See the needs, hear the cries and take steps to help. I can always do something.

I pray that you will have a blessed Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to be aware of people around you. You may be the blessing that someone needs.

We are thrilled to bring you the Star of Hope Giving Guide. By participating in this “Pay it Forward” gift program, you can be a “STAR of Hope” and, give children and families a bright future. Together, with your help, we can impact lives around the world. They need and you can help at Christmas.

 

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Click Goat to go to the order form for a goat! BAAA!   

OR CLICK HERE TO GO TO ONLINE SHOP 

 

For 50 years now, Star of Hope and people like you have improved the lives of local people groups in 14 countries. We work to identify the greatest needs among Women, Men, and children. Your donations will purchase real gifts, from goats to books, and everything in between to fill those greatest needs.


“I have seen with my own eyes the positive impact your generous giving has had on the families and communities we serve,” states Maria Presson. Maria a manager of the international organization continues...“I had the privilege to travel to Argentina this year. While there, I met many children and families who are blessed to be recipients of Star of Hope’s support, thanks to donors like you. It is a blessing that the education programs and the “pay it forward” program are helping, and will continue to give meaning, and change lives now, and in the future.”

When our Star of Hope teams deliver these life-changing gifts to children and families, we personally witness the hope and gratitude in their eyes. Together we can create real change in the lives of children, families, and communities through your generous contributions. Thank you for giving hope, prosperity and a future to so many in need.

Blessings and wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday season.

Maria Eriksson Presson 


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I think it is such a blessing to send a small gift to those who are in need this Christmas, don't you?

Church members, Club members,

please help us get the catalog in your bulletins, send this to your pastor or bulletin printer.

 

Help us distribute the 2-part catalog to like-minded people, save or print from this link:

Print on letter duplex color or B&W

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Christmas-Giving-Guide---outside.pdf

Print on legal duplex color or B&W

Fold and combine - or send it to your printer!

 

Here is a mini 2 up Christmas bulletin insert for printing.

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Print  instructions mini:

Here is how, print in color or B&W, duplex flip on the short edge should be used if you can, then each letter-size sheet will have 2 mini catalogs.

The size is perfect for bulletin inserts at church too. No worries, If you have no duplex then just print as is and that works well too.

 

I think it is such a blessing to send a small gift to those who are in need this Christmas.

Need help or want printed copies, call us at 866 653 0321 

The online version is also open for all at www.starofhope.us/shop

BE BLESSED AND BE A BLESSING

 


 

 

 

In Taytay, the sounds, the excitement, the multitude of colorful children who meets us feels fantastic. The children rush forward and greet us with big smiles and shout “Mabuhay” or hello in Tagalog.

This is the 26th “Foundation Day" at Star of Hope’s school in Taytay, Rizal Manila Philippines. This school was built 26 years ago in a garbage dump, an area without roads, electricity and water. Now however it is a place for 2200 students from grades one through high school.The day is celebrated with dance performances in the form of a competition where the different grades will compete.

 

As you consider the charitable gifts you will make to close out the year, I ask you to please remember Star of Hope and our work on behalf of children across the world.

Now 2016 is quickly coming to an end, and 2016 will be here before we know it. We get caught up in the end of year activities and we forget about making year-end gifts.
These gifts, large or small, are important to us as it allows our work to blossom and the return on investment is seen in the children's eyes.
Looking over your charitable giving plans between now and Dec. 31 can help assure maximum benefits for you and your family as well as Star of Hope. Giving sometimes helps you meet personal goals as well spiritual goals.

There many ways you can make a gift before the end of the year that will provide you with valuable benefits and help further the work.
These benefits include tax savings on this year's return and bypass of capital gains tax on the sale of your property.
Here are three options for year-end giving:

A. Make a deductible gift of cash

While all gifts mailed or hand-delivered by Dec. 31 qualify for the charitable deduction, gifts of cash are the most common and the easiest way to give. If you itemize your tax deductions, gifts of cash are deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

B. Make a deductible gift of securities
Making gifts of stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds directly to Star of Hope can bring extra tax savings. If you have held such assets longer than one year, the gift can be deducted at full fair market value, not just the original cost. Giving this way enables you to bypass capital gains tax. Gifts of securities are deductible up to 30 percent of AGI. Please ask your expert too.

C. Make a deductible gift of real estate and avoid taxes
If you own appreciated real estate that you no longer need, consider gifting this property to Star of Hope for the benefit of your personal cause weather it be; education, health, spiritual leadership or other. Star of Hope will sell your property tax-free, and you will receive a charitable tax deduction for the fair market value of the property and avoid paying capital gains tax.

 

Now is also a good time to review your estate plan as well, will you leave a legacy?
Many want to make an impact on the world, to leave it in a better state after we are gone. A bequest is one of the easiest ways to have a lasting impact on the people and organizations that mean the most to you. You can create a bequest of any dollar amount, gift specific property, or designate a percentage of your estate in your will or trust.
Ten percent can make a big impact. Your generosity will make a difference for years to come.

These are but a few examples of what we plan for the New Year;

• Get more youth bibles in children's hands

• Water wells in Haiti and Argentina

• New building in Argentina

• Enhanced nutrition for our kids

• Training and services to families caring for children with disabilities - Romania

• Teacher training

• Economic opportunities for people in Haiti and Argentina

• Alpha classes all over the world

• Lunch program needs a refill

Contact Mark Presson on 620 204 1865 or 1 866 653 0321 for more information on year-end gifts.

God Bless you and Happy New Year

Star of Hope

 

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As you consider the charitable gifts you will make to close out the year, I ask you to please remember Star of Hope and our work on behalf of children across the world.

Now 2019 is quickly coming to an end and 2020 will be here before we know it. We get caught up in end-of-year activities and we forget about making year-end gifts.
These gifts, large or small, are important to us. They allow our work to blossom and the return on investment is seen in the children's eyes.
Looking over your charitable giving plans, between now and Dec. 31, can help assure maximum benefits for you and your family as well as Star of Hope. Giving sometimes helps you meet personal goals as well as spiritual goals.

There many ways you can make a gift before the end of the year that will provide you with valuable benefits and help further the work.
These benefits include tax savings on this year's return and bypass of capital gains tax on the sale of your property.
Here are three options for year-end giving:

A. Make a deductible gift of cash

While all gifts mailed or hand-delivered by Dec. 31 qualify for the charitable deduction, gifts of cash are the most common and the easiest way to give. If you itemize your tax deductions, gifts of cash are deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

B. Make a deductible gift of securities
Making gifts of stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds directly to Star of Hope can bring extra tax savings. If you have held such assets longer than one year, the gift can be deducted at full fair market value, not just the original cost. Giving this way enables you to bypass capital gains tax. Gifts of securities are deductible up to 30 percent of AGI. Please ask your expert.

C. Make a deductible gift of real estate and avoid taxes
If you own appreciated real estate that you no longer need, consider gifting this property to Star of Hope for the benefit of your personal cause weather it is; education, health, spiritual leadership or other. Star of Hope will sell your property tax-free, and you will receive a charitable tax deduction for the fair market value of the property and avoid paying capital gains tax.

D. Give crops or leases.

Are you a farmer or perhaps in the oil patch? You can give away those items to help children perpetually and you can call the shots!.

 

Now is also a good time to review your estate plan, as well as ask, will you leave a legacy?

Many want to make an impact on the world, to leave it in a better state after we are gone. A bequest is one of the easiest ways to have a lasting impact on the people and organizations that mean the most to you. You can create a bequest of any dollar amount, gift specific property, or designate a percentage of your estate in your will or trust.
Ten percent can make a big impact. Your generosity will make a difference for years to come.

These are but a few examples of what we plan for the New Year;

• Get more youth bibles in children's hands

• Water wells in Haiti and Argentina

• New building in Argentina

• Expand Awana International partnership to 3 new countries

• Enhanced nutrition for our kids

• Training and services to families caring for children with disabilities - Romania

• Teacher training

• Economic opportunities for people in Haiti and Argentina

• Alpha classes all over the world

• Lunch program needs a refill

• Christian classes for young men and women in the Philippines to learn Biblical respect for the sexes 

• Doing the Great Commission.

 

Please pray and, if needed, ask your accountant if a donation can benefit your situation.

 

Contact Mark Presson on 1 866 653 0321 for more information on year-end gifts.

God Bless you and yours and Happy New Year

Mark Presson CEO

Star of Hope

 

Please pray and consider a year-end gift, donate here.

 

 

Helping children become godly men and women, so they can change their world.

That’s what you have done this past year through your support of Star of Hope. Whether you sponsor a child, helped fund a project or have made a general gift, you have made a difference, and I appreciate it greatly.

As I write this, across the world, the thousands of children we help and their families are preparing to celebrate Christmas. With your support, we have been able to make sure they have heard the true Christmas message. For most of them Christmas isn’t about receiving “things” and getting “stuff”. Rather they love to hear the story of how God loved them so very much He sent His own Son, Jesus.

They find it easy to relate to being born in a barn, as most of them were birthed at home, many in simple houses that are no more than a “barn” or “shed”. They understand that the birth of a child is special as they have been there for the birth of their brothers and sisters. They get to celebrate those births. When we talk about the shepherds coming to celebrate the birth of Jesus, they understand it in ways we do not.

Christmas helps me put things in perspective. It reminds me of why I do what I do each day. It reminds me of how much I appreciate your support which sustains Star of Hope as we work to help these children.

As I look forward to 2015, I believe we must do more to help these children grow into men and women that God can use to make a real difference. I am committed to make that happen.

Would you join me?

Barry Borror, President & CEO

 

A young 84 year old, Bessie Dewerff and Star of Hope's CEO Barry Borror report on a trip that is long overdue here is a compilation of tweets and texts and photos from the duo.


Nov 30 We have arrived in Haiti. Bessie with Tony and Myrtha at their home.
We had a wonderful flight into Haiti. All the suitcases are here. Tony and Myrtha are doing a brunch and then we will go to Jeanton to see the preschool building.

Tony, Bessie and Barry visited Jeanton School. It was Saturday afternoon and very hot. But more than 100 preschool age children came to show off their classrooms to us! Here are the preschool children singing to Bessie. They came to the school on Saturday afternoon to show off their school classrooms. Thanks to the donor who provided the preschool classrooms in Jeanton! http://youtu.be/gxYy9koJOnU

 

Rigaud, Haiti a Church dedication. Bessie was the honored visitor. It was a true celebration and time of prayer for the donor who made it possible. More will follow later. — with Bessie Dewerff.

Bessie Dewerff had the joyous honor of cutting the ribbon to open the church. This was the first Sunday that services were held in the new building. An estimated 500 people joined the celebration and dedication. — with Bessie Dewerff and Antonio Boursiquot in purple, Star of Hope's project manager in Haiti and for this project as well.

The people of Rigaud honored Bessie Dewerff with a plaque and flowers. — with Bessie Dewerff.

 

 

Did you know that...

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Also because of people like you, more than 30,000 children receive education and care through Star of Hope.

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