Fearful of the unknown? Feel out of control?


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This update was to tell you about all our school closings "across the globe" and how our children will be and are affected. It is going to be a huge change for nonprofits across the board, with no exceptions.

Star of Hope and Tent Mission is 50 years old and have been proud to not change our operations to match the flavor of the times. No, the Gospel and education are our main thrusts and will remain.

So, that leaves this article, up in the air a bit as I really want to discuss fear, being nervous and even mention anxiety. Fear is a strong emotion and I bet we all are more fearful now than a month ago, mix in anxiety and the uneasiness we feel in our bones in the face of the unknown. It all gets in our minds, hearts, and bodies really fast.

So many people are telling us, writing to us, emailing us about what to do, how to feel and so on...

Then the media, they, for the most part, are spreading fear and the fear let's evil in the door and of course across the news platform the talking heads retract yesterday errors and start in a new cycle of fear.


As Christians, we have to consider evil and all the things evil wants to do!
Fear and anxiety are energy vampires and left unchecked they might even cause us to make bad decisions. As adults, we sometimes have a hard time making good decisions in the light of fear and the unknown. This is a great time to firmly ground ourselves in the word of Christ. That's the main thing I want to share with you.

All this is worse for children and youth. For parents and adults, the best advice that I can find concerning children is to live without fake fear. Show them a fearless person grounded in Christ and be the best example. Create Godley men and women of your children and help your brothers and sisters.


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The Bible doesn’t tell us to run away from fear:
· Fear paralyzes, but we bless others (Gal. 3:6-9).
· Fear resigns itself to fate, but we give the reason for our hope (1 Pet. 3:15).

Star of Hope and Tent Mission helps 22,000 children in 14 Countries by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and providing free education, food, and love. We are 50 years old and do not reinvent Missions or the Gospel, we are the partner you might be looking for to send your love offering or gift. Consider joining us with a gift.

More thoughts on fear, will you lead your peers and family out of fear?
Talk the Good News often. Above I wrote, we must firmly ground ourselves in the word of Christ. So let it be on your mind and lips. It is about Faith and love.

Media usage and disinformation will reach an all-time high.
People will react differently. One of my dear friends said, “I just don’t want to hear any more about the death and the coming misery.” Some will become intolerant or violent. So when your near and dear get “ants in their pants,” give more of the “good content” from your mouth and your favorite verses. Pick wisely and keep the fear fear-mongering at bay.

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Is it wrong to be positive in light of this pandemic?
The book of Philippians gave us some of the best information we need for living and running a good race. Paul simply said, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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Love will conquer fear and set a great example. Remember we are living now so we may live for eternity.

 

 


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Mark Presson CEO

Action items for you and your household's consideration: 

1. Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 - opens a CDC Interim Guidance sheet.

2. Donate now to our Emergency fund - help us be ready to act not just react.

Not sure but want to help? Call 866 653 0321 and let's talk or just help with a gift right now...

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The Corona Virus has changed our needs.

The world is confronting a pandemic. It is a harsh reality that requires an honest appraisal. This virus has inflicted devastating consequences in the loss of life and in the disruption to everyone's way of life. In a time of crisis, we turn to God's Word for guidance and comfort. Ref. Philippians 2:4-6 or pick your favorite verse in times like these.

Please be observant of the fact that the poor and the marginalized will be hurt the most. We are not pessimistic; we are honest and know this event will continue to shape the year. Even with a swift recovery, we know that the Coronavirus will have a lasting impact on the earth.  

The threat and impact of Coronavirus (or COVID-19) are spreading in the places we work most have no real healthcare systems. The people we help, families and children are most at risk. Our teams are already on the ground and ready to help support those in need, as the situation develops. Please rush your donation to help us reach as many people as possible.

 

We appeal to you for gifts to our emergency fund now, so we will be able to respond quickly to the appeals from our projects. We know that Non Profits traditionally will be the first to suffer from some economic and financial fallout.

Now you know why it is of utmost importance to give perhaps just 10 dollars a month to maintain a continuity of care to our projects. Together we are strong and will help keep and restore our children's lives. 

Again, people stop giving when scared or fearful and that is why we need extra help now, is it you?

Action items for you and your household's consideration: 

1. Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 - opens a CDC Interim Guidance sheet.

2. Donate now to our Emergency fund - help us be ready to act not just react.

3. TEXT to give or crowdfund - text coronavirus to 71777

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We want our kids healthy and in a normal environment.

 

In other words...

CORONAVIRUS DISASTER FUND

Star of Hope is responding to the growing threat of the Coronavirus pandemic. We are working around the world to keep families and especially children healthy and informed.

As with all disease outbreaks, The people we help, families and children are most at risk.

These at-risk’ populations face threats that extend beyond health, including a collapse of normalcy and income. Our response includes training the children and families worldwide on how to protect themselves and prevent further spread of the disease. We will also supply health materials, as needed case by case, country by country.

Star of Hope is celebrating our 50th birthday this year to help us spread love and hope by giving to the fund.

Please make a donation today to support this mission, and help us do our part to contain the Coronavirus outbreak. Your support can help us reach more children.

Action items for you and your household's consideration: 

1. Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 - opens a CDC Interim Guidance sheet.

2. Donate now to our Emergency fund - help us be ready to act not just react.

Not sure but want to help? Call 866 653 0321 and let's talk or just help with a gift right now...

JOIN US WITH A MONETARY GIFT HERE

Pray for us and our workers! We are praying for you.

 

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Blessings and thanks.

Mark Presson, CEO Star of Hope

BE BLESSED AND BE A BLESSING

 
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3.13.2020 The Corona Virus has changed our needs.

The world is confronting a pandemic. It is a harsh reality that requires an honest appraisal. This virus has inflicted devastating consequences in the loss of life and in the disruption to everyone's way of life. In a time of crisis, we turn to God's Word for guidance and comfort. See Philippians 2:4-6

Therefore please be observant that the poor and the marginalized will be hurt the most. We are not pessimistic we are honest and know this event will shape the year, even with a swift recovery we all the Coronavirus and the scare will change all things on earth.  

We appeal to you for gifts to our emergency fund now, so we will be able to respond fast to the appeals from our projects. We know that Non Profits traditionally will be the first to be cut from your economic and financial plan. Now you know why it is so important to continue and for you who do not give to chime in with perhaps just 10 dollars a month. Together we are strong and will help keep and restore our children's lives.

Therefore:

1. Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 - opens a CDC Interim Guidance sheet.

2. Donate now to our Emergency fund

 

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We want our kids healthy and in a normal environment.

We have had a wonderful year in 2019 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 primary desire is that you become a sponsor. That is what we need to make it possible to help kids around the world. $30 a month will fill the need for one child!

 

TOP NEEDS 2020 Continued

Monthly supporters to keep the work of changing lives for the better and breaking the chains of poverty. 

Lunch Buddies needed, ( value with a punch) Lunches at school keep kids in school where they learn and hear the gospel, this is vital to help them succeed now and forever. We have a huge deficit in our feeding program.

Water Wells

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Water wells in Haiti

When hurricane Matthew struck in October, the pipes to the old water station were destroyed in the remote village of Hesse. This could have had severe consequences – but the people of Hesse did not have to despair. Because right before the hurricane struck, Star of Hope had finished the construction of new wells made possible by private donations from dedicated sponsors. Their water is now being used for drinking as cooking as well as personal hygiene by grateful local families.

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Cattle 

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Cattle in Argentina

In Argentia, we have a cattle operation and the income from it helps provide long-term support for the Toba population and other projects that help the children. We have worked for over 40 years in Argentina. You are so important here, you can be involved in investing in needed farm animals to increase the; heard, profit, and the amount of assistance given. Every

earned dollar goes to help the Toba population. However, the farm is too small to generate any major profits but with your help, we can eventually create a self-sufficient source of income to help the work. Right now we need to add more calves, is this interesting call CEO, Mark Presson

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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 an office/guest house.

 

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 worldwide, 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.

Girls Dorm

  

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The building is paid for but we need help to furnish it and run it. Girls who have been abused need a free haven to get back to normalcy. Star of Hope is attacking the problem in the slums too. ( the girls in the foto are not in the project) see https://www.starofhope.us/philippines/star-dorm-is-open 

 

Spread the Gospel

Help us spread the word of Christ to those who will hear. Through our daughter entity "Tent Mission" we spread the Gospel of Christ. Learn more and join Tent Missions global mission on www.tentmission.us Our teams in the field have years of experience, do not reinvent the wheel just put your gifts into action that give results back to the Kingdom. Also, we need your help us take AWANA International teaching to more children at our projects and beyond. Time to partner up? 

 

WHERE BEST NEEDED 

Not sure but want to help? Call 866 653 0321 and lats talk or JOIN US WITH A MONETARY GIFT HERE

Pray for us and our workers! We are praying for you.

 

Blessings and thanks.

Star of Hope

 

 

Thank you so much for your support!

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Girls and boys across the globe need us now more than ever.

Donors like you are the backbone of our work.

It is so important right now that we continue to do our work and keep your trust or perhaps earn it for the first time.This is because we need your monthly donation and extra gifts more than ever.

WHY?

Market collapse, coronavirus, oil price wars, N Korean missile tests, things are at a strange place indeed and people are worried, some are scared.

Due to the virus outbreak, people at some of our project countries are told, “Do not to go outside, it’s too dangerous.” In the US, the State Department basically says to not travel. Unfortunately, our staff members need to continue their travels to monitor projects and teach in-country staff. From our USA office, Maria Presson just got back from Sweden and in a few weeks travels to Kenya. Please pray with us for her safety.

What is fact and what is purely fear? It’s hard to know. However, we do know that we must continue to support the kids with food, education, health, and the Gospel.

When things get hard we tend to concentrate first on getting the children food. Children have a hard time learning and hearing the Gospel when their stomachs are empty and growling. In most cases, they won’t even attend school if there isn’t any food for them there. We need more help to meet the food shortage in the projects. The crisis is now, the need is now.

All of these things paint a pretty bleak picture and people are scared. Perhaps you are too, wondering, “What’s going to happen to my family and other loved ones?” I too am a little bit scared; or rather uncertain of what the future holds. Thankfully I know WHO holds the future. All things are in the Lord’s hands and He controls everything from the mighty to the microscopic. The safest place to be is in His will.

Please give an extra blessing to help the kids eat a school lunch.

We are praying for you and yours. Please be praying for ours.

#starofhope and #tentmission

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Our distribution of Christmas packages was fantastic, thank all of you!
The distribution was worldwide and the staff worked very hard! None of this would become a reality without you!


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It has been and is a great and much-appreciated success! Our digital Christmas packages, which are ordered through our gift shop starofhope.us/shop and then the good and livestock is purchased locally on-site in the countries, we did not know how you, the donors would react. We are reaching out to vulnerable families in all our project countries in a more cost-effective way; a way that also helps the local economy.

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The help has reached most projects around the world, and now the joyful images have begun to come in. Look, enjoy and feel proud - for this joy you have created!
A big thank you to those who packed a package or donated a gift for this important promotion! It makes a difference for so many people!

 

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Depending on the country, the packaging for the Christmas packages looks a bit different. In some countries it is a wrapped package, in others, the Christmas gift is delivered in a basket or bag. In any project where the distribution of packages is more difficult, we hand out gift cards. Some receive and will receive livestock. Regardless, your gifts the real underlying action is the gift of Christmas joy and hope for the future. More stories and reports will be posted soon.

 

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God Bless YOU!

Did you Give? Thank you and God Bless you! 

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Dec 3rd, 2019 you and Star of Hope 

Its #GivingTuesday and we want you to come alongside the kids! 
Give Now and be done with your good deed!

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#givingtuesday 2019
This year, on Tuesday, December 3nd 2019, Star of Hope is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Last year, thousands of organizations in 150 countries came together to celebrate GivingTuesday. Over one billion dollars was collected.

The goal is more important than most, to do emergency food relief in Haiti, people will receive hope, love, and food. How much is unknown as it is up to you, right now it is give time.

Give Now


Oh, you want more information, ok the short story is "give" today to your favorite charity or cause. #GivingTuesday™ inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.

#GivingTuesday is a movement grown from a simple idea an idea where anyone, anywhere can join and be a participant in any way shape or form; donating money, volunteering time or raising awareness of a cause you can be a part.

This year Star of Hope needs your #givingtuesday gift to help restore dignity to Haitians due to continued social-economic violence. ( In simple terms folks are starving, then neede you and me to help with food. It is that simple.

Prices in Haiti continue to rise, a 100% increase since last year and there is tremendous social-economic unrest. Food agricultural production is down and insecurity is up. Star of Hope staff reports limited travel possibilities in the country as roads are still blocked. Still today only half of our schools are running as semi-normal. Most of the ones that are running are far in the countryside. Star of Hope has a huge budget deficit with increased pricing and price gouging.

The world food program lately reported that 3.7 million people need help and that 1 million are in severe need of food assistance. That would be similar to the populating of Oklahoma being hungry while all in Montana were starving.

Star of Hope CEO Mark Preston says some of these reports from international organizations such as the world food program and the European Unions ECHO program use words like “food insecure populations”, that's great for international bureaucratic updates but I would like to express to the working man and woman that the term “food-insecure populations” mean people are worse than hungry, they are starving; perhaps not at risk of death but still starving. I wonder if the 8-year-olds who are starving in Haiti contemplate syntax over their hunger. What about you as an eight-year-old, hungry, starving...I bet you would pray for relief, for food! Let's answer the prayer.

Food insecurity is gone up at least 20% in the last 3 months in the rural areas and in the capital Port-au-Prince and the other larger cities food is worse than scarce.

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Security concerns, political unrest, roads being closed all add to increasing prices during an already inflationary period.

Our Manager in Haiti Tony Bursiquiot says “The least that can be said so far is that the situation has not changed yet and that majority Haitians continue to fight in large numbers on the streets to ask the president to resign from his functions. The main roads leading to provincial towns are still blocked by trucks, trees and fired tires protected by sometimes armed protesters. Businesses and schools remained inactive, waiting for a positive outcome to the crisis, the things causing the severe food crisis.“

The main reason for this round of unrest is that the people of Haiti it seems to want the president Jovenel Moise to resign. The reason surrounding the action is varied however the protests have turned to violent demonstrations several times in the last months. This has resulted in burning buildings, blocking traffic, violent crowds and so on. The result is shortages of water gas food and medical supplies.

One outcome more, over 50 people are dead due to violence and the state of the infrastructure is uncertain, free travel and safe travel is not certain.

The effect on Star of Hope is enormous, only half of our 2200 children are attending a school where they work to break the chains of poverty with education.

Our Director Myrtha Dor says simply” ...the kids are hungry and scared, it is the worse situation as the children suffer the most, we need food help more than ever.”

Star of Hope is responding first and foremost by assisting the people in and around our projects with emergency food boxes. In Haiti, the staff says a “food kit” can sustain one family of 4 for about 1 month.

Star of Hope is accepting donations here www.starofhope.us/give and also via a crowdfunding solution reached by texting the word foodkit to 71777.
This year let's help Haiti.

Still here? Please Give Now

Thank you and Rich Blessings to you and your people!

Mark Presson CEO - so you know the kids say thanks too!

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18 landerStar of Hope has projects in 15 countries around the world?


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Also every day, more than 30,000 children receive education and care through Star of Hope? Also, we touch over 35,000 children each day with services!