Hi and Blessings to you and yours,
Here is an update on the third year of the “Skip it to Give it” campaign. We use the hashtag #skipittogiveit” and our hashtag says it all!
What is it all about, well it will take a small story to tell you.


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You see, Haiti is one place I visit that is quite difficult for me on a personal level. I cannot seem to get away from the thought that it is in the western hemisphere, I feel it should not be like this, the country. I am in Haiti in my mind as I write this, where due to repeating disasters, both man-made and natural, have created situations where some people have lost everything they own several times over! I tell people I meet that nowhere I know of have the people become so used to restarting their lives and having restarts as part of their normal life. I believe we need to help with a hand up not a handout. We need to help Haitians there in their community and home. We can be the hand up, it is so easy. 

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So close!

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 and your family's everyday living can bring about a huge change. Imagine thinking about others before buying that Starbucks coffee, or that half dozen Dunkin Donuts, a movie night or a dinner out... and taking those few dollars and giving them to help feed the hungry in Haiti?

A movement can begin with one person sharing about this campaign while catalyzing others to see the need before they spend the green. Being a living example of “Skip it to Give it” to others honors God and makes your light shine a little brighter in a dark world here and there.

On our "skip it to give it page" is everything you need to know about the “Skip it to Give it” campaign, our friend Pastor Jonathan also explains all in a short video and there is the sign-up!

Sara Williams, the project manager is also here to help answer your questions or to give you guidance along the way. If you have any questions, contact her at 620-938-4525.

Please click on the "SITGI" page and thank you in advance for helping Haiti to succeed by starting your “Skip it to Give it” campaign today. Let’s all #skipittogiveit

Sincerely, Mark Presson, CEO


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Port-Au-Prince city, the capital of Haiti was totally blocked all around in each corner with fire barricades and debris by the population who were active in their protest against the Governments measure to increase the gas price on the Haitian market. Many have reacted so brutal with violence, crime, and riot from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 of July that the Government was obliged to retract the decision of increasing the gas price.

Many grocery stores and business have been looted and burnt out. This includes big hotels, banks and cars showrooms have been attacked, many cars in cars dealerships were ruined and burned, even hotels, banks and even parking lots were set afire. It was a chaotic vandalism and a riot situation on the streets of PAP without police intervention. The government retook control of the situation from Monday 9th with serious consequences of Government officials some were dismissed during this weekend. The President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise is in the process with the parliament to form a new Government. Those violent demonstrations have a serious impact on all products prices in the Market. Many businesses stay closed and many people lost their job. Most damages occurred in PAP but the whole country is affected by the negative impact on the economy that was already fragile.haiti 2.jpg

All school projects that Star of Hope support in Haiti were closed for summer break when the unrest situation happened so they are not affected now but will be affected in next coming reopening school year with by the high goods price on food, school uniforms, and books, etc…  So far the situation is calm now while waiting for the new government be in office. God Bless you all as well as Haiti! 

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We ask that you consider a special gift for those in danger, infants, single mothers the elderly, all will need food and help. Just like so many places in the world, this is a small percentage of people giving the wrong idea, let's help the ones who are truly needy, a small gift means so much, be blessed!


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Mark's letter to you and your family - June 2018

Dear Friend
I give you my rich and sincere thanks’ to you and yours.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your support means so much to us here at Star of Hope and to the children we support together.



For the last couple of months, we have supported a new employee in Haiti, Pastor Reginald. Pastor Reginald is a native Haitian and has a heart for his fellow countrymen. Friends, this is “Missions 101”. It is most effective to use Christians already in the focus area to spread the Gospel to the local population.

Pastor Reginald here in the picture has been working with Star of Hope for over 6 months now. His duties are to be a catalyst for pastoral support, development, and effectiveness. His passion and work will help Star of Hope’s success in Haiti to soar to new levels.

Pastor Reggie is also spearheading a curriculum test for Star of Hope International in cooperation with Awana International in Haiti. Awanas’ training of Pastor Reggie is a 1 on 1 method so he will be able to turn around and train pastors and then they can in turn train other staff to do the same. Potentially we will be reaching over 2,000 children with a proven program that introduces Christ to the children in their own community by the end of the year. Children are encouraged to participate in our Awana development project but are not forced. Because we are a Christian organization we want our children to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel as often as possible.

John 12:24 tells us, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

Pastor Reginald, or Reggie as we usually call him, is a very talented and gifted young man who has all the skills needed to reach these children, their teachers, and pastors. However, we are short on his salary so we need to raise more funds to pay him and to support the work. Pastor Reggie’s salary is one thousand dollars a month.

Please consider increasing your monthly gift to support Pastor Reginald in this area of God’s work. Perhaps you can even pay for a whole month? The seed that you will plant is not short-term prosperity gospel; it is something that can grow into a blessing for everyone involved in ways we can only imagine.

Help us spread the Word by supporting our development and our Awana International pastor in Haiti.

We have started this work; now we need your help to continue the good work. Will you help support Pastor Reggie in Haiti?

God bless you and thank you for everything you have done I send out a blessing to your family members and for you.

Peace and pray for all who are sick where you are and all over the globe.

Be a part of the Gospel in Action here with a new or extra gift! 

Or send to POB 427, Ellinwood Ks, 67526

Also be on the lookout for the 3rd year of "Skip it to give it" where you do without something small and jump start or restart or intensify prayer in the home. 


In His Name


CEO Star of Hope

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Be a part of the Gospel in Action here with a new or extra gift!


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We want to celebrate mothers this month and we are asking you to help a stranger. Just as the Bible tells us. The mothers we want you to help are far away and have a hard life with little joy.

"He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.” 2 Cor. 9:6-12 (ESV)

Becoming a mother or a mom is one of the biggest things that can happen in a woman's life. My own happiness to be a father has been unmatched by all other earthly events. From my own experience, I have gained an enormous admiration for all mothers. My wife Maria has had the good fortune to be a mother twice. Sadly, not all mothers have the opportunities and care my wife has had.

Every mother deserves to experience happiness at that moment when she, for the first time, holds her child in her arms. But if you become a mother at the wrong time in life, happiness can be flooded by worry over what kind of life you will be able to give your child.

Having a baby when you are still a child yourself always poses great challenges and risks. Even here in the United States, it is difficult but it’s even harder and very often life-threatening if you live in extremely poor conditions. In the poorest countries, many fears hang like a dark shadow over mother and child. A common fear is that they will not be able to finish their education and subsequently result in a life of continued hopeless misery. I admire all the young women who, despite their situation, do not give up. I've seen proof of their fighting spirit around the world, and when they show this spirit, we cannot look away. It's not just our responsibility to help - it's a great opportunity! These young mothers don’t prefer a hand-out; they ask for an education so they will be able to support themselves. All we have to do is give them a chance, a “hand-up”.

Join us in celebrating Mothers this month and especially on "Mothers Day" by being there for mothers in need! Celebrate with an extra gift for the mothers - for the sake of their children too. Both are worth it, right?

With just a smidgeon of help or a hand up, some girls can do great things, here is one example:


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32-year-old Mariela is a living example of what it may mean to receive support when you need it the best. She belongs to the minority people, Toba, in Argentina and was only 16 years old when she had her daughter Danisa. From day one they had to manage without Dani's father, but Mariela had something that most people around her did not have, support from Star of Hope. It has taken time but she has struggled step by step to continue her education. Three years ago she was accepted into the University of Castelli, 60 miles from her hometown. In three more years she will be a graduate with a law degree and work as a lawyer. "I never could have gone to school without the support from Star of Hope and my mother. Both have been there all the time and for the help, “she says. It's not just about financial support for school fees and school materials. She points out, "They are always there for me, and they lead and support me. Many believed that I was sentenced to a life of poverty when I had a child so young, but Star of Hope continued to believe in me and my dreams and goals. Reaching my dreams have been very tough, but definitely worth fighting for.”


David Johansson, Mariela, Maria and Mark Presson - 2017

Give a seed to help the single girls who are pregnant or have children. Remember many of the girls had no choice in the matter and we are not talking about just being coerced, we are talking about forced or worse.





Dear Friend

I give you my rich and sincere thanks’ to you and yours.

This month I will address a basic need so common that the importance is often overlooked as we here in the US have it easily available, I am talking about access to clean water. This is primarily for drinking and cooking and we are talking about the country of Haiti, the poorest country in our Hemisphere and one of the poorest countries in the world.
Without a doubt, you already know how important water is to all human beings, especially the children. Star of Hope supports over 25,000 children every day and that is a large number of children.  We strive to be sure that every one of them has access to clean drinking water.

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We have a long way to go in Haiti. Fifty percent of children lack access to clean drinking water, and only one in four have access to something you and I would call a simple toilet. 

Star of Hope through a partnership with a drilling company is in a position where we can get a $12,000 hand pump well drilled and installed for only $5,000. This well will save lives and make a community vibrant and reduce disease.

We want to drill more water wells; we want you to help us with an extra gift for this need. Some of you might be able to afford to drill a well at $5,000; it’s a reachable goal for many of you. Yet there is also great strength when many come together to drill a well. If 50 people each give 100 dollars, then together we will be able to drill a well.

WATER 2.jpgThere are many ways an individual can raise money for a well. If you want ideas, call me and I will be happy to share ideas. The important thing is to make sure that together can give clean water to the ones without.

Our friends Glorie and Joe hosted a dinner last week and they want to drill 5 wells, we are on the way but need more help, is it you?

God bless you and thank you for everything you have done I sent out a blessing to your family members and for you.

Peace and pray for all who are sick where you are and all over the globe.

In His Name

CEO Star of Hope

You already know the importance of water. One thing you probably didn't know is that the cholera outbreak from 2010 is still creating health problems especially for children in Haiti.

Every day children in Haiti spend many hours collecting water. They place heavy buckets of water on their heads and walk mile after mile to provide water for their family's basic needs.
Please, just for a moment, stop and get an image in your mind of how this might look.

Be a part of the next well here!

Water, just plain water and yet life-giving. So easily we take for granted our clean fresh water. Of course, for us who live here in the USA, we are solaced by the fact that the water faucet just needs a small turn and the life-giving liquid will flow and usually never do we give it a second thought.

We want to do our part in providing water to some of the almost 50% in Haiti who have no access to an improved water source.

Some of our schools have no dependable source of clean water. For home use children help by carrying water from the public water sources far away; a stream, a water kiosk or a cistern. Also, many health issues are central to clean water; it is a statistical fact that clean water would reduce the number of deaths caused by diarrhea and other intestinal diseases by 50%.

This is a simple defined project with a clear start and finish, a new working water well.

We drill two sizes of wells in Haiti:
• Star of Hope together with grants from Blue Ridge Drilling in Haiti can drill a new well at a subsidized price in a water-poor community for only $5,000 dollars. This will be a simple hand pump unit.
• For $27,000 dollars we can drill and build a solar-powered water kiosk. The population served varies.

Let’s just break that down in a different syntax; warnings exist that only one in three on earth will have clean water in the future. Let’s drill now, so we can hedge the expected decrease of water and give improved water to people who have none.

Star of Hope a US 501(C)(3), established (est. 1966) helps more than 30,000 children and young people across the world. We strive to motivate the children with an education so they can create a better future not only for themselves but for their communities.
See www.starofhope.us

Our Mission is to help the poorest children around the world create a better life for themselves.

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.

www.starofhope.us/give or call Mark Presson CEO

bild-julfest-rumanien.jpgChristmas joy reaches every child we are fighting for. Yes, in every country where we are working it is Christmas for the children. Therefore, we want to share with you the glorious Christmas greetings from South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Join us on the trip!


Christmas Haiti

Haiti families celebrate Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day. Then they sit up and watch, even at night until Christmas day, waiting for Jesus' birth. In all our schools, Christmas parties are organized, which over the years has become a dearest tradition - even for the staff.
"It's the only day of the year when children, teachers, and staff can have a happy time together who have nothing to do with the job," says our field manager Tony Boursiquot. We dance together, eat, laugh and enjoy Christmas celebrations.

Christmas Ghana

In Ghana, the many different tribes have their own celebrations and parties, but Christmas is the only big feast that everyone celebrates together. The schools are adorned with Christmas decorations as well as the children's Christmas drawings, and everyone can join in when Christmas celebration, Christmas, dance, food, candy and Christmas presents.


Christmas Latvia

Latvia has many traditions to celebrate Christmas Eve before eating Christmas and visiting the church. In our schools, Christmas preparations begin in the autumn holidays, and vulnerable families receive extra support and gifts for Christmas.


Christmas Argentina

Argentina is celebrating Christmas during the hottest time of the year and is associated with cool drinks and juicy salads. During the Christmas week, many families devour meat from a pig or goat that they themselves have given birth to and slaughtered - but the poorest families sometimes do not afford any Christmas food at all. Hope's Star is, therefore, a prerequisite for all the children and families involved to have good food to celebrate. We have our own Christmas tradition: To visit the poorest families with a Christmas basket full of goods like flour, sugar, rice, noodles, corn flour, fried red, pudding, nougat, pralines, fruit, Argentinian yerba tea and non-alcoholic cider.


Christmas Philippines

In the Philippines, the Christmas celebrations are so important that all employers are required by law to pay double monthly wages in December. Hope's Celebration celebrates by organizing Christmas celebrations for each year's course at each school, where the children perform singing and acting before it's time for Christmas party opening and Christmas.

Please give to this work, a year-end gift or a tax gift or just a gift of love.


To our donors, THANK YOU!



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