Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hope Grafted In

Donate through Paypal to Hope Grafted In. Your gift will go to support orphans, widows, and adopting families and is tax deductible.

I get a lot of questions about how everything works between Haven of Hope and this non-profit stuff, and what my role in all of it is, so hopefully this will help explain it.

Who We Are:
Shelley at Haven
When I began this journey to Kenya, I did not do it alone.  My teammate and new friend, Shelley Brown, was right there with me.  When we had first visited Haven of Hope, my heart was immediately drawn to this place and the woman who ran it.  Upon returning, I came to realize that they had touched Shelley even more.  So when I started talking to her about what God was stirring in my heart, she said "go! and let's stand up for this place together".  God had already been showing her a glimpse of all the things He wanted to do there.  The more we talked about how she saw that and the more we talked about where God was leading me, the more we began to see this great partnership the LORD was creating.  I love how He planned long before we ever knew.  I love how He joined our lives for such a time as this.  So through our new relationship, and a friend Shelley had in her home church, the three of us began the process of setting up a non-profit organization in order to be equipped to move forward. (and by us, I mean mostly Shelley!)   Thus the birth of Hope Grafted In.  Currently a 501c3 in the state of Indiana (federal status in progress), we want to speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves.  For as God grafts hope into our hearts and lives, Hope Grafted In desires to pour out His love and hope to orphans, widows, and adopting families through financial support and encouragement.

What We Do:
We feel the LORD is directing us to put all our resources and efforts toward Haven of Hope here in the beginning.  Shelley has worked tirelessly on developing the child sponsorship program where monthly sponsors help fund school fees, uniforms, and meals.  Discussion is under way on equipping HOH to become self sustainable through multiple avenues. We also hope to work closely to help them learn how to manage their new finances.  All while focusing on cultivating our relationships with them in order to reflect the Light of Him to this dark world.

The Future:
Obviously we will move how and when God calls us to, but the prayer is to take these models into other orphanages/ministries and begin implementing them there.  In addition, we desire to move into a position of offering adoption grants to individual families.  Ultimately our hearts long to follow Him and we are anxious to see where He leads.

Partner with Us:
If you are interested in partnering with us, you may either sponsor one of Haven's children at $35 a month, or you may make a general donation to help us with start up costs and future projects.  You may do both here, be sure to select Haven of Hope in the 'budget'.  Or you may write a check payable to Hope Grafted In and mail it to 11124 Pine Orchard Cove, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.  More info on HGI child sponsorship here.

Hopefully that has cleared a few things up.  Thank you for supporting us in this new adventure as we seek to live out Proverbs 31:9 "Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice."  We cannot do it alone.


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