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2017 Thanksgiving Offering

“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”  -Isaiah 25:4a

MY HOUSE MINISTRY

WE CARE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

At My House Ministry, our goal is to provide stable housing environments for women transitioning from shelter, rehab, or re-entry programs to independent living. By offering low-cost housing, discipleship, accountability, and coordination of spiritual, mental, and emotional needs, My House Ministry seeks to develop living environments where residents can expand their life skills and responsibilities while continuing to grow in their faith.

WE PROVIDE HOPE, HOUSING, AND GUIDANCE FOR WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN.

HOPE

We are first and foremost a Christian ministry using the Bible as our guide in all matters of conduct, rules, and discipline in our homes. We encourage and guide believing residents in spiritual growth and teach unbelieving residents Biblical truths in an effort to lead them toward salvation.

HOUSING

Our homes are safe, affordable, fully furnished and beautifully decorated. A staff member is on call 24 hours a day and a House Manager provides spiritual guidance, leadership, conflict resolution, and program rule enforcement.

Our residents must follow rules and guidelines, maintain drug and alcohol sobriety, and attend weekly worship and Bible study. Our program fees are $130/week for a private room with all utilities and furnishings provided. This includes a $20/week savings plan!

GUIDANCE

Our residents receive one-on-one life coaching and growth accountability from a staff Life Skills Coordinator. Our residents are also matched with a personal mentor to receive weekly encouragement, direction, and support. Our program connects residents with local agencies and volunteers to provide physical health, mental health and counseling needs, addictions recovery, life-enrichment and budgeting classes, and food assistance.

THE NEED

My House Ministry requests funds to assist with providing a 5th house in the Holland area to minister to more women and children needing transitional housing, life coaching and spiritual guidance.  With our four existing homes at full capacity, we have to turn away women who have been referred to our program.

 

HOPE SPEAKS

THE BEGINNING

Hope Speaks International Inc. which is based in Uganda, was founded in 2015 under the visionary leadership of Mr. Benjamin David and Mrs. Kari David. In 2014, while living in Hudsonville, Michigan, Ben and Kari’s eyes were opened to a huge need for speech therapy services in Uganda.

They discovered that there were only a few speech therapists practicing throughout the entire country, a nation of 40 million people! At the time Kari was practicing in Grand Rapids, a city that was home to over 3,000 speech-language pathologists.  So, in 2015, Ben and Kari packed their bags and moved to Kampala, Uganda.

THE MINISTRY

No one in Uganda, wealthy or poor, really has consistent access to high quality speech and language therapy services. While working mainly with families living in abject poverty, we also discovered that it is not only the poor who are in dire need of speech therapy services. We began receiving numerous calls and referrals from middle and upper-class families. It became clear that these families needed just as much support as the families we were currently working with. These families could become a source of funding and support to our organization and subsidize the work we do for the poorest of the poor.  It is with this in mind that Hope Speaks developed an innovative 1-for-2 model, whereby the money paid by private clients is leveraged to provide the same quality service to two children in poverty who lack resources for speech and language therapy.

THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

Once these families experience the hope that comes from physical healing and improvements in their children, it also opens the door for spiritual healing and peace. When we first meet families, they are often visibility weighted down by guilt and shame associated with having a child with special needs. They are frequently told that their child’s condition is their fault, that their child is a product of witchcraft, and that God is punishing them for something they have done. We are then able to share with them about a God who loves them, who created them and their child in His image, and who has a future planned out for them that far exceeds what they have heard and experienced.

HOPE SPEAKS PROVIDES

  •             Speech therapy for children
  •             Training/advice for parents, teachers & caregivers of patients
  •             Spiritual encouragement/mentoring for families struggling with disability
  •             Recreational activities for patients and their siblings

THE NEED

As we do not have a clinic building, therapy sessions are often held in public places. Loud and open environments bring many challenges for children we work with who struggle with attention, sensory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. High-profile clients, as well as families who are still feeling shame for having a child with special needs, are also hesitant to meet in these places because of the stigma associated with disabilities. In addition, our productivity is decreased due to the time it takes to drive between clients in heavy Kampala traffic.  A safe, clean, quiet and easily accessible clinic would help families feel welcome and open to receive the love, care, and services that they need. Opening a clinic will allow Hope Speaks to more efficiently bring in funds from paying clients that can then be used to provide the same quality, individualized services to those living in abject poverty and unreached areas.

 

RESTHAVEN

THE BEGINNING

Resthaven was established in 1945 by a group of ministers and representatives from area churches.  The organization was the first senior care community in the area, starting as a missional response to serving the needs of the elderly in our community with no care alternatives.  Since its beginning 72 years ago, Resthaven has remained true to its mission statement:  “to glorify God by providing a continuum of quality care and services that demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.”

THE MINISTRY

Resthaven is a locally-owned non-profit faith based senior community in the area.  They serve an underserved population of older adults with limited financial resources who often, as the result of longevity of life or level of care required, can no longer meet the full cost of their care.  Resthaven serves a population who most often experience some level of dementia.  They also serve a population who may have no alternative care options as 70% of the residents of the Care Center and Boersma Cottage receive assistance from Medicaid, which requires less than $2,000 of personal assets for eligibility.  The Care Center, including the Boersma Cottage, serves 144 seniors for rehabilitation, dementia care and long-term skilled nursing care.

THE NEED

Nationwide, the population of Americans aged 65 or older is projected to more than double by 2050.  Since the closing of the Hospice House in 2014, they have also served an increasing number of elders needing residential end-of-life care.  Resthaven offers our end-of-life Bethel program, or partners with Hospice of Holland and other agencies to provide this specialized care.  The ability of Resthaven to provide this care is somewhat dependent upon the availability of a room, preferably in a more private setting.

Resthaven receives payment for care services by residents themselves (with Social Security, Medicaid and other sources), but Resthaven has always been dependent upon contributions from individuals and organizations for the facilities and special services, such as pastoral care, to allow Resthaven, as a non-profit, faith based care community, to keep its costs contained and remain open to those who may have no other care alternatives.

Resthaven requests funds from Christ Memorial Church for the construction of an additional cottage on our Care Center campus, creating a home-like residence to serve ten additional seniors. This cottage will be similar to the existing Boersma cottage, which was built in 2007.  Christ Memorial Church will join other churches, individuals and the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation who have contributed toward this cottage, for which fundraising is expected to be complete by early 2018.

 

KENYA HOPE

MISSION STATEMENT:  Changing lives in Kenya through the Gospel of Christ with a holistic approach to children, families and communities.

THE MINISTRY

Kenya Hope has been ministering and serving in Kenya since the late 1980’s assisting remote, rural communities that face extreme poverty, drought, hunger and lack of accessibility to education and medical aid of any sort. We accomplish this by partnering with communities and developing Hope Centers that consist of a church, primary school preschool to class eight, medical clinic and dormitories. We work toward making each of these communities sustainable and autonomous by helping them develop income generating plans.

KIBERIA HOPE CENTER

The Kibera Slums, located in the heart of the capitol city of Nairobi, are the third largest in the world. Population estimates vary from 500,000 to 1 million people living in a close condensed space. Children are extremely vulnerable and at risk. Kenya Hope seeks to bring hope and assistance to Kibera by running several programs there. Our highest amount of sponsored children (105) are from the Kibera slums. We run a daily feeding program in the slums that sponsored and non-sponsored children alike are welcome to attend. We also support single mothers with a Feed the Family program and have also launched a new program aimed at the overwhelming number of uneducated widows struggling to survive and support their families. Each Saturday we hold a Saturday Bible Club which has grown from 80 children to upwards of 250 and continues to grow.

THE NEED

We currently run our daily Children’s Feeding Program out of a very small rented facility that forces us to serve and feed the children in shifts due to lack of adequate space. There are very few organizations that run feeding programs in Kibera, which makes our program unique and in high demand. For many children, this is the only meal that they will receive in a day.

Our Saturday Bible Club operates out of a crumbling school building which is also no longer adequate to meet the expanding and growing program. We are in urgent need of space for the feeding program, Saturday Bible Club and a place to hold teaching programs. We would like to combine all of our Kibera programs under one location with a single building. By having our own facility we will be able to expand our feeding program, allow the Bible Club to grow, and allow us to have a place to train widows in job skills.

Christ Memorial Church