Disaster Response to Hurricane Victims
Summer 2018 we responded to those in both Texas and Puerto Rico that suffered from devastating hurricanes. We took a Native youth team to several tribes enroute to the coast of Texas doing door-to-door visits with our tract that spoke to their loss, pain and grief. Then in July we took an adult team to Puerto Rico as well for ten days. We learned of the increase in those who left recovery behind to go to the mainland, more incidents of panic and depression even resulting in over 50 suicides at "ground zero."
Our response: The teams shared their hope stories from personal disasters that connected with the hearts of those in gatherings or even in door-to-door visits. Many received Christ with the tract designed to touch their loss, pain and grief with the comfort of Christ. A refuge and retreat for God was set up too with 12 bunk beds.
Our celebrations are at the heart of what we believe and what is important....so it is a wonderful reason to share the "Good News" to those who come. We were blessed with the presence of many refugees and a God sent translator by the US Army credentialed in many languages. It was a potluck where the people themselves brought their country's foods to share. Games were played and donated Easter baskets were given out.
Our response: The message of the "resurrection of Jesus Christ" was shared in their heart language, with pictures, along with celebration with food, games and gifts.
A ministry of "one" life at a time has been a focus we have been involved with for now 14 years. Helping families to welcome a high school exchange student from many different countries to live with them for a school year. This month was the "good-bye" graduation for wonderful students from Senegal, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Camaroon, Ecuador, Germany, Italy and more.
Our response: Recruit families willing to be witnesses to one person at a time, hold holiday events with "the reason behind the season", assist in their struggles and celebrate their victories.
The Latino youth are the "dreamers" of their next generation. They are ambitious and want to serve God. We have been blessed to have several youth events with them for serving and teaching a class on a weekly basis. Some are preparing to do the Hopi Christian Camp as their first cross-cultural local mission outreach. Two youth who turned 18, have been led to join our Disaster Response to Ecuador missions team. They are bilingual and have embraced the gift that this can be!
Our response: Provide local service opportunities, take on mission trips, hold leadership development classes, meet with their families to support their spiritual growth.
The value of a life! Children giving birth to children...need help! Mothers with twins and near poverty...need help! Teens gunshot and still living with lodged bullets...need help! Some help is immediate and other is with what the heart and head does with the life-changing event...this also needs HOPE! Many have been taught how to cope with alcohol or other means...but there's a HOPE way!
Our response: prayer partners on urgent needs list; gave clothes for moms and babies to earn with their community service; made books and trainings available for loss, pain and grief.
Radio Interviews Raise Awareness
HOPE Response, Inc. was invited to share on FaithTalk Radio, KPXQ 1360 about both native spirituality and the response of Native Americans to the teaching of Christ as it relates to their loss, pain and grief. The Tohono O'Odham had it similarly aired to their 50,000 tribal listeners with immediate response of many coming to their local church ready to learn more about the comfort He offers.
Our response: A local church hosted a training for the caregivers, social workers and counselors to be able to offer as an option. KUYI 88.1 FM has a co-host social worker also seeking training.
Youth With a Purpose
We hear so much about the need of so many youth struggling from abuse, abandonment, and identity issues that lead them to mask the pain with substances or worse yet take their lives. But God's spirit has been calling youth to Himself and healing them of their pain. Then he blesses them with spiritual gifts and a passion to serve Him.
Our response: HOPE Response mission trips with training and outreach. Train and equip them in their giftings. A piano donated was given to a youth, lessons given and sent to music camp.
Training and Mentoring
Whether God brings us one or a few or a large gathering we seek to be found faithful to share the HOPE that is rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. A theology of suffering and a divine response is what answers the deepest questions that people crave to know when they are hurting. We were offerred a million dollar grant to provide this training and resources if we would just remove Christ but we would and could not take away the HOPE for the world.
Our response: We have taught once a month within a local church; are offering first Saturday of each month to train "HOPE Responders", and mentor individuals, couples or families wherever.
Native Jam, October 23-27 open to all to worship with Native Christian Musicians, 7:00 pm (16112 N. Ft. McDowell Road,AZ)
Arabic Christian Church, children and youth ministry, Sundays 5pm
Hope Response Training (9:00 am- 3:00 pm with lunch) November 2
HOPE Response Young Adult Group (Tuesday's weekly)
UnitePhx Serve Day (Every 2nd Saturday, 8-12 noon)
English and Word of God Weekly - 3 areas