Project Hope

Last month my church ladies group hosted a luncheon.  The speaker was a member of our congregation that had recently been on a mission trip to Nicaragua.  In her trip, she worked with a couple charities that do such great work that I wanted to share a little about them.

The group that she traveled with is called Project H.O.P.E.
This charity works in two parts.  First, they facilitate short-term mission trips to Nicaragua for churches and organizations.  Mission teams travel to build and repair homes and to share God’s love and His desire for a relationship with the impoverished people of Nicaragua.  They also have a full-time team in Nicaragua that work year-round to help when there is no mission trip.
While they were in Nicaragua, they helped with other charities as well.  One that really moved me was an organization called House of Hope.
House of Hope offers women in Nicaragua a chance to get out of prostitution and human trafficking by offering a place to live.  Not only that, they provide the teachings and resources these women need to begin earning money for their families.  Their Tuesday Morning program starts with praise and worship.  Afterwards the women work to create hand made items to sell in their store.  The money earned goes directly to pay these women for their work and towards teaching them marketable skills that can help them to leave the life of slavery and prostitution.  The program also offers micro-grants so that women can realize their dreams of opening a business that can provide for their families.
These programs give women that live in a world that seems hopeless the tools they need to succeed on their own.  All this while showing them that they are loved by God and that nothing they have done could keep them from his love.
These programs touch on so much more than I can put in this post.  Please take a moment to check out these charities and browse the Tuesday Morning store.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you cam to visit me”
-Matthew 25:35-36

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