How to Get Involved

Love Christ’s Hope and our mission? Here are some simple ways to get involved!

  • Donate – Your investment in Christ’s Hope International transforms the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa in five key ways – physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual.
  • Sponsor a child – By sponsoring a child you will be providing educational, physical, spiritual, social and emotional care that they need to break the cycle of AIDS and poverty.
  • Take a trip – Join a team and visit one of our Ministry CarePoints in Africa. In doing so, you will have the unique opportunity to use your gifts and talents to bless our children and staff!
  • Become a partnering church – Is your church looking for an opportunity to make a significant investment in the lives of children in Africa? If the answer is yes, your congregation might be interested in becoming a church partner.
  • CarePoint Champions – Become a CarePoint Champion. Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and the abilities to match? Would you be interested in partnering with us as we plant a new Ministry CarePoint? If the answer is yes, becoming a CarePoint champion might be a terrific way for you to get involved!
  • Events – Get in touch with us to find Christ’s Hope events happening near you! If you would like to start your own event for Christ’s Hope (what we call Friend-to-Friend) Email us at info@christshope.org.
  • Support a staff member – We have many staff members who have a heart to serve the Lord here at Christ’s Hope but they also need the funds to help support them and their families. By supporting one of our staff members, you are helping them serve the Lord and the children in Africa.

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Our History

Where It Started (2003)

In a small Namibian town, Jos and Sylvia Holtzhausen felt called to confront the troubling reality of HIV and AIDS they were witnessing first hand and the children left behind in its wake. They felt the call to launch a ministry that focused on HIV and AIDS affected children and families. In answer to that call, they established Christ’s Hope International which cared for AIDS-orphaned children through orphanages.

Orphanages Close (2005)

Berdian and Juliet Beukes became “House Parents” in one of the Christ’s Hope children’s homes in Namibia for 3 years. As they realized most of the children had a family member alive to take care of them, they closed down the orphanages and told the family members, “If you can look after this child at night, make sure they are safe, the child can come here to the Ministry CarePoint where we’ll help with school work, give them meals, and teach them about Jesus.”

Passing the Torch (2019)

After 15 years of dedicated service to the Lord and His mission, Jos Holtzhausen has stepped down from his position as International Team Leader of Christ’s Hope. The title and duties of International Director have been appointed to David Kase, previously US Director. Norm Prange is the U.S. Director of Finance and Operations and Joe Marton Directs the Fund Development team.

Christ’s Hope International Today!

Christ’s Hope International empowers orphaned and vulnerable children to break the cycles of extreme poverty, AIDS, and spiritual brokenness through family-based care and discipleship in Jesus Christ. We are so thankful to announce that through Christ’s Hope’s program, 2,000 children are being cared for in 41 CarePoints across Africa!

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What IS a Ministry CarePoint?

If you stay up to date on our blog posts and emails then you likely hear the term, “Ministry CarePoint” used often… but what exactly IS a Ministry CarePoint?

A Ministry CarePoint is a strategically located center within a community that has a high AIDS infection rate. Our Ministry CarePoints provide a place where sponsored children can receive the material and spiritual care they need. In doing so, this ensures that orphaned and vulnerable children can live with an extended family member or in a foster family.

A Ministry CarePoint is usually made up of a large building with many small rooms where the children can be taught. Ministry CarePoints also have a small kitchen and an area for the children to eat. Sponsored children are able to go to the Ministry CarePoint three times a week and benefit from these things.

Within the Ministry CarePoint are Care Givers and there are roughly two Care Givers for each class. They teach the children Bible lessons, look after the kids while they are at the Ministry CarePoint and even make sure that they are doing well at home. They give emotional support, counseling, and are really able to create a bond with each child.

There are many things that go on within each Ministry CarePoint:

Educational:

  • Age-appropriate schooling
  • Tutoring and remedial assistance
  • Access to educational tools and vocational training
  • Teacher’s assessments and progress evaluations

Physical:

  • Safe family environment
  • Nutritious meals
  • Ongoing medical evaluations
  • HIV testing and monitoring
  • Hygiene standards education
  • AIDS awareness training
  • Home evaluation monitoring

Spiritual:

  • Evangelism and discipleship
  • Bible study and prayer
  • Personalized counseling
  • Genesis design sexual purity training and instructions

Emotional:

  • Counseling and mentoring

Ministry CarePoint Outcomes:

  • Children are cared for and loved in a Christ-centered and nurturing environment.
  • Monitored physical development and annual physical exams ensure long-term health for children
  • Children grow up to break the cycle of AIDS and poverty in their communities.
  • Children live longer lives and contribute to society in a meaningful way
  • There is reduction in the spread of AIDS through the continent of Africa
  • The Gospel is shared and received, and lives are committed to honoring God and sharing the Gospel with others.

Want to learn more? Click the link below to visit our website and read more about who we are and what we stand for!

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Where it All Began

In a small Namibian, Africa town, Jos and Sylvia Holtzhausen faced a burdening dilemma. Should they continue confidently serving Youth for Christ Namibia, reaching hundreds of west African youths at the large center they had established; or confront the troubling reality of HIV and AIDS they were witnessing first hand and the children left behind in its wake?

Sylvia was reading the book, “Get Out of the Boat”, about the parable of Peter stepping out of the boat by faith to walk on the water toward Jesus.  They had many years of effective service and were comfortable and fruitful with Youth for Christ, yet they felt the call to get out of the boat they knew, to launch a ministry that focused on HIV and AIDS affected children and families. In answer to that call, they established Christ’s Hope International in 2003.

Since 2003, Christ’s Hope has grown from serving in one country, to seven. Today we serve over 2,000 AIDS affected orphaned and vulnerable children. Helping these children remain in families through our Ministry CarePoint model, which provides support physically, academically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

Christ’s Hope International empowers orphaned and vulnerable children to break the cycles of extreme poverty, AIDS, and spiritual brokenness through family-based care and discipleship in Jesus Christ. We are so thankful to announce that through Christ’s Hope’s program, 2,000 children are being cared for in 41 CarePoints across Africa!

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Clean Water Sustains Life

David and Becky Kase recently went on a trip to Africa to visit many of Christ’s Hope’s CarePoints. Becky shared many stories from their trip, but these were a few of her sweetest memories from their time there.

“Water. When we are in this hot and dry land, we drink lots of it. In Africa we become more aware that clean water sustains life. Typhoid is a big problem here and we are hoping to get our children immunized against it once the new vaccine is made available.

We came up with a game using what the care points had on hand and the kids loved it. Many of them have the responsibility of hauling water to their homes as few of our children have running water. Here we see this child does have “running water”!

She continued to share the following story as well…

“In Uganda we had the most time to really get to know staff and some of the kiddos. They made this craft and we discussed how they are each made uniquely and one of a kind. We sang a song that they sing so well… ’I am fearfully and wonderfully made…’”

We hope that you are all just as encouraged by these stories as we are! We love to see and hear the things that are going on in Africa and within our CarePoints firsthand and we love to share the work that God is doing there with you. Please continue to pray for the children, their families, their communities, and our staff!

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What is Christ’s Hope?

Christ’s Hope International empowers orphaned and vulnerable children to break the cycles of extreme poverty, AIDS, and spiritual brokenness through family-based care and discipleship in Jesus Christ. To do this, we focus on five essential aspects of a child’s life – spiritual, community, emotional, educational, and physical. We are uncompromisingly Biblical, unashamedly Christian.

In Africa, extreme poverty and AIDS are a major issue. Every day people die because of these crises. Many children are left orphaned or vulnerable to neglect, abuse, trafficking, and disease. Often, they cannot receive an education or get the care and support they need as a child.

Our main focus when it comes to caring for the orphaned and vulnerable are:

  • Physical – Nutritious meals, hygiene lessons and supplies, access to medical care, exercise, games and more!
  • Educational – School fees, supplies, uniforms, tutoring, HIV prevention and more!
  • Emotional – Caregiving and mentoring, emotional wellbeing check-ups, trauma counseling and more!
  • Spiritual – Gospel presentation, discipleship, education on sex, marriage, man and womanhood, local church involvement and more!
  • Community – Home and school visits, community involvement, social and life skills training and more!

Since 2003, Christ’s Hope has grown from serving in one country, to seven. Today we serve over 1,500 AIDS affected, orphaned and vulnerable children, by helping them remain in families through our Ministry CarePoint model. Our hope for keeping them within their own community is so they can be with family and loved ones and also so that they can share this good news of the Gospel to those around them. We have seen this happen time and time again!

The ways YOU can help!

  • Child sponsorship – By sponsoring a child you will be providing educational, physical, spiritual, social and emotional care that he or she needs to break the cycle of AIDS and poverty.
  • General Donations – Make a general donation which will make a difference in a child’s life without the commitment of sponsorship.
  • Teams and Trips – Join a team and visit one of our Ministry CarePoints. In doing so, you will have the unique opportunity to use your gifts and talents to bless our children and staff!
  • Prayer – You can sign up to get our weekly emails which include prayer requests and praises for the week.

Want to learn more? Click the link below to visit our website and read more about who we are and what we do!

Click here to read more about the Ministry of Christ’s Hope.

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Elizabeth’s Story

A couple of years ago Elizabeth’s husband was very sick and Christ’s Hope knew of his condition and needs. The Care and Compassion team visited him regularly and by God’s grace he is now healthy and doing well. In the meantime, however, Christ’s Hope considered Elizabeth’s children, Freddy and Tim, to be vulnerable because of her husband’s inability to work and the possibility that they may become orphans. The boys were welcomed into the local CarePoint.

Soon after, there was a group from the U.S. who went on a Mission Trip to Africa to lead a Family Camp at the same local CarePoint that Elizabeth’s sons attended. There were over 650 people who came to learn about the Lord, have meals and also have fun. There were classes for all of the children in the community and there was also a class for all of the parents so Elizabeth decided to attend. The class for the parents was on grief, since most of them had faced the loss of one, if not many children and loved ones. These classes were to help teach that God is the only one who can comfort us, keep us and give us lasting hope for the future.

After class one day at the Family Camp, Elizabeth approached one of the leaders that came from the Mission Trip. She confessed a history of sin and was so burdened about her past and how no matter how hard she tried she was unable to stop sinning. She knew she needed to call upon the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior and that He was her only hope in the battle against sins past, present and future. Elizabeth asked for the leader’s help and so they cried out to the Lord in confession and repentance and they begged Him to save her! Elizabeth cried tears of joy and was finally able to rejoice! Elizabeth was saved that day!

Soon after, Elizabeth and her husband (the one who was helped by Care and Compassion) decided to sell some of their land to Christ’s Hope which was going to provide a place for a large Community Center. This is now a place where 250 sponsored children can go to learn about the Gospel, eat nutritious meals and socialize with other local children! God used Elizabeth and her story in amazing ways so soon after He had saved her.

God used Elizabeth’s husband’s sickness for good so that her sons, Freddy and Tim, would be welcomed into a CarePoint. He then used that same CarePoint to bring in the Family Camp which would help show Elizabeth her sin, cause her to repent and ultimately change her life and make her a new creation. Lastly, he used Elizabeth and her husband to make a place for 250 children to go and be fed both physically and spiritually. He is faithful and He cares about all of the big and little details.

*For their safety and privacy, their names have been changed.

If you would like to sponsor a child and give not only the child but the entire family the opportunity to be given the Gospel then click the link below!

Click here to see more children in need of a Child Sponsor to help care for them and encourage them forward into adulthood!

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Steven’s Story

Steven is an orphaned child who lives in a small shack with his sister and his aunt. He is in fourth grade and has been in the Christ’s Hope program since he was young.

When Steven was first recruited into the Christ’s Hope program, he suffered from a blood disorder that gave him many different side effects. Through Christ’s Hope’s ministry program, his medication and treatments have been well cared for. He has continued to have positive results from these medications and treatments and has not had to go to the hospital due to complications, as he had to do in the past.

Because of Steven’s condition, he tended to withdraw and isolate himself from other children. Since starting in the Christ’s Hope program, Steven has slowly come out of his shell and now interacts with the other children without fear. He has continued to gain confidence and has made lots of friends in the process!

Steven has been helped immensely both physically and socially due to his sponsor and the Christ’s Hope International program. He has been empowered to be courageous and confident in who he is in Christ. He doesn’t have to be anxious for today, but can have hope for the future.

*For safety and privacy, the name of the child has been changed.

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