You’re Never too Young to Sponsor a Child

The Ferrer family recently started sponsoring two children from Christ’s Hope, a little girl for their daughter and a little boy for their son.  

“Earlier this year, the Lord stirred a desire in me to cultivate in our family a heart for the nations and the global Church. It’s so easy to insulate ourselves into a Christian bubble and I began to realize that my kids’ understanding of the body of Christ was limited to the fellowship of local believers that we are a part of here in our community. I wanted them to understand how much bigger God’s family is than that, and I also wanted them to understand how blessed they are to grow up in godly community, with a healthy father and mother, and with abundant food, clothing, shelter, and education.  

So, we began to have conversations with our kids about the global body of Christ.  I soon realized how beneficial it would be to put a “face” to these conversations and ideas, so I began to research Gospel-centered child sponsorship programs. We landed on Christ’s Hope because it encourages close relationships and correspondence with the sponsor children, because it is a smaller organization than some of the other options out there (we specifically wanted to sow into a mid-scale ministry rather than a huge one), and because its mission is to give children not just “hope”, but Christ’s Hope, the living Hope that comes only from knowing Jesus. 

I  showed my kids the Christ’s Hope website and explained how the sponsorship model works. I then asked them to go to a quiet place and spend a few moments praying, asking God to lead them to the child He wanted them to sponsor. We sat together and scrolled through the list of children needing sponsors. Lila chose Joy, saying because I don’t have a little sister, so she can be like my little sister. Josiah chose Tyron because he’s 4 like me. We printed out Joy and Tyron’s photos, and they now live on our fridge 🙂 

Without being reminded Lila and Josiah both, pray for their sponsored children regularly, before meals, at bedtime, throughout the day. My son often prays, ‘God, please help Joy’s daddy know You.’ It has opened a whole new opportunity for learning about what life is like for children who don’t have the same privileges as they do. Questions like, ‘Mama, what does Joy eat for breakfast?’ are a great lead-in to talking about how many children don’t have enough food to eat, and Jesus cares about that, which is why Christ’s Hope doesn’t just feed Joy and Tyron with the Truth about Jesus, they feed their bodies with good food too!  

We are so thankful for Christ’s Hope and the many ways that our family has been blessed through our sponsorships just in the few months since they began. We’re looking forward to building these relationships for years to come!” 

We would encourage you to sponsor a child for your own child to build a relationship with. Give your child someone to pray for and care for in hopes that your child and your sponsor child will grow up encouraging one another Godward.

Want to sponsor a child for your own child? Click the link below!

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Behind the Picture – Joshua 10923

A Bit About Joshua!

This is Joshua! He is a 12 year old boy who lives in Mwanza, Tanzania with his Mother and two siblings. 

Joshua loves playing football (soccer), eating chips with chicken, and playing at the CarePoint. His favorite Bible verse is Luke 19:10, and his best friend is Dickson. Joshua aspires to be a soldier when he grows up! 

A Bit About Mwanza, Tanzania!

Tanzania is located in East Africa and is located in the African Great Lakes region. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. 

Joshua lives in Mwanza, Tanzania which to the locals is also known as the “Rock City”. Mwanza touches Lake Victoria and is the second largest city in Tanzania with a population of 1,182,000 people as of 2021. Fishing is one of the most common occupations in this region due to its location. The climate is a tropical savanna with a wet season lasting from May to October and the temperature stays around 75 degrees year-round.

Most people in Mwanza rent a single room that lacks basic amenities like water and electricity. The homes are often made of brick, mud, and corrugated metal sheets. Mwanza has many inconsistent job opportunities where the pay does not consistently meet their daily needs. Due to the proximity to Lake Victoria, the population is rapidly growing resulting in a spike in crime, children being left on the streets, and the price of housing rising.

How to Pray for Joshua!

  1. Please pray for the safety and health of Joshua and his family.
  2. Pray that God would Give Joshua a good life and that his family would be able to afford their daily basic needs.
  3. Pray that Joshua would do well at school and that God would lead him in every aspect of his life.
  4. Lastly, please pray that Joshua would be sponsored and that he would be given hope through sponsorship. Pray that God would bring the right sponsor for him and that they would have a strong and lasting relationship. Most importantly, please pray that all of this would ultimately lead Joshua to Christ.

Click the link below to sponsor Joshua today!

Click here!

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Take a Look at What the Kids in Uganda are Up To

We love to teach the children at our CarePoint valuable lessons that will lead them to Christ. They are taught stories from the Bible, what it means to follow Jesus, how to be a good friend and member of the community and even how to be a part of a local church.

These are invaluable lessons that are vital in a child’s life, but we also want to teach them lessons that will help them in their daily life as well as their spiritual life!

Take a look at what the children in Uganda have been learning lately!

Growing and harvesting bananas!

Growing a garden at their CarePoint and farming vegetables!

Raising and selling rabbits!

Praising and worshiping together!

Learning to cook!

Learning how to grow produce at home to eat and sell!

Taking communion together!

We are so thankful for the work that is being done in Uganda and in all other six countries Christ’s Hope serves in!

Want to get involved? 

Click the button below to see how you can get involved!

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Behind the Picture – Maryanne 20733

We hope that through our “behind the picture” blog posts, you will learn more about our children’s lives, be better equipped to pray for their personal struggles, and that one of their stories will touch you and ultimately lead to sponsorship.

A Bit About Maryanne!

This is Maryanne! She is a 12 year old girl who lives in Kisumu, Kenya, and lives with her grandparents. Maryanne’s father left when he found out that her mother was pregnant with Maryanne. Her mother became depressed and later passed away. Maryanne was left in the care of her grandparents. Her grandfather is retired and her grandmother is a vegetable farmer. Three of Maryanne’s cousins also live with her and her grandparents so they really struggle financially. They often struggle to have enough food during the dry season and planting season.

Maryanne loves athletics, singing and music in general. Her favorite food is fried chicken, ugali and chapati and her favorite Bible story is the story of Elijah because he loved God well. Maryanne would like to be a teacher when she grows up and she helps around the house by cleaning utensils and mopping.

A Bit About Kisumu, Kenya!

Kenya is located in East Africa and is a very diverse place. It touches the Indian Ocean and is mostly desert and mountainous.

Maryanne lives in Kisumu, Kenya which is the third largest city in Kenya. The temperature is anywhere from the low 60s to high 80s and they experience both a dry and a wet season. The homes in Kisumu, Kenya are usually made of mud and corrugated metal sheets and the terrain is typically very rocky and dry. The children within our Kenyan CarePoints rarely have electricity or running water in their home, so they have lots of long walks in all types of weather to the nearest well or other water source.

How to Pray for Maryanne!

  1. Please pray for Maryanne and her grandparents and cousins. Pray that God would use their past hardships for His glory and their good. Pray that they would have strength and guidance.
  2. Pray that God would help Maryanne do well in school and that she would continue to learn and grow.
  3. Lastly, please pray that Maryanne would be sponsored and that she would be given hope through sponsorship. Pray that God would bring the perfect sponsor for Maryanne and that they would have an amazing and lasting relationship. Most importantly, please pray that all of this would ultimately lead her to Christ.

Click the link below to sponsor Maryanne today!

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Tailoring Project

Our CarePoints often have specialty programs where the kids learn special life skills to prepare them for life after graduation. We want these children to have the skills and tools they need to support themselves and their families. The specialty programs teach them a wide variety of things like: soap making, gardening, sewing, and so much more.

Uganda recently started a tailoring project in their specialty program and now, three weeks later, the students at the CarePoint showcased the things they made!

Slide through the pictures below to see their fashion show!

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Behind the Picture – Seldon 21249

We hope that through our “behind the picture” blog posts, you will learn more about our children’s lives, be better equipped to pray for their personal struggles, and that one of their stories will touch you and ultimately lead to sponsorship.

A Bit About Seldon!

This is Seldon! He is a 9 year old boy who lives in Kisumu, Kenya, and lives with his grandmother and grandfather. Seldon’s father is not around and his mother is mentally ill, so the grandparents are his sole guardians even though they are old often very sick.

Seldon loves playing soccer and making model cars, eating beef and cornmeal, and his favorite Bible story is Genesis 1 because he loves the story of creation. Seldon would like to be a driver when he grows up and he helps around the house by grazing the goats and sweeping.

A Bit About Nairobi, Kenya!

Kenya is located in East Africa and is a very diverse place. It touches the Indian Ocean and is mostly desert and mountainous.

Seldon lives in Kisumu, Kenya which is the third largest city in Kenya. The temperature is anywhere from the low 60s to high 80s and they experience both a dry and a wet season. The homes in Kisumu, Kenya are usually made of mud and corrugated metal sheets and the terrain is typically very rocky and dry. The children within our Kenyan CarePoints rarely have electricity or running water in their home, so they have lots of long walks in all types of weather to the nearest well or other water source.

How to Pray for Seldon!

  1. Please pray for Seldon and his family members. Pray that God would use their hardships for His glory and their good.
  2. Pray that God would Give Seldon a good life and that His grandparents would be able to afford their daily basic needs and keep them all healthy and safe.
  3. Please pray that Seldon would do incredibly well in school and that he would continue to grow and learn more every day.
  4. Lastly, please pray that Seldon would be sponsored and that he would be given hope through sponsorship. Pray that God would bring the perfect sponsor for Andrew and that they would have an amazing and lasting relationship. Most importantly, please pray that all of this would ultimately lead him to Christ.

Click the link below to sponsor Seldon!

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Take a Trip to Africa With Us!

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to Africa? Well, we have TWO upcoming trips that we would LOVE for you to join in on!

Alan Van Sloten, the US fund development strategist, will be leading the vision trips to Africa this upcoming year. He is a fantastic guide, and visits often. His most recent travel has been in 2015, 2018, and 2023. 

What would a potential trip to Africa involve? 

  • CarePoint visits – during your time at the CarePoint you will see the children, their classes, have a meal, and play some games with them! This is a special time for sponsors to meet their sponsor child face to face and connect on a deeper level. 
  • Home visits – during this time, trip members will experience the neighborhoods and homes the children in our program live in. This is an eye-opening and life altering time. You may even meet the family your sponsor child lives with, including their siblings and guardian. 
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS) or Family camps – We highly encourage our trip members to put on a VBS or group activity for the children. For many of the children, this is a way they experience love and learn about their worth in the Lord. 
  • Lastly with a Safari! – Wencourage this adventure to truly experience the beauty of Africa and see God’s creation through the incredible landscapes, animals, and experience the culture in a unique way. 

The difference between a mission trip and a vision trip: 

  • Mission trip: Going to serve the needs at a given CarePoint. Some of these needs may be pouring into the staff and children spiritually, building, or helping check up on the children medically.  
  • Vision trip: Going to learn more about our CarePoints and the work that Christ’s Hope is doing in Africa.  

The average cost to go on a vision trip is $3,500. We recommend that you raise support for this trip by sending letters to family, friends, and loved ones asking them to help support through prayer and funding. The Lord works in incredible ways, and He has continually blessed the people looking to raise funds for our trips. Praise the Lord! 

If you have been contemplating, going on a trip to Africa with Christ’s Hope then this is your chance! Please consider joining us for this life-altering experience.  

We will be hosting a meeting for potential trip attendees and would love to answer any questions you may have about traveling with Christ’s Hope. Please click the link below to sign up for upcoming trip meetings.  

Click the link below to learn more or sign up for our trip meetings!

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Behind the Picture – Justa 10810

A Bit About Justa!

This is Justa! She is a 17 year old girl who lives in Mwanza, Tanzania with her mother. The sole provider for their family is her mother, a tailor.

Justa enjoys skipping rope, eating chapati and chips, learning the Word of God, and playing handball with her friends. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 7:7, and her best friends are Angel and Sumai. Justa aspires to be a teacher when she grows up because she loves helping people learn.

A Bit About Mwanza, Tanzania!

Tanzania is located in East Africa and is located in the African Great Lakes region. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

Justa lives in Mwanza, Tanzania which to the locals is also known as the “Rock City”. Mwanza touches Lake Victoria and is the second largest city in Tanzania with a population of 1,182,000 people as of 2021. Fishing is one of the most common occupations in this region due to its location. The climate is a tropical savanna with a wet season lasting from May to October and the temperature stay around 75 degrees year-round.

Most people in Mwanza rent a single room in a “squatter settlement” that lacks basic amenities like water and electricity. The homes are often made of brick, mud, and corrugated metal sheets. Mwanza has many inconsistent job opportunities where the pay does not consistently meet their daily needs. Due to the proximity to Lake Victoria, the population is rapidly growing resulting in a spike in crime, children being left on the streets, and the price of housing rising.

How to Pray for Justa!

  1. Please pray for the safety of Justa and her family. Pray that they would all know and love God.
  2. Pray that God would Give Justa a good life and that her family would be able to afford their daily basic needs.
  3. Pray that Justa’s mother would be healthy and continue her work diligently to provide for the family.
  4. Pray that Justa would do well at school and that God would lead her in every aspect of her life.
  5. Lastly, please pray that Justa would be sponsored and that she would be given hope through sponsorship. Pray that God would bring the right sponsor for her and that they would have a strong and lasting relationship. Most importantly, please pray that all of this would ultimately lead her to Christ.

Click the link below to sponsor Justa today!

Click here!

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A Graduation Story

It is our greatest joy to hear about the graduation of children out of our program. We know that they were diligent, persevered, worked hard despite the adversity they faced outside the walls of our CarePoints. Now they are coming out of the program wise and capable adults who love the Lord.

Our child sponsorship program makes a way for kids to have hope, instills self-confidence, and a sense of purpose. Most of the children in our program have not had the opportunity to read the Bible and know the Lord personally before coming to the CarePoint, yet they walk away with a knowledge and love for the Lord. Through sponsorship, they have the opportunity to go to school and get a good education, to break the cycle of poverty, vulnerability, and AIDS. These kids now have more opportunities and hope for a better future.

We have seen not only our kids but their whole families transformed because of the work that God does through Christ’s Hope. Families have had someone walking alongside them, helping them care for their children, giving support physically, financially, mentally, and spiritually. Broken families have found a new strength in Christ and our prayer is that they would pass that on to the next generations.

Here are some beautiful words shared from a girl who recently graduated from our child sponsorship program. We hope these words warm your hearts like it did ours.

“Hello my sponsors, I hope you are doing very well there in Florida. I am fine … I do not know where to start. I am who I am because of Christ’s Hope. I do not know as to where I would be if you were not there but what I can say is that all the glory belongs to Him who made me. You have now help me focus not on education only but to live a holy and perfect life. Being in Christ’s Hope helped me a lot. Christ’s Hope helped to show me direction to success… It was not easy, but the Lord God helped me. I am now able to proclaim what the Lord has done for me. I never fell sick or missed even 1 exam paper. This shows how much my redeemer lives. I miss seeing you so much and thank you for all you have done for me. Words cannot express as to how I feel but what I can say is that I am so grateful. May the living God bless you abundantly and never stop what you have done for me. You will be always in my heart forever and ever amen. Love you so much and take care of yourself and I will also do so. Saying goodbye hurts but anyway, bye!”

Click the Link Below to Sponsor Another Child in Need

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Behind the Picture – Alisio 301106

A Bit About Alisio!

This is Alisio! He is a 6 year old boy who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and lives with his mother and two siblings. Alisio’s father left after his mother told him that she was pregnant and she has never seen him again. Alisio’s mother is currently unemployed but is sometimes able to do other people’s laundry for money. They rent a tiny back room in a shack that can barely fit a bed for the 4 of them to share in their room.  

Alisio loves to play with cars, take his afternoon nap, and play on the jungle gym at his CarePoint. His favorite food is pap and milk and he is known for being shy and quiet. Alisio would like to be a policeman when he grows up to help protect his community. 

A Bit About Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa is located at the very bottom of Africa and touches the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. Most of South Africa is made up of flat lands and plateaus but also has some mountainous areas. South Africa is a very diverse place having 11 official languages and many more unofficial languages. Sadly, the poverty rate is very high in South Africa and children are often neglected for various reasons.

Alisio lives in the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg. It sits in a large grassy plateau and has a low rocky area where water travels into the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. It is known as “the city of gold” because it was formed by a gold rush in 1886. The temperature is anywhere from the low 50s to high 70s, but it can occasionally go below freezing. Drought is common in Johannesburg as they usually only get a bit of rain in the summer months.

The homes in Johannesburg are very small and often made of brick or corrugated metal sheets. Sadly, lots of people are homeless in Johannesburg and are waiting and praying for housing.

How to Pray for Alisio

  1. Please pray for Alisio and his family members. Pray that God would use their hardships for His glory and their good.
  2. Pray that God would Give Alisio a good life and that his family would be able to afford their daily basic needs and keep them all healthy and safe.
  3. Pray that Alisio’s mother would find a good job where she is able to provide for herself and her three kids.
  4. Lastly, please pray that Alisio would be sponsored and that he would be given hope through sponsorship. Pray that God would bring the perfect sponsor for Alisio and that they would have an amazing and lasting relationship. Most importantly, please pray that all of this would ultimately lead him to Christ.

Click the Link Below To Sponsor Alisio!

Click here to sponsor Alisio

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