Children's HopeChest - Engaging, Connecting and Transforming The World's Orphans

TRANSFORM

Involve Your Church

At HopeChest, we advocate a “community to community” partnership model. While many great organizations exist to provide individual sponsorship opportunities, we believe that holistic sustainable change in the poorest communities occurs when one community partners with another.

Transform Communities allow your Church to partner with a specific CarePoint or orphanage overseas. The location you support becomes a virtual “extension” of your own church and Church members are able to directly sponsor individual children at that location. When your whole church engages as a community to support a community of orphans, the commitment of sponsorship moves to a new level. With Transform Church Communities, we see more involvement, initiatives, and accountability. Also, members of Transform Church Communities are not only blessed by seeing their support touch the life of a child, but also by the knowledge that they and their community are positively affecting the community in which the orphan lives. Food, shelter, and medical care help children survive while a supportive community gives them the chance to thrive and reach their highest potential. Transform Church Communities are highly encouraged to travel to their supported orphanage or CarePoint at least once a year. HopeChest plans and coordinates all trips to partner communities.

How Transform Communities Work

Transform communities typically start with a Vision Trip during which senior leadership from your church travels to one of our active countries to get a first hand look at the needs. The team members will visit orphanages and CarePoints and see examples of both sponsored and unsponsored locations.

Once your church leadership decides upon a location and commits to the partnership, HopeChest will plan a Launch Sunday at your church. A HopeChest representative will come to your church to present the chosen location and the children’s sponsorship profiles. It is at this time that we ask individuals at your church to sponsor individual children at the location. Additionally, HopeChest will share the development plan for your specific location so you can see how HopeChest implements its vision and strategy and how your community will play a part.

Upon the launch of sponsorship, your church will choose a Sponsorship Coordinator who will serve as the liaison between your church and HopeChest.

What does sponsorship do?

Your $38/month sponsorship provides for the most basic needs of children in the community. Hopechest will provide food, water, access to basic medical care, education and discipleship.

While $38 cannot meet all the needs of a child suffering through extreme poverty, it does provide significant help. In our community-to-community model, all funds are "pooled" together so that if one child does not have a sponsor, they will still have these needs met.

In addition to sponsorship, we will work with you to help in the raising of funds for larger capital campaigns such as a well, a kitchen, storage facility, school building and even a chicken coop or piggery (for economic development).

The Commitment

HopeChest requests a five year commitment. The details of this commitment are spelled out in a Partnership Agreement signed by all parties. We will provide your church with a three year development plan for the community in which you choose to work. This development plan is driven by “in-country” staff, not by western mindset.

In addition to sponsorship, we will work with you to help in the raising of funds for larger capital campaigns such as a well, a kitchen, storage facility, school building and even a chicken coop or piggery (for economic development).

Find Out More

If you want to find out more about your church becoming a Transform Community, please contact:

Michael Vinson
Strategic Partnership Director
mvinson@hopechest.org