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Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Samuel Montero, Program Manager in Guatemala

This episode of “Build Relationships. Break Poverty.” was recorded on a blizzarding day at a local library in Colorado Springs. HopeChest headquarters had closed, but Guatemala Program Manager, Sam Montero, and Vice President of Community Partnerships, Rachel Andrews, were determined not to let the snow interfere with podcast-recording day. Sam is an incredible asset to …

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Ken Sparks stands in front of a volcano in Guatemala

A Personal Message from HopeChest CEO on the Past 25 Years of Community Transformation

Imagine that it is late 1993, you are working for International Bible Society, and you have been dispatched to Russia (after the fall of the USSR) to help repopulate the country with Bibles since the communists destroyed nearly every Bible during their atheist rule. Your mission is to go through any door that will open …

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A man wearing medical scrubs holds a child in Eswatini

The One: A reflection on Christ’s love for each of us

The homemade PVC-framed curtains are up. The pharmacy is readily staffed. We are flush with physical therapists wielding braces and canes. We have enough fluoride varnish for a small army. And now the community of Ekudzeni begins to arrive at the CarePoint. Months of preparation and two days of travel have culminated to this moment …

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HopeChest's Russia's Finance and Program Coordinator poses in Moscow

Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Masha on 21 Years of Empowering Orphaned Youth in Russia

In 1996, the trajectory of Masha Bodrova’s life changed forever. As a young girl, when other children were playing outside, Masha was practicing playing the piano for hours on end. Her pursuit of excellence and her remarkable talent led her to achieve a master’s and doctoral degree in concert piano. While traveling the world to …

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A girl in Guatemala hangs on a playground, smiling

CarePoints are Teaching Us How to Be Good Neighbors

Nuevo Reto (New Challenge) CarePoint is a ministry of hope for children who have experienced some sort of trauma, abuse, or other difficult situations in their childhood. These children also lack spiritual, moral, and economic support from their families. The ministry serves children to 22-year-olds, and provides a safe place where children have resources to …

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Boy in Ethiopia sits against a blue wall smiling upward

What Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Winning the Nobel Peace Prize Means for Ethiopia, Africa, and the World

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Ethiopian Prime Minister. Mr. Abiy was born in Ethiopia in 1976 to a Muslim father and Christian mother. He has several degrees, including a doctorate degree in peace and security issues and a master’s degree in transformational leadership. As a teenager, …

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When Mothers Connect, Differences Melt Away

We all have emotions and parts of us that are stirred when we see the faces of underprivileged children from majority world countries. Actually laying eyes on something or someone tends to make it more real. These children’s faces are often dirty or streaked with tears, clothes tattered and worn. They’re usually barefoot. This all …

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