Club Hope this Saturday was awesome! This month, the kids learned about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the fear of the future. We are so thankful for every volunteer who came out to make this event possible. Every child who attended had a chance to hear about how much God loves them as the Hope for Kids family invested in their lives. Check out the video and photo gallery below.
Hope for Kids has been given an incredible gift. Although we have been dreaming that God would make it possible for us to open a building a few years down the road, He has opened the door for Hope for Kids to have our very own building this year.
A few weeks ago, The Lion's Den, a ministry based out of Indian Orchard in Springfield, contacted Pastor Matt and asked for a meeting. This seemed completely out of the blue, but God had a plan! The Lion's Den has had a presence in the Springfield area for almost twenty years, accomplishing a mission similar to ours as they reached children with the Gospel and built relationships with the kids who were a part of their programs. Now, many of their kids have "aged out" of the Lion's Den's target age group and a lot of their volunteers have moved on. They were ready to pass on their mission, building, supporters, and community connections to a ministry that could pick up where they left off: and they called Hope for Kids.
This new building in the Indian Orchard area brings so many new opportunities for our ministry. God opened this door in His perfect timing and we cannot wait to flood this building with kids who are ready to hear about Him! Please be praying for our team as we begin renovating this building and work through the details of exactly how God would have us use this space. We are so grateful for this incredible gift.
This month's event was awesome! The kids had a great lunch (who doesn't love pizza?!) and learned about Easter, Joseph of Arimathea, and how they can conquer the fear of embarrassment. Caleb did a great job stepping up to direct the green bus and lead games while Jeremiah was on his honeymoon! There are only two more Club Hope events left in the 2017-2018 season, and our volunteers did an amazing job making this month's event fun, meaningful and memorable. Check out the video and photo gallery below to see Club Hope in action!
"This past Club Hope has to be one of the best Club Hopes I’ve ever been too. Not much had changed. There was nothing new to add the the agenda. No crazy behavior other than kids being kids. But for me this was so altering for my heart. God had been preparing me for this club beforehand.
You see, I have this tendency to go to Club Hope with a certain agenda and expectations. I’m going to make sure the kids aren’t too crazy and the behavior is always controlled. I’m going to dig deep into the personal stuff and pull out what’s been going on. (Lots of pride from me huh?)
But a friend of mine sent me a verse that God was stirring in my heart: 'How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?' (Galatians 3:3 NLT)
I had been doing that a lot lately and not even realizing it. I would go in and try to do things by my own effort and walk away frustrated or disconnected or both.
Today was different.
Today I came and I just wanted to love the kids. I didn't want to change behaviors or force conversation. I just wanted to understand where they were at. I just wanted to love them with no expectations in return. It seems simple but sometimes life and your own plans have a way of complicating things and missing the whole point.
There was one girl in particular - one I met at Impact Clubs this year. I was the one who went to her house and found her family and brought them. She remembered me when I didn't remember her. She just slid up next to me and hugged me. And when I realized who she was, it was like God was showing me how much He's still using me even when I forget or get caught up in little things. Her face was just so glad to see me and be near me. It was like I understood what God wants from us. I was just really humbled today.
The story doesn’t end there.
During group time they made me almost cry. At one point one of the girls started talking about fear and how she gets that feeling of fear like someone is walking behind her waiting to attack her but in reality there is no one there. A lot of the other girls agreed. And so I asked them what they did to make the fear go away. Some said think positive or think other thoughts. I asked them what happens when that didn't work? They just said they stayed afraid.
As I kept questioning them, I asked them, "what do we actually do for you? Why are you here? What’s the point of you being here? Sure we provide a safe place for now but what happens when you go back home? What do you get here that you bring back home?" (My tone was forceful, almost accusative because I wanted them to understand that I wanted real answers--not just answers they'd think I'd like.)
One girl answered "You give us hope."
My heart just broke. Like wow. Hope. Real tangible hope. Real truth. That no matter what God is always with them. God is powerful and true. That they can believe that no matter what comes their way. That God sees EVERYTHING that is happening in their lives. He see all the pain and sorrow and moments that life brings and he CARES. He cares about them so much and they can believe that.
I told them all of that and it's so crazy to be privileged to be the one to declare these truths to them. They just let me speak and they even gave their feedback but ultimately today they just needed to know God cares.
It’s so simple that it’s easy to miss. I’m so glad I put my perspective right so I didn’t miss it.
Club Hope this month was amazing! The kids had so much fun hanging out with our awesome volunteers. We learned about Paul and Silas and how with God, we can FEARLESSly tell the truth! Thank you so much to each and every volunteer who made this awesome event possible.
Volunteers, do you have a story of hope that happened at this month's Club Hope event? Did you see a child affected by the hope of the Gospel? Did you connect with your small group in a new way? Did you witness a funny moment? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story of hope! Check out #HFKsharehope to read other volunteers' stories!
Watch this month's slideshow highlighting the 8-9 girls small group and click through the photo gallery below!
This Saturday, so many wonderful volunteers came together to make this month's Club Hope event a success. Each child who came enjoyed a delicious meal, learned about how to overcome the fear of bullying through the story of Esther, and built relationships through some super fun games. Volunteers, please sign up today for next month's event here!
Check out the pictures and video from this weekend below!
Our Christmas event is always a highlight of the Club Hope year at Hope for Kids! On December 16th, we had 92 kids in attendance at Club Hope! The kids heard the story of the wise men, and following our FEARLESS theme for the year, they learned how to conquer the fear of being wrong. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, intentional small group time, super fun games, and great bible lessons.
We had TONS of volunteers come out and show their support this month--thanks to some great teamwork, this Club went incredibly smoothly! Thank you to every volunteer who made this day possible. We're in this together!
Check out this month's video and photo gallery below.
This month's Club Hope was great! We had 97 children attend--this time last year we were averaging 65 kids in attendance, but thanks to this year's Impact Clubs, we are averaging 95 kids a month at our events! Praise God.
This month, the kids enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, heard the story of Daniel, and learned how God is bigger than any fear, even the fear of death. Check out the video and photo gallery from this day below!
Club Hope this past Saturday was a great day! We had beautiful weather, a delicious meal provided by our Food Team Leader, and so many sweet kids came out to learn about Jesus and build relationships. Thank you to all who made this day so special! Check out photos and videos from this event below!
Check out this month's Intro video to the story of Gideon!
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Our first Club Hope event of the year was a huge success!
We had over a hundred kids attend, and many of them were new kids that we met over this summer! It was wonderful to reconnect with all these awesome kids, and six children believed in Jesus during this club! We had a few challenges throughout the day, but overall this was a great kickoff to this Club Hope season and we are so thankful.
The kids learned about David and Goliath, and following our FEARLESS theme for this Club Hope year, they learned how when God is on our side we don't have to be afraid of not measuring up. Everyone loved watching the funny intro video [check it out here] and Cameron and Pastor Matt did a great job teaching Bible lessons for Club Hope and Mentor Hope. Check out this action-packed day in this month's video!
If you are a Club Hope volunteer, please sign up for our next event on October 21 TODAY!
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