A Night of Stories, 2014 Banquet Re-Cap by Emily Pfeif
“God works through Global Hope to empower churches, communities and families around the world to provide Christ-centered care that builds self-sufficiency for orphaned and abandoned children.” This is the mission and the heartbeat of Global Hope—and it was also the foundation of our 4th Annual Global Hope Banquet. It was a great success and each of you had a hand in it! Even if you were unable to attend this year, your prayers were felt! Here’s a quick rundown of the night’s events
The ballroom at the Omni Interlocken Hotel was full of both new friends and familiar faces. John Fuller, the emcee, and Chairman Ike Elliott kicked off the night in prayer and the Lord was truly present in the room. It was a night of incredible stories.
Jay Johnson, our president, spoke about the task set before us. The amount of need can be overwhelming. 153,000,000 orphans and vulnerable children worldwide! But we can make a difference, one child at a time. May we always remember that although there is great need, our God is greater!
Roni and Rodi Stepan were our special guests from Ana’s House in Arad, Romania—and with them, their eldest, Oana, who graduated from college last spring. This month she is getting married and moving away from Ana’s House to start a new family of her own. Oana courageously shared her story on stage. It was amazing to hear from her heart and see just how great a difference it made in her life to be a part of a family. What an honor to see a new generation of families grow from the household at Ana’s House! The whole family would appreciate your continued prayers for Oana in this new phase of her life.
Then, in an update from Kenya, we heard directly from those responsible for finding a little girl named Ann. Ann’s story began a few months prior to last year’s banquet, when we learned that she was abducted by her relatives from the Hope for Orphans Rescue Center (HOREC ). Working with a local social worker we found her in a nearby slum. Her extended family members had taken her and she was caring for her Aunt’s children. She was not attending school. After talking with the family, they agreed to allow Ann to be placed at Spring Valley Academy, another mission partner in Nairobi. Ann is back in school, living at the Spring Valley dorm, and thriving once again! Like the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15, this initially frightening situation has become a picture of rescue and redemption.
Finally, we shared the faces and smiles of our newest partnerships in India—stories yet to be told! The ministries of Hope Girls’ Home and the Kathryn E. Larsen Orphanage are giving hope to vulnerable children. It is exciting to see the Lord’s blessing on the work of Dr. Saji John and of Pastors Z and Abraham in their own hometowns! We are working with them to meet the numerous physical needs of children, but also to determine how best to help keep families intact in the local villages. It is another big task, but we are so thankful for these new relationships.
Even as these projects are steadily growing, we have new opportunities in India, Vietnam, and Haiti. God is opening new doors for the ministry and we are prayerfully considering where we can be the greatest help.
It was a fantastic night and a time to rededicate ourselves to the vision of Global Hope: That every child would have a family. In God’s goodness, and by your generosity, we were able to raise more than $84,000! We are excited to see how He uses these funds in the coming year. We praise Him for your continued support –and remember that your pledges and prayers are changing the lives of children every day!