Congratulations to Collin & Sarah who are the two remaining scholarship recipients with Hope International!
With an undergraduate degree at Messiah College in Economics & Spanish, Collin believes the fellowship with Hope International in the Dominican Republic is a way for him to put what he has learned at Messiah to good use. He hopes to continue to gain experience working in the field economic development for an organization that shares his passions!
"One thing I have learned about myself from all my education and experiences in different cultures is that I enjoy searching for creative solutions to challenges. I believe God has and will provide everything we need to end extreme poverty in our lifetime, as long as we are willing to work as a global body of Christ and creatively and responsibly use what we are given."
Collin's goals include deepening his faith, remaining in prayer to discover how He can best be a servant of God's Kingdom on Earth, and being a faithful steward of what he has been given, He hopes to attend graduate school for economic development.
Sarah is a recent graduate from the University of Sheffield in Law. Her unique experience outside academia working with NGOs and international organizations in developing countries such as Thailand and Uganda gives her a varied set of skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, marketing and research.
"For the past few years, doors have opened for me to walk with the poor, from Bangkok to Uganda. In this time I've come to understand a little better their dreams. Not quite unlike ours, they dream of opportunities - to buy a meal, find a job, open a small shop, send their kids to school - by themselves. It's these stories of their dreams that I take with me when I leave. When I graduated from University, I looked for a way to provide long-term solutions to those affected by poverty - a way to give them a 'hand up' instead of a 'hand-out'."
HOPE International is a christian-faith-based microfinance network - providing small loans, savings services and biblically based business training to the poorest, least served countries. In the Philippines, nearly half the population lives under the poverty line! Sarah will be assisting HOPE and their partner Filipino organisation, Centre for Community Transformation (CCT), in the growth and development of savings and loans services.
Congratulations to our 2014 Hope International Scholarship Recipients! We are honored to support these young folks that are committed to service. Take a few moments to get to know each one of them. Inspiring individuals! We will introduce the other two next week! Congratulations!
As a year-long Hope International fellow, Microfinance will become one of the ways that I can act and take up my role in the story of responding to the global poverty crisis. In college I responded through creating a club called Advocacy Team where I planned, led and participated in numerous events on clean water, malaria, HIV/AIDS, hunger and micro finance. Our goal was to bring these global issues and solutions to campus, generating awareness and moving students to act, whether by fundraising or advocating on behalf of the voiceless.
Now, I believe my vocation may be to continue working in the non-profit sector of international development. I believe God will use the experiences and skills I have gained to further his mission of justice through participating in HOPE's mission.
As a Field Communications fellow, my work with HOPE in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, revolves around three sectors: gathering client stories, photos and videos demonstrating HOPE Congo's work; helping HOPE Congo improve their brand here visually and culturally; and also helping them with any monitoring and evaluation needs.
Drake Holtry is a Zimbabwe Field Communication Fellow based in Harare. He was born and raised in Dallas and just recently graduated this past December from Dallas Baptist University.
His goals for his year working with Hope International are the following:
Goal #1: To successfully attain the skill set required to serve as a Competent Marketing Ninja for a Christ centered organization following my time in Zimbabwe.
Goal #2: To immerse myself in the Zimbabwean culture though becoming at least elementary proficient in speaking and writing Shona.
Goal #3: To learn, stretch, and grow both spiritually and socially while in the presence of a foreign church body.
Ordinary Saints is pleased to share that we are able to sponsor two teachers from Yellowstone Academy to attend Young Life's WyldLife Camp in Burnet, Texas this month! They will serve as leaders along side approximately 25 students from Yellowstone Academy.
We asked them to share a little bit about themselves and their goals while attending camp....
I am a third grade teacher at Yellowstone Academy, a pre-k3 through 8th grade private Christian school which serves children from families living in extreme poverty. The first 6 years of my career were spent teaching middle school math, and last year I was transitioned into an elementary position. After this change, I decided to volunteer with our school's WyldLife club in order to continue building relationships with the middle school students at our school. I love working with kids, and I love that I get to serve God by serving these children!
I am a PE teacher at Yellowstone Academy. I was introduced to Young Life in high school. I loved the program so much that after graduating from Prairie View A&M, I was on staff with Young Life in the Houston area. I wanted my career to be more directly involved and impact kids' lives, and the Lord led me to teach at Yellowstone Academy. I'm recently married and my wife is actually also on staff with Young Life. We both love God and love kids!
Our goals for camp are pretty simple. For five days in the Texas Hill Country, we will walk with kids as they consider the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will spend time in conversation and prayer, exploring what it means to be a follower of Christ, and how our lives are changed by grace and redemption. We will have an incredible amount of fun, because as they say in Young Life, "It's a sin to bore a kid with the gospel!"
Please keep them in your prayers as they serve at Camp WyldLife!