The Village of Hope orphanage in Ghana, West Africa is home to approximately 250 children ranging from infants to college students. The children are brought to the orphanage from off the streets, abusive or dangerous living conditions, and even rescued from child slavery. The children live in 10 houses, each with between 20 and 25 children, overseen by couples who devote all of their time to raising these children as their own. Additionally, the campus consists of a nationally accredited hospital, dental & eye clinic, Hope Christian Academy (a school of 700+ students, one of the best in Ghana), Hope College (a new high school), the Village of Hope Church of Christ, staff houses, and guest houses. In additional locations outside this campus, Village of Hope also consists of feeding programs for street teens, a vocational training center, local evangelist support, and more.
While in Ghana, we will strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus to all we encounter. We are not bringing Jesus to Ghana; He is already there, and we are simply coming alongside and providing support to the work He is doing through the Village of Hope and its various ministries. While there, we will aid in the efforts of Village of Hope to help these children grow into strong Christian leaders that will impact their communities, both spiritually and otherwise. Our primary focus is to provide love and encouragement while developing and furthering long-term relationships with the children, parents, and staff of Village of Hope in a variety of ways. Each team member will form their own deep, lasting relationships with children, house parents, and staff members that we will maintain and continue to grow year-round.
The Village of Hope is not only our host, but our ministry partner. In order to fit within their vision and purpose, team members will fully immerse themselves in the Ghanaian culture in everything we do. Some of the trip's activities include but are not limited to working in nursery, primary and high school settings, assisting with after-school tutoring and reading programs, participating in outreach (home visits) in nearby villages along local preachers, providing support (administrative or medical, if applicable) at the hospital, facilitating small group devotionals and discussions with the children, quality time with house parents, and many more.
Dates: July 2014 (first 2 wks)