Welcome Kelvin and Nikole!! In recent years Hope Matters has grown and expanded in ways that are only explained by God. As the ministry has grown, so has the need to grow our team. We are overjoyed to share the news that the Opiyo family are an answer to prayer, and are coming to serve with us. In just a few months they will transition from full time ministry In Mombasa, to serving with us in the highlands of Kenya. Kelvin will be assisting us with programs management, and Nikole is heading up our short-term volunteers program. We are so blessed to have them joining the team.
On April 16, 2018 we officially broke ground, kicking off construction of the Village of Hope Hospital. To view a short video clip from this special ceremony, please click here. Please pray with us for God’s hand to be over this project from start to finish. Give thanks for the way he has already provided. Pray with us for daily wisdom, and for every need to be met along the way. Right now we are facing quite a bit of rain which is making progress slow. Please pray for favorable weather and safety on the job-site. Thank you for standing with us during this exciting season!
If you would like to support Hope Matters Financially, US tax-deductible donations can be made by clicking here.
After several years of planning and fund-raising, we are pleased to announce that we have a large container of medical equipment and supplies making its way to us. The forty-foot container is on a ship that left port in Los Angeles on November 2nd. It should be arriving in Kenya towards the end of December.
Please pray with us for a safe journey for the cargo ship. Also be praying as we work now to get paperwork in order that will hopefully make getting the container through customs a little easier. We have heard that, that can be quite the headache. I was so blessed to see these pictures as the supplies we have been praying and waiting for were loaded and prayed over as they began their journey to us!
The best ideas come when you least expect them! Hi, my name is Kim Sparks. I am a young professional who currently lives in Seattle, although I have spent most of my life in Southern California. My life is relatively ‘normal’ considering I work a 9 to 5 job, pay bills, enjoy spending my free time with friends and family, and being active etc. All of that is going to change this summer. I am quitting my job, hitting the road and spending the summer running from the U.S./Canadian border to Hyder, Alaska in support of Hope Matters International!
Self admittedly, this is a pretty crazy undertaking. But I think that’s part of the appeal for me. I love being in the outdoors, and the thought of a challenging adventure excites me! I once took a summer to hike the Sierra Nevadas five years ago, and it’s been too long since I’ve been out. As John Muir would say ‘The Mountains are calling, and I must go.” Only, this time I’ll be in Canada!
This also marks the end of a difficult chapter in my life. It is a celebration of the difficult, but life-giving, decisions I’ve had to make in regards to personal and work relationships. But I also want this run to be about something bigger than myself. While continued personal healing would be great, I’m more excited to see how this experience could be used to bless others.
Why Hope Matters International?
I have known Michelle for about 15 years now. She was highly involved in my church high school youth group, and I really connected with her. I admired all the work she was doing to become a nurse at the time, as well her passion for Africa. Although we both became busy with our own lives, we’ve stayed connected through periodic updates. Michelle’s work in Kenya has been on my heart for some time, and it was a natural choice to support her organization.
The Daily Grind
Essentially, this is one really, really long camping trip. We are officially leaving July 2nd from Seattle and heading to the U.S/Canadian border. Once we clear customs, I’ll hop out and begin!! I am so thankful to have the support of my boyfriend Caleb, without whom this trip would not be possible. He will be driving all the gear as we travel. Essentially I will be running part of the day for approximately 10 miles along country roads, and then setting up camp. Caleb will be spotting me (following me with the car) on some of the more narrow portions of road/up the 1 major mountain pass we have to cross. There will be some time for rest and sightseeing, but for the most part this will be our daily rhythm for the next 3 months. If you would like to get updates from the road, follow us at www.findingalaska.net!
How Can You Get Involved?
Please consider joining me, and donating to an extremely important cause. Many of us are extremely fortunate to have accessible medical care, unlike many people in rural Kenyan villages. My goal is to raise $14,160, which is based off of the total KM of this trip. If you want an easy breakdown, consider donating 25 cents a mile, which is $220, or 50 cents a mile which is $440. All donations are tax deductible. Check out Hope Matters at www.hopemattersintl.org
Donations can be made through http://www.hopemattersintl.org/give.html. Online transactions are through Pay-Pal. Please indicate in the note/memo section that your donation is in support of: Alaska or Bust 2015.
Donations can also be made by check made out to Hope Matters International and mailed to P.O. Box 9293, Alta Loma, CA 91701. Again, please indicate in the Memo section that your donation is in support of Alaska or Bust 2015.
Hi Friends! Here in Africa we are pretty excited about the way ministry continues to move forward. We are currently in the process of preparing to launch walk-in clinic services not far from the Hope Matters property. As we prepare for this exciting growth we have some special needs. One of those needs is for a few new laptops to use in accounting and patient records. We’ve identified a reasonably-priced model of computer that we think would work well to meet this need. If this is something you think you might be able to help out, with please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org about working out the details. You can order direct from our wish list on Amazon and ship to our office in the USA. Donations like this are tax deductible within the United States. We have an opportunity for someone to hand-carry the computers over in early Feb so it’s an opportunity we’d like to take advantage of. Thanks so much!
We are excited to announce that we have been accepted by the organization Medsend to become one of their associates. So who is Medsend and what does this mean for Hope Matters? Medsend is an organization that helps medical missionaries to get to the field as quickly as possible. They know that the debt incurred in getting an education in the medical field can be prohibitive from beginning missionary service. So they exist to help get medical missionaries to the field sooner by helping to make student loan payments for qualified missionaries belonging to their associate organizations.
For the last seven years I (Michelle Kiprop) have been receiving a grant from Medsend which has allowed me to stay on the field. It also means that when donors financially support the ministry I’m involved in, none of that support has ever had to be applied to paying my student loans, but instead goes directly to the work I’m doing here in Africa.
With Hope Matters becoming a Medsend associate, my grant will continue. This also means that future medical missionaries with Hope Matters will also be eligible to apply for similar grants. Exciting news all around! If you would like to learn more about Medsend, you can click here to visit their website.