Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Hope Matters Launch Party

October 26th will be a night to remember! We are having a party and fundraiser to officially launch Hope Matters International, and you’re invited!

Come hear stories of life, medicine and healing in rural Kenya. The founders of the ministry, Michelle & William Kiprop, will be sharing their ministry and how God is using Hope Matters to bring health and wholeness!

There will be a silent auction, door prizes, food and music. It will be a fun-filled and heartwarming evening, so bring a friend and we’ll see you there!

October 26th @ 6:45pm
Life Bible Fellowship Church
2426 N. Euclid Ave, Upland, CA

If you believe, like we do, that giving others HOPE really does matter, this is one party you won’t want to miss!

Let us know you’re planning to attend by accepting our Facebook party invitation.

If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you! Click here to contact us.

Going Off the Grid

IMG_4560This week I (Michelle) am going off the grid! I am embarking on a journey to an extremely remote part of Kenya. I likely won’t be able to access e-mail/internet and there are no phones in this part of the country. This is an area where people have little-to-no access to medical care. The ultra-remote areas in Kenya have been on my heart for a number of years now. So this week I’m headed there for a twofold mission. First I will be team teaching First Aid training in two different villages. Secondly, I want to make this a vision trip to explore what ways Hope Matters might become involved in these communities as we grow and develop down the road.

Our host missionary recently wrote these words to me:

“Everyone -chief, pastor, project leader- have expressed their excitement for your team’s arrival and their great need for something like this. Our area has been visited by medical teams in the past, but its always been a “treat it and beat it” kind of method. They come for 3 days and give medicine then hit the road. Not saying it’s bad, but it is not something that is sustainable and many times leaves people depending on the medicine given, which is not available if needed in the future. Anyways, I just want you to know that there are many people praying for you and your team in regards to your plans to come and your ministry.”

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At Hope Matters we want our work to be sustainable. We don’t want to just rush into a community, hit them with a fast fix, and then be on our way. In all of our programs we want to operate in a way that will be life changing with long-term, sustainable, positive effects.

Thursday evening Elizabeth (volunteer nurse practitioner), my two-year-old son Ryan, and myself will begin our journey to Korr. We will get on a little MAF airplane to fly north to the desert. Once there, we will be teaching skills so that when we leave, people will be better equipped to handle emergencies when they arise.

We would appreciate your prayers for the following:

  • Traveling mercies (my stomach doesn’t have a great track record with prop-planes!)
  • Safety throughout our journey
  • That Ryan would adjust well to the many changes on this trip
  • Clarity of communication as we work through translators to teach people who do not speak English or Swahili
  • Retention for the learners
  • That lives would be impacted by our time up North
  • Wisdom regarding possible future partnerships in this area

 

The pictures here are from a trip William made up north a few years back. We look forward to bringing new faces and stories to you when we get home at the end of next week!

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