All of us at VOH Africa would like to thank you for being a part of Evening of Hope 2018!
We are so grateful for each and every one of you who came out to hear Everlyn, Fatuma, Mwaka, and Shaline share.
Our Evenings took us to Broadway Church in Vancouver, Christian Life Assembly in Langley, Christian Life Assembly in Sooke, Bethel Pentecostal Church in Ottawa, PORTICO Community Church in Mississauga, and Cedarview Community Church in Newmarket!
We were also privileged to share in services at Coquitlam Alliance Church, Christian Life Assembly Langley, Comox Pentecostal Church, The Gathering Place in Pickering, and Cedarview Community Church in Newmarket.
Many of the guests who attended the Evenings had visited one or more VOH locations!
It felt like we were one big family celebrating all that God has done in the lives of the children over the years!
She said she chose that song because “That is exactly what God has been to me since I lost both my parents at such a young age, He’s been a Good, Good, Father.”
“As a church we value children and we work to empower the many widows amongst us. It was because of the example that I experienced first hand at Village of Hope that I want to be sure to reach out and help others who are in need. Village of Hope gave me back the hope that I had lost. I thought that it was the end of the world for me when my parents died, but because of your love and support that you have rendered to VOH Africa under the leadership of Uncle Serge and Aunty Nancy I found hope again.”
“I was taken to one of the Village of Hope children’s homes where I found good sisters and brothers with kind and lovely hearts. My house mother’s name is Sarah and she welcomed me and smiled at me and for the first time I felt at peace.”
Mwaka’s is 17 years old but sadly, her mother died when she was just 6 months old and her father had also passed away by the time she was 1 year old. After that Mwaka was moved from relative to relative, often being very poorly treated, until one day a friend brought her to Village of Hope Chongwe.
“Village of Hope has given me joy and peace. And it’s a place of hope where children are loved and cared for. My life has changed completely; I will never forget the things that Village of Hope has done in my life. In a nutshell, Village of Hope is a place of freedom, peace and a place of love. This is not the end of my story and I know that God has a plan for my life. “
This included Vancouver Island (and the Tswassen ferry), Whistler, Fly Over Canada in Downtown Vancouver, Ottawa Museums, the CN Tower, and Niagara Falls!
At Niagara Falls we were given tickets to go on the Hornblower and cruise right up to the falls! Always willing to try something new, the ladies hopped on board and were ready for the adventure.
We also went shopping and Mwaka spent gift money she had received on games, candy, and a video to share with the kids in her home back at VOH Chongwe. She also bought a necklace for her house mom! It was inspiring to see her desire to share her blessing with her friends back home!
On behalf of all of the children and staff of Villages of Hope, we want to wish each one of you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2019!
A special thanks for photographer Rob Wilson from Christian Life Assembly Church for taking many of the photos shared in this blog.