Haiti - July 2016
Operation HOPE is happy to report that we were able to send funds last week to our dear friend in Haiti, Pastor Cesar. The money we sent will once again help the 7 schools there with feeding, clothing, & educating over 1,500 children. Although we are currently in the summer months, the next school year will be starting soon and Pastor Cesar will be meeting with the teachers at those schools in order to renew contracts for the coming year. As you know, Operation HOPE has long been committed to working with Pastor Cesar and the children in those schools and we're so thankful for the opportunity to continue our support thanks to donations from you, our dear partners.
Pastor Cesar has asked us to pray for one of the church-schools in particular: Bois Neuf. It's one of the oldest schools that we support - built back in 1984. Though parts of the building have been remodeled to some extent, the structure itself is in very bad condition due largely in part to aftershocks from the earthquake back in 2010. Pastor Cesar is praying that God will provide a way for them to begin contruction on a new building in 2017 and is planning a building 50'x100'. We have had the opportunity to visit Bois Neuf a number of times and we actually spent a Sunday morning there during our last trip to Haiti. Below are photos of the Sunday morning service where we worshiped alongside our Haitian friends and were treated to a presentation by the children who attend that particular church on Sunday mornings.
Earlier this month, Pastor Cesar and other pastors associated with New Vision Ministries in Haiti completed 40 days of prayer for the people of Haiti. As I'm sure you can imagine, events such as this can be incredibly exhausting, but have proven invaluable to expanding ministry in Haiti and uncovering God's will for the people involved. During the 40 days of prayer, the main church in Saint Marc (pictured at the beginning of this article) is filled with people every single night for the full 40 days. These services generally follow the same format where people come and worship together, hear a message preached by Pastor Cesar or any number of guest speakers, and then they pray for the future of their nation. Last year, we were in Haiti during their annual 40s days of prayer and were able to attend one of the services. We were encouraged and challenged watching people who had very little come together to worship and seek God's face. This year, the 40 days of prayer ended on July 11 and was imediately followed by 2 days of evangelical seminary on July 12 & 13. This small seminary session provided an opportunity for Haitians involved in ministry to learn a little bit more about reaching the lost in their own country. Pastor Cesar was kind enough to send us a few photos of their prayer services and seminary (see below).
Please join us in praying for our friends in Haiti. Pray with us that God will continue to lead and guide Pastor Cesar and that he will continue to use Operation HOPE and all of our partners and supporters to spread His word and reach our brothers & sisters there. Thank you for your continued support of the work that we do, and as our friend Pastor Cesar always says, "The Lord is in charge!"
We would like to introduce Kelly Wimberly as our new Director of Operations! Kelly was born and raised here in Lubbock, Tx and has attended Trinity Church since she was 14. She has three children, Cody Wimberly, Macy Bostick and Cory Wimberly. All three of her children attended and graduated from Trinity Christian Schools. Kelly attended Texas Tech University where she received Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and Petroleum Land Management. She worked the past 13 years at Malouf’s in multiple roles varying from accounting to sales and buying. Kelly has also been a volunteer for Operation HOPE over the past several years and we are happy to have her as our full time director. Her office door is always open should you ever wish to swing by the new office and visit with her or call (806)793-HOPE to find out more about what is going on at Operation HOPE.
2016 Banquet Recap
Each year, Operation HOPE holds an event to update all of our supporters on the progress being made in Haiti, Iraq, and right here in the US, and to provide them with even more opportunities to invest in these wonderful people. In years past, speakers have included our founder Dr. John Thomas, Pittsburgh Steeler Baron Batch, Former Atlanta Braves Pitcher John Smoltz, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Actor/Director/Producer Kirk Cameron, Dr. Ben Carson, and most recently, Tim Brown. Below are the details for this year's event.
Tim Brown - Keynote Speaker for the Tenth Annual Operation HOPE Banquet
The Tenth Annual Operation HOPE Banquet was held on March 19, 2016 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. We welcomed author, Heisman Trophy winner, & NFL Hall-of-Famer Tim Brown as our keynote speaker for this year’s event. Once again, the Operation HOPE was a huge success bringing in over $95,000 of net profit so we can go out and reach the hurting of this world.
The banquet started with Carl Toti, Senior Pastor at Trinity Church in Lubbock giving the invocation. We were honored to have such a distinguished member of our community spend the evening with us, and pray over our event. Our founder, Dr. Thomas also shared a few encouraging words thanking everyone for their support.
Once again, we held a live auction including a high powered rifle, sports memorabilia, a fantastic turkey hunt, two tickets to the Super Bowl, and a set of braces from Wentz Orthodontics here in Lubbock. In addition to the live auction items, banquet attendees had the opportunity to bid on a number of silent auctions as well. Between the two auctions alone, Operation HOPE was able to raise over $39,000.
This year, we welcomed Dyron Howell to the Operation HOPE Banquet to share a little more about the organization he founded, SnackPak4Kids. Operation HOPE has supported SnackPak for the past couple of years and we were honored to have Mr. Howell express exactly how our wonderful supporters have been able to provide meals and opportunities for kids all across Texas & the South Plains.
Tim Brown won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame and starred in the NFL for seventeen seasons. Recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Tim left the game as a Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders legend and one of the most respected men in sports. “Mr. Raider” shared with banquet attendees his amazing journey, the triumphs, the heartbreaks, the struggles, and God as well as the principles and priorities that made him the man he is today.
To see all of the photos of the Operation HOPE Banquet shot by our good friend Mark Umstot, click on the image below:
We are truly thankful for everyone who was able to come spend the evening with us and we look forward to next year's event!
Below you will find a list of Sponsors for the Tenth Annual Operation HOPE Banquet
Dr. Howard Beck | Tyler Brown | City Bank | First Shot Outfitters | Golf USA | Joe & Sally Hornaday | Steve & Brenda Johnson | Roger Lindley | Robert Madden | Henry & Sylvia Mirabal | Pam & Jerry Monk | Illusionist Irving Quant | Ice Chef Robert Tuthill | Mark Umstot | Carolyn Veenendaal -J. Bloom Designer | VKNAGRANI | Rhonda Wallace | Marlin Wells
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of our gracious sponsors for helping make Operation HOPE what it is today!
Operation HOPE on Trends & Friends
Check out Dr. Thomas' latest interview with KLBK on Trends & Friends regarding his latest trip to Kurdistan and the Operation HOPE Banquet!
Operation HOPE just returned from our latest trip to Haiti, and we're happy to say that it was another great success!
This year, we connected with Lubbock Dentist, Dr. Kelly Robinson to uncover opportunities for dentists to help our friends in Haiti. We noticed in the past that although there were a handful of doctors and optometrists in Haiti, there didn't seem to be very many dentists. Dr Robinson initially contacted Operation HOPE on behalf of TeethSavers, a Lubbock organization created to teach children and educators simple, inexpensive dental techniques in order to prevent future infections of their bodies.
The initial plan was for Dr. Robinson to do a short fact-finding trip to uncover future opportunities, however during the planning, we realized that this would also be the perfect time to provide some dental education to many of our ministry parters there in Haiti.
Over the course of 5 days, Dr. Robinson, her husband Wesley, and their 2 boys were able to provide invaluable dental education and hand out free toothbrushes to over 1000 peoeple in Haiti. Without a doubt, this was a huge success, and we're thrilled to have been given the chance to share with so many people. Dr. Robinson also provided free check-ups for 40 people and was able to clean a lot of teeth as well as extract a few that needed to come out. In the future, we plan to bring a mobile dental unit with us so we can do even more dental work while we're there.
While in Haiti, we were able to connect with many of our ministry partners in order to check in on how things are going as well as bring them valuable supplies and encouragement. Dr. Thomas also had the opportunity to preach in two different church services with our dear friend, Pastor Cesar as his interpreter.
We're excited to see what the future holds for the work we are doing in Haiti and are blessed to build new connections and relationships each time we go. Thank you for your prayers and support!
We are excited to announce our partnership with SnackPak4Kids!
Operation HOPE has partnered with Legacy Farms to support the SnackPak4Kids program at LaMesa Elementary School in Plainview, TX, and we are thrilled for the opportunity to work together to help kids right here in the South Plains.
SnackPak was founded in Amarillo in 2010 as an organization dedicated to ending weekend hunger in West Texas and the South Plains by providing backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritional snacks each Friday of the school year. We've seen numerous studies over the years showing the kind of improvement that good nutrition has on a child's ability to learn and we are so excited to be a part of a program like this right here so close to home. We've been deeply invested in similar programs down in Haiti and have always had a deep passion for helping children excel in life. This is the first time this program has been available to kids in Plainview and our hope is that we will be able to work alongside SnackPak to help the program grow and spread to even more communities in our area.
LaMesa Elementary has identified 100+ students in need of nutritional food to help them make it through the weekend and be prepared for school on Monday morning. Because of our partnership with Legacy Farms in support of SnackPak4Kids, those 100+ students will be able to wake up each Monday without the struggles and pains that come from not getting enough to eat over the weekend.
In addition to the financial partnership with SnackPak at LeMesa, Operation HOPE and Legacy Farms will be providing volunteers to help pack the food and deliver it to the schools every week of the school year. If you are interested in volunteering and either live in Plainview or are willing to travel there once or twice a month, please send us an email - email@example.com - and let us know. We would love for anyone willing to partner with us to help take care of these kids.
To learn more about SnackPak4Kids and the work that they do across the state of Texas, click on the logo at the top of this article or visit http://www.snackpak4kids.org.