Operation HOPE’s annual banquet was held on March 22nd at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. This year’s keynote speaker was Kirk Cameron. Kirk was introduced to most of us as Mike Seaver on Growing Pains.
In sharing his testimony, Kirk said he believes it is important for people to connect with causes for which they identify. While some are called to support missions with direct volunteer work in another country or location, this isn’t for everyone Kirk explained.
“For me, I might not be able to go to Iraq or Haiti, but my dollar can go. Through my dollar, through our dollars, we can touch lives around the world,” Kirk said.
Dr. Kerry Reeves, of New Vision Ministry, works on the ground in Haiti. He shared the work Operation HOPE and New Vision are doing each day and the lives touched.
This year’s banquet netted in excess of $75,000. The banquet included a silent and live auction. “This was our first year to have a live auction,” said Operation HOPE founder John Thomas. “I believe the auction added considerably to the excitement of the event.
Returning as emcee was Kurt Kiser, Fox 34 News at Nine anchor. Kiser entertained guests with his antics and stories.
“The banquet was a great overview of the work of Operation HOPE volunteers. I am excited about the work they are doing for Christ’s kingdom,” said Brad Bouma, board chair.