The Home of Hope is an orphanage in Bangladesh that provides a home for children without parents or children whose guardian can no longer care for them. Most of our children come from villages where trafficking of children is a temptation, including areas unreached and inaccessible to foreigners. From situations that are considered hopeless, the Home of Hope offers hope and a path to a future.
In 1990, when a poverty-stricken father, whose wife had just died giving birth, asked us to take his newborn baby so he could continue to make a living for his other two toddlers, we vowed to God that when He opened the door we would make it possible to help the homeless, unwanted or orphaned children of Bangladesh. In a short time, God provided the funds and a small, two-room facility, and in 1991 our first 16 children were rescued and began the path to hope. Since then, we’ve taken in more than 300 children from homeless and hopeless situations.
But our goal is not simply to rescue. We provide a beautiful home, Godly mentors, nutrition and medical aid, a full English education, life skills and, most importantly, an environment where they can know and grow in God. Currently, we have over 100 children. Sponsoring a child through Hope Generation lets you be a part of raising up this generation.
Published Thu, Nov 19, 15. Written by Heather Rostocil.
Holli with some of the Home of Hope girls
It’s truly difficult to put into words how deeply meaningful and life changing this trip to Bangladesh was for me. I’m still waiting for the day to come that I don’t cry when I think about this experience, and in truth, I hope that it never does.
One of the things that rang true for me is something that I have heard my friend* say time and time again: “you can’t out give God.” Whatever I was able to give, God used these beautiful people and this incredible place to give abundantly more to me. I never walked without a hand to hold. I never sat with an empty lap. There wasn’t a day that passed that a smiling face didn’t tell me that I was loved. It was incredibly humbling to be honored and given so much by a people who have so very little. Even more humbling, was that despite all my fears and doubts, God was able to use to me. Love absolutely conquerors all.
I continue to be overcome with thankfulness to God and to my friends* for an opportunity to experience what God is doing in and through Home of Hope. My heart has been awakened with a greater and deeper love for a country in desperate need of Jesus and 110 children who represent a generation that will build His Kingdom and bring hope to Bangladesh. As for me, I know that God is calling me to be a woman of action. Sympathy is not an acceptable substitute. I pray that the cry of Christ’s church and the cry of my heart would always be, “here am I, God; in whatever way, however you choose...send me!”
-Holli Shipley (recent visitor to Home of Hope)
*The friends referred to in this article are Rick & Elaine Pardee, project directors at the Home of Hope.
Published Mon, Oct 19, 15. Written by Heather Rostocil.
Current and former Home of Hope children pictured:
A couple of our former Home of Hope (HOH) "kids" recently noticed that it was 20 years ago that the HOH moved to our current facilities north of Dhaka. They asked if it would be possible to have a reunion. The reunion was totally student led: they organized it, figured out how to fund it, and did a great job connecting with all the former and present HOH children. Half of the former HOH "kids" were able to attend.
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