Monday, October 27, 2008


It's time!!!!!!!!! It's finally here.... ever since my trip to Africa last March I have had many of you asking how you can help. You were interested in sponsoring a child or going on a mission trip. I have been watching God working in amazing ways to help these sweet kids and now IT'S HAPPENING!!!!!!! A partnership has developed between Red Letters Campaign and Children's Hopechest. This is opening wonderful new opportunities for orphans in Ethiopia.

Children's Hopechest is OFFICIALLY going into Ethiopia and helping Hanna's and MANY other wonderful organizations that are working to care for the fatherless.

In the past Children's Hopechest has only had churches sponsor an orphan community. But, they are excited about the possibility of an online community (Red Letters Campaign!) taking on sponsorship as well. For the FIRST time EVER they are allowing you to come on board as a member of an on line community through RLC.

Some of you may go to churches that are not ready to take on sponsoring an entire orphanage...So, if that is you then maybe you would want to participate via an online community through Red Letters Campaign!

Here is what sponsoring an ORPHAN via Hope Chest looks like...

-You will be assigned an orphan from sponsored orphanage.
-$35 a month which will meet your child's physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
-you will exchange letters with your child (either via email through Hopechest or through handwritten via Hopechest)
-you will know who else is sponsoring the other children at the same orphanage
-An annual trip will be offered in which you will have the opportunity to go to Ethiopia, spend time with your sponsored child, their orphanage, and the online sponsoring community. (How amazing would it be to be in Ethiopia together loving on the same sponsored orphanage!)

Here is what Red Letters Campaign is working on...

1. The possibility of a password protected part of the RLC web page where we could all see pictures of all the sponsor kids. Every mission team would post their pics and videos for everyone to share. That way we could really get to know "our kids."

2. On the password protected site would also be posted letters from the sponsored kids... you could also e-mail your sponsor child right through RLC.

3. In April there will be a HUGE Launch Ethiopia mission trip. We will make an effort to get a bunch of RLC people going and send donations for all of our sponsored kids. If you attend you will have a chance to meet the kids, get to know the beauty and hardship of Africa and blog about your experience.

4. We will make efforts to set up a conference call with Tom Davis for all of those interested in sponsoring through Children's Hopechest and/or attending the mission trip.

A few things that Hope Chest does that I think is extra sweet and different ... the orphanages they work with are not currently enrolled in any other sponsorship programs... the child that you will sponsor will have your family as their only sponsor. Hopechest is able to provide everything for the orphanage and thus able to create a tight, LONG TERM, relationship between the sponsoring community and orphanage. Hopechest has local staff that check in on the orphanage regularly, mentor the children weekly, and share Jesus with them. The goal would be that this would be YOUR sponsor child until they are grown. The hope is that this will be a very special relationship for your family and the child you sponsor. As a RLC community we would work to visit these children, love them and give them a sense of what family feels like.

I know this is a lot.... I encourage you to check out the
Children's Hopechest website to learn more.

We are trying to get an idea for how many are interested so we know what size of orphanage to sponsor! If you think you might be interested either email the RLC Ethiopia Lead-Amy at (amyde63 [at] hotmail [dot] com) and copy me on the email as well- angel weir @ gmail dot com

I am THRILLED to have the opportunity for our blog community to minister to an orphan community together. We can't bring them all into families.... this is a wonderful chance to bring a bit of family to them.

Hugs, Angel

PS Please feel free to use this post to spread the word! If you decide to help RLC sponsor an orphan community by putting info on your blog would you link your blog below?


Carrie said...

This is awesome! What a great way to bring us all together for a common goal. Way to go! ;)

The Engelhardt 4 said...

we are going to pray about this and check into our budget...we will keep you posted, though

Anonymous said...

this is off topic, but what was that book you spoke of that you said affected you deeply in your faith?? i was thinking about ordering it.

Mandy said...

This is an exciting way to get involved in a very personal way. Writing checks are important, but this really requires our hearts.

Dustin, Nikki, Madison and Sage said...

Dustin and I are excited to be a part of a group to support an orphanage. Not only that, we look forward to developing relationships that are not always possible to do with other sponsorship programs. A huge thanks to you and Amy for all your behind the scenes work! Can't wait to see this take off!

Melinda said...

I already emailed Amy, but wanted to let you know I am in! I have been talking to my pastor and praying he will get our church on board with this, but either way I want to be a part of it. I am so excited!! I will post on my blog sometime today.

Wendi said...

So amazing that all this has happened in only a year; although, we all know God has been working on this for much longer than any of us can imagine. We are absolutely in. CHC's model of community-to-community sponsorship is so beyond any other child-sponsorship program I have seen. We essentially get to build our family in another country - wow!

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Amy said...

SO PROUD of you guys! All of you- what a difference you are making! Count me in! Amy