Saturday, April 9, 2011

El Hogar

Last summer, I went down to Honduras with 10 youth and 2 other adults from St. Timothy's.  We were there on a mission trip to El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza (The Home of Love and Hope).  El Hogar is a mission of the Episcopal Church in Honduras that is committed "to provide a loving home and education in a Christian environment for abandoned, orphaned and hopelessly poor children, enabling them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive human beings in Honduras." (El Hogar Website)  Our group stayed there for a week, learning more about El Hogar and working directly with the kids there.  I cannot begin to describe how important El Hogar is in providing these kids with a healthy, loving alternative to the gang life that is so prevalent in Honduras.  Today, I'm writing about El Hogar because there are a number of different ways that we can all do something to assist them in their mission, even if we are not able to actually spend time there. 

First, on May 1 at 6:30pm, St. Timothy's will be hosting One Voice for El Hogar, an evening devoted to celebrating the life-changing ministry of El Hogar.  Money raised from the ticket sales to this event will be used to assist with funding the teachers and programs at El Hogar.  If you will be in Cincinnati that evening, please consider purchasing tickets online or at one of the participating churches.

Another way you can do something to help El Hogar is to purchase items from Amazon.  Any purchase you make from Amazon after clicking on this link will automatically donate 4% of your total to El Hogar.  Amazon pays this donation and will not charge you any extra

Additionally, there are many churches that are planning mission trips to El Hogar.  You could either participate in one of these church trips (though there's often limited availability) or donate items for the mission teams to take with them when they go.

There are many ways you can give assistance to El Hogar.  Please consider doing something to help out with their mission.  I'm sure that the 250 children currently at the school will be very appreciative of even the tiniest help you can provide.

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