Helping provide hope...

 

HOPE for children with special needs-especially children with HIV/AIDS and young teen moms

 

HOPE to build the facilities needed to offer a home to these amazing children

 

HOPE that can only be found in the love of Jesus

 

GIVING FAITH, FAMILY AND A FUTURE TO ORPHANS WITH SPECIAL
NEEDS IN GUATEMALA WHILE MINISTERING TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

 

This year's funds will go to

Purchase of a Vehicle

Over $15,000 Raised at the 2017 Bike Ride!

On The Road Again…

While most people think of orphan care as feeding, educating and loving orphans- it goes so much further than that. The children in care of Village of Hope Guatemala come from tragic pasts which have led to deep wounds and often the need of help far beyond the basics. This extra help includes medical, psychiatric, court appointments, education and more. Extra needs means extra appointments. Extra appointments means extra staff, extra funding and extra time on the road traveling to and from.

The roads in Guatemala are often very challenging to navigate and also leads to more car repairs than are required in the U.S.

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Yet those long hours on bumpy roads also allow time for seeds to be planted, hands to be held, feeding them spiritually as well as physically. I love how Jesus can use every appointment for His glory.

It literally takes a village. And that is where YOU come in.

We are so grateful for events like Hope on for Hope who partner with Village of Hope Guatemala coming together for HIS glory to do the work He calls us all to do. You get to be a part of their stories. You get to be a part of changing their lives and living out His word.

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
- Hebrews 13:16 -
 
 

History

The “Hop on for Hope” bike ride grew out of a mission trip that Dick and Marcia West took to Guatemala to visit their daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Todd Block. Todd and Amy were there serving orphans and sensing God’s calling to begin a separate home for HIV positive orphans and children removed from their homes by the court system as well as young teens with babies. Their new orphanage soon came to be known as Village of Hope.

Dick West and his wife Marcia, along with their daughter Jenny Bland, decided there needed to be a means to help raise funds for this work as the need was great. After many thoughts and many more prayers, and the help of family, Christian friends, area business contacts and the LeRoy Methodist youth group, who had just returned from a mission trip to Guatemala, the idea of a bike ride to help raise funds was birthed. On August, 4, 2012 the first annual “Hop on for Hope” bicycle ride was held.

The first year 30 riders participated and coupled with calls to great people for donations, the ride raised $7,000 for Village of Hope and brought Dick West to tears at seeing God’s provision. The next year there were 130 riders and the funds over the years have been used to help build “cottages” at the orphanage, to establish a school, to provide playground equipment and to pay for medical care and surgeries for the children at Village of Hope. In 2016 the “Hop on for Hope” bike ride raised $20,000 which was used to help build a new school building.

The Village of Hope is backed by Lifesong for Orphans, a Christian organization based in Gridley, Illinois, which has programs helping to provide shelter, food, clothing, medical care, Christian discipleship, education, transition programs, sustainable and micro business initiatives, foster care and adoption support in 11 countries.

In 2017 the funds raised were used to purchase a reliable vehicle to transport children to medical appointments and mandated court dates which are sometimes up to 8 hours away. 

On  August 4, 2018 the 7th “Hop on for Hope” bike ride will be held. We hope to see you there.