An Evening with Anthony Kearns
Operation HOPE would like to say a big "Thank You!" to Mr Kearns and to everyone who came out and spent the evening with us. Click below for photos from "An Evening with Anthony Kearns" provided by Lubbock Photographer Mark Umstot.
Operation Hope would like to invite you to join us for An Evening with Anthony Kearns on November 8, 2013 at the City Bank Auditorium. Anthony is a member of the world famous Irish Tenors. His solo career has also seen tremendous success, and this concert will provide an fantastic opportunity for the Lubbock area to see a performer of this caliber.
Mr. Kearns will be accompanied by world class pianist and former London Philharmonic performer Patrick Healy.
We are honored to have someone like Anothony joining us for this exciting evening and we hope you will join us as well!
Dress code for the evening with be Cocktail Attire.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit Operation HOPE and the work we do locally & across the globe.
2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Operation HOPE would like to send out a huge thank-you to all who were involved in this year's Operation HOPE Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept 23rd! We had a great time out on the course and were able to give away some great raffle prizes afterwards. This has been our biggest golf tournament yet and we can't wait to see everybody out on the Rawls Course next year.
We would also like to say a big thanks to this year's tournament sponsors!
Long Island - July 2013
During the week of July 27 - August 3, Operation HOPE took a team of 11 to Amityville, NY to partner once again with Freedom Chapel International. Although the primary stated goal was to participate in a week-long, faith-based basketball camp, we went to accomplish more than to simply teach kids about basketball. We went to share the love of Christ to kids who had never experinced love. We went to minister to them, to introduce them to Christ, and to let them know that somebody cares about them. We also went to provide each and every kid with a backpack - one of the most basic school supplies that many inner-city kids are left without.
Under the leadership of Pastor Barry Baugh, Hoop Challenge exists to teach kids the fundamentals of basketball while imparting into them the knowledge and love of Christ. Over the last 25 years, Coach Barry has developed a system that emphasizes the parallels between living a life for Christ and living a life of excellence on and off the court. By focussing on things such as discipline, obedience, committment, trust, & love, these kids are given the chance to see life in a new light.
After a full week of basketball camp, all 160+ kids were invited to a special event called "Rock the Block" where they not only received their trophies and backpacks, but they were offered a much greater gift - the gift of salvation. Rock the Block wasn't just for the Hoop Challenge kids though. The entire community was invited to come out to hear great Christian music, win prizes, and of course, hear the Gospel Message. In addition to everything else, at the end of Rock the Block, families in need were given bags full of food and other household necessities.
We are honored to have been given the chance to work with Freedom Chapel again, and are humbled to be involved in such an effective outreach ministry. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who gave to Operation HOPE. Through your contributions, we have been able to share the love of Christ to kids who may not have otherwise heard.
For more information about Freedom Chapel and their outreach in Long Island, Head over to freedomchapelny.org.
2013 Banquet Recap
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.
Long Island Hoop Challenge
Operation HOPE will be headed back to Long Island July 26 - August 3 to partner once again with Freedom Chapel International in Amityville, NY. We will be volunteering with Freedom Chapel for their annual Long Island Hoop Challenge - a program designed to target at-risk children and youth and teach them basketball and edifying life skills.
"At Hoop Challenge, Campers are challenged to resist the lure of drugs and alcohol, and are encouraged to pursue their education, God given purpose and dreams. Some of the campers who have been with us since their early teens are now being recruited by Division One Colleges for their basketball programs. We had appearances by top University and NBA coaches as well as accomplished basketball players," says Jimmy Jack, pastor of Freedom Chapel International.
We first partnered Jimmy Jack and Freedom Chapel back in December 2012 when we helped with Hurricane Sandy cleanup as well as the Freedom Kids Christmas Celebration. We are thankful to be a part of such a great ministry right here in the US.
Although labor laws and construction requirements make it somewhat difficult to directly assist with the rebuilding of Long Island after the hurricane, there are no limitations on how far we can go to encourage and support the individuals who have been affected.
In addition to working at the Long Island Hoop Challenge, Operation HOPE will be purchasing school supplies for kids living on Long Island. The 2013-2014 school-year is just around the corner and there are thousands of kids on Long Island whose famillies may not be able to afford the purchase of next year's school supplies. Although it would be nice to take supplies direcly to the kids there, It makes much more sense to bring along money so we can buy the supplies right there in New York. Not only does this cut down on the amount of supplies we'll be taking with us, but it also gives us the chance to invest the funds directly into the local economy.
To Learn more about Freedom Chapel International and the Long Island Hoop Challenge, make sure to visit http://www.freedomchapelny.org.
Montrouis Medical Trip
Although Operation HOPE has taken a couple of smaller fact-finding and leadership trips to see our Haitian partners over the last 18 months, September 14-22 will be our first full-scale medical mission since December, 2011. As it stands right now, our founder Dr. Thomas will be traveling down to Montrouis, Haiti with a large team of medical professionals including surgeons, nurses, PA's and anesthesiologists. In addition to the medical team, Operation HOPE may be sending a team of community volunteers to work with the New Vision orphanage and micro-economic programs.
Thanks to new partnerships that New Vision Ministry has made with a clinic in Montrouis, our teams will operate in one of the nicest medical facilities in the country and provide the highest level of care available to the Haitian people in that region. In order to provide the highest level of care in a short amount of time, the staff at New Vision will help us by selecting surgical candidates before our medical team gets to Haiti. Once our team is on the ground, there will be one day of consultation to ensure that we can perform the needed procedures and then our medical staff will spend the rest of their trip caring for the sick.
New Vision Ministries has gone through a number of changes over the last few months and we are honored to have been given the chance to walk with them through these changes and to act as a support as they rediscover what God is calling them to do in Haiti. If you would like to read more about New Vision, the work that's being done, and the changes being made in Haiti, Make sure to visit http://www.newvisionhaiti.org.
We are excited to go back to Haiti and share the love of the Christ with those in need and we hope that you will continue to pray that God’s will is done while we’re there.
New Photo Albums
Operation HOPE has been busy over the last couple of months and we have alot to show you! Click on the images below to see photos from some of the things we've been busy with recently! And also make sure to visit our Videos page to see our latest videos!
At Home and Across the Sea
Meet Dr. Dennis and Sara Cowley and Dr. Tom Hatten with new Vision Ministries. New Vision has seen some new leadership in recent months and we are so excited to introduce them to you. Equipped with a knowledge of medicine and a passion for helping people, New Vision and Operation HOPE together are changing the lives of hundreds in Haiti.
When Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island in October 2012, we knew that we needed to help, but we weren't sure how. After digging up a long-lost connection with a pastor in Amityville, our founder, Dr. John Thomas found out how we could help. Taking along a small team, we had the opportunity to be a part of a fantastic Christmas program in which 300+ children received free bikes, we helped renovate two homes affected by the hurricane, and began the work on a new crisis response center at Freedom Chapel International in Amityville. We are thankful for the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters right here in the USA and we can't wait to get back!