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Zambia – Mon., June 5, 2023 – Daniel Giddings (councillor) of Campbellford is walking the talk. He is currently in Zambia. He posted about his trip under the auspices of Hope Story, which was established in 1998 with a vision to serve orphans and vulnerable children.
The organization partners with churches whose resources are too limited to reach all who come to them malnourished, unable to afford school fees, or needing other support to thrive.
Hope Story mobilizes resources for this locally-led church outreach and connects people with sustainable ways to help vulnerable children access education, health, and discipleship in strong communities through local churches.
Daniel Giddings is one of those people who has travelled to Zambia with his son Isaac Giddings to do what they can to help. One day one of his posts about their work he is showing a building they are working on, with concrete bricks and mortar. As he notes is “it is boiling hot out here, the sun and humidity is high.”
Here is a link to that video: https://www.facebook.com/reel/818195759869915/
If you go to Daniel Gidding’s Facebook page and follow you will be able to see future posts.
He hopes to continue posting so folks can follow what he and others on the project are accomplishing.
Thank you Councillor Giddings for the effort and good work you are doing.
About Hope Story:
Today the organization has partner in: Burkina Faso, Canada /Thunder Bay, Colombia, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, and Zambia – and (new!) Lebanon.
As stated on their website: “We don’t just want to see children survive, we want them to thrive.”
More from their website:
Our church partners around the world strongly believe that we are called as the church to help the poor and to give hope to children in need. Pastors, teachers, and other leaders and volunteers in the congregations are already labouring in love to help the vulnerable in their local communities. Still, they cannot do this work alone! Working together, we are growing the outreach to approximately 1400 children, while maintaining local leadership and sensitivity to the local culture.
We also know there is a causal relationship between poverty and the circumstances and ecosystems in which we grow up. Our partners want to support a life-giving community – sharing Christ’s everlasting love for each unique and deserving child, and building a community ethos that picks up the broken spirit, forgives the wrongdoer, and cares for neighbours. We believe that helping children with their education, nutrition, and mental health, in a healing and loving community environment is a truly transformational idea, that builds community resilience and more holistic development.
Children need more than textbooks and nutrition to thrive. They need healthy relationships, loving examples of hope, mentors that respect their unique dignity and potential, and caring adults in their life who cheer them on, inviting them to author their own story.
To champion hope for at-risk children is to step forward in whatever way you can to ensure that the most vulnerable among us has the opportunity to thrive. It is an offering to the Lord.
If anyone would like to get involved in their projects they can reach out to: email@example.com