Gifts of Hope

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Ascension’s 2019 Gifts of Hope Ministry

The word “hope” appears 129 times, in 121 verses, in the Bible. It is a simple but very important word. Hope is a feeling of expectation for something good to happen. Hope takes on many forms – books and chalk to use in school, a farm animal that offers food and an opportunity for income, a safe, affordable house for a family to call home, and food to stave off starvation and malnutrition. These are some of the gifts our Ascension Community lifts up this year in its Gifts of Hope Ministry. Each and every one a gift giving an opportunity for a future filled with hope.
For the nation of Malawi, pervasive educational inequity is a root cause of hunger. Not being able to read makes it very hard to find work and earn an income to sustain a household. Even modest fees for things like school books, chalk and uniforms put primary school education out of reach for many children. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM)
operates seven primary schools in remote areas of Malawi. We have the opportunity to help the ELCM provide safe and welcoming school classrooms and equip lots of boys, girls & teachers with things needed for learning and hope for a future of opportunities. For children in Malawi at high risk for malnutrition, hope is basic, emergency nutrition to be able to survive from one day to another.
For families and communities around the world facing food insecurity on a daily basis, hope for the future might be some chicks, or a piglet or goat from God’s Global Barnyard that can fend off hunger today and provide ways of earning
income for food for weeks and months to come.
For many families in our Conejo Valley, housing costs put home ownership out of reach. With Habitat for Humanity/Ventura County, we can help families build more than homes – we can help them make a long-term commitment for themselves and our community. More than just a roof, floor and walls, a home is hope for family strength, stability and self-reliance.

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GOH 2019 Schedule:

Saturday, November 9, 2019
6:00 PM Worship
Special Speaker: Darcy Taylor, Ventura County Habitat for Humanity

Sunday, November 10, 2019
9:30 & 11 AM in Founders Hall
A special Adult Ed Class highlighting Gifts of Hope projects past & present

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6-7:30 PM
The Gifts of Hope Gift Fair, Founders Hall

Sunday, November 17, 2019
9 AM-12:30 PM
The Gifts of Hope Gift Fair, Founders Hall

Saturday, November 23, 2019
8:30AM-2:30 PM
Habitat for Humanity – Ascension
Community Building two houses
in Camarillo

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”
– Martin Luther