Since the summer of 2012, Grace Bible Fellowship has provided practical help to the Christian orphanage called Hope House, located in the small town of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, located near Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. The purpose of this organization is to provide permanent and foster care for boys of all ages who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned. At Hope House the boys are given a safe and loving place to be raised with access to medical care, vocational training, and most importantly, the opportunity to foster a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Each summer a team of 10-14 enthusiastic Christians, both lay church people and Grace Bible Fellowship staff, have enjoyed hosting a week-long evangelistic camp on the Hope House campus. The camp’s purpose is to share the gospel with Hope House boys while providing a week of organized fun, including sports, crafts, small group Bible teaching, snacks, and outings. A fringe benefit is that Grace Bible Fellowship participants have a practical way to express and experience God’s grace and love on a short-term mission.
To illustrate the impact of this ministry, following is a portion of a thank you note from Kina Dutro, one of the Hope House co-founders, addressed to Grace Bible Fellowship:
“I want to take a moment to thank you for all the hard work and commitment that you put forth this year in coming to Mexico to serve at Hope House. We appreciate the sacrifice and hard work that you exhibited to prepare and host this year's summer camp for the boys. Your camp is the highlight of the boy's summer vacation. They always look forward to seeing the team members and getting to participate in all of the engaging activities throughout the week.”
When the Grace Bible Fellowship team arrives at Hope House for summer camp, they bring with them school supplies and shoes, purchased with each specific boy’s needs in mind.
Additionally, taking a cue from a Samaritan’s Purse ministry called Operation Christmas Child, Grace Bible Fellowship runs an annual project called Mission Navidad. This project pairs up a Grace Bible Fellowship family with a Hope House boy so that each receives a box of Christmas gifts purchased specifically for him.
The Purpose of Hope House
Hope House was established to address the void in Mexico’s foster care system. The state-run orphanages care for children only until the age of eleven, at which time they are released to the street or private foster homes. Most of the private foster homes or "casas de hogar" care for children only to the age of thirteen. Hope House cares for boys from age six to age eighteen. This fills the gap into which so many of the abused and abandoned boys of Mexico fall when both the state and other foster homes are unable to care for them. Without Hope House, many of these boys would resort to living on the streets.
The goal and mission of Hope House is to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical, educational, and psychological needs of the boys. Hope House supplies the biblical teaching, fostering, and guidance necessary to grow these boys into biblically-knowledgeable, Christ-centered young men. Providing their food, housing, clothes, education, and caring for their mental health needs enables the staff to teach them about the Word of God and give them the spiritual education they would not have otherwise.
Hope House is a non-profit organization, fully funded by donations and receives no monetary assistance from the government of Mexico.
For more information, visit: https://www.hopehousechildrensrelief.org/