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Syrian Crisis

Hey friends…

If you are reading this you’ve had a chance to watch the footage we’ve put together of the Syrian crisis and through that you would have had a listen to the song ‘Hope for Humanity’. This is a song Israel Houghton and I wrote a couple of years ago. We wrote this at a time when our hearts were being challenged yet again by the plight of humanity.

I know you are all aware of the crisis in Syria, it has been noted as one of the worst humanitarian crisis in history. During my research, I’ve found it very hard to obtain established facts on how many people have perished and how many have been displaced thus far. The information I do have says that the number of Syrians fleeing their country since the start of the civil war, which began in 2011, has jumped to more than 2 million people as of this September. This is an increase of almost 1.8 million people in the past year. These numbers are staggering and to say the situation is desperate is a complete understatement.

Approximately 97 per cent the refugees are hosted by neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, which has put unbelievable pressures on their own internal infrastructure. These are certainly crazy times. There is a dire need for the international community to help , and I really feel that if any of us can do ANYTHING, then we should.

We cannot do everything, but we must do something. And as a pastor and a writer of worship music, my heart leaps when I read scripture that challenges us to never allow our songs or lives to be expressed generously on a Sunday only…. but that truthful worship is about our WHOLE selves being poured out…. generous on all occasions, not just financially, but in our life’s approach to injustice.

Isaiah 61 just reminds me that Gods spirit is upon us for this very hour and so it is incumbent upon us that we must be awake as we respond with our lives.

I have contacted a couple of our friends, who I know personally, who oversee organisations that are working directly with refugees, both in Syria AND Lebanon. Today I am highlighting donation information for you in the hopes that helping is made easier. There are MANY great charities doing great things in to help so please, jump on board with whomever you feel you fit with.. and simply donate.

My little reminder to myself and all who are reading.. DON’T feel manipulated in any way, just do what you CAN do.

SPIRIT AND TRUTH WORSHIPPERS…. Lets lead the way.

Love and value you all,

Darlene

 

To donate to Samaritans Purse project to help the Refugee crisis in Syria please click here.

HOPE AND VISION IN KENYA

“Wednesday morning teaching at a school on eye health was a lot of fun with really bright and enthusiastic students. When one asked how do you know if you have a vision problem we were able to demonstrate what happens in an eye exam.

Above: Cheryl teaching about eye health

That afternoon we returned to do vision screening and were able to see 20 students before a huge storm hit. Among those was a 7 month old baby with severe difficulties, a young girl with undiagnosed severe epilepsy and a beautiful deaf girl who we were able to refer to the clinic doctor for further assessment the next day.

Above: Nina, who is deaf

Thursday afternoon we started our vision screening at the clinic and when we arrived, waiting for us was a beautiful boy named John, who was sitting patiently waiting wearing sunglasses. When he removed the sunglasses, it was obvious he had a ulcer on his cornea and was in severe pain. On the remainder of the afternoon we saw 25 children and 6 older women who needed removal of cataracts and were able to refer them to Sabatia Eye Hospital.

 

Above: Mother and child at the doctors clinic and one of the ladies undergoing vision testing

Friday was a long busy day at the clinic where we saw almost 100 children and a few adults who waited patiently all day to be seen. In this group we saw children with severe vision loss, cataracts, possible detached retinas and other complex eye conditions that impairs their vision, impacts their ability to learn and quality of life. Later in the day, a 25 year old girl, Carolyne, came in guided by her mother. She had been blind for the past 12 months and totally depended on others to help her get around. We were able to give her a cane and show her some simple techniques to assist her in getting around. It was exhilarating to watch her freedom of movement and there was joy on her face at the independence she was now getting back.

Above: Cheryl assisting Carolyne with her new cane

Overall we referred over 30 children to Sabatia Eye Clinic for surgery and a further 20 for follow up examination. It was such a privilege to meet with these children and their parents and teachers and give them HOPE.” - Cheryl

There have been many memorable moments this week and I hope that I never forget any of them. Many were formed when I was testing our lovely Kenyan friends for ‘distance acuity’. On Tuesday, we began our testing at Real Life School, where the storm made the English-to-Lao (local African dialect) translation very difficult, as well as making the wall where the chart was quite dark to read. When the rain began falling on me from different angles in the room, that just topped it off.

Wednesday afternoon was our second day of vision testing, where I worked in the hallway of the Mission Clinic to do the testing. That was where I met Sally. Sally spoke perfect English (a complete blessing in Awasi!), and had a beaming grin that matched her butter-yellow T-Shirt. It soon become apparent that her glasses were a pointless addition to her attire, as she had 20/20 vision in one eye and was completely blind in the other. She was only in Primary School.

Thursday I was able to use an empty doctor’s office, and had Sandra helping me get through the distance acuity tests. There were two particularly memorable moments in this office. The first was when a little girl came into the room, and as I put the testing classes on her (which blocked out vision in one ye, so that we could test the other), she began to talk very excitedly. She was probably only 4 or so years old, and Dan translated to me that she had said, ‘Soon I will be able to see Mummy and Daddy’. Her faith in us that a simple pair of glasses would fix her was heartbreaking. The second was when Carolyne walked in (mentioned earlier). Her faith in me, even though she could not see me, was astounding. My hear was overjoyed when she walked around with her new cane later that day. being only a couple of years older than me, but completely blind, really impacted me. With a little bit of education about eye health and how easily cataracts are removed, she may never have needed to meet us. Yet the sad fact is that if these children are not taught simple health care, this can be the result.” - Emma

Above: Emma assisting with vision screening

“This weeks BREAKTHROUGHS!

  • New partnerships with Chase Childcare and Sabatia Eye Clinic established for the Vision Screening/Treatment program
  • 140 students from various schools were screened for vision difficulties in partnership with Chase Childcare
  • 30 referrals to Sabatia Eye Clinic and 20 referrals for follow up exams
  • Hope Global, on behalf of generous donors, have been able to gift finance to cover around 10 of the surgeries needed
  • 30 Early Childhood Teachers from 18 schools attended training and demonstrated their skills in a practical session
  • Encouraging to see the development of an integration program for visually impaired children in the local area”

 - Robyn

 

Above: Handing over donated funds to Chase Childcare for surgeries Sandra assisting with vision screening

Above: Maths Learning

Above: A game of ‘Duck Duck Goose’

Article by HOPE: Global team.

Kenyan Adventures

HOPE: EDUCATION KENYA

Day 1 – Friday September 13th

Kenya, here we come! Meeting…greeting…on with Hope T-Shirts…queuing…waiting…ticketing…farewelling… expelling (to security – what is a visualette after all?)…clock ticking…feet rushing…finally onboard…Phew! Where’s my seat? Turn off the phone…where is it? Now 14 hours rest ahead…” – Robyn (Team Leader)

 

Above: Some of our HOPE: Education Kenya team

Day 2 – Saturday September 14th

“Transit through Abu Dhabi…white sands, tall cranes edging the airport, the read ball of sun ascending the shimmering tarmac.” - Robyn

“We are sitting in the airport watching life and people scurry around us catching planes and going on to see about their next destination. What a mix of people – so much diversity passing us by. Our attention is caught watching men wearing white robes wandering around us. What are they up to – some are clothed in towels. We hear they are headed to Jeddah and we wonder what they are off to do.” - Sandra

“Boarding the plan to Nairobi my mind wondered with excitement. What will it look like? What will we see when we land? What will our adventure look like? One word came to mind – JOY. Joy at seeing thorn trees by the road with goats wandering along contrasting with lots of industrial buildings. The complexity of the imagery is just amazing and so very beautiful, and the sense of feeling the heat of the day – such a warmth I’ve not felt for a while. My most favourite moment has been to watch the beautiful morning sun rising as we at breakfast together in Nairobi. So different to home but so entrancing. This is my welcome to Kenya.” - Sandra

 

Day 4 – Monday September 16

“We arrived at Sabatia Eye Hospital not knowing what to expect. Patients were everywhere, not enough beds so mattresses were spread on the floors. A queue of people waiting outside the operating theatre to have cataract surgery. They walk in, jump on the table, have surgery, get back up and walk to recovery ward. No anaesthetic, no complaining, just relief. Kids being assessed by optometrists, glasses dispensed and people everywhere. What an amazing place and group of people who all work so hard to make the lives of others better. Awesome day!” - Cheryl

Day 5 – Tuesday September 17

“Mzungus Mzungus everywhere! I knew coming into Africa that we would be the obvious ‘white’ people. What I didn’t know was that we would become the attraction of Awasi, just because of our skin colour. As we drove through Awasi to Mission Clinic, children on the side of the roads stopped, pointed, gawked and yelled, ‘Mzungu!’, while smiling and waving. We were the ‘Mzungus’ and we waved back. They are amazed to see us, but we don’t mind. They are gorgeous children, one even chased after the car yelling ‘Mzungu’. Their grins are unforgettable.” - Emma



Above: Eye care training in action

Photos courtesy of Tash McCarroll

Article by HOPE: Global team.

Walk Of Hope 2014

Every year we’ve walked for HOPE in Sydney Australia…

In 2014…

…we are taking the walk to RWANDA!

In 2014, it will be 10 years since HOPE: Global founders Mark & Darlene Zschech first visited Rwanda and learned of the recent genocide and were stirred to do something for their Rwandan brothers and sisters. 2014 also marks the 20-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. In 2014, we want to celebrate the progress of this beautiful country, it’s achievements and the growth of HOPE: Global.

Mark & Darlene Zschech and the HOPE Team invite YOU to join them for the 2014 Walk of Hope in Rwanda.

Dates: 18th April – 3rd May 2014 (with the Walk of Hope on Saturday 26th April)*
*Subject to change

• Visit the Rwandan projects that HOPE: Global partners with

• Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture

• Opportunity for sightseeing including Gorilla Trekking

• A time of fun, fellowship, adventure and celebration that will leave a lasting impact

• Apply online and register by July 15th 2013 – full details in information pack

VIEW INVITATION VIDEO FROM MARK & DARLENE

DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION PACK HERE

DOWNLOAD ITINERARY HERE

Register your interest NOW for this one off event.

Contact us today:

+61 2 9659 2553
[email protected]

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Revealing Jesus

Well, after many many months of dreaming, writing, praying, talking, laughing and planning… ‘Revealing Jesus’ is finally here.

This whole concept has come out of a simple longing for more of Jesus to be revealed in my life. More of Him in every area of my life, starting with my heart…

I’ve been asking God about the authority we have In Jesus Name, and how the finished work of Christ really does affect every single moment of our lives.

And I’ve been learning how important my speech is… To declare this finished work, to speak out His word and not just accept some of the situations we find ourselves in, but push the enemy right back with the Word of God as we face any trial in life.

SO… from my heart of hearts to yours today, I truly pray these songs become fuel for YOUR journey… songs of praise, songs of war, songs of deep worship and adoration. And that the devotional is like a river of life to your soul.. bite size pieces strength as you read daily.

I Love this text from Corinthians 2…

‘God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of His purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out His best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.’
(The Message Translation)

So my friends.. I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to reveal Jesus Christ to you… for He is the Greatest of the Greats, the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. And He has a great plan for your life. Ask Him to come be YOUR Lord today… The center of your life… He is a prayer, a breath, a heartbeat away…

Much much love to you all today…

Darls. xx

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For more info visit:

revealing-jesus.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jakarta Tour Update – Festival of Life 2013

Darlene Zschech, Sidney Mohede and band members Luke Munns, Craig Gower, Barry Southgate, David Holmes, Ben Whincop, Nathan Eshman and Thom Macken

It’s so funny to wake up in a different country.. And this one is alive and kicking!! Jakarta is like no other place on earth.. So many industrious , gracious people going fast about their day.. You can SEE the gathering of hope as potential has started becoming reality.

Myself and Mark and our worship team from Oz are here with the one and only Joyce Meyer and her beautiful team..

And they have worked hard ploughing the ground for a long long time to see people find Hope in Christ in this urgent hour.

So. It is pouring with rain, the traffic is madness, but the people are ready.. And the beauty is that God has gone before us all..

We would so appreciate your prayers.. I’ll tweet updates and photos if I can..( Thankyou Global roaming)…

Ok.. Love always.. First meeting starts in 30 mins .. X D

Welcome to 2013!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

We hope you’ve all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We are so excited to jump into 2013, with so many incredible things planned and we hope that you’ll be part of the journey.

REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS

What are you doing in 2013?

Why not volunteer and join a short term HOPE: Global Education training team in 2013 to help change the quality of education in developing nations.

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67 million children worldwide are missing out on education.

200 million children are currently in school in developing nations but learning very little.

In developing countries the quality of education remains unacceptably low. 50% of Year 2 children in developing countries cannot read anything at all.

If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. This is equal to a 12% cut in global poverty.

World Bank, EFA FTI, 2011

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We need teachers but we also need professionals from various sectors.

HOPE: Global is looking for Australian teachers, nurses, administrators, photographers and IT specialists – willing hearts and hands to give 2-3 weeks to build the capacity of schools, orphanages and vocational training centres in Rwanda, Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya.

By training one teacher or worker in a school or orphanage, the quality of education increases and equips hundreds of children.

VOLUNTEER DATES:

Uganda – April 13-28
Rwanda – June 22-July 7
Kenya – Sept 14-29
Cambodia – Sept 21-Oct 5

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION NIGHT:

Tuesday 22nd January
7:00pm – 9:00pm
HOPE: Global Offices
Suite 106, 33 Lexington Drive Bella Vista NSW 2153

RSVP to [email protected] or 02 9659 2553.

If interstate, we can arrange to Skype or conference call during the meeting.

For further information about volunteering, to download our information pack or apply online, please visit the HOPE: Global website.

This year, our annual Walk of Hope is going global! Our aim is to walk the circumference of the earth – 40,008km! The Global Walk of Hope will consist of local Sydney events, the Kids Walk of Hope and the Adults Walk of Hope, and our global event, which anyone can take part in from anywhere.

The Global Walk of Hope will kick off on the 16th of February with the Kids Walk of Hope and finish on the 2nd of March with the Adults Walk of Hope.

Registrations are now open for each event and all the details can be found online here

Join us in 2013 as we raise much needed funds to train thousands of teachers and NGO leaders in Rwanda, Kenya, Cambodia and Uganda!

“Let our New Year’s Resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word” - Goran Persson

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Love & Blessings from Mark, Darlene & The HOPE Team xx