Just like in any ministry, we run exclusively on donations from churches, businesses and generous people like you. All of the medicine, clothing, footwear, hygiene items, toothbrushes and toothpaste are all donated from businesses and people who have compassion for people in desperate need. Many times, we get exactly what we need from year to year. There are, on occasion, needs that we encounter during our trip and throughout the year. Below are opportunities for you to partner with us and even help send someone on the trip that may be in need of a little extra help.
After 17 years, almost 400,000 miles, 2,940 nights of lodging, multiple breakdowns and several repairs, we've made a strategic decision to retire the Hope International motor coach. The cost of repair and maintenance has surpassed the cost of a gently used model. Click on the video below and hear the heart of our team leaders and board of directors at Hope International Ministries.
Unfortunately, ministry is not free. It costs us all something to reach people with the love, compassion and hope of Jesus Christ. Kurt and Debi Holthus have dedicated their lives to taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to hurting people all over the world. Hope International Ministries was an endeavor of God sized proportions with God sized vision. Hope International is supported solely by churches, businesses and generous people like you. Will you consider supporting Hope International Ministries on a monthly basis? Do you have influence at your church or business and would like to support this ministry? Hope International not only takes the gospel to hurting humanity but its also a humanitarian effort to bring Premium U.S. Healthcare to needy nations and desperate people. We appreciate every gift and everyone who supports Hope International Ministries. Thank you in advance for your support!
Many of our team members raise money to help pay for their trip. Sometimes young people who are searching for direction or purpose sign up for the trip and need assistance to be able to go. This is an opportunity for you to be a blessing. This is an opportunity to change a life. Be a part of making an enormous impact on someones life today.
Nearly all of the medicine that we use in the clinics and distribute to other ministries is donated by pharmaceutical companies that don't want to see their life saving medicine go to waste. We are profoundly appreciative for their donations. Although the medications are free, the transportation of over 8 million dollars of donated medicine is not. Each year, we have to truck those meds from their warehouse to our storage facility in Michigan to have shipped to the Dominican Republic or other areas of need. Will you help us? It is a yearly cost of $16,000 to get that medicine to the people in need.
Along with the donated medicine, we typically have 1 million to 2 million dollars worth of new clothing, flip flops or shoes, toothbrush and toothpaste, hygiene items, walkers, wheel chairs and other supplies that are given to bless the people and patients we visit each year. That too has to get to the where it needs to go. To do that, we have it shipped from our storage facility in Canton MI in a 40 foot long shipping container. Each year that cost is typically $6700 and is filled with over 10 million dollars of donated goods. Will you help us get this precious cargo to the people that need it most?
While on the trip, each of our 200+ team members have to get to the clinic locations with all of the equipment and supplies for the day. To do that, we rent trucks that carry all of our equipment to the inner reaches of the country. As you can imagine, $150 per day, per truck can really add up fast. Could you help us get doctors, nurses, pastors and so many others to where they need to be?
Pastor/Pastor's Wives Conference
Our desire is to not only bring much needed, life saving, medical assistance to these precious people, we also want to inject health and vitality into the local church. Therefore, we hold a pastor and pastors wives conference to encourage and challenge local pastors and their wives. Each year it grows and is having an eternal impact on the Dominican church. Last year over 600 pastors and their wives attended, received the new book, Good or God by John Bevere, in Spanish. Each pastor was also able to take with them several New Testament Bibles in Spanish. This conference is always a highlight of their year and our trip. Would you consider helping up in 2017?
Over the past 14 years we've remodeled multiple churches, a school, finished a pastors home, built playgrounds and so much more. Each year, we leave the community better than when we came. Everything we build, construct, remodel, install or repair is completely free to the church, school, ministry or community. It's what Jesus would do. Will you consider partnering with us to continue making a lasting difference wherever we go?
As you can imagine, almost everywhere we go has a water problem. Clean water is not always easy to come by so we have to purchase clean water wherever we go. With 200+ team members, temperatures in the mid 90's and dehydration continually on our minds, water is a very important part of our trips. Therefore, its also a huge expense for us as we continue to reach people. Will you consider helping us cover the cost of water? Each large blue bottle is $5.00 U.S.