Hope Community Church in Hanover, Ontario, is one church that looks for ways to connect their community and the Grey-Bruce region with the mission of God.
The church hosts several fundraising events that provide funds to support the Village of Hope Zimbabwe, including a one-day maple syrup festival on the church property. Families come and enjoy a pancake meal and lots of fun activities, including a horse-drawn wagon ride, face painting, and log sawing. Other fundraisers include a community Valentine’s concert and an evening dinner and auction.
Every year for 13 years, local retired teacher, Barry Mutrie, leads a team to Zimbabwe. These teams provide supplies for the orphanage as well as the funds to support various projects around the Village of Hope. With help from the community. the team takes over clothing, bedding, kitchen supplies, shoes, and sporting equipment. Their financial support helps with operational costs at the school, children’s homes, and community feeding programs. Int he past, the teams funded and helped build one of the school blocks.
In addition, the church has promoted Child Care Plus sponsorship in the local community which has resulted in over 120 children receiving sponsorship that provides a quality education, a nutritional breakfast, and medical care.
We celebrate Hope Community Church’s connection with its local community and their global outreach to Zimbabwe.
The work of the local church and the global mission of God are integrally related.
Tafadzwa, a former student of our school at VOH Zimbabwe, just won an award in India. Tafadzwa is studying to become a chef. He was selected by his school to represent Zimbabwe in India. While competing against 53 other countries’ representatives, Tafadzwa won four awards. Tafadzwa is a tremendous encouragement to his fellow students.