During Advent you will receive special bookmarks in your bulletin with information on how you can pray for our local mission partners, as well as outreach inside the walls of Hope. It is our hope that each one of you will grow in prayer and understanding of who our local mission partners are, what the do, and how we can serve them through prayer and devotion.
As we journey through Advent and forge ahead to 2014, we are launching go(serve), focusing how we, as a church, can serve those not only around the world, but right here in our backyards. Click here for details.
If you want a daily dose of inspiration this month, check out Hope's daily devotions, written by Hope's local mission partners and Hopesters who spend a lot of time volunteering with those organizations. It's amazing to see how God weaves His story through ours everyday - a great reflection as we anticipate the coming of Christ at Christmas. Let Christ inspire you to make a difference in your community the way those writing the devotions have.
All families have been adopted! Thank you for your generosity and your continued support of our Adopt-A-Family program!
Thanksgiving Day Meal Packaging
A big thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who spent part of their Thanksgiving Day packaging 150,120 meals that will stay in Central Iowa!
Mainstream Living Knapp House of Hope build
Mainstream Living was founded in 1975 by a group of parents who wanted community living options for their children with intellectual disabilities. At that time, if a family could no longer maintain their child at home, the only choice was to place the child in a state institution or large Intermediate Care Facility elsewhere in the state.
Through Hope’s involvement, the Knapp House of Hope is being built in West Des Moines, serving medically fragile young adults with severe and profound disabilities. This home will provide hope for five very special individuals and a solution for five families who may not know what the next step is for their son or daughter. The new home will be located at 315 Lincoln Street in West Des Moines.
Skilled and unskilled construction volunteers are needed throughout the project, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays. If you would like to volunteer your time to this project, you are needed! Click here to send an e-mail to the Knapp House of Hope project manager, Ralph Haskins.
2014 Mission Trip Schedule
The Mission Trips for 2014 are planned and registrations are open! Click here to see the trip schedule and prayerfully consider where God may be calling you to be his hands and feet in 2014. PLEASE NOTE: Some trip registrations have already been closed.
Mission Ghana: Fingerprints
A simple cross led a father and his adult daughter to journey to Africa and minister to the people of Ghana. Read the story of their journey and the events that led up to it.
Click here to see photos from recent outreach events and mission trips.
Service Opportunities Locally and Globally
Hope can bring hope to the world through our selfless acts of kindness and service. Not sure how to get plugged into volunteer opportunities? Click here to find a comprehensive list of Hope's mission partners' current needs and how to contact them. Step out of your comfort zone and you will be blessed by the experience!
Sign up online for Meals for the Homeless!
With the opening of the new, larger Central Iowa Shelter and Services facility downtown, the needs for our monthly shelter meal are increasing! Donation sign ups for the meals Hope serves on the 4th of every month are available here.
Want to know the food item needs for the DMARC Emergency Food Pantry?
For an up-to-date list of what's needed most, click here.
Mission trips are now on Facebook!
We are excited to announce all Hope Mission Trips have their own Facebook page! What a great way to communicate as team members, keep up with teams while they are on location and share photos with everyone!
Click on a trip name below to access their Facebook page. Once there, you can choose to become a "Fan" of the page.
Mission Appalachia (ASP)
Mission Custer State Park
Mission Robin's Nest
Mission South Africa
Monthly missions e-newsletter
With so many global mission trips and an abundance of ways to serve locally, we felt it would help you to have all of those opportunities in one place! Each month the e-newsletter will highlight local service opportunities, local mission partner needs, mission trip dates and trip meeting schedules.
To get your name and e-mail on this e-newsletter distribution list, click here.
To access the e-newsletters, click here.