Jericho is in the West Bank (a Muslim culture and also an economically depressed region). Our ministry partner in this Region has two organizations: Seeds of Hope and Hope for Ishmael.
Seeds of Hope is a humanitarian aid organization that serves the poor by providing access to education for poor children, creating sources of income for poor families, and bringing economic and other forms of relief to persecuted followers of Jesus. People in the West Bank come to Christ through Seeds of Hope, but Seeds of Hope cannot openly evangelize because they would be shut down because proselytizing is illegal (culturally illegal and perhaps “officially” illegal as well) in the West Bank.
The second organization, called “Hope for Ishmael” is more openly evangelistic. They “partner with churches and organizations that share a desire to reach the world for Jesus Christ and bring peace to those who feel there is not hope.”
Seeds of Hope and Hope for Ishmael are bringing the light of Jesus into a very dark place where there is very little “light” at present. We want to support this organization any way we can because they are serving in such a dark place and God has been blessing their work.
- Humanitarian Aid: In partnership with other non-profit organizations, we provide basic necessities and life-sustaining services to the poor including food distribution, primary medical care and wheel chair distribution.
- Economic Development: In alliance with local governments and existing businesses, we help facilitate secure jobs and income stability through job creating, micro loans and business start-ups.
- Educational Opportunities: By providing English education, child care and adolescent development programs within a loving and nurturing environment, the youth are prepared for successful entrance into adult maturity and success.
- Cultural Exchange: By providing hands on experiential exposure to Middle Eastern culture via short term trips, tours, volunteer opportunities and community projects participants gain grass roots understanding regarding the complexities and similarities within the Middle East cultures and histories. This initiative leads to better and clearer understanding of the Middle East environment and complexities, creating ambassadors of truth within the homeland countries.