Our Board of Directors recently approved the following Vision, Mission, History and Profile descriptions for 2017:
Vision: Believers without Borders for the Common Good
Mission: Connecting Resources with Needs
As ‘‘believers” in God’s inclusive love and justice, we seek
to cross social, economic, cultural, ethnic, and geographical boundaries to connect resources with needs and make a difference in the world through international service, community
development training, and strategic charitable giving.
History and Profile:
Founded by Dr. Michael J. Christensen of Drew University in 2008, WorldHope Corps, Inc. is a voluntary, faith-based, not-for-profit, organization registered in
the State of New Jersey to facilitate community transformation; this
through mobilizing volunteers, training community leaders, sponsoring international
vision/mission trips, procuring and delivering humanitarian aid, and offering
technical and relational support to individuals and organizations for the
Henri Nouwen’s approach of “reverse mission” (i.e. those who seek to serve gain
than what they give to others), Dr. Christensen has recruited, trained and taken
scores of volunteers on vision/mission trips to Belarus, Ukraine, Bolivia,
Nicaragua, Malawi and Uganda almost every year for more than 30 years. These “believers without borders” have
nurtured international friendships and offered works of service across cultural
and religious divides.
joined Dr. Christensen in mission over the years, WorldHope Corps expanded its mission
to include the following core programs: drilling village wells, providing youth
educational scholarships, and offering community development training. Special projects have included support for
community orphan care and vocational training in Malawi, St George Hope Health
Centre in Uganda, CitiHope Dental Clinic in Dominican Republic, and medical aid
to the Children of Chernobyl in Belarus. We purchased our own Well-Rig and
truck in 2011 and drilled over 50 village wells before transferring the
equipment to a sister organization. We
loaned out $30,000 to two organizations and three individuals to start social
businesses for the common good.
Corps is a ministry partner of Sustainable
Action Rural Sector (SARS) in Uganda, Shalom
Coffee Cooperatives in Uganda, Mzuzu
United Methodist Church in Malawi, and Communities
of Shalom in the USA. Together, we installed a water purification system
and opened a water store in rural Uganda, facilitated a fair-trade coffee
venture in Uganda, built and rent out a Hope Scholarship House in Malawi to
create a revenue stream for youth scholarships, and co-sponsor an annual soccer
match for youth empowerment and HIV education and testing.
WorldHope Corps elected a local board, opened a field office, and hired program
staff in Mzuzu, Malawi. For 2017, WorldHope Corps Malawi is focused on drilling
and maintaining village wells, HIV/AIDS and community development training, granting educational scholarships, operating a Water Store, and distributing anti-Malaria
mosquito nets to prisoners and poor families in rural areas.
focus of the Founder and Volunteers of WorldHope Corps remains community
transformation through specialized training, educational empowerment, and
providing clean water; this through core programs and special projects. We continue to come alongside indigenous,
community-based organizations and congregations, as well as individual social
entrepreneurs, to connect resources with needs and opportunities with sponsors
for the common good.