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Claudia my Chilean daughter

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Claudia Gutierrez On Saturday, June 21, 2014, I was honored to be the “father of the bride.”  Approximately seventeen years ago, I met a beautiful twelve-year-old girl by the name of Claudia Gutierrez.  She was living at the Hogar La Granja in La Pintana, Santiago, Chile.  She lived there for fifteen years.  Claudia was very special to me, and became my Chilean daughter.  At age eighteen, she left the Hogar and for six years, we lost track of each other.  At age twenty-five, we reconnected.  She came to live at the House of Hope (HOH).

The HOH is a home for young women coming out of hogares and other undesirable situations.  Continue reading Claudia my Chilean daughter

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“The online store is a really important step for us because we are trying to show hope in the work we do and now we have the opportunity to share our hope with everyone. When you buy a piece of our product, you take some of our hope with you and that means a lot for us because it is not just about us receiving, but about us learning to give.” -President of Showing Hope, Estefania Layseca, House of Hope.
Young women I am excited to share with you one of the projects I have been working on while here at House of Hope and that is the online store called Showing Hope. I think having an online store will bring more structure to their business and teach the ladies how to plan for the future and not just day to day. The goal is to have the business be self-sustainable, so by opening an online store and sharing the work of the ladies to the public is a great way to capture a larger audience. We want to let people know more about the lives of these women and why they need your help in the success of this business because it may affect the success of their personal future one day. Please visit our online store and share with family and friends! The store is available for US sales and the products are available in both the US and Chile only. -Volunteer worker, Alicia Lloyd

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Internship Update

¡Hola! My name is Allison Benson and I have been an intern at the House of Hope for the summer of 2013. It has been a blessed journey and growing experience!

Through my time here I have gotten involved with ministries, grown in my walk with Christ, and have built lasting friendships. One of many favorite things that I was able to do was assist the English teacher, Tia Lucy, at the Forjadores del Futuro School every morning with her classes. Working with 1st graders all the way up to 8th graders helped prepare me for my future career as a teacher. I always looked forward to my mornings at the school, getting Chilean hugs and kisses, seeing the smiles of the students, and sharing the love of Christ. Though some days the students were difficult, there were many moments that made it all worth it! I will always remember the moment during English class when a 4th grader suddenly grabbed and hugged me, not wanting to let go. He looked up to me and just smiled clinging to my leg. The time at the school has forever changed me and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve God there.

My time at the House of Hope with the girls has been filled with many sweet memories and long nights of laughter. Getting to live with and learn about each girl at the House of Hope has made a huge impact in my life. Hearing their stories, teaching them English, reading God’s Word together, and meeting their families can’t be summed up in a few sentences. It has been a true blessing! Every week I would have individual English lessons with the girls and have one-on-one time with them. Building friendships and bringing God’s Word into the English lessons was an awesome experience. Through my time here I really understood and saw how wonderful the ministry of the House of Hope is. It is making a difference in La Pintana, Chile and I got to be a part of that! The girls here do have hope in a broken city and that is through Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 29:11,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Allison Benson

¡Hola! My name is Allison Benson and I have been an intern at the House of Hope for the summer of 2013. It has been a blessed journey and growing experience!

Through my time here I have gotten involved with ministries, grown in my walk with Christ, and have built lasting friendships. One of many favorite things that I was able to do was assist the English teacher, Tia Lucy, at the Forjadores del Futuro School every morning with her classes. Working with 1st graders all the way up to 8th graders helped prepare me for my future career as a teacher. I always looked forward to my mornings at the school, getting Chilean hugs and kisses, seeing the smiles of the students, and sharing the love of Christ. Though some days the students were difficult, there were many moments that made it all worth it! I will always remember the moment during English class when a 4th grader suddenly grabbed and hugged me, not wanting to let go. He looked up to me and just smiled clinging to my leg. The time at the school has forever changed me and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve God there.

My time at the House of Hope with the girls has been filled with many sweet memories and long nights of laughter. Getting to live with and learn about each girl at the House of Hope has made a huge impact in my life. Hearing their stories, teaching them English, reading God’s Word together, and meeting their families can’t be summed up in a few sentences. It has been a true blessing! Every week I would have individual English lessons with the girls and have one-on-one time with them. Building friendships and bringing God’s Word into the English lessons was an awesome experience. Through my time here I really understood and saw how wonderful the ministry of the House of Hope is. It is making a difference in La Pintana, Chile and I got to be a part of that! The girls here do have hope in a broken city and that is through Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 29:11,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Allison Benson

¡Hola! My name is Allison Benson and I have been an intern at the House of Hope for the summer of 2013. It has been a blessed journey and growing experience!

Through my time here I have gotten involved with ministries, grown in my walk with Christ, and have built lasting friendships. One of many favorite things that I was able to do was assist the English teacher, Tia Lucy, at the Forjadores del Futuro School every morning with her classes. Working with 1st graders all the way up to 8th graders helped prepare me for my future career as a teacher. I always looked forward to my mornings at the school, getting Chilean hugs and kisses, seeing the smiles of the students, and sharing the love of Christ. Though some days the students were difficult, there were many moments that made it all worth it! I will always remember the moment during English class when a 4th grader suddenly grabbed and hugged me, not wanting to let go. He looked up to me and just smiled clinging to my leg. The time at the school has forever changed me and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve God there.

My time at the House of Hope with the girls has been filled with many sweet memories and long nights of laughter. Getting to live with and learn about each girl at the House of Hope has made a huge impact in my life. Hearing their stories, teaching them English, reading God’s Word together, and meeting their families can’t be summed up in a few sentences. It has been a true blessing! Every week I would have individual English lessons with the girls and have one-on-one time with them. Building friendships and bringing God’s Word into the English lessons was an awesome experience. Through my time here I really understood and saw how wonderful the ministry of the House of Hope is. It is making a difference in La Pintana, Chile and I got to be a part of that! The girls here do have hope in a broken city and that is through Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 29:11,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Allison Benson

¡Hola! My nombre es Allison Benson y he sido voluntaria en casa esperanza  House of Hope por este verano 2013. A sido una experiencia de bendición y de crecimiento

 

 

Through my time here I have gotten involved with ministries, grown in my walk with Christ, and have built lasting friendships. One of many favorite things that I was able to do was assist the English teacher, Tia Lucy, at the Forjadores del Futuro School every morning with her classes. Working with 1st graders all the way up to 8th graders helped prepare me for my future career as a teacher. I always looked forward to my mornings at the school, getting Chilean hugs and kisses, seeing the smiles of the students, and sharing the love of Christ. Though some days the students were difficult, there were many moments that made it all worth it! I will always remember the moment during English class when a 4th grader suddenly grabbed and hugged me, not wanting to let go. He looked up to me and just smiled clinging to my leg. The time at the school has forever changed me and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve God there.

My time at the House of Hope with the girls has been filled with many sweet memories and long nights of laughter. Getting to live with and learn about each girl at the House of Hope has made a huge impact in my life. Hearing their stories, teaching them English, reading God’s Word together, and meeting their families can’t be summed up in a few sentences. It has been a true blessing! Every week I would have individual English lessons with the girls and have one-on-one time with them. Building friendships and bringing God’s Word into the English lessons was an awesome experience. Through my time here I really understood and saw how wonderful the ministry of the House of Hope is. It is making a difference in La Pintana, Chile and I got to be a part of that! The girls here do have hope in a broken city and that is through Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 29:11,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Allison Benson

The Hoh girls made a first donation.

Micro-business

The HOH girls made their first donation for the new construction project. The girls made a deposit of USD $1,000 in the VFC savings account. They are learning that effort, perseverance and work have a big reward, they presently sell jewelry in different churches, schools, individuals/sponsors and other places.

The new construction project begins in 30 days. Tthis new building will also provide the girls a workplace for their micro-business, in order to continue to train and educate them in how to opperate a business.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please join us in this amazing effort to make a difference in the lives of these precious girls.

 

To donate, please  click here “Donate Now” and complete the information for secure online transactions.  Or send a check by mail to Vision for Chile, 1176 Olde Cameron Lane, Franklin, TN  37067

 

Start of a beautiful adventure…

 

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)

This verse has been on my heart for the last couple of months. Realizing what God’s perfect plan for my life is and walking through it with him has been an amazing experience. Part of His plan for me has been working in La Pintana with Vision for Chile. My journey in this part of Chile began during a community service project in school. We were given a list of places and had to choose where we wanted to go. The school Forjadores del Futuro was on the list, and I knew that this school was connected to House of Hope. My friend’s mother is a part of Vision for Chile and House of Hope, and right away I felt led to go to this school. We organized games, made play dough, and baked goodies for the children to enjoy. Right when I arrived at the school, I was bombarded with hugs and kisses. I was overwhelmed with the love these kids had in their hearts, despite their situations. A permanent smile was glued to my face the entire two hours I was there.

As the time for me to leave approached, many of the children wanted to know when I was coming back. Looking into their eyes, I knew in my heart that I had to return. That moment was the start of a beautiful adventure, one where I would be changed by these kids and by God. I took into account that I wouldn’t be coming back to La Pintana through my school because I would be moving soon, but I quickly realized that God was calling me to come back on my own. I contacted Kelly Galatoire, public relations and fundraising consultant for Vision for Chile. I was able to go back with Mrs. Galatoire to both the school and House of Hope three times already, and I am anxiously awaiting the last couple of times I will be visiting until I leave Chile.

 

Although I am leaving soon, I will hopefully come back in a couple of years when I am in college, to teach English at the school and work with Vision for Chile. I recently had the chance to meet Marie, a college student who was here doing just that, teaching English at the school and sharing God’s love with these children. I am so grateful to have these connections with Daniel Trujillo, (House of Hope director) and Kelly Galatoire. I feel as though God has led me and put me in this wonderful position where I have the real and possible opportunity to come back to Chile and serve this deserving community.

 

These children NEED love. God has blessed me with a loving family and so many privileges. I am so fortunate, and God has been showing me that it is my job to share these privileges with those who are less fortunate than me. I often wonder why God has blessed me with love and a beautiful life. I could have been born into a broken family just like these children. Why them? Why not me? Only God knows that. God has had a plan for my life since before I was born, and I am starting to understand that he wants me to use my life for the good of others. God has a plan for your life as well, and he wants to use you. We have to let go, and let God. We won’t always understand why God is leading us away from something and towards another thing or vice versa, but if we let Him move through us, He will open doors for our lives. The Lord has definitely opened a door for me through Vision for Chile.

All in all, one of the most important lessons I have learned through this experience has been that you are never too young to do big things. I am only fourteen years old, but I have had this wonderful opportunity to shine God’s light wherever I go. I am so excited to see what God has in store for the future in my life, and in yours!

By Emily.

Vision for Chile depends on your involvement!

 

There are many ways you can be involved with helping the girls through Vision For Chile.  Whether it’s a donation to the House of Hope, joining us and GO to Chile on a work team, or sponsoring a girl – Vision for Chile depends on the generosity of her supporters time and resources.

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