Saturday, December 30, 2017

Last Day for Year-End Giving



















Dear friends and colleagues,

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

And to invite you to become a donor-advisor to a specific WorldHope Corps project next year.

Our ministry partner, Northwind Institute, designed a Mission Giving Catalogue to make it easier to give and sponsor a specific WorldHope Corps project.  Major Donors (contributing $500 or more) to a particular project will be consulted next year about how best to support their designated project. 

Please take a look and prayerfully select a project in our mission catalog that warms your heart. https://www.northwindinstitute.org/worldhopecorps

For example, you may want to provide high quality mosquito nets to a family of five in Malawi at risk for Malaria during the rainy season.  And in return, be blessed by the knowledge that you will have made a difference in the life of one family, who in turn will be praying for you.  Or you may want to sponsor a new village well.  Just click here and take a look at all the options: https://www.northwindinstitute.org/worldhopecorps

Thank you for your support this year. Together, we have raised hope in the world and contributed to the Common Good.


Dr. Michael Christensen, Director
WorldHope Corps
PO Box 7688
San Diego, CA 92167



P.S. Congress passed the new Tax Law which some experts say may reduce deductible incentives next year for your charitable giving.  (One generous WorldHope Corps donor already contacted me to say he was giving two years' worth of donations now to ensure a tax break.  Another donor told me that the they would continue giving the same amount next year regardless of any change in tax incentives.) Whatever the case, I invite you to join me in making one more donation today or tomorrow before the New Year.  All gifts received by midnight on 31 December will be deductible for the 2017 tax year.  For a list of qualified projects, please see our Mission Giving Catalogue here: https://www.northwindinstitute.org/worldhopecorps

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Kakholi Village Has a Deep Water Well for Christmas


Last Christmas, over one hundred school children and their families did not have clean water in the remote cluster of five villages near the school in Kakholi, Malawi, where over 2,000 people live. 

Statistically, 1 out of 5 children under 5 in Malawi get deathly sick from water-borne diseases. Many of them die for lack of medication and sanitation. 
The lack of clean water in Kakholi caught the attention of WorldHope Corps last year after we distributed anti-malaria mosquito nets nearby.  WorldHope Corps Malawi Program Director, Dennis Singini, assessed and selected Kakholi, Malawi, for the next deep water village wel—as soon as a new sponsor could be found. WorldHope Corps has drilled 64 village wells since 2007, and we were determined to find the next sponsor for Village Well Number 65 so that the 2000+ people in the cluster of five villages, including a hundred school children, could drink clean water this Christmas.
My 91+ year-old father, Val Christensen, and mother Millie Christensen (who turned 90 on December 16), desired to sponsor the next village well in Malawi.   During his 40-year career in Higher Education, Dad was Professor of Chemistry and Academic VP at Point Loma Nazarene University.  Mom taught Second Grade and created a loving home for our family of five. Over the years, they had supported other WorldHope Corps programs, including our Hope Tailoring School and Hope Scholarships for youth.  This year, they wanted to sponsor a village well, and  Kakholi was in need of one.

The new village well was installed in October 2017, and I was able to visit the village and school soon after it was completed. There I met Elijah Mkwate, the village teacher, and Glanson Mruncha, one of the local village chiefs, who described to me how far women and children had to walk to fetch water from the nearest stream.  And what a difference it made to have deep water well near the school, and how thankful they were.

Our WorldHope Corps community development training team (Dr. Doug Smith, Dr. Caroline Njuki, Rev. Michele Robbins) joined me at Kakholi to visit the school and dedicate the new village well for common good.   After I personally tested and took a drink of fresh water pumped by a child from the aquifer deep within the earth, Rev. Michele Robbins prayed over and sprinkled 'holy water' from the living well over all who gathered round to witness the community event.  Then we visited the classrooms were 85 children (first through sixth grade) that day were attending school near the well.  They were so happy to see us and show us their schoolwork.

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This Christmas over 2000 people in the cluster of five villages around Kakholi benefit from this new deep well. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for providing good clean water to these kids and their families!  I am grateful to all the Friends of WorldHope Corps for contributing our village well fund, sponsoring a well, or supporting one of core programs or special projects.  Thank you, and Merry Christmas to all!






Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Campaign to end the Year Well





Dear friends,

I am so grateful for your support of WorldHope Corps this year.

We’ve had a hard year economically, yet managed to do so much good with few resources. 

We only raised $70k so far this year toward our 100k annual budget, and had to spend all of our reserve funds to fulfill our program and project commitments.

Today begins our Year-End campaign to raise needed funds to end the year without debt, and solicit sufficient pledges for the New Year to support WorldHope Corps Malawi and WorldHope Corps Uganda projects in 2018.  

We need exactly $9,112 to pay all remaining expenses of our leadership consultations, community development trainings, and women’s empowerment conferences in Malawi and Uganda this year.  

See my mission update for a summary of these projects:  http://michael-christensen.blogspot.com

I beg you, my friends and colleagues, not to forget the poor this season; and I invite you to increase your support of WorldHope Corps this year—just a little if you can! 

Please help us with a year-end gift of any amount. 

You can make an online donation right here: www.WorldHopeCorps.org  
Or send a check to WorldHope Corps, PO Box 7688, San Diego, CA. 92167

Thank you so much!

Michael J. Christensen, Founding Director
WorldHope Corps, Inc.
P.S. Please contact me directly if you'd like to learn how to become a donor advisor of a specific project in the New Year.  For a list of qualified projects, please see our Mission Catalogue here: https://www.northwindinstitute.org/worldhopecorps

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Thanksgiving Campaign for WorldHope Corps






I’m happy to report that our Thanksgiving Appeal for projects in Malawi and Uganda was moderately successful, and we are almost there:

We needed a sponsor to complete construction of our Water Store in Uganda…We found one and we were able to wire $4,150 in donations to Sustainable Action—our ministry partner in Western Uganda.

We needed a sponsor to jump start this year’s Anti-malaria mosquito net distribution during the wet season in rural northern Malawi….  United Methodists in South Carolina took up an offering and we were able to wire the first $3,000 to WorldHope Corps Malawi to buy high quality bed nets.  

We need another $6,000 this month to fully fund the distribution and training program. You can donate directly to www.WorldHopecorps.org  Please help us with a year-end gift of any amount. 


How others are helping: 

One member of WorldHope Corps raised over $600 by using E-Bay Auction for charitable giving. https://www.facebook.com/gaiuscharles/videos/1602044506540530/

Another member, Rev. Michele Robbins, is launching a music resource website to raise funds for Women’s Empowerment in Uganda and Malawi.

Yet another member helped us register as a charity on smile.amazon.com so that those who buy on Amazon can benefit WorldHope Corps at the same time. If Shop Online and select WorldHope Corps as your designated charity on Amazon, and the company will donate 0.5% of the price of purchases directly to WorldHope Corps.  Here’s a direct link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0213672

For the first time, we launched an online Thanksgiving campaign on FaceBook to raise funds for village wells.  Facebook Friends of WorldHope Corps contributed $1,075 over Thanksgiving weekend. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=worldhope%20corps

Our partner, Northwind Institute, designed a Mission Giving Catalogue to make it easier to sponsor a specific WorldHope Corps project.  Take a look and select a project to support in 2018. https://www.northwindinstitute.org/worldhopecorps

I beg you, dear friends and colleagues, not to forget the poor this season; and I invite you to increase your support of WorldHope Corps before the end of the year—just a little if you can!  

To summarize, here are four good ways to support WorldHope Corps this Christmas season:

·      Donate online: www.WorldHopecorps.org 

·      Sponsor a Specific Project: https://www.northwindinstitute.org/worldhopecorps

·      Shop Online: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0213672

·      Send a check to WorldHope Corps, PO Box 7688, San Diego, CA. 92167

Thank you so much!


Michael J. Christensen, Founding Director
WorldHope Corps, Inc.