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Let's "Raise the Roof" for the Orphan Church

We're trying to raise $1500 for Rev. Copeland and his congregation in Mzuzu, Malawi, to replace the canvass roof of their church that serves as a sanctuary of safety, help and hope for 80 orphans and abandoned children affected by AIDS. Can you help?

Sarah Harrington, one of our mission trip volunteers who attended the Mzuzu church in March, put out this appeal:

Dear friends,

According to Copeland, a new tent to keep sun and rain out of the "tower of hope in a cornfield" also known as Mzuzu UMC has been estimated at $1,500USD. Michael is challenging those of us who have attended church there to raise these funds!

Please talk to those with whom you have shared your stories of Malawi and any others who might have a heart for Pastor Copeland's community and let's see if we can pull together enough funds to replace what was so wrongfully taken from them.

All donations should be made to WorldHope Corps in care of Michael Christensen, 11 Ardsleigh Dr., Madison, NJ.…

Robbers Removed the Roof of the Church!

Dear friends of Malawi:

Please read the following emails from our friend, Rev. Copeland Nkhata, pastor of Mzuzu United Methodist Church and director of the HopeHome program for AIDS orphans in Malawi. Unbelievable! Robbers raided a thatched roof church and stole the roof!

Dear Rev. Michael,

It is sad to report that armed robbers came and vandalised the church and carried away the tent with which we had roofed the sanctuary of our small church structure. The roof is now bare. This has caused great disorder in our Sunday services and mid week services. The church floor has been messed up with rains and also services get disrupted because of rains or heavy sun shine. We use the same sanctuary to feed the children in our Hope homes for orphans and vulnerable children.

The matter is now with the police. Please pray that God would bail us out of this mess. We need urgent help to put things back to order. If the Lord would enable you to raise funds for another tent on our behalf it wo…

Annual Report from HopeChurch, Malawi


The Hope Homes and Hope Scholarship program is a twin initiative that was birthed in 2006 September as Rev. Copeland Nkhata (Mzuzu Circuit UMC) and Rev Michael Christensen (Prof Drew University) shared their dreams and visions in the area of Social Service Ministry. The issues that touch our hearts pertain to the Healing of many young souls that are socially wounded due to painful experiences such as loss of parents chiefly due to the HIV/AIDS scourge and other causes. HIV/AIDS has created a horrendous situation that has left many children vulnerable. They lack food, clothing, shelter, school fees, social security, medicine and other sundry needs. Other children are also infected with HIV/AIDS. While others are unable to go to school due to lack of parental care or lack of school fees. On the same vein others who were already in school drop out since the school fees provider has suddenly died. In more serious circumstances other…

New Partnership in Malawi

WorldHope Corps, Inc.
Believers without Borders

WorldHope Corps, Inc. (WHC) is a faith-motivated, non-sectarian, not-for-profit, humanitarian relief and development organization in the USA in partnership with United Methodist Church HopeHomes in Malawi.

As "believers” in God’s inclusive love and justice, we seek to cross social, economic, cultural, ethnic, and geographical boundaries to make a difference in the world through mutual ministry and partnership in connecting resources and needs.

Current projects in Malawi include:

Installing 10 village wells in remote areas

Providing nutritional food products to care for 57 AIDS orphans and abandoned children adopted by Mzuzu United Methodist Church

Providing “Hope Scholarships” to 13 students attending vocational school and 9 students attending secondary school

Housing a single mother with AIDS and her two young daughters

To participate in a particular project or mission trip, please contact Dr. Michael Christensen at mchriste@drew.e…

Jim Wallis Preaches at Marble Collegiate Church

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What fun to see and hear Jim Wallis again today. Rachel and I got to church early to get a good seat. First row left. Marble Collegiate Church in New York, founded in 1628 by the Dutch Reformed. Arthur Caliandro, pastor.

Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of God’s Politics and The New Great Awakening, was the guest preacher today. His text: Jesus’s mission statement in Luke 4:18-19--

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

His sermon title: “The Great Awakening: How Social Movements Change Everything”

He was introduced as a bestselling author, evangelical minister, and frequent guest on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and lesser news media such as The New York Times….

His main points:

1. Surveys of young Amer…