Visit a slum in Guatemala City where we found over 70 children who have lost at least one parent to violence, incarceration or abandonment. At these 13 have no mother or father and many are raising their younger brothers and sisters and they are no more than 12 years old themselves.Visit a place filled with broken houses and broken homes, families crying out for hope. Visit our new feeding/ education center and see the children receiving a meal, education, counseling and most of all hope. Visit families transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.In June 2014 The Hope Movement mission team visited Nuevo Amanecer located in Guatemala City, a large slum consumed with violence caused by heartless gangs. We met with over 50 children and their Mothers and they explained that all of the children lost their Fathers to violence. One Father was selling ice cream a week before to support his family and was murdered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jonathan Roiz, founder of The Hope Movement said to the children from this day forth you now have a Father for we are making a commitment to you to bring transformation to your families and community. A month later in July 2014 we opened the feeding/ education center and will soon be planting a church for this community which will also be the new location for our outreach programs. The church/ outreach center will allow us to not only feed the hungry but feed their soul bringing them closer to Jesus Christ where they can find true lasting hope and peace.
Witness hope rising in this beautiful mountainous indigenous community. Witness children in traditional Indian attire who work instead of going to school because they have to find food for their families, but now have a place to receive a meal, education, counseling and love. Witness a community plagued with indigenous pagan religious beliefs but now have a church where they can learn about the love of Jesus Christ. For several years The Hope Movement has been traveling into this mountain village to minister to the people who have been forgotten by society. We travel up a mountain by car, walk down the hillside, cross a river and walk up a hillside to arrive in this village. The pastor has been ministering to this community for over four years and has a small church made of wood and pieces of metal. The indigenous people survive off the land, making their own traditional clothing, planting vegetables and raising animals. The Hope Movement will be building a cement church building by the river for easier access for the community and in 2014 we installed a water well and purification system to provide clean water to the people. In July 2014 we opened a feeding/ education center in the church where over 50 children who do not attend church are coming to the center to receive a hot meal, education, counseling and love. This outreach center is opening the doors to reach the families for Jesus Christ, breaking the bondage of pagan religious traditions, abuse and hopelessness.
Off the highway leaving Guatemala City is a place called Villa Lobos, a red zone known for poverty, broken families, gang violence and hopelessness. Rising from the ashes of despair is a church-based feeding/ education center which provide meals to the hungry, education to increase their knowledge, counseling to heal their wounds, prayer and spiritual guidance to find salvation and eternal joy. On October 30, 2014 The Hope Movement launched a new church-based feeding/ education center in partnership with our long-time friend Pastor William Lopez and his church Iglesia Genesis JMA. Over half of the children in our center do not attend church opening the doors to not only minster to their material needs but provide a heart transformation bringing families into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
In the inner city near North Avenue the first thing you will notice are the abandoned homes, no parks, no recreational centers, no place for youth to go but hang out in the streets. Jonathan Roiz, Founder/ President of The Hope Movement grew up in Baltimore and never forgot his roots. He faced violence, poverty; he witnessed the hurt of the people and walked in their shoes. The Hope Movement working along with local churches, community leaders and the community itself has a vision to develop a strategic plan of action to transform the most impoverished communities in Baltimore City into havens of hope. Baltimore City has developed an agreement with The Hope Movement to adopt and manage 7 vacant lots where gangs, poverty, drugs, alcoholism, violence and family dysfunction are consuming the people. The Hope Movement mobilizes a local movement of people from churches and the community to unite and volunteer their time to develop these lots into community gardens, safe parks for families and filling these areas with positive messages of hope and inspiration. While working on these lots in collaboration with the community, the Hope Movement marches down the streets praying for the community and conduct evangelistic events and street outreach at the lots and in the streets sharing a message of hope, counseling youth and adults, provide mentorship, pray with the people and document their cases to provide referrals to assist them with their needs.
In Kenya, Africa there is a wonderful man named Pastor Fredrick Manhanu. He pastors a small church of 100 people and has a heart for the poor. For the last 5 years Pastor Fredrick has been working with 33 orphans who lost their parents because of HIV/AIDS, Malaria or abandonment. Not having an orphanage he did something creative, he called upon the church to be the hands of God and open their homes to these precious children. The church members responded and that birthed a foster program where church members are caretakers of these 33 orphans. The Hope Movement is helping to cover the children’s expenses so that they can eat 3 times a day and go to school to receive a quality education giving them hope for a brighter future and breaking the cycle of poverty. They also in need of basic assistance as there caretakers are not wealthy with material goods, but rich in love, so they are in need assistance to purchase bedding supplies, clothing and shoes, cover medical expenses and mosquito nets for their beds to protect them from malaria.
The current state of the church (Body of Christ) has falling into a Galatians mentality. Many churches not all, have watered-down the Gospel, pursued a seeker-friendly atmosphere to increase their numbers and focus on feel good topical sermons which has created a church body of self-deceived professing "Christians" who know very little about the Bible and know next to nothing about who God is, the depravity of man and the rich, profound truths of God's Word. We also see this type of either watered-down teaching or outright false teaching being exported to other nations by missionaries and "evangelist" corrupting the beautiful truths of the Gospel with unbiblical interpretations, emotionalism, word and faith false doctrines, outright heresies and further distancing their teachings from the inerrant and sufficient Word of God, the Bible.
The Hope Movement feels called to share not our biblical interpretations, not a denominations biblical interpretation but teach what the Bible actually says while understanding that there are many subjects in the bible which are a mystery. Because of our fear of God and love of His word we carefully teach undisputable truths of the Bible in order to to glorify God and bring man to a deeper understanding of Him allowing the Holy Spirit to regenerate souls to bring them to repentance and salvation.