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.
Empowering and Unifying the Church
The Hope Movement understands the importance of the church's responsibility to step outside of the four walls to serve the community. Often charities invest funds in buildings and salaries when there are many churches that already have a building, volunteers from their congregation and an established relationship with the community but they lack the financial resources and training to launch programs which incorporate spiritual and social outreach.
The Hope Movement partners with churches with a heart to serve and step outside of the comfort zone and develop a relationship with the church. We evaluate the community’s needs and the church's available resources. We then shake the comfort zone of the church to inspire the congregation to assist their Pastor in fulfilling the purpose of the church, provide financial resources for food and education expenses and provide on-going training and monitoring of the program. This allows the church to fulfill the vision of God and allows the Hope Movement to expand our reach, feeding and education more with less.