It is our hope that as we begin to care for these kids, we see communities in Lofa County and Dumbar Farm (and throughout all of Liberia) transformed. But we also long for transformation in our own communities!
In James 1:27 it says: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” In the broader context of the chapter, James talks about the difference between listening and doing: sometimes we eagerly hear the gospel message but falter when called to act on it. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are called to spend ourselves!
Whether you partner with One Body One Hope or serve elsewhere, we are grateful for your passion and your willingness to be the hands and feet of Christ.
The children of Christ Our Hope and Christ Our Hope North have daily, ongoing needs that can only be met through the generous support of our sponsors. That’s where you come in.
Would you be willing to sponsor an orphan?
- $40/month contribution
- Prayer support for child
- Opportunities to send child letters and gifts dependent on teams visiting Liberia
- medical support
- new initiatives
Abundant Life Mission Home
Status: Currently Seeking Sponsors
Although we did not go looking for another children's home, one came looking for us! The Abundant Life Children’s Welfare Home was established near the end of the Ebola crisis in Liberia to meet the needs of children who were affected by the outbreak. Unfortunately, a lack of funding and donor support nearly caused Abundant Life to close its doors. When the director, Rev. Wilmot, met Rev. Emmanuel Bimba, it became clear that the Lord had brought them together. Abundant Life is now under the patronage of One Body One Hope and we are actively seeking sponsors for the 39 children who call Abundant Life home.
Abundant Life is located a few short miles from the Roberts International Airport in Liberia. It's a beautiful compound situated on 15 acres of land with several new buildings. There is a boys' and girls' dormitory separated by a chapel, kitchen, and dining room, and modern bathroom and shower facilities. Across the property are two classroom buildings, one for elementary school and one for high school. A basketball court, soccer field, and small playground make this facility kid-friendly and fun.
We are so excited to be partnering with Abundant Life and look forward to all that God has in store for this relationship!
One Body One Hope is currently seeking sponsors for the children of Abudant Life. To apply to become a sponsor, please fill out the form on this page and a One Body One Hope representative will contact you.
Christ Our Hope North
Status: Fully Sponsored
In the fall of 2014, Emmanuel, our primary contact in Liberia, informed us of a great (and growing) need in his country. In the wake of the Ebola crisis, there were thousands of children left orphaned. (Read more here: Ebola Orphans: West Africa’s Abandoned Children.) One of our Abide in the Vine (AVDC) sister churches is in Lofa County—the area of Liberia hardest hit by the epidemic. In December of 2014, Emmanuel and a small team of people traveled to Lofa to catalog the orphaned children in the communities surrounding the AVDC Lofa Church. They originally estimated there would be approximately 20 local orphans in need of care. They documented nearly 60.
In the face of such great need, Christ Our Hope North was set up to care for the orphaned children of Lofa County. The orphanage kicked off with the Dordt College community joining together to raise over $18,000 for this new endeavor. In addition, we secured a large building to rent for housing the children, as well as mattresses, pots and pans, workers' wages, a generator, and all the basic supplies to begin the process of providing for these children.
But this is just the beginning. Agnes, the director of Christ Our Hope North, is passionate about providing these kids with more than just a place to lay their heads—as a teacher, her heart beats for education and she is already making plans for a school.
Christ Our Hope
Status: Fully Sponsored
Christ Our Hope is the original orphanage campus partnered with One Body One Hope, located in the Dumbar Farm suburb of Monrovia. Following the the end of the civil war in Liberia, Emmanuel and his wife, Fatu, felt compelled along with their congregation to minister to the many orphaned children they found walking the streets of the city. This Spirit-led compulsion led to the founding of Christ Our Hope orphanage.
In the beginning, the orphanage grounds were extremely rudimentary with no running water, utilities, or phone lines available. In addition, Emmanuel and Fatu had no way to provide for the orphaned children that they had taken in. Periodically, God brought individual donors along, and the local church helped out when and where it could. Unfortunately, their pressing needs were ever-present and they prayed long and hard for committed long-term partners.
Beginning in 2007, One Body One Hope began partnering with the Christ Our Hope orphanage (read more about the history of OBOH). Since then, a second dormitory has been added to the campus and improvements are continually being made to the grounds. In addition, the children of the Christ Our Hope orphanage attend the Abide in the Vine School System located on the orphanage groups. Currently, Christ Our Hope supports approximately 60 children. Each child at Christ Our Hope has a sponsor in the One Body One Hope community.