Heart Of Hope Ministries International "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

First Team of the Camp of the Good Shepherd 2015 Season led by Jenn Klotz!

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As I return to Romania for my 10th time of service at camp, I am more excited than ever! This year the team I am leading has 2 very special volunteers – my 2 sons (at left). The boys, now in their late teens, have been supporting the work of Heart of Hope by ‘letting their mom go help other kids’ since before they started elementary school. Now it’s their turn to serve as a family, the gift of this experience is priceless. My heart and life have forever been changed by the experience of connecting with these wonderful children, and as a supporter of the ministry of Heart of Hope and most importantly as a mom, I can’t think of a better place for my own kids to serve. We will be serving with new volunteer, Cristy Coronado and veteran volunteers Dave and Jayme Jones. Thank you to all who sponsor children in need to attend camp, it can truly change their lives.” The Klotz Team will serve June 19th-July 5th

The HHMI Board is pleased to announce these worthy Board Members who share a heart of compassion and service and will uphold the mission that is Heart of Hope Ministries Int.

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Heather Squance has served at Camp of the Good Shepherd for 13 summers, serving on ministry teams and as a camp intern. She graduated from Corbin University with a degree in Worship Arts, and spent several years on staff at a church in Hillsboro, OR. She married and then moved to Switzerland where she currently resides and is studying photography and graphic design. Heather and her husband, Tim, plan to relocate back to the States by year end. “I was a teenager when I first volunteered with Heart of Hope, and I knew right away their mission in spreading the love of Christ to those that need it was one that would permanently grab hold of my heart. I am honored to serve as a board member and continue the great ministry of Heart of Hope.

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Josh McClain has served at Camp of the Good Shepherd for 8 summers, serving on ministry teams and as a camp intern. Josh is a tech. teacher at a private Christian School in Camarillo, CA and continues to be rid of that pesky thing called ‘free time’ by teaching Sunday School and working on the churches computers and tech. needs. Josh is in the midst of getting his official teaching credentials. “From the first year I stepped on the camp grounds, I saw the compassion that Heart of Hope has for these children in need in not only providing for them physically but most importantly spiritually. It has challenged me to seek Jesus and His heart for these children. While God has changed the lives of many children, He has also changed my life through the summer camps and the ministry of Heart of Hope.

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Melissa Reynolds has served at Camp of the Good Shepherd for 8 summers, serving on ministry teams and as a camp intern. She has also served a summer at the Home of Hope Transition Home for young women. Melissa graduated from Multnomah University with a degree in Intercultural Studies and Bible and Theology and is currently pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy. Melissa manages a non-profit program for the children of patients at a Portland Hospital and lives with her husband, Dan, in Salem, OR. “I first served with Heart of Hope when I was just 16 years old. Like most, I didn’t know much about what I wanted in life at that age, but I knew after my first trip to Camp of the Good Shepherd and spending time with the children, that God had a long term plan for me in Romania. Now in my ‘30’s’, I am happy to continue my service by being on the HHMI Board.”

Therapy to the Least of These…

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April saw the arrival of a three person Pediatric Therapy Team (Physical Therapists Lory pictured far left and team leader Staci, pictured far right, and Occupational Therapist Jo, middle picture in pink pants). This three person therapy team provided a week of compassionate care for some of the children most in need at the Prichindelu Placement Center. Students from the Sibiu Medical University provided translation and were thrilled to receive the mentoring that the therapists provided. A follow up team of 6 therapists will continue this important work in July, also shadowed by truly interested Romanian students. We are so thankful for those willing to come to share their professional skills with staff and students and most importantly the children benefitting from their compassionate generosity!