What’s the big deal about DHI?

Many of you maybe be asking, what exactly is DHI? So I thought I would take the time to give a little background information on it.

 December 2008 was the first time I visited Eburru along with a team of 14 others.  About a month before we left someone came and talk to us about poverty. She wanted to prepare us for what we might see.  She told us not to be too concerned with the poverty because it was just the way of life here and there is nothing that can be done about it. “Just focus on their Spiritual needs but don’t worry about their physical needs.” In my opinion that is exactly the wrong attitude to have. The Bible is full of verses commanding Christians to give to the poor.  Yes, their spiritual needs are more important but we still need to help them physically as well. In fact I think reaching out to those in extreme need is an amazing why to witness by showing Christ’s love. 
Well, that is exactly the vision and mission of David’s Hope International (DHI); “to create lasting solutions for the physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of abandoned children in the poorest communities of the world” Our team decided that we would not be Americans that saw the need and went back home and forgot about it. Instead we started David’s Hope underneath the leadership of fellow team member Jeff Trexel. I remember us all sitting in Jeff’s basement shortly after returning, trying to come up with a name for the new organization. Since then, God has truly blessed it. We have been able to raise funds to send to Pastor Steve for him to buy a water tank, land to grow crops and farm animals for the feeding program, classrooms for the new school and the start of constructing an orphanage. Pastor has also decided to plant another church (this will be his third in Kenya) down at the edge of Morgan since many walk miles and miles to go the church in Eburru.  

 As I am writing this, David, our namesake, is sitting next me so I can help him with some homework. He is 15 and in third grade and weighs about half of what a child his age should because his grown was significantly stunted when he was very young due to malnourishment. We hope to place him in the orphanage once it is open so that we can monitor his progress. However, we still need help in funding it. Please consider giving by going to www.davidshope.org


2 Responses

  1. I think Jesus comment “to the least of these” was meant to make us focus on the individual. It does matter to that one. …and that one….and that one….and that one. I think spiritual needs are the same way ….they are for the individuals…not masses. The way we are changed is to take individual responsibility to go to individuals physically and spiritually. Thank you for the challenge and the example!

  2. How can one pray, if first, thay cannot eat? Wow, I couldn’t agree with you more, Katie. The idea that spiritual and physical needs can somehow be divorced from one another flies in the face of every intution I have of what it means to be a follower of Christ. And beyond mere intuition, this “spiritual needs only” perspective has inspired me to do a study to find out just what scripture does have to say about meeting the physical and emotional needs of those less fortunate, FIRST, and then followed by out ultimate comfort, which is our salvation in Christ. Call me a secular Christian, but I couldn’t disagree more with this “blind spot” some of us in the chuch have towards our fellow humans earthly needs.

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