Dear Ignite Hope Families, Supporters and Friends, Christmas 2017
We at Ignite Hope have so much to be grateful for as we celebrate this Christmas season. Over this past year, we have had the opportunity to impact thousands via our online channels on YouTube and iDisciple. We have been humbled to speak to hundreds this past year at conferences throughout Georgia and beyond - speaking to churches, organizations, families and even to Foster Youth who are close to aging out of the system. As our reach has grown, we remain convinced that community is the most impactful offering we give to those walking out their fostering and adoptive journeys.
Ignite Hope’s signature wrap-around service, the Hannah’s Hope Program, has celebrated several placements, including the birth, placement and finalization of Baby Luke - the first Ignite Hope baby. As our teams have transitioned through the hard and the happy with the families they support, we have found two important ideas to be true. The first is that this type of deep-dive service can be the game changer for families who are in crisis, transition or who are enduring the wait. It was for us, as we walked out our own journey years ago, and we are humbled and grateful to see how prayerful captains and teams surround their families with truth, love, encouragement and support in a myriad of different ways. The second truth we have discovered is that this type of encouragement is just as much of a game - changer for the global organizations who have connected with us over this past year.
Our global outreach, The Moses Movement, now supports 16 different orphanages, ministries and organizations in 10 different countries. These global efforts and those who work on the frontlines of the War targeting the Modern Orphan have shared authentically about the prayer needs for the children in their care, the financial needs and country laws that impact their ability to do the ministry they are called to do, and for the encouragement to keep placing one foot in front of the other. In an effort to “do for one what you wish you could do for everyone,” as our pastor often says, Ignite Hope was grateful to make a significant contribution to encouraging the Olive Orphan Home, based in India, by sponsoring Christmas for the children in the orphanage, and for the minister and his family who serve these sweet children. During our eldest daughter’s birthday, she chose to “give away” her birthday by requesting that friends not bring her gifts to open, but rather asked them to do extra chores around their homes and to bring in any allowance or commission they earned to shop for the kids in this orphanage. That evening all four of our children and 10 additional friends came together to pray over the database, choosing each child after viewing the pictures, first names and ages of each child in India. Every kid at the party put together a gift specifically for the child they chose, wrote a Christmas card of encouragement, addressed directly to that child, and we closed that time by praying as a group for every child who will receive one of these gifts! One of our Corporate Supporters - UPS on Old 41 gifted Ignite Hope the packing materials and manpower to get these gifts to India in the most cost-efficient and expedient manner. As I write this, these gifts should be on Indian Soil and heading to the children. One of our Ignite Hope Donors even gave away their child’s birthday, which helped us offset the cost of the shipping. We are praying that as these children open the gifts and read the cards, they feel the love of Jesus concretely and tangibly.
On World Adoption Day, November 9, Ignite Hope celebrated our very first Gala event. With a team of 18 volunteers and team members, Ignite Hope’s Inaugural Gala took place at the Brookstone Country Club, raising $30,000 during the night. Festivities included the comedic stylings of Kenn Kington, a communicator and adoptive dad, and a silent auction boasting everything from handmade baby blankets, to an autographed pink Taylor Swift guitar and a getaway for a week at the beach. Every auction donation, monthly pledge and special gift given that evening allowed us to move one step closer to Ignite Hope’s 2018 goal of moving toward $6,000 in monthly gifts to allow us to replicate our programs in 2018.
Right now we have donors offering a dollar for dollar match on the first $10,000 pledged for 2018! Your year end gift will have a significant impact as we seek to love those individuals, families and organizations who are doing the heavy lifting in this space of orphan care, and will allow us to begin to create, replicate, refine and distribute the best practices we have established over the last two years in ministry.
Please consider what your best gift to Ignite Hope may look like. As we move in 2018, we will begin a wider Beta of the global prayer software that WePrayGlobal has gifted to Ignite Hope - a platform for a prayer experience that offers opportunities for training, a Biblical foundation and a safe space for those in this space who find themselves in need of support, encouragement and strategic prayer. This exciting software is literally the “River” in our Moses Movement: moving prayer, encouragement and truth throughout the orphan care world in a safe, confidential and expedient manner. It is just that huge!
Thank you for your support of our efforts and please know how incredibly grateful we are for each one of you! 2017 has been exciting and we are looking forward to watching that God will do with Ignite Hope in 2018. But the one thing we know for sure - You are the Spark that Ignite’s Hope! Remember - the Modern Orphan never had a prayer...until you.
As you celebrate the gift of family and faith this holiday season, pray these kids home to the family who is waiting for them, and to the Good Father who has always loved them.
From our families to yours - Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Ignite Hope Team
Jeff, Jacqui, Christie, John, Shelia, Virginia, Jackson and Anastasia