Give Eight Days of Hope

When disaster strikes, Eight Days of Hope is there, through an outreach called Hope Reigns. This ministry provides rapid-response volunteer teams to disaster-stricken areas. Currently, they’re helping flood victims in South Carolina pick up the pieces of their lives.

“Our hope and goal is that people see Jesus Christ in us,” says Steve Tybor, the cofounder of Eight Days of Hope/Hope Reigns.

Eight Days of Hope began their efforts in South Carolina on October 10th and will serve there for several weeks. If you’d like to volunteer, email hopereigns@eightdaysofhope.com or call (256) 503-1024.

One team from Kokomo will be serving from Sunday, October 18th through Monday, October 26th. If you would like more information about that team, email hannah@rivut.com or call (765) 438-1228.

For more information about Eight Days of Hope and Hope Reigns, watch this video overview and visit their website.

Detailed Volunteer Information

“I truly believe God is opening doors for us to walk through, but we have to walk through them.”

Hope Reigns will be headquartered and staying at:

Crossroads World Outreach Center
2606 Emanuel Church Rd.
West Columbia, SC 29170

Please note:

  • When you arrive at our headquarters, go to our registration area and fill out a Volunteer Release Form. A member of the admin team will show you around the facilities, answer your questions, and if you arrive early enough, send you to a job site.
  • ALL volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and NO pets are allowed.
  • ALL volunteers using chainsaws MUST be certified by Hope Reigns (we try to give volunteers an opportunity to be certified at each event).

What to expect:

  • Our typical serve day begins with lights on at 6 am, breakfast at 6:30 followed by a devotional.  After the devotional, we go over any daily announcements/instructions, organize into teams, and depart for the job sites. We arrive on the job sites around 8 am and lunch is served onsite between 11 am and 1 pm. We leave the job site around 4 or 5 pm and have dinner around 6 pm followed by an evening devotional around 7 pm. Following the devotional, there is free time for showers, fellowship, etc. until lights out at 10 pm. (On Sunday’s, we usually worship with the host church and begin our serve day around 1 pm.)
  • You will be assigned to a crew each morning. Each crew is led by a job leader, who is responsible for overseeing the work and the crew. Job leaders are identifiable by their yellow vests (crew members wear orange vests). Your job leaders were chosen through much prayer so please respect them and the decisions they make.

We provide:

  • Free lodging at the church (women and men sleep in separate areas)
  • Showers
  • Free meals
  • Tools and all necessary equipment. But our biggest task will be completing mud outs and if you have a power washer, electric water pump, shop vac, wheel barrow, or brooms, please bring them
  • Devotions from God’s word and great fellowship!

You will need to bring:

  • A humble servant’s heart
  • A Bible
  • A sleeping bag, cot, or air mattress and blankets
  • Towels, soap, and shampoo
  • Work clothes, boots, and gloves
  • Bug spray and sun block

If you have any questions, email hopereigns@eightdaysofhope.com or call (256) 503-1024. To volunteer and help us with our planning, please email your arrival and departure dates. Thank you for your interest in volunteering to serve God’s people and we look forward to serving with you!

God’s Eyes

Do you ever wonder what people think of you?
Someone overhears a snippet of your conversation and you wonder what kind of person they make you out to be. “What if they think I’m an unwed mother?” “What if they think I’m a spendthrift?”

When we place ourselves at the mercy of public opinion, we lose sight of the fact that God Himself is the ultimate judge.

He knows why we’re doing what we’re doing: why we hold back our words or gush over, why we’re paralyzed by one fear or eagerly expecting the next moment to come. We should care about others, but not to the point that we allow what they think to override what God knows.

When we’re walking with God, it takes the fear out of life. If we allow Him, He can love us out of our irrational fears–every fear that tells us that it’s more important than Him.

Isn’t that good news? Scratch that… isn’t that the best news?

2015 Creation Evidence Expo

This year at the Creation Evidence Expo, thought-provoking speakers examined the prophecies about Jesus’ second coming and debated the veracity of the “Tree of Life” proposed by Charlie Darwin. For more information, check out the Creation Evidence Expo website at creationevidenceexpo.org!

How Do You Live for God?

There are two ways to live your life: God’s way or the world’s way. In the book Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian had to make the important decision of starting his pilgrimage to the Celestial City. Just as he did, we will also have to make the life-changing decision of either living for God or living for the world. Can you live in the world and not be of the world? Let’s search the evidence and see which path you should choose.

The path of living for the world will try to draw people, young and old, to vanity in how they should look: what size they should be or what they should wear. The world tries to make people believe that the world has everything they should desire, so they should live without limits while they are here. Young people are brainwashed from TV, radio, magazines, and books. Young people compare themselves to popular people who are what the world considers “perfect,” and if they compare themselves to them and they are different, they think that something is wrong. All that the people of this world care about is their outward appearance. Living for the world will not get you anywhere in life, but will get you stuck in a constant search for superficial perfection.

Living for the world will not get you anywhere in life, but will get you stuck in a constant search for superficial perfection.

The path of living for God is totally different. God wants His followers to spend their time on earth wisely because we do not know the hour that Jesus will return. In the Bible we learn that God focuses on our heart, so we should not try to draw the wrong kind of attention to ourselves. We should want to be noticed for our works for others and not for ourselves. Here is a list of things we can do to learn what God wants of us:

  1. Reading, memorizing, and meditating on God’s Word
  2. Praying, asking God to guide your path each day
  3. Seeking God’s will daily

Attending church and surrounding ourselves with godly people who will encourage us to walk with God will be beneficial for us when we have to make difficult decisions about our faith.

I believe that we can live in this world and not be of this world. Every day we make decisions that will affect our future. Many things we choose are temporary and will pass away, such as a big house, money, cars, etc. We need to put our faith in Jesus Christ because He is the one and only thing that will last forever.

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