END OF YEAR GIVING OPPORTUNITY
GOGF has continued to support Hart Children’s Home in India and Jamaica. The home in India is home to 26 children, and the one in Jamaica has nine children. Children in Hart Homes are provided with daily needs - food, safe living conditions and education. Hart Homes ensure on a sustainable basis that every child in the home is provided with the daily necessities, care and protection, primarily because we strongly believe that every child should be protected from harsh living conditions, and provided with daily necessities. We also believe that being an orphan should not hinder children from pursuing education.
The Brad–Ferne Hart Memorial Fund, continues to provide scholarships to young men and women whose higher education is intended to be used in full-time service to benefit underprivileged individuals and communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each year we provide a scholarship to a student who meets our criteria. This year we have made international mission trips to , Ecuador, Trinidad, and Bahamas. The purpose of these trips was to continue with our mission of “Planting Churches, Preparing Leaders, Proclaiming the Gospel, ‘Til The Whole World Hears’.” During the mission trips, we have conducted pastoral training seminars, which are focused on preparing future Church leaders in communities that have limited resources that are necessary to access adequate pastoral training. The training we provide equips leaders with the skills and knowledge that are necessary to plant and lead a Church, and to provide counseling and help, bring healing to families and their communities during crisis or hardships. Moreover, Church leaders are trained to give hope to families and communities and encourage them to continue to live in harmony with God’s word and its principles.
As part of proclaiming the Gospel, during the mission trips, we have continued to share God’s word with children in schools and conducting Bible study sessions with men and women in the communities, as well as conducting workshops on various faith-based topics that include: Marriage Seminars, understanding grief, dealing with death, and gender as well as sexual identity issues.
In addition to preparing leaders, Our mission in Uganda has continued to assist primarily pregnant women in the impoverished rural communities by providing ‘Emergency Birth Kits’, which are a necessity during child delivery at a clinic or at home. Due to poverty and the lack of income, the majority of the pregnant women, primarily in the impoverished rural communities/inner cities are unable to afford the cost of the kit, which costs around $10.00(United States Dollars). In most cases if delivery occurs at home and is unsupervised by a midwife, it is carried out using unsanitized tools. Among other health risks that are expected to occur due to the use of unsanitized tools, both the mother and infant face the risk of contracting infections. GOGF works with local communities to supply birth kits to women when they are approaching their delivery date. The kits we provide help reduce risks of contracting infections and reduces infant mortality rates. Each kit contains: scissors, pair of latex gloves, soap, bulb syringe, alcohol and cotton balls. Each year, GOGF provides at least 150 birth kits.
The radio ministry of the Grand Old Gospel Hour, which has been a cornerstone of our outreach since the establishment in 1961, continues to run and the number of listeners continues to increase every week. The Gospel Hour is heard around the world on international outlets like TWR360, ELWA, Ganta Radio, and Gospel JA in Jamaica W.I., as well as other online outlets, and of course local stations here in the United States.
I hope that you will consider making a special end of year donation. Your end of year donation will help GOGF continue and expand its work and inspiring mission in 2019 and on-wards.
Please make your donation payable to ‘GOGF Ministries’, and mail your donation to GOGF Ministries’ 158 East Main Street’ Lansdale, PA 19446. You may also donate through our online donation page by clicking here, or call 215 361 8111 to speak to Darlene Ogun.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Dr. Tony Hart, President.
THE HART CHILDREN'S HOMES
Established in 1962, as part of GOGF Ministries, Hart Children’s Homes has been a home to orphans in India and in Jamaica. The orphanage in India is home to 26 children, and nine children in Jamaica. Children in Hart Homes are provided with daily needs - food, safe living conditions and education. Hart Homes on sustainable basis ensure that every child in the home is provided with the daily necessities, care and protection, primarily because we strongly believe that every child should be protected from harsh living conditions and provided with daily necessities. We also believe that being an orphan should not hinder children from pursuing education.
Simon is one of the orphans who has positively benefited from residing in Hart Children's Homes in India. Prior to Joining Hart, Simon lost his father, he was unable to enroll in basic primary or secondary education, primarily because his mother could not afford the cost of basic education.
And like many other orphans in developing countries who are deprived in their ability to attend school due to lack of finances and vicious cycles of poverty, Simon was at that time among the orphans who began to beg on the streets, steal, shine shoes and clean car windows in an effort to make a few rupees (Indian currency) for food and in most cases contribute to household income in order to meet some of his siblings’ limited basic needs. In the long run, all of these activities continued to pose a risk in Simon’s life and well-being. It is not hard to imagine that there could be countless other orphans in a similar predicament as Simon’s, leading to lack of education, exposure to dangerous conditions because of attempts to make money doing odd jobs, and possibly even stealing. Orphans can be susceptible to exploitation as domestic workers, which can lead to exposure to dangerous conditions. This can hinder them in their ability attend school. Other orphans as young as 12 years old, primarily girls are recruited/sold into the ‘child’ sex-human trafficking industry or they often turn themselves to prostitution to survive, which then puts them at a high risk of becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and becoming pregnant.
After joining Hart Children’s Homes, Simon was able to attend and successfully complete primary and secondary school education. During his stay at Hart Children’s Home, he committed to his studies and was able to take part in various school and after school activities with other children; and he was provided with dedicated mentors who have shaped his life and future career potential with a positive outcome. As of today, after leaving the Hart Home as an adult (past 18 years of age), Simon is living in his own home and is employed in India’s formal sector - earning a prevailing wage.
Please join Hart as we progress in making positive impact in children in the developing world context. Please donate online by visiting: https://gogfministries.org/index.php/donation.
Or mail your donation to:
158 East Main Street
Lansdale, PA 19446