I am not going to tell you about Hand in Hand Ministries!
A special guest post by my friend, Phaedra King
Except to say, Hand in Hand believes that all people deserve life’s essentials – food, water, clothing, shelter, education and medical care. Their primary focus is to provide these essentials to people in Appalachia, Belize and Nicaragua.
|I could talk about how HIH builds homes for families in Belize who are homeless or living in substandard conditions. I could sing praises about their Outreach Center, which provides daycare, medical care and educational services for children marginalized by poverty and disease. Or I could give you statistics from the many other wonderful services HIH provides in Central America. But I won’t.I won’t go into details about the Pathway to Change program, a scholarship program which makes top-quality education available to children who might otherwise fall through the cracks in Nicaragua. Or the home repair program, food pantry, computer and GED classes offered through HIH in Appalachia.Why won’t I tell you about Hand in Hand Ministries? I won’t tell you because, on paper, Hand in Hand sounds like a million other non-profit organizations. My words alone will never be enough endorsement for the magnitude of benevolence Hand and Hand provides.I will, however, tell you about what sets Hand in Hand Ministries apart from other organizations.
For years, I worked at a non-profit organization which operated with a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support. Every year I’d watch in awe as we facilitated the transfer of millions of dollars in donations from individuals to non-profits. Those non-profits, in turn, would use the funds to help people. At the end of the year, when all the money was counted and disbursed, I would congratulate my co-workers on a job well done. And then, honestly, I would sit and wonder “what is actually being done with all that money? How do I know it is really helping?”
But that’s how it works, we give money to the cause of our choice and cross our fingers that the money is being put to good use. I am in no way suggesting that it isn’t, but there is always that “how do I know” feeling after you hand over your check. Well, this is exactly what sets Hand in Hand Ministries apart. Oh, we’ll take your money and, as a board member, I can personally guarantee that it will be put to good use! But, you don’t have to trust me; you can see for yourself.
Hand in Hand offers immersion trips to Appalachia, Belize and Nicaragua. You don’t have to wonder about the homes being built in Belize. With an immersion trip, you can go to Belize and help build one of those homes. If you are passionate about education, you can take an immersion trip to Nicaragua and meet the children in the Pathways to Change program. Or, if you want to stay closer to home, you can take an immersion trip to Appalachia and help a family who desperately needs home repairs.
When you return home, you won’t need to congratulate yourself on a job well done, because you will have been transformed. Both your heart and your mind will have gone through a beautiful metamorphosis, the likes of which you never believed possible.
So no, I’m not going to tell you about Hand in Hand Ministries, I’m going to invite you to come see for yourself. Go on an immersion trip (or 2 or 3). Change someone’s life for the better and possibly your own life in the process! But beware; you will never look at life the same way again.
For more information, or to schedule an immersion trip visit