MINISTRIES & SCHOOLS
Love Requires Action
Team Hope is a ministry of the Cornerstone Church and a movement of people who believe that love requires action. Our aim is to provide a place of hope and advocating for those in need. In the book of Luke 4:18, Jesus said “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” We believe that if the same Spirit is upon us that was on Jesus, that we too will have the same calling. It’s with that mandate and Spirit we have assembled this team to be the Hope to the World. (1 Peter 1:3)
Team Hope has three directives:
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HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Let every orphan and family experience God’s unfailing love:
Hope for Our Community
Team Hope Community Outreach provides spiritual and many times physical aid to those living in our local community.
•Support Heart Gallery - Support by sharing with others
•Feeding the homeless –Teams put together care packages and distribute them to the homeless community of Orange County
•Sharing God’s love - Prayer and witnessing
•Harvest Festival –A fall celebration on Oct 31st every year
•Easter Outreaches – Easter Egg Hunt and great food
•Boxes of Love- Giving meals for families in need
•Orangewood Resource Center- Cooking a hot meal and sharing God's love with emancipated foster youth in Orange County.
•St. Jude Ranch for Children –Breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect by mending spirits and renewing hope
•Camp to Belong- Giving practical support for this program who’s goal is to reunite siblings who are placed in separate foster homes for much needed connection
Team Member: Pastor Joe Hogan
•Bus Ministry- A bus ministry outreach to families in our surrounding neighborhoods transporting them to church and special events. Helping children to gain a sense of value, love and hope.
Team Member: Lydia Duncan
Hope for Orphans and Families
Team Hope aims to address the mandate from the Lord to take care of the orphan (James 1:27) as well as those who work with them. In Orange County alone, there are 3,000 children in the foster care system, the average age of these children is 9 years old. While 1,500 of them are currently placed in homes, approximately 60% of these children are abused or neglected even after being placed in a home. Without a permanent, loving family, kids in the foster care system will experience, on average, three or more different placements, which is deeply unsettling for children of any age. For those who never find a family, 50% of kids who “age out” of the foster system at the age of 21 are found either homeless or incarcerated within two years. All of these numbers can be changed by simply putting our love into action. By partnering with organizations that specialize in this area, we are able to show God’s love to those who need it the most: children and young adults lost in the governmental system and those who work with them.
Organizations with whom we are currently working are listed below.
Teen Leadership Foundation
The Knot Youth Group - 2nd Sunday of the month at 5pm
Teen Leadership Foundation offers support and guidance for teens prior to being “aged out” of the foster care system at the age of 18. Programs provide avenues in which the teens can enter the adult world having a support basis surrounding them. These programs include camps, one-on-one mentoring, monthly youth groups, workshops teaching youth real-world skills to set them up for success, as well as group homes for youth facing homelessness.
How can you help at The Knot? Click here to contact our leadership team for more information!
Team Member: Steve Negrete
Orangewood Resource Center
The Orangewood Resource Center (ORC) is a drop-in center for current and emancipated foster youth in Orange County. The ORC provides supportive services focusing on education, employment, housing and health. Their main goal is to empower foster youth by providing them with the vital resources they need to become independent. Here, youth have access to employment leads and resume/interview assistance, guidance for options after high school, peer mentors, a washer/dryer, and a hot meal each day provided by members of the community.
Team Member: Katie Murrell
Faith in Motion
Faith in motion is a unique collaboration between the Social Services Agency, Children and Family Services, and Orange County faith-based communities. The program’s primary mission is to find loving foster and adoptive families for children who have been removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect. Faith in Motion’s main goals are to recruit foster and adoptive families within the faith community and to encourage faith-based congregations to develop support services for foster and adoptive families.
Team Members: Steven & Kristen Murphy
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. A CASA volunteer visits a child on a regular basis, interacts with all professionals involved in the case, and makes recommendations directly to the court, ensuring that the child's best interests are protected. With the support of CASA staff, volunteers address the child's educational needs, help find a permanent home, and provide the guidance and resources necessary for an independent future. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Team Member: Debbie Wiegel
Heart Gallery OC
The Orange County Heart Gallery is made up of volunteers from across the county. Professional award winning photographers donate their valuable time and talent, working in collaboration with Orange County Social Services, to create a gallery exhibit of children waiting for their forever families. Since its November 2005 premiere, the Heart Gallery has become the most successful adoption outreach program in Orange County's history.
Team Member: Katie Murrell
Standing In The Gap
Interceding for the unborn and families by providing truthful information and compassionate help concerning pregnancies and affirming the life of the unborn.
Team Member: Joan Okada
Hope for the World
Kenya Missions Trip was November 2015
We had a Vacation Bible School for the children of Korogocho, located in the slums of Kenya. During the week there was Bible teaching, crafts, music, snacks and field activities for over 300 children. In the tin shacks of the Korogocho neighborhood, we were able to construct a window that will provide natural light, provide education in regards to malaria and HIV and share the gospel and love of Jesus to the people.
To see what Mission of Hope International is doing in the Mathare Valley, watch this video.
TEAM HOPE ATHLETICS
Team Hope Athletics demonstrates the love and grace of the Lord both in training and competing. Gracious in defeat and humble in victory, Team Hope Athletics teams aim to bring a change to the hearts of those whom they support.
Running/Cycling/ Triathlons/Volleyball/Basketball/Football/Softball Teams
Team Member: Pastor Joe Hogan