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  • Writer's pictureLeigh Gerstenberger

Hope for the World…and Beyond

Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to visit with our friends from Convoy of Hope, a nearly 40-year-old, faith-based, world relief organization based in Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1994 by Hal Donaldson after a conversation he had with Mother Teresa who challenged him to do something for the poor, today Convoy of Hope is the 48th largest charity in the world and has enjoyed a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for eighteen consecutive years.

While the impetus behind Convoy of Hope was to “feed the world”, today they do much more. In addition to feeding over 400,000 children each day around the world, Convoy of Hope also provides a variety of other programs designed to help people become self-sufficient through their agricultural and women’s empowerment initiatives. Other program offerings provide a “hand up” (not a handout) to the working poor in rural communities and the inner city.

As if this were not enough, Convoy of Hope is usually one of the first organizations with boots on the ground when disasters strike throughout the world. Partnering with local area churches and businesses, Convoy of Hope has most recently been serving the communities in southwestern Florida devastated by hurricane Ian.

While most of their work in this area is in response to natural disasters (floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.), Convoy of Hope has been responding to a man-made disaster, in eastern Europe since the start of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February of this year.

If you’d like to learn more about and/or support the important work that Convoy of Hope is doing around the world, the link below will take you to their website.

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the work Convoy of Hope is doing in the Ukraine, I think you’d find this recent feature from NBC News Now of interest.

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