"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

OUR MISSION

In grateful response to our adoption in Christ, Project Hope exists to consider the heart of God for the fatherless and how He calls the body of Christ to care for them in creative ways.

OUR CALL

Together we hope  to more deeply understand our adoption in Christ, replicate God’s work of adoption through opening our homes to the fatherless, and step our of our local community to shower God’s compassion on orphans both near and far.

We Love the Fatherless

SCHEDULE

We meet the third Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (fellowship from 6:00-6:30) in the Upstairs Youth Rooms of the La Mirada campus.

January – Who We Are
February – Attachment and Childhood Trauma
March – Beauty of a Blended Family: Interracial Adoption
April – Sibling Voices
May – Living in Community: Support Networks & Staying Healthy
<June – Celebrating What God Has Done

RESOURCES

  • Assistance Fund
    Click the Assistance Fund tab to learn more about our adoption support fund.
  • Project Hope Closet 
    We have a collection of items (such as clothing, toys, and other necessities) that are available to foster and adoptive families. Email projecthope@graceevfree.org to schedule a pickup.
  • Library
    A growing collection of literature and video is available for check-out during Project Hope’s Monday night gatherings. The titles are a great resource for anyone interested in orphan care. See the List
  • Kid’s Club
    While adults are meeting upstairs during our Monday night gatherings, all children are welcome to participate in Project Hope Kids’ Club. It is free, and our volunteers are trained to spend intentional time with the children. If you are interested in tangibly supporting adoption and foster care by being a child care volunteer, you may contact Lara Hurlburt (larahurlburt@gmail.com or 617.840.4219) for details.
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  • Prayer List
    Email projecthope@graceevfree.org to share your prayer requests, or let us know if you are willing to commit to pray for others.
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  • Project Hope Evaluation Form
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PROJECT HOPE ASSISTANCE FUND

The Project Hope Assistance Fund is a way for you to give financial resources to defend the cause of the fatherless. We have partnered with Lifesong for Orphans to administer this fund, and you can give online or write a check to help families at Grace rescue orphans.

You can donate to the Project Hope Assistance Fund by clicking on the button below to give through Paypal.

You can also give to the Project Hope Assistance Fund by writing out a check made out to “Lifesong for Orphans” and then they write “Preference Project Hope Assistance Fund” on the memo line.

Lifesong has passion and expertise in adoption funding processes, uses existing grant/loan procedures, and is IRS and ECFA approved.

ABOUT US

Project Hope has seen God do amazing things in our midst. Those of us who serve on the Project Hope leadership team  get a unique perspective on the many ways that God is moving in families at Grace and around the world to “rehearse redemption’s story” through adoption and orphan care. We want to share that view with you in order that you will be reminded of your adoption into God’s family, encouraged to reflect God’s rescuing/welcoming love by caring for orphans and look forward to the day when the brokenness of our fallen world will be made right.

The opportunity is wide, with 145 million orphans worldwide (UNICEF 2008), some of them as close as next door. We want to be a community that lives out the true religion that we are called to in caring for orphans and those in need because our Heavenly Father does. In grateful response to our adoption in Christ, Project Hope exists to consider the heart of God for the fatherless and how He calls the body of Christ to care for them in creative ways.

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Mike Wise

PROJECT HOPE LEADER

Few things weigh more on Mike’s heart than the plight of the orphan around the world. Mike’s heart for orphan care took root during childhood and was ignited while serving in orphanages throughout Romania in 2004. Mike is a loving husband and caring father. He and his wife adopted their daughter through a private infant adoption in 2011 and are eager to see what God has in store for growing their family in the future. Mike enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, ska music, and anything baseball!

AREAS OF ACTIVITY

  • Oversight of Family Advocate Program
  • Church Engagement Oversight and Coordination
  • Oversight of Project Hope Resource Library

Drew Bryson

PROJECT HOPE LEADER

Drew has worked for several years as a Youth Pastor in Orange County, during which time he earned his Master’s of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. In his current position with Giving Children Hope, Drew sees his ministry as inspiring into GCHope donors and volunteers the same deep care that God has for the underprivileged in our world. His passions include literature, really good television and Lakers Basketball. Drew is definitely the second best Frisbee handler on staff. Drew has the unwarranted privilege of living with the most beautiful woman in the world, his wife Jennifer, along with their daughter and three sons.

AREAS OF ACTIVITY

  • Oversight of Finances
  • Involvement with Family Care/Community Support
  • Involvement with Outreach

Marla Hartwell

PROJECT HOPE LEADER

Marla has had a love for the fatherless since elementary school and is grateful to be a part of a community who daily demonstrate what it means to truly love and sacrifice for the voiceless and unseen. God has grown her commitment to engage in defending the fatherless as she has met and held orphans in Zambia, Rwanda, and the Philippines. She loves serving and learning how to advocate for kids who have special needs in her job as a nurse. She also finds joy in singing, drinking tea, writing, and learning to do life well with her husband and church family.

AREAS OF ACTIVITY

  • Oversight of Logistics
  • Oversight of Family Care/Community Support

Danielle Camorlinga

PROJECT HOPE LEADER

Danielle is thankful that God deeply loves and cares for orphaned and vulnerable children, and is grateful for the ways that Project Hope exemplifies that love and care. She and her husband have 2 sons by way of adoption and have experience with international, older child, special needs adoption; hosting programs; and child sponsorship programs. For 2 years, she served on the board of a Kenyan child sponsorship organization.

AREAS OF ACTIVITY

  • Oversight of Communications
  • Involvement with Administration & Family Care/Community Support
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CONTACT US

Email Project Hope at projecthope@graceevfree.org

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Orphans Adopted through Project Hope

$13,000

Given From Our Assistance Fund

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Families Fostering and/or Adopting

RELIGION THAT IS PURE AND UNDEFILED BEFORE GOD, THE FATHER, IS THIS: TO VISIT ORPHANS AND WIDOWS IN THEIR AFFLICTION, AND TO KEEP ONESELF UNSTAINED FROM THE WORLD. – JAMES 1:27