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Dear Friend of Eight Days of Hope,
THANK YOU for your prayers and financial support of Eight Days of Hope!
What an amazing year it has been! Eight Days of Hope was meant to be a one-time visit with only a handful of people to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. God has allowed this ministry to blossom into so much more as we have now helped almost 6,000 families with the rebuilding of their homes after a natural disaster, for free, in the name of Jesus! Over 50 million dollars of work has been donated. Isn’t our God awesome?
In 2019, our Rapid Response team served in Opelika after a deadly tornado ripped through Alabama. We then traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, Fort Smith and Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and then to Beaumont, Texas, to help after severe flooding. Because of your support, EDOH spent a total of five months on the road this year. Thousands volunteered—tarping roofs, gutting homes, cutting trees, and bringing hope to those whose worlds have been turned upside down.
In July, we held our first Eight Days of Hope outreach at our Northeast satellite in Buffalo, New York, where we served 375 families. In September, we responded to our first international disaster in the Bahamas, sending water filters, building materials, and more. We also shared recently that we will be opening our second satellite location in 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Safe House Construction Ministry launched this summer with the vision to remodel or build safe homes for existing ministries fighting against the second largest illegal activity in our world today. In November, we were honored to remodel two homes that tripled the bed space for sex trafficking survivors in Houston, Texas. In December, we will be heading to Austin, Texas, to provide a safe place for girls to heal and find the hope of Jesus. As 2020 approaches, five organizations have already requested assistance. We covet your prayers as we strive to end the trafficking and exploitation of our brothers and sisters today.
Our National Headquarters and Training Facility in Tupelo, Mississippi, officially opened its doors in May. Because of your faithful giving, the entire facility was built debt free! We cannot thank you enough for sowing into a home for EDOH and our passion to train future leaders. The offices, the training facility, and the common area still lack the essential furniture to make the space functional. We desire to use a percentage of the year-end giving to outfit these areas.
In 2018, our first satellite opened in Buffalo, New York, and we are excited to let you know that our second satellite location will be opening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2020! Having a location in the Midwest will allow us to respond to major tornadoes and other natural disasters more effectively and efficiently. We will be hosting a breakfast meeting for the churches and businesses in the Midwest to learn about EDOH’s new presence in their community on January 25, 2020. We would love for you to join us and be a part of God’s plan to extend our reach to help those in need.
Looking back over this year, we are humbled to be a part of the eternal impact that has been
made. We know this is because of the way that you lift up EDOH in prayer. Without your
constant support and dedication to growing God’s kingdom through EDOH, we would not be opening
another location, launching a new arm of the ministry, and outfitting our National Headquarters.
To do all three in excellence, our goal is to raise the funds needed as we look to expand the outreach of Eight Days of Hope. Your donation will be used to: