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Stories of Hope Virtual Gala

Join the Hope Story family across the country for an evening of music, stories, and an introduction to our latest church partnership – in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Friday October 23, 2020

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (EST)

Happening now!
Vallen Cook
Guest Speaker

Vallen Cook

Today Vallen Cook is pursuing his PhD at the University of Minnesota. But growing up without a father on the Grand Portage Chippewa reservation, Cook knows what it's like to face incredible odds. And yet, he says, the steadfast support of his home Church made all the difference in his life. It’s for this reason that, pre COVID-19, Vallen crossed the border every week to volunteer at the New Hope Youth Centre – Thunder Bay’s only drop-in centre for indigenous youth. The Centre is run by New Hope Fellowship – a First Nations-led congregation with a big heart. Cook will share his own story - and about how New Hope Youth Centre is transforming lives.
The Commissionaries
Feature performance
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The Commissionaires are a new soul-roots-gospel outfit formed by indie singer-songwriter Jacob Moon and Newworldson's Joel Parisien. Their debut record, entitled Shelter Me (Dec '16), is an 8-song sonic journey with themes of justice and overtones of the soul's struggle for redemption. Crafted as a remedy for these turbulent times, Shelter Me features a combination of traditional gospel numbers and new arrangements of songs written by artists like Ben Harper, Stevie Wonder and Buddy Miller. Listen here >>

Guest Speaker

Stories of Impact

Music


Join others across the country for a virtual evening of music, stories of impact, and Q&A.
Faith Stories of Hope
FEATURED STORY

Faith

Faith is a young Kenyan woman who was sponsored by Hope Story as a child. At 10 years old Faith lost first her mom and then her 8-yr old brother to HIV/AIDS. As an orphan Faith was sent to live with grandparents who could only provide one meal of corn mash a day. Before dying, her mom had told her that only by excelling at school could she escape the poverty she had been born into. Faith ultimately found her way into Creation of Hope, a church-led ministry in rural Kenya, where she was provided with the food, school fees, and the spiritual mentorship she needed to thrive. She graduated, recently, from a university program in Dairy Science, and is now employed in a lab analysing food quality in the dairy industry.
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Feature partner

New Hope Fellowship Church

Thunder Bay, Ontario

New Hope Church was established about 30 years ago to serve the relatively transitory First Nations population that passes through Thunder Bay. Here, indigenous peoples make up approximately 13 percent of the population. The city is a hub for tiny reserve communities because it serves as a centre for education and healthcare.

About 15 years ago the Church founded a youth centre– the only drop in centre in Thunder Bay. Though not exclusive, a majority of the kids who attend the Youth Centre are First Nations. On Saturday nights, 10-20 youth hang out for the evening – shooting pool, playing Guitar Hero, eating pizza. The usual youth stuff. But these youth, like First Nations youth across the country, face unusual challenges.

Abuse. Suicide. Addiction.

Over the past several years, Hope Story has met with Christian First Nations leaders across Canada, investigating whether Hope Story can and should play a role serving troubled aboriginal youth. We were ultimately convinced that our model of working through local, indigenous churches provides an effective and culturally sensitive way to bring hope and healing to First Nations youth. Join us October 23rd, and learn how you can help change a life forever.