In the remote hills of Guatemala, hope is not a familiar word. Rodrigo, Kristal, and Javier live in a one-room shanty with dirt floors, bamboo walls, and a rusty tin roof that leaks. At twelve, Rodrigo dreams of going to school but must work in the fields every day to help the family make a meager living. By striking a deal with his sick Mama, Rodrigo goes to school but when tragedy strikes the family, Rodrigo’s dreams are suddenly shattered. Meanwhile, a mission team from the US travels to Guatemala to build houses. Next door to their shanty Rodrigo, Kristal, and Javier watch as volunteers hammer every nail and cut each board, delivering hope to another family. First-time missionary Mandi is obsessed with the buzz of corporate life, but in Guatemala she encounters a peace she’s never felt. Mandi notices the young onlookers and her world implodes. It’s no longer about her doing a good deed. In fact, it’s not about her at all. Find out how, despite their differences they discover that with God, no matter where they are, hope lives here.


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Haiti, November 2010. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.
Haiti, November 2010. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Then I Will Hope for You – to be published soon!

Hope isn’t always easy to find. At least not in Haiti, 2010 when a 7.0 earthquake rips through the capital city of Port au Prince, immediately impacting millions of residents. In an instant, many children became homeless, orphaned, and more vulnerable to poverty than ever before. That is why Compassion International, a child-advocacy ministry that works to release children from the bonds of poverty, is so important. They provide sponsorships all over the world, but in Haiti, Compassion International becomes important to people like Domiku, an eleven year old boy who watches his house collapse on his family, rescues them, then watches helplessly as his sister is torn away by a five foot tsunami wave. Hope is nowhere to be found. With the help of Tessa, an American missionary, also searching for her family, they embark on a journey to find Domiku’s sister and Tessa’s family.  In the midst of such hardship, where does hope come from?

Find out how pairing an inspirational fictional journey with real life impacts of Compassion International sponsorship, hope can happen for children all over the world.