Written by Rev. Jabez Rapaka, Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Assistant
During the second half of 2008, Rev. Jabez Rapaka traveled to Haiti and India, where the charity he and his wife founded, Love & Hope Ministries, is active. From August 18 to August 22, Rev. Rapaka led a team of three other Library staff members (Patty Hughson, Paulette Thompson, and Meghan Lane) on a mission trip to Haiti, where they delivered clothing and school supplies to more than fifty children. They also made monetary gifts to more than thirty needy Haitian pastors as well as to a food canteen for poor widows. The team ministered to more than 200 precious Haitian children, and Rev. Rapaka preached in a holy convocation and pastor’s seminar.
From December 9 to December 23, Rev. Rapaka and his wife Gloria led another team to India. The team, which included Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students, Dr. Pamela Lee, ministered in several Indian villages, Gospel meetings, and a seminar for pastors. By the grace of God, fourteen souls were added to the kingdom of God, and seven HIVAIDS victims received water baptism by Rev. Rapaka. In addition, the team presented more than 250 people, including children, widows, the elderly, pastors, and HIVAIDS victims, with clothing and blankets. Four Indian pastors were blessed with new bicycles for their ministry work, and thirty more received a monetary gift for Christmas. Twenty staff members from Love & Hope schools and children’s home received a Christmas bonus and other gifts, and 200 children from Love & Hope School and Children’s Home received school supplies, candy, and toys.
Love & Hope Ministries currently operates a dozen projects in Haiti and India. More information about the Ministry, as well as a photo gallery, is available at the Love & Hope website.