BEYOND THE WALLS
BTW - it’s about loving people!
Beyond The Walls is Hopewell’s big, bold annual capital campaign that is unlike any other. Rather than expending the majority of capital contributions for Hopewell’s campus, 90% of the donated dollars are sent out to missions and ministries selected by our congregants.
Since its inception in 2008, more than $3.2 million has been given away for mission work locally, nationally, and around the world. Ensuring that those dollars are their most impactful, BTW financial gifts are supplemented with significant hands-on service by Hopewellians.
Our BTW ministry partners include:
Consisting of 179 acres of meadows and woodlands in historic Chester County, Camp Innabah is one of the oldest church affiliated camps in the Mid-Atlantic Region, owned and operated by the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC. Hopewell’s BTW partnership with Camp Innabah is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing this resource for generations to come.
Coatesville Kids to College
Hopewell’s partnership with Coatesville Kids to College supports this faith based initiative’s aspiration to break the cycle of poverty in the Coatesville Community by providing academic, emotional and spiritual empowerment to children and youth from pre-k to college. BTW funding helps resource staff salaries for CKC’s full-day preschool and child-care programs, after-school programs, and summer enrichment programs. Hopewellians are frequently engaged at CKC, playing a role in helping the children and youth overcome multiple obstacles and reach their full God-given potential.
Good Samaritan Services
Sensing a specific call from God to minister to the homeless in and around our local community, Hopewell effected a BTW partnership with Good Samaritan Services. As Good Sam’s locations in Phoenixville, Coatesville, Ephrata and Lancaster City take a customized approach to helping men, women, and children overcome homelessness and hardships, this alliance matches the model Hopewell holds for financial and ministerial partnering. The provision of transitional housing was added to this BTW partnership in 2020.
Hopewell’s Beyond The Walls ministry provides financial assistance to Good Works, a Christian nonprofit organization which exists to improve living conditions for low-income families in Chester County. Through the efforts of volunteers, substandard housing is renovated and repaired, while homeowners receive a glimpse of the power of God’s unconditional love. In addition to BTW funding, Hopewell regularly has two teams renovating and repairing Good Works homes in our community.
Hopewell’s commitment to Safe Harbor is long-standing. A homeless shelter for men and women in West Chester, Safe Harbor provides food, shelter, housing assistance and job assistance to men and women in need of help and hope. In addition to BTW financial support, Hopewellians prepare and serve meals to Safe Harbor’s guests on a regular weekly basis.
Disaster Relief, a National Response
Hopewell has a long established history of becoming involved in direct ministry to persons in need from natural disasters. BTW funding and hands-on recovery work provided to those who suffer from hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, or other events, have brought hope and healing in Christ’s name to many. Included is Hopewell’s mission work in Puerto Rico, in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
Hopewell’s first mission trip to Haiti was in 2014. It quickly blossomed into a mighty ministry and a Beyond The Walls partnership. BTW donations in Haiti are used for life-sustaining items—food, clean water resources, clothing, medicines, etc., and for scholarships for children to attend school. Working with a Haitian pastor, Hopewell has been instrumental in creating a non-profit organization in the country, Puits de l'espoir (Well of Hope), which provides opportunities not only for worship, but also participation in English, sewing, and computer classes. Additionally, Hopewell supports a special ministry in Leveque, where there is a deaf community.
Hopewell Mission Trips to Haiti
Mission trips to Haiti are scheduled as frequently as travel for Hopewellian teams is feasible. The focus of these trips varies, with some missions for relationship building, some to provide medical services, and some for construction projects.
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Hopewell has been committed to mission in South Africa for more than a decade, and our involvement has grown to be multi-faceted and extensive. It includes support for a variety of ministries working to address the enormous problems created by poverty, racism, and the AIDS pandemic. Most notable is Hopewell’s close ties to Mosaic, whose mission is to enhance the living circumstances of AIDS orphans by providing their foster families with jobs, housing, skills training and social development - a self-sustainable model.
Hopewell Mission Trips to South Africa
Members of our congregation frequently have the opportunity to travel to South Africa to work alongside our SA ministry partners.