This weekend, Willow Creek kicks off the 10th Anniversary of Celebration of Hope. We stand in awe at the “only God” kind of kingdom impact we’ve witnessed since 2006.
Willow began Celebration of Hope 10 years ago by partnering with 20 churches in four countries in the fight against poverty and injustice. Today, Willow partners with more than 200 churches (10x), in more than 10 different countries.
“Celebration of Hope 2015 is a time to reflect and thank God for all He has done over the course of the past decade,” says Willow’s Global Ministry Director Mark Haugen. “We look forward to what God has in store for the next decade of Celebration of Hope. Hope is a long-term commitment. Change takes time—both in the communities we serve and in our own hearts. ”
Join our 10th year of Celebration of Hope—and make a lasting difference for those fighting poverty and injustice.
Willow Creek partners with churches to fight hunger by empowering families to grow food for themselves and for those who are most vulnerable in their communities.
“God opens my eyes to the effectiveness of Celebration of Hope when I least expect it,” Mark says. “In my role as global director, I’ll be traveling on a series of church visits in another country, turn a corner to the back of a small house, and find a large field of tomatoes or cabbages—vegetables planted with seeds we packed last year in South Barrington. The family in this home will harvest all that fresh food to feed themselves—and earn a small income by selling the surplus produce at market. That income will help pay for medical supplies, school supplies, and more. All because volunteers at Willow served a two-hour shift and filled seed packs during Celebration of Hope.”
Help fill one million seed packs for families in Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and El Salvador, equipping them to grow vegetable gardens. Seed packing is a fun, meaningful activity that families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers can enjoy together. Gather a group and put this simple two-hour seed-packing shift on your calendar in ink. Sign up here.
Explore the Lobby
This weekend, Compassion & Justice introduces a brand new aspect of Celebration of Hope: 10 interactive exhibits in South Barrington’s Main Lobby—and exhibits in the lobbies of each regional congregation—highlighting the work of Willow’s ministry partners. Click here for a sneak peak.
Check out the family-friendly petting zoo—complete with chickens, pigs, goats, and sheep—located outside Entrance D after any weekend service during Celebration of Hope. Learn how Willow’s church partners around the world are thriving with sustainable livestock projects and how we can continue to support them through Celebration of Hope.
“Proceeds of this year’s Willow Creek 5K Race provide chickens for poultry farms for families in Africa and Latin America,” Mark says.
Invite family, friends, coworkers, or neighbors to join you for the Willow Creek 5K—a fun day that helps change lives. Register here.
“Celebration of Hope is an ‘all hands on deck’ event for Willow, and year after year I’m blown away by the incredible impact God makes through our efforts,” Mark says. “We have the privilege of partnering with Him by engaging our hearts in this amazing event.”
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