Bountiful Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization that started in 2005 and focuses on the youth, primarily orphans, of the African country of Lesotho, which is completely surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho has the 2nd highest HIV prevalence rate in the world and this has resulted in a staggering number of orphans, over 150,000. Many of these vulnerable orphans either live alone, or they are the caretakers of their younger siblings, or they live with their aging, and often dying, grandparents.
The ministry began after Cindy Trollinger (Tim Spykstra’s sister), and her son Joshua went to Lesotho to visit family members Bill and Harriet Bierling as they were volunteering with the Beautiful Gate Care Center. During that visit, they learned that the older students had no resources to attend school. Therefore, there were thousands of orphans who not only lost their mom and dad’s but also the loss of education. This was heartbreaking for the family, so they came back to the States to start a “penny jar campaign” to give some of these orphans the Hope of education.
During this time a tragic incident landed Cindy’s son Joshua in the hospital with a severe brain injury. In honor of Joshua, who had a deep passion for the orphaned students, monies came in to support 7 orphans to attend high school. As God miraculously healed Joshua he multiplied the blessings to Bountiful Hope Foundation and to date around 700 students have been sponsored and able to attend high school. Oceans Ministries has been involved in helping provide spiritual and emotional support for the annual/bi annual week-long retreats, with the focus on the Abba Father’s overwhelming love for each orphan. Oceans Ministries was instrumental in opening avenues for various high schools in the States to become aware of the great needs of the Lesotho Orphaned students. The impact is changing lives!
For more information or to become involved at Bountiful Hope Foundation, please visit their website.