The River Valley, AR
At Hope Village we believe lasting, sustainable change happens over time. We are committed to long-term discipleship through every season of life - from childhood all the way to adulthood. We aim to equip and empower children, students, and their families with the spiritual, social, and practical tools they need to become leaders in their schools, neighborhoods, and beyond. We hope to see communities and lives transformed by the hope of Jesus Christ.
WHY HOPE VILLAGE?
In 2017, 5,113 Arkansan children were in foster care.
54% entered the foster care system due to substance abuse
51% entered due to neglect
22% entered due to parent incarceration*
River Valley families, particularly those living in low-income situations, are deeply in need of support before they enter a season of crisis, before children are moved into foster care, and before both children and parents in need feel lost or forgotten.
A child’s moral foundations are established by the age of 9. At Hope Kids, we recognize childhood is a key developmental stage to build spiritual and moral values that will remain with the child his or her entire life. We want our children to understand that God created them, He loves them, and they are valuable.
The pre-teen years can be a challenging season to navigate through as children begin to transition from childhood to adolescence. We want our students at the Tribe to know their identity is in Jesus Christ, they were created by Him for a purpose, and they have the opportunity for a great future.
THE TRIBE STUDENT INTERNS
Our Tribe interns are students who want to take what they are learning in the Tribe a step further and grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Our goal is to equip our interns to be empowered, compassionate, responsible, and skilled leaders who walk in integrity and serve Jesus whole-heartedly.
During the summer, Tribe interns also have the opportunity to put into practice the things they've learned by participating in outreach activities, missions trips, and other exciting activities.
(Photo courtesy of Erin Parker)
Hope Gathering is our community gathering for the families of the teens and children who participate in our ministries.
*Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services