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Harvest of Hope: Stories of Life-Changing Gifts [Paperback]

By Kay Marshall Strom (Author)
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Kay Marshall Strom shows you how small purchases (for example, a goat) from catalog-type ministries on behalf of others can get a third world family or a village on the road to economic health. Kay offers here an invitation to discover the power and joy of giving that changes lives--yours, and the lives of people all over the world.

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When you give money to a charity, what happens to it? Does the money actually reach a person who is in need? Does a small gift really make a difference to anyone? Several years ago Kay Marshall Strom discovered a new avenue for giving that especially intrigued her: gift catalogs. The catalogs, put out by various organizations, offer opportunities to provide specific material, educational and medical provisions for people all over the world, such as a year of school for a Chinese pastor's child, tuberculosis medicine for a patient in North Korea or animals for a family in Cambodia. But Kay wanted to find out for herself what happened when the families actually received the gifts purchased. So, working with Partners International, she set out on an eye-opening expedition around the world. What she found was financial integrity, fulfilled promises and radically changed lives. Through these pages you can travel with her on her journey. See the delight of families, and enter the stories of hope in the midst of struggle. Kay offers here an invitation to discover the power and joy of giving that changes lives--yours, and the lives of people all over the world.

From Publishers Weekly
Curious about philanthropic "gift catalogues" that allow donors to sponsor a child, furnish medical supplies or buy an animal for an impoverished family, Strom followed the money through several organizations to trace the individual stories of recipients around the globe. Her intended audience is clearly Christian evangelicals who share the author's views that temporal assistance can and should also stand as a witness of God's love. The stories are gripping, inspiring and heart-wrenching-about abandoned street children in Senegal and hardscrabble mountain villages of remote Indian provinces, for example. And this is not your parents' philanthropy-these organizations have learned from the well-meaning but often culturally insensitive assistance of yore. Their programs are designed as partnerships with local communities and built for sustainability. Strom makes an effort to point out the stumbling blocks for many efforts, but mostly she writes through a lens of faith, occasionally bordering on the maudlin. Repeatedly negative characterizations of Islam mar the book, which is heavy with evangelical rhetoric. It ends with the satisfied stories of donors and the power that their sense of personal connection to recipients has wrought in their lives. The book is flawed, but cannot fail to inspire readers to stretch past donor fatigue and dig into their pocketbooks a little deeper. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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Harvest of Hope: Stories of Life-Changing Gifts by Kay Marshall Strom has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/14/2007 page 51

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Item Specifications...

Studio: IVP Books
Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2012
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830834427  
ISBN13  9780830834426  

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More About Kay Marshall Strom

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! KAY MARSHALL STROM is a partner in Kline, Strom International, Inc., and speaks at seminars, retreats, and special events throughout the country and the world. Kay is the author of 34 published books including Once Blind: The Life of John Newton, Harvest of Hope: Stories of Life-Changing Gifts, and Daughters of Hope: Stories of Witness and Courage in the Face of Persecution. A number of volumes and compilations contain her writing, including the newly released NIV Womens Devotional Bible 3. She and Don reside in Eugene, Oregon.

Kay Marshall Strom currently resides in Santa Barbara, in the state of California. Kay Marshall Strom was born in 1943.

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Your Gift Can Make a Difference  Nov 23, 2009
"Harvest of Hope" is made up of stories which communicate the impact of life-changing gifts on their recipients. The book includes stories from Cambodia, Sudan, China, Senegal, North Africa, India, and Indonesia. These stories describe the courage, suffering, poverty, and hunger of refuges. They tell about impoverished families, orphans, AIDS victims, abandoned street children, and disaster victims. The stories are riveting, stirring and heartrending.

Author Kay Marshall Strom visited Harvest of Hope ministries affiliates of Partners International on a trip that took her in courntries around the world to discover the results of the sacrificial giving of Christians everywhere. Her book is filled with reports of her journey.

Strom describes the concept of designating donations for items listed in the Harvest of Hope gift catalog, some with income potential; such as a cow for a Cambodian family, or a piglet, or rice seedlings. Each chapter includes a true success story, the key benefit, and a key challenge of each ministry partner.

Other ideas from the Harvest of Hope gift catalog include: education for a child in the Sudan, medical supplies for a clinic in Senegal, training for pastors planting churches in India, and therapy of disabled children in North Africa.

Kay Marshall Strom writes to inspire and encourage readers to go beyond
simply writing a check, to explore more fully the results of the contribution in the lives of the recipients. Her primary audience is Christian evangelicals. Strom hopes to stir up their vision for missions to include meeting the temporal needs of victims of disaster, drought, and hunger. She challenges the reader to join other in the cause to bring hope to individuals and whole communities, while opening the door to the love of God and the gospel of Christ.

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