Door of Hope, 2015 (CP-DOH)

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With 600,000 deaths last year alone, AIDS is the “Holocaust” of South Africa. Young, impoverished, HIV/AIDS-infected mothers assume that their babies will die. Overwhelmed and depressed, with no father/husband at home to care for them, mothers in an act of desperation “dispose” of their babies right after birth – many of them still alive – in dumpsters or sewers. In the inner-city of Johannesburg, on average more than 30 babies per month are disposed of in this way. Imagine, if you can, an innocent, helpless, totally dependent baby thrown away . . . It is unthinkable!

This is what our “Door of Hope Project” is all about: rescuing and caring for these discarded treasures whom Jesus loves. The Door of Hope Project is a partnership between Compassion Radio and a mission church under the leadership of incredible servants of God, Don and Cheryl Allen. Since this project began, hundreds of babies have been rescued from certain death! How do they do it? The solution is as creative as it is effective. . .

Door of Hope spreads the message throughout the city: “Do not throw your baby away – bring it to the Door of Hope. We will love and care for it.” A desperate mother brings her baby to the church. In the high wall which surrounds the compound is a hole with a hinged door. This opens to reveal a softly padded steel bin, into which the baby can be safely – and anonymously – deposited. On the door are those powerful words, “Door of Hope.”

The bin is wired so that the weight of the baby sets off an alarm inside the office. The competent Christian staff responds immediately and rescues the child. It will be cared for until the mother has a change of heart. If the mother does not return, the rescued child is eventually transferred to a safe residential facility in the suburbs of Johannesburg and cared for on a permanent basis, or until it is adopted by a qualified Christian family.

The reputation of Door of Hope has grown so that now the police and hospitals bring other abandoned babies. Compassion Radio had the privilege to purchase the first of 3 residential homes for the Door of Hope Ministry, as well as Mountain View Farm for HIV/AIDS infected babies.

This is one of the most needed and wonderful ministries that I know of anywhere in the world. Your generous gift today ransoms a real child from certain death. To provide full services, medical attention, education and food for each child in the Door of Hope home costs $38/month. And each bed can serve a number of babies per year. You can choose a one-time gift or a monthly gift for one year. Saving a child – or many children – begins with your gift now.

Norm Nelson