Memorial Road Church of Christ is currently preparing for their fifth Walk for Hope event, which annually provides aid for children overseas on the Oklahoma Christian University Eagle Trail.
Walk for Hope is designed to raise awareness and funds to the needs of children in Ghana, Africa, at the Village of Hope. According to Aubrie Ross, coordinator for the event and member of Memorial Road, she started the walk to give children of Memorial Road a mission they could help with.
“I heard of Village of Hope children’s village in a news article, and instantly knew it would be the perfect partnership for Journey Land,” Ross said. “Two years into our sponsorship of five children, I really wanted to expand how we could help.”
Ross said she founded the Heartbeat for Hope organization in 2009 to be able to reach out into the community and grow awareness about the needs in Ghana.
“The purpose of Walk for Hope is two main things,” Ross said. “One is to give the elementary kids of Memorial Road a chance to be leaders for Christ by leading this missions event for the entire congregation. Number two is to show love for the children we sponsor at Village of Hope.”
According to Ross, the funds acquired by this year’s Walk for Hope will be directly used to sponsor children in Ghana.
“One-hundred percent of the money raised through this event will be used for sponsorships of the 16 children we have made relationships with over these years,” Ross said. “The sponsorships include things like food, clothes, housing costs, school tuition and medical for each of the children.”
Ross said she believes the impact people make by going on the Walk for Hope will greatly benefit the children of Ghana.
“The people here, their involvement matters,” Ross said. “It matters to the children of Ghana who want and need to know that people outside of their village care about them.”
According to Ross, the walk doesn’t only benefit Ghana, but also the participants.
“Events such as Walk for Hope are a wonderful way to get our community involved in a need outside of their immediate surroundings,” Ross said. “They get to see a need that is attainable to meet. It is important to have the community involved because it spurs the action of kindness, care for others, generosity, camaraderie, confidence in the Good and shows that doing something does matter.”