Partner Ministries

The ministries of non-profit Christian organizations listed on this page are supported, with both prayers 
and benevolent gifts, by the people of Good Hope. In 2015 Good Hope gave $50,145.40
in total benevolence to support Christian Ministry both near and far.

Click on ministry names in blue ink for a link to that ministry site



Ministries we are Corporate owners of:

Camp Frederick

Good Hope has been a corporate owner of Camp Frederick, a local Lutheran camping ministry, since its inception in 1966.  Located just 20 miles south of Youngstown, Camp Frederick is a scenic center for spiritual renewal nestled within the forests of Northeast Ohio.  Camp Frederick offers summer programs for children as young as six to as old as seventeen.  Small groups can visit the camp to learn team-building skills on one of the camp’s many high and low rope elements.  The camp remains open throughout the year, offering special programs for the community as well as youth and adult retreat programs. 


Shepherd of the Valley

Good Hope has been a corporate owner of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services since its inception in 1972.  Shepherd of the Valley provides peace of mind for Mahoning Valley families and their loved ones. Families find comfort in the fact that future health care needs will be met with skill and compassion.  Today, Shepherd of the Valley offers a comprehensive continuum of care including Independent and Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation Services, and Home Health for more than 600 residents at its communities in Boardman, Howland, Niles and Poland. 



Ministries we support in Partnership with the NALC:

Journey of Faith Lutheran Church  

Journey of Faith is a mission congregation of the North American Lutheran Church.  They are located at 3346 Liberty Parkway in North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039.  Here is how they describe themselves:

Regardless of where a person is in their spiritual journey, we believe you will find that being part of this body of Christ will be encouraging, fulfilling, and energizing.  We worship with lively praise music to reflect our love for our Lord. Our teachings reflect Scriptural Authority in areas of faith and morals and are our guide for daily living. We focus on offering outreach opportunities for those in need and encourage all visitors and members to grow in their relationship with Our Savior which we believe is the path to a fulfilling and meaningful "abundant life" which God has promised us in Scripture.


NALC Great Commission Society  

Good Hope supports and is a member of the Great Commission Society of the NALC (GCS).  Its purpose is to mobilize disciples for the work of the Great Commission.  Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that is in desperate need of the Good News. We propose to do this by networking congregations and individuals who have a passion for the proclamation of the Gospel and a commitment to the calling of the Great Commission. 

Our culture teaches that truth is relative. The Great Commission Society proclaims that truth is not relative but is personal and found only in the person of Jesus Christ. The Society will focus on the one thing that all people need — the truth about God as revealed to us by His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Great Commission Society fully believes that new life is to be found in Jesus Christ. Society members are therefore expected to reflect this new life through focused prayer, Bible study, inspired witness, contributions of time and talent, and financial support of missions locally and globally. Society membership funds will be used to support missionaries, mission starts, and renewal initiatives.  As a member, you will be supporting both NALC missionaries and mission projects that have emergency financial needs, as well as new mission starts in North America. 


North American Lutheran Seminary 

The North American Lutheran Seminary is the seminary of the North American Lutheran Church. The NALS seeks to provide an education for pastors and church leaders that is evangelical, orthodox and confessional. It works in partnership with existing Christian seminaries, sharing resources so that students receive a fully accredited seminary education.

Your ongoing prayers and financial support will help it to continue to form seminarians into faithful servants for ministry in Christ’s name. Donations can be made to the NALS/Theological Education Fund to help us continue to pursue our mission. 



International Ministries we support:

Missionaries Dale & Jody Davis

Missionaries Dale and Jody Davis are supported by Good Hope as they help to bring modern medicine and God’s love to West Africa.  On February 26, 2015, the Hospital of Hope a $6 million, 43- bed surgical hospital, opened in Mango, Togo, in West Africa in an area known to contain the largest population of non-Christian in the world. 

Through their work with the ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) the faithfulness of God, and 5 years of construction, the community of Mango has been forever changed. Patients travel from miles away to a facility where their medical needs are met, they are prayed for in the name of Jesus Christ, and they are introduced to the gospel in their own language.  Dale and Jody are the niece and nephew of Good Hope members Sue and Don Meeker.

 

Lutheran World Relief

The mission of Lutheran World Relief is to affirm God’s love for all people, work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering. Their goals include improving the lives of millions of small-scale farmers and their families, and to help them adapt to and mitigate the effects of changing weather and environmental conditions. They also help communities cope with and recover from emergencies in ways that promote lasting improvements in people’s living conditions. Lutheran World Relief is one of the most trusted relief agencies serving in the world today. We partner with them to fight hunger, provide water and care for people in need. Congregational members or teams are encouraged to be actively involved by making quilts and fleece tied blankets and putting together school, personal care, baby care and fabric kits.


Water Mission International   

Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water and the Living Water Message for more than 3 million people in 52 countries. Water Mission has over 200 staff members working around the world in permanent country programs located in Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. 

The global water crisis is a silent killer. Half of the world’s hospital beds are full of people sick from water related illness. Diarrheal illness is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Water is the entry point, but the mission does not stop at improved health through safe water. The message of Christ, the Living Water, is needed in order to restore broken self-images, build trust, and share the love and salvation that comes from Christ alone.

 

 

Regional & Local Ministries we support:

Camp Frederick - Good Grief Camp

Grief Camp is designed for youth ages 8-15 that have experienced the loss of a loved one and is provided at no cost to the youth or their families.  The program seeks to integrate therapeutic activities with the fun and challenges of the camp experience. Youth learn that grief is normal as are their feelings; they are not alone in their grief experience; it is okay to have fun while grieving and they are forever connected to their loved one.  A licensed independent social worker with grief certification is present throughout the week to assist youth with any special issues that may arise.  All camp staff and volunteers undergo background checks and receive special training to help them support those attending. 


Fish- Samaritan House

Samaritan House has been serving the needy of Youngstown since 1968 with food, meals and clothing.  Fish-Samaritan House is both a food pantry and a thrift store located at 17 Kenmore Avenue. 

 

Hospice of the Valley

Hospice of the Valley is a non-profit organization devoted to caring for terminally ill patients in our valley.  Hospice is a specialized form of home care which concentrates on comfort-oriented measures for individuals with terminal illnesses.  Hospice also operates the inpatient Hospice House off Sharrott Rd.  Hospice of the Valley services Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.  Families that are served by Hospice never receive a bill from Hospice.  If the family’s insurance doesn’t cover the care, charitable contributions that have been given to Hospice will.  (330) 758-1992

 

Midlothian Free Health Clinic

The mission of the Midlothian Free Health Clinic is to provide quality medical care to those who are most in need of it, without charge.  They believe that medical providers must be more than technicians; they must be healers of the mind, body, and spirit.  They provide hope for the hurt, healing for the suffering, medication for the sick and treatment for the people who are ill.  The Midlothian Free Health Clinic is located inside First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown, Ohio.  (330) 788-3330.

 

Neighborhood Ministries

Neighborhood Ministries shines the light of Christ by partnering with others to build relationships that create safe, supportive and empowered communities, one person at a time.  They operate three neighborhood centers the Kirwan Homes Community Center in Campbell, the Rockford Village Community Center on Youngstown’s East Side and the West Side Community Center, also in Youngstown.  They also manage a food distribution program with sites throughout Mahoning County.  They also serve as the administrative agency for Campbell Works for Children, a comprehensive social service and ministry program that supports Campbell children, their families and their teachers.


Campus Ministry at YSU

The former Protestant Campus Ministry entered into partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO).  The goal of CCO is to develop students to be passionate leaders who serve Jesus Christ in their studies, jobs, communities and families.  We serve together with the church, inviting students into the lives of local congregations.


Protestant Family Service

The mission of Protestant Family Service is to develop and channel the resources of the local church community to those in need.  They address the need for strong spiritual and moral values within families by offering the services of caseworkers, enabling individuals and families to develop the ability to deal with problems they face.  By providing leadership within the community in order to improve social conditions, and by cooperating with private agencies, PFS reaches out to the needs of others.  (330) 746-4600.


Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley

The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley has been serving the needs of Youngstown's needy since 1893.  Their primary focus is to feed and in many cases clothe those in need.  They serve an average 400 people per day.  They also provide overnight housing to homeless and transients. Its main location is at 962 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Youngstown.  (330) 744-5485.


Sojourner House Battered Persons Crisis Center

Sojourner House provides shelter and services for abused men, women and children.  It is a safe, confidentially located place to stay while victims are trying to escape an abusive environment. In addition to offering food and lodging, they provide the individuals with an opportunity to initiate solutions to the problems they are experiencing and make positive change in their own lives.  If you or someone you know needs help of this kind, call Sojourner House at (330) 747-4040.