Hope Water Project

WHERE WE WORK

We focus our efforts on a forgotten group of People: the Pokot of Western Kenya. People whom we know and love. People we consider dear friends. They are also extremely impoverished, neglected, and marginalized; which is why we are committed to investing in their lives. Over the past fourteen years, we’ve entered into a partnership with the Pokot Outreach Ministry (POM) to provide HOPE –one clean water well at a time.

Providing HOPE, one clean water well at a time…

Water is our most basic and vital need in life. Without it, nothing can happen. Nothing can grow. But with it, everything changes. Clean water quenches thirst — but it also restores health. With access to clean water, life can be given back to a community. Water is life…and hundreds of millions of people around the world are suffering today because they do not have access to clean water. Hope Water Project is committed to providing clean water by partnering with communities and drilling deep water wells in some of the world’s neediest areas. Our current project is to provide 1,000 new water wells for the Pokot tribe in northwestern Kenya.

OUR MISSION

Who we are.

The Hope Water Project team is made up of individuals with a heart for the Pokot tribe. Whether a fundraiser, donor or volunteer, our team members aim to fundraise and increase awareness of the clean water problem our Pokot family faces in western Kenya. Funds donated and raised are used to dig clean water wells; where there is clean water, there is HOPE, there is life, there is a future and there is Jesus.

Why we do it.

Hope Water Project exists to reveal Jesus through access to clean water. Clean water means life, it restores health, it brings faith and it changes every generation that follows. The hours previously spent each day looking for water becomes time to work, care for children and go to school. The restored health brought by clean water offers a future where the opportunities are endless for generations to come.

How we do it.

Hope Water Project works with trusted partners on the ground in Kenya to drill the wells. Through our partner organizations, we steward the appropriate amount of knowledge and resources that are sustained through a high degree of local project ownership. Our project crews navigate unimaginable terrain, drill wells and maintain equipment, and assist in building flourishing communities once clean water is flowing. A local woman- led water committee is then established to keep ownership and accountability of the well and their future in the hands of the local community.

The results.

Over the past fourteen years more than 135 wells have been installed. With each one, villages have grown, lives have been saved, communities have been formed, and thousands of people have heard the Gospel for the first time. We have witnessed firsthand the amazing impact clean water has on our Pokot family.

STAY INFORMED

Join our email list to stay informed about all things Hope Water Project: Events, Training, Local Races and Opportunities to lead and volunteer

FUNDRAISING

Setup A Fundraising Page

Thanks for your commitment to Hope Water Project. By fundraising, you are raising awareness and bringing clean water to the Pokot! Remember that you are not selling a product that people don’t need. You are inviting people to join you in helping to provide the most basic necessity of life – CLEAN WATER.

Hope Water Project Fundraising

Setup Instructions:

– Step 1: Login Here

— If you don’t have an account already, click the link to the login page and select Create New Account.
— If you do not remember your login, click the link to the login page and select Forgot Account.

– Step 2: Complete the registration questions. You will be provided the opportunity to personalize your page with photos and text about your story. Tell people why you are doing this. The people who are donating to your are often supporting you just as much as the cause.
– Step 3: Copy your unique URL and share it for people to directly access your fundraising page for donations.
– Step 4: Donate to yourself. Demonstrate your commitment by donating to your own fundraising page!

Fundraising Tips

– You can still fundraise even if you are not participating in one of the main events! Have a bake sale, ask for donations in lieu of gifts – there are many ways to raise money!
– Donate to yourself! It’s a #1 rule – believe in yourself and trust that others will too!
– Don’t be afraid to ask. You will be surprised by who donates. Those people you are most afraid to ask are usually the most generous. If you asked once before, studies show that donors are more likely to donate a second time.
– Get creative. Host a fundraising party, hand out personalized business cards with your web page link, tweet about your training, have a lemonade stand, etc. Have FUN!
– Keep your friends and family updated on your training progress and fundraising goals. Utilize email and social media to share your story!
– Tell people about the Pokot, share videos posted to social media and the HWP website and help others see how they are making a difference.

– Send letters! People love mail, click here for a sample format for your fundraising letter.

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What Does It Mean To Be On The Team?

We are grateful for you and your decision to be a part of the Hope Water Project community! Together, we can change lives!

We are here to support you and encourage you through the process; whether you are a walker, a runner, a cyclist, a volunteer or “outside the box” fundraiser – you are moving out and we appreciate
you!

YOU are changing lives! As a team, we come together to train, to volunteer and to support and encourage one another. We participate in events through the year and we raise awareness of the need for clean water. Your fundraising helps to build wells that impact the lives of the Pokot

So your next step depends on what you want to do and how you want to step out!

A great first step is to join our mailing list to stay up to date on all our events and opportunities to jump in!

Next, visit our events page for upcoming opportunities to jump in. Sign up’s will be made available as we get closer to event dates and will be posted on the event page and emailed to our community.

And most important, setup your fundraising page ! Whether you walk, run, cycle or volunteer – everyone can participate in fundraising.

And last, connect with us. Follow us on social media and join us on our mission to provide clean water! 

How Do I Order A Jersey?

Visit our online store here and browse the selection of jersey’s and HWP swag! Various style Jerseys are available depending on the event and sleeve preference, be sure to browse the site and talk to your team members about various options available! We do place several orders per year, so be sure to join our mailing list for updates on when orders are begin made. Its recommended you train in your shirt at least a few times before your race/ride!

Team Email Communication

We use email as a main communication tool and encourage you to sign up for our emails if you haven’t already. If you’re not receiving emails from Hope Water Project, complete the online form here.

We are always here to answer questions, please email info@hopewaterproject.org at any time!

Social Media

We view social media as a great way to stay connected and reach out! We will post to the main Hope Water Project pages with updates and event information throughout the year so be sure to follow us!

Team Training Plans

Training plans are used to provide structure to your training and guide you through the process. The training plans we follow are available here and are created based on our annual event timelines:

Birmingham Campus

We are offering a time for our congregation to gather after the 10am service for prayer in the Groves Auditorium, 20500 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.

On Sunday evening, Dec 5, parents of high school and middle school students are invited to the second half of our Edge gathering at Genesis Church, 309 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, at 6:15pm. We will have a breakout to equip parents in caring for themselves and processing pain with their children in times of tragedy.

Parents & Student Resources

Parents – self care is critical. It’s important to do your own processing with another adult so that you can be more present as your child processes. Here are tools that you can use to get you started.

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Counselors Are Needed After Tragedy

“The aftermath of the Oxford shooting tragedy will undoubtedly result in traumatic symptoms and experiences across our communities for quite some time. Healing the brain through evidence-based therapies is absolutely possible with clinical guidance. There is a valuable village of Trauma Therapists with collective resources standing by for Oxford, for both direct and secondary survivors to engage in therapy. Until then, we honorably hold a sacred space, as students, families, staff and school partners continue to mourn.” -Laura Azoni, LMSW, Founder of Sanctuary Services

Orion Campus

We believe that unity at this time is more important than ever. Several churches in the area are partnering together to offer space for students to begin the process of healing.

We will have several grief and trauma specialists on site this Sunday evening at our Orion Campus (4640 S Lapeer Rd Lake Orion, MI 48359) from 5-6:30pm and will have a night of prayer, worship and an opportunity for students to process with each other.

Tate Myre Funeral:
Monday, 12.6 Visitation 1 to 8pm
Tuesday, 12.7 Visitation 10-12pm and funeral at Noon

Clinton Township Campus

We will be offering a time for our congregation to gather after each service for a time of corporate prayer in the Greatroom. Prayer will be offered at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm. (25000 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48036)

This Sunday at 3:30 pm as a community we want to gather, pray and mourn together. We are all looking for answers and wondering why tragedy happens but we can find hope and peace in Jesus. 

Troy Campus

Join us Sunday night, December 5th for a Community Prayer Vigil at Kensington Church at 6:00 pm. Invite friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to come together for a time of hope and prayer. 

Following the Vigil, at 7:00 pm, there will be breakouts for students and for parents to process and be equipped in caring for themselves and those around in times of tragedy.

Marriage Classes

What grows marriages? Focusing on the two of you and being in community!
The Marriage Course includes seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.

Please email marriage@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Financial Peace University (FPU)

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a catalyst to help people live in financial freedom and enable them to have a posture of openhandedness. We have witnessed numerous Kensington families experience life change as a result of applying Biblical truths to their personal finances. The real blessing is seeing people create lives of margin that allow them to hear and respond to the Lord’s calling on their lives.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Bible Basics

Whether you are brand new to the Bible or have been reading it for decades, Bible Basics is a course that will help you understand the overall flow of the Bible. Over the course of several weeks, learn how the Bible came from the original writers to the English versions we have today. We’ll look at the big-picture story of the Bible and how all the individual books add to the whole. We’ll even learn a little about the history of the Jewish nation. But most of all, we’ll grow in our awe of the amazing author of this amazing book!

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

All Campus

Orion

Clinton Township

Alpha

What is my purpose? What value does the Bible have in my life? How do I pray? How can I grow in confidence to share my faith? These are the big questions that are at the heart of what it means to have a relationship with God. Alpha is a space to explore life’s big questions, to say what you think and to hear other people’s points of view. Over ten-weeks you will explore and discover while listening to weekly topics, participating in table discussion, and developing community. Alpha courses meeting in-person gather around a meal.

You don’t have to come for the whole series—just check it out for the first session and see what you think. No pressure.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

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Orion

Troy

Clinton Township

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GROUP LEADER DEVELOPMENT

Together Again

updated June 23, 2021

It’s been life-giving to be in-person for our weekend services since last July when we reopened. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to join us in person sometime soon.

Reservations and ticketing have been discontinued at all our campuses.

Masks are optional at all services, events, and ministry gatherings for kids, students, and adults. We know that everyone needs to make the right health decisions for themselves and their family, so if you feel comfortable removing your mask, you may. And if you’d like to continue wearing a mask or face covering, you may do that as well. This is a personal choice that only you can decide what is best for yourself when attending in person at Kensington.

If you are sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have possibly been exposed to COVID-19, please plan to stay home and participate in our services via our many online streaming options.

At the start of the pandemic, Kensington’s Executive Team commissioned a group of staff members as a COVID Task Force to establish protocols and procedures for the safety of our church community. Thanks for sticking with us throughout all the changes and adjustments over the past 15 months.

We’re grateful to be together again!