What We Do
Asia’s Hope is a multi-denominational, grassroots movement working in Cambodia, Thailand and India to provide quality long-term care for orphaned children at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation.
Each child living at an Asia’s Hope orphan home receives all the benefits of a loving family: shelter, acceptance, medical care, an education, life skills training and most importantly, the transforming power of hope.
We partner with churches, individuals, businesses and community organizations to fund orphan homes and other services geared towards meeting the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of the children in our care.
We are working hard to provide each child a high quality primary and secondary education, and to help each child transition into adulthood. Some of our children will benefit from a college education, others from vocational training. We are working hard to raise funds and develop programs that will enable us to give each of our children the tools they need to succeed in their culture as adults.
What We Believe
Asia’s Hope is a Christian organization. We believe that God has a special place in his heart for the poor and oppressed, and wishes to use his people to bless “least and the last.” We believe that Asia’s Hope has been called to minister primarily to orphans, children who do not have parents or close relatives able or willing to care for them.
We believe that God is especially offended by the horrors of human trafficking, the exploitation of weak and vulnerable people for sexual or economic gratification of the powerful and privileged. We know that the orphans we serve are prime targets for this kind of predatory abomination, and we believe that rescuing and raising these children in a loving environment is essential work for the people of God.
We believe that orphaned children should be raised in the context of loving homes, not in impersonal institutions. Each of our orphan home directors views themselves as a parent, not a caretaker, and our children are raised as brothers and sisters.
We believe that our Asian staff and ministry partners should be trusted and empowered to make real decisions that affect themselves and the ministries they oversee. We strive to approach international ministry with humility and mutual interdependence, and with a servant’s heart.
How We Operate
Since its inception, Asia’s Hope has been defined by indigenous leadership, grassroots support and multi-denominational alignment. Those attributes, which kept the organization strong when small, have built a strong foundation capable of sustaining significant growth.
Any international aid or development effort must rely heavily on the support, the knowledge and a sense of ownership among leaders of the community receiving the aid.
Asia’s Hope’s day-to-day operations are run by able and trusted indigenous, national leaders.
Originally self-funded from the modest resources of its founders, the ministry currently spends less than 15% on administrative expenses.
As the scope of operations has grown, the organization has continued to find fresh funding sources and models, and has managed to achieve significant goals with a very small budget.
Asia’s Hope is a distinctively Christian organization, founded on and governed by biblical principles, dedicated to extending God’s love and mercy to the “fatherless and the widow.” We are, however, distinctively and intentionally multi-denominational, welcoming involvement and input from a diverse cross-section of Christian groups and individuals and from non-Christians as well.
Asia’s Hope is recognized in the United States as a 501c3 non-profit organization and in Canada as a registered charity. Asia’s Hope is recognized by the Kingdom of Cambodia as an international NGO, and has signed cooperative agreements with all relevant government ministries, including the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice. Asia’s Hope is recognized by the Kingdom of Thailand as a registered charitable organization, and operates with the approval and oversight of all relevant government and tribal bodies.
Asia’s Hope is governed by an International Executive Board, and is assisted by a U.S. and Canadian advisory board, on which the Executive Board members also sit.
Executive Board members
John McCollum, Co-founder and Executive Director
Dr. John Campbell MD, retired
Glenn Kelly, Owner and CEO of Kelson Financial
Ron Biddle, Crossroads Church, Mansfield, Ohio
Pastor Savorn Ou, Cambodia National Director
Ms. Tutu Bee, Thailand National Director
Pastor NK (Nandu) Gurung, India Regional Director
Ministry Advisors (Thailand)
Pastor Mike and Debbie Flinchum
Caringbah Baptist Church, Caringbah, New South Wales
Central Vineyard Church, Columbus, Ohio
Chets Creek Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Community Grace Brethren Church, West Milton, Ohio
Crossroads Community Church, Mansfield, Ohio
Grace Community Church, Goshen, Indiana
Grace Community Church, Fremont, Ohio
Grace Fellowship, Pickerington, Ohio
Grace Team Hope
Heritage Christian Church, Westerville, Ohio
Highview Community Church, Kitchener, Ontario
Lake Forest Church, Huntersville & Davidson, North Carolina
LIFE Vineyard Church, Gahanna, Ohio
Maumee Valley Church, Maumee, Ohio
Momentum Youth Conference
North Church, Columbus, Ohio
Trade Justice Mission
The Van Voorhis Family Foundation
Vista Community Church, Dublin, Ohio
Western Reserve Grace Church, Macedonia, Ohio
Westview Bible Church, Montreal, Quebec
Wooster Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio
Founded in 2001, Asia’s Hope began its work in Cambodia partnering with existing, indigenous organizations. Asia’s Hope’s first projects focused on housing and leadership training of university students from rural backgrounds. Within the first three years, Asia’s Hope began a gradual narrowing of its focus to concentrate on children, specifically orphans.
In 2005, Asia’s Hope expanded its services to Thailand, opening its first orphan home for hill tribe children in Doi Saket, just north of Chiang Mai. Today, Asia’s Hope operates ten orphan homes in Thailand, twelve in Cambodia and one in India. The organization also runs a school in Cambodia and numerous micro-enterprise and vocational training programs in both countries.