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Love and Hope Ministries was started with a vision and burden given to Dr. & Rev. Jabez and Mrs. Gloria Rapaka while attending Regent University Graduate School, Virginia Beach, VA, to help children, widows, the elderly and pastors in India and Haiti. By the leading of the Holy Spirit, the Rapakas incorporated Love and Hope Ministries in the United States on March 4, 2004.

MISSION STATEMENT: Love and Hope Ministries believes in meeting the spiritual needs of people through evangelism, church planting and discipleship. We also believe in meeting the physical, educational, emotional and social needs of the poor, needy, destitute, abandoned, neglected and the unwanted of society by providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education.

Current Projects/Opportunities:

India: Ministering and serving at Children’s Home; teaching at Elementary and Primary School; helping Indian pastors in Church Planting; ministering to HIV/AIDS victims; conducting Pastors’ Seminars and doing Village Evangelism; going on short-term missions trips and doing internships

Haiti: Ministering and serving at Children’s Home; ministering at Children Bible Camps; teaching at Elementary School; teaching at Love and Hope Bible School; conducting Pastors’ conferences; speaking engagements at Convocations; going on short-term missions trips and doing internships

Internships Possibilities:
• Two weeks
• Two or three months
• Up to six months

India participants will enjoy a variety of delicious Indian cuisines and also a pleasant sight-seeing in Hyderabad

Haiti participants will enjoy a variety of delicious Caribbean cooking and also fun events like hiking and swimming at the beach

Note: Accommodations may be available based on the need and circumstances

May also be taken for internship credit, in which case, internships develop the following MDiv program competencies:
• Allow students to apply relevant classroom learning to real-life ministry settings in order to enhance their personal and professional development.
• Help students to foster their spiritual maturity by promoting their skill development, cultivating their mission/ministerial competence, and utilizing their God-given natural talents and charismatic spiritual gifts.
• Prepare students for Christ-centered servant leadership in order to educate, train, develop and transform the global communities in which they serve.
• Enhance students’ global competence in order to understand, evaluate and use the new information and knowledge gained from a global perspective in diverse contemporary contexts of life.

Contact Us

Love and Hope Ministries
Rev. Jabez & Mrs. Gloria Rapaka
P.O. Box 65295
Virginia Beach, VA 23467
757-424-1296

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The Bible declares in James 1:27,

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

When Rev. Jabez Rapaka visited India in 2003, his heart was deeply burdened by the deplorable conditions of the children, the widows, the elderly and the pastors. God has placed the strong desire in his heart to do all he can to alleviate the miserable conditions of these people. Hence, Love and Hope Ministries started a children’s home for 30 poor children to provide clothing, food, and school supplies, a school for 300 children to give Christ-centered secular education at no cost, and an HIV/AIDS project supplying food and clothing in the community of Eluru, where Rev. Rapaka grew up, to bring God’s love and give hope. In addition, Love and Hope helps widows with clothing and food; pastors with bicycles and monthly financial assistance; and assists with church planting.

In Haiti, Love and Hope started a Bible school where 12 future Haitian pastors are being trained free of charge. In addition, Love and Hope supports a children’s home with food and shoes and an elementary school with uniforms, textbooks and school supplies. About 30 Haitian Pastors are supported with financial assistance and their wives with clothing and finances. A food pantry was established to assist widows.

It costs $35 dollars per child per month to provide books, clothing and 3 meals a day. It costs $50 per person per month to provide financial stipends to native pastors. It costs $60 for each bicycle for a pastor in India, and $25 per person to provide clothing and food to HIV victims and widows. Please consider how much you believe our Lord is asking you to give to Love and Hope Ministries and write a check for that amount. Prayerfully consider a significant one-time gift and/or supporting us monthly.

Love and Hope accepts donations via PayPal. A PayPal account is NOT required to pay via credit card:

If you wish to send a check or money order, please send your contribution to:

Love and Hope Ministries
P.O. Box 65295
Virginia Beach, VA 23467

Love and Hope Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.
All contributions are tax-deductible.


Mission Trips

Perhaps you are interested in participating in a trip either to India or Haiti. There are a few things to consider before beginning the initial steps that will take you on the journey of a lifetime. Provided below are links to our guide to short term ministry trips. Please read the packet in its entirety before contacting the ministry with questions. Most of your questions should be answered there.

Mission Trip Guide in PDF Format

Mission Trip Guide in MS Word (DOC) Format

(From the Introduction)

Jesus told His disciples to take the Gospel to the world. The Church does that through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, and through practical means like distributing clothing, and providing a place to sleep in His Name. We are to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of our fellow man. People cannot see the love of Christ until it is demonstrated through practical means through His people. Whether you are able to minister the Word of God to the lost or even pastors, or you distribute clothing to widows and toothbrushes to orphans, you are a tangible representative of our Lord and Savior. You will represent Him through your words, your actions, and your reactions.

With the eternal and spiritual responsibilities and rewards in mind, we cannot and must not romanticize the notion of missions. While our hearts may burst within us with Christ’s compassion for hurting humanity, there is something that we must keep in the forefront of our minds. We are not taking a leisurely vacation to a luxury island.

We are stepping onto third-world soil. We are jumping across the oceans and landing in less than favorable conditions. On these trips, YOU WILL NOT BE COMFORTABLE. The language is different, the climate is different, the food is different and may not be appealing to our American palate. The customs are different, the people are different, and even the way the churches and Christians worship are different. Be prepared to be stretched physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

With these things in mind, let nothing deter you from obedience to the call of the Spirit. Whatever challenge you face can be met by the One who has faced it all before you. Christ emptied Himself of all of His heavenly rights and privileges. You will have to lay aside every “American right” in order to herald the message of the Kingdom. Do not expect to be treated like royalty just because you are from America. Christ came from the culture of the Throne room, to the ancient Near Eastern sea-side. You will have to step from the rich soil of America where everything comes to you in a split-second and every environmental stimuli is pleasing to your senses, to foreign soil where things will probably NOT go the way you planned, will take very much longer than expected, and to a land where your eyes, ears, nostrils, and taste buds will be assaulted on a constant basis. America is VERY comfortable, and we take just about everything for granted. India and Haiti are VERY uncomfortable, and you will be very thankful for the blessings God has granted when you arrive home. But please keep in mind; the natives of these countries endure these conditions all the time! In spite of all this, you will have the joy of putting a smile on the faces of many children. In addition, you will also participate in the unspeakable joy of the unsaved who will accept Christ as their personal savior and will be baptized in water. You will have a chance to go to villages to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and at the same time you will enjoy beautiful scenery and picturesque of villages and village life. Regardless of what may come to you as uncomfortable, you can overcome it through the grace of God, and by tightly holding the hand of the One who knows what you are enduring. Rely on Christ, and all of Heaven’s help and resources are yours.

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India

Current Projects:
Children’s Home
Elementary and Primary School
HIV/AIDS Project
Church Planting/Pastors’ help

Future Projects:

Home for the Elderly and Widows

Bible School
High School

Medical Clinic

Job Skill Training Center

The Lord has provided us property to build upon, but we are still believing for $100,000 USD for building construction.

THE NEED:

India is the second most populous country in the world with a population of 1.03 billion. Of the estimated 400 million children, 300,000-500,000 are in prostitution, while 47% under age three are malnourished. There continues to be a high incidence of child labor and unschooled children, and girls remain particularly disadvantaged.

Of the 496,453,556 females living in India, 8% (40 million) women are widows. Many widows are forced to beg for money in India to pay for food, as there is no government structure to aid this huge segment of the population. In the state of Andhra Pradesh, where Love and Hope Ministries is located, the female population is 37,682,594. Out of this 37-plus million, 8% (1.5 million) are widows.

Land and Climate: India, covering 1,269,219 square miles, is roughly one third the size of the United States. Most of the country experiences three basic seasons: hot summer (March-May), rainy (June-October), and cool winter (November-February). Temperatures rarely go below 40°F in January or reach above 100°F during the summer.

Language: India is home to several hundred languages, of which 33 have 100,000 or more speakers. Eighteen languages have official status: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Hindi is the national language spoken by at least 30% of the population. English is also the official language, and is the language of government, business, science, education and national communication.

Religion: India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. It is also an adopted home for Zoroastrianism. About 80% of Indians are Hindu.

Food: Diet depends on region. Rice is the main staple in South India and wheat bread (roti) is the main staple in North India. Indian food is usually hot and spicy. Different types of curry (eggs, fish, meat, or vegetables in a spicy sauce) are popular.
(Source: Culturegram, Vol. 4, Orem, UT: Axiom Press, 2004).

Projected Expenses for a Mission Trip to India:

Airplane ticket = $1,800
Air-ticket within India = $100
Visa fee = $60
Travel shots (first-time visitors) = $500
Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) = $30 per day
Accommodations (Manya Guest Lane) = $40 per day
Transportation within India
(Rental car, driver, gas, etc) = $30 per day
Miscellaneous expenses = $150

Total Price = approximately $3,600 per person for ten days for first-time travelers.
Total Price = approximately $3,100 per person for ten days for others.

Note: There may be an increase in the expenses due to currency exchange or the season of the year that we are traveling. Love and Hope is not responsible for the changes in price.

Destination: Eluru
State: Andhra Pradesh, India
Duration of the trip: 10-15 days
Dates: From second week of December to third week of December

The tentative work we will do while we are in India:

  • Visiting and sharing the love of Jesus to children in Love and Hope Children’s Home.
  • Visiting and sharing the love of Jesus to children of Love and Hope Public Schools.
  • Distributing bicycles to poor pastors.
  • Distributing clothes to widows, children, and the elderly.
  • Conducting a Gospel and healing crusade in Eluru.
  • Visiting villages to share the Gospel and visiting churches to strengthen the believers and ministering to children.


Haiti

Current Projects:
Children’s Home

Bible School
Elementary School

Future Projects:

High School

Job Skill Training Center

Food Pantry

Medical Clinic

We are planning to purchase property to construct buildings from which we can operate these projects in the near future. Please believe with us for provision of the necessary funds. We are believing for at least $75,000 USD which will cover the purchase of the land plus some buildings.

THE NEED:

Haiti’s current population is more than 8 million. Haiti ranks as the most “food insecure” country in the Western Hemisphere, and the second most politically unstable country in the world. The majority of the population does not have ready access to safe drinking water, adequate medical care, or sufficient food. For most Haitians, daily life is a struggle for survival. The statistics on Haiti are alarming:

  • 10% of children in Haiti will die before the age of 4.
  • 7% (300,000) of the children in Haiti are enslaved as young as 3 years old! They often suffer sexual, emotional, and physical abuse and even death.
  • 45% of the Haitian population is illiterate.
  • 30% of the population is ill and/or underweight.
  • 70% of the population lives below poverty level.

Land and Climate: Haiti covers 10,714 square miles of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. It is just a little smaller than the state of Maryland in the USA. Haiti is significantly mountainous. Its climate is warm and humid. The average temperature in the mountains is 66°F, while at Port-au-Prince it is 81°F. Spring and autumn are rainy; whereas December to February and June to August are dry.

Language: Haitian Creole is the language of daily conversation. French is used in government and business. Only the educated people speak French. Haitian Creole is a unique mixture of French and African languages.

Religion: 80% of Haitians are Catholic, while Protestants claim 16% or more of the population. The organized religion of Haiti is Voodoo (worship of spirits), which is practiced to some degree by a majority of Haitian Catholics.

Food: Haitians usually eat rice and beans every day, although a main meal will often include meat, salad and a vegetable. Rice and corn are staple grains. Spicy foods are most popular.
(Source: Culturegram, Vol.1, Orem, UT: Axiom Press, 2004).

Projected Expenses for a Mission Trip to Haiti:

Airplane ticket = $ 650
Exit fee = $50
Travel shots (first-time visitors ) = $500
Food and transportation expenses = $50 per day
Accommodations (Auberge Du Quebec) = $75 per night
Miscellaneous expenses = $150

Total Price = approximately $2,100 per person for a week for first-time travelers.
Total Price = approximately $1,600 per person for a week for others.

Note: There may be an increase in the expenses due to currency exchange or the season of the year that we are traveling. Love and Hope is not responsible for the changes in price. The cost of living in Haiti is higher than in India. Hence, you can expect accommodation and food expenses to be slightly higher for Haiti than India.

Place: Carrefour, Haiti
Duration of the trip: 7 days
Dates: Third week of August (usually August 16 to 22)

The tentative work we will do while we are in Haiti:

  • Visiting and sharing the love of Jesus to children in Children’s Home.
  • Ministering to over 300 children at a convention.
  • Distributing clothes, books and school supplies to poor children.
  • Ministering to pastors, and their wives at a convention.
  • Visiting Love and Hope Bible Institute to minister to future pastors, evangelists and ministers.


About Us

Jabez and Gloria Rapaka with children Love and Hope Ministries

The Rapaka Family

Love and Hope Ministries was started with a vision and burden given to Dr. & Rev. Jabez and Mrs. Gloria Rapaka while attending Regent University Graduate School, Virginia Beach, VA, to help children, widows, the elderly and pastors in India and Haiti. By the leading of the Holy Spirit, the Rapakas incorporated Love and Hope Ministries in India and also in the United States on March 4, 2004.

MISSION STATEMENT

Love and Hope Ministries believes in meeting the spiritual needs of people through evangelism, church planting and discipleship. We also believe in meeting the physical, educational, emotional and social needs of the poor, needy, destitute, abandoned, neglected and the unwanted of society by providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education.

VISION STATEMENT

Love and Hope Ministries’ vision is to bring God’s Love and Hope to those who are without hope in the society through the life-changing and life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ. We also seek to provide humanitarian aid to alleviate their misery and suffering.

ABOUT THE RAPAKAS

Dr. Jabez (Yabbeju) Rapaka was born and raised in a devout Christian home in India. While he was attending Andhra University to pursue his own dreams, God called him instead into full time ministry. God brought Dr. Rapaka to the USA in 1993 to further equip him in order to fulfill His divine plan and purpose for his life. Dr. Rapaka attended Elim Bible Institute, Lima, NY, for one year and later attended Zion Bible Institute, Barrington, RI, where he obtained his B.A. in Biblical Studies. He then served as a staff member at Zion Bible Institute for four years, from 1997-2001. He also received dual master’s degrees, earning both the M.B.A and M. Div. and a PhD at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor at the College of the Arts and Sciences and the School of Divinity. He is the author of Dalit Pentecostalism: A Study of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God, 1932 to 2010 (Emeth Press, 2013). Copies of his book may be purchased by contacting Dr. Rapaka here.

Mrs. Gloria Rapaka was born and raised the daughter of a minister in Haiti. She wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer, but God redirected her plans and called her into ministry. Mrs. Rapaka fled Haiti and came to the USA in 1992 due to severe violence and political upheaval in Haiti. According to God’s leading, she attended Zion Bible Institute, where she earned her B.A. in Biblical Studies and met Dr. Rapaka, whom she married later in 1998. She also served as a staff member at Zion Bible Institute from 1998-2001. She is also a graduate of Regent University, where she obtained her M. Ed. degree in 2003.

Rev. Jabez and Mrs. Gloria Rapaka currently reside in Virginia Beach, VA, with their three children, Jeremiah, Glorianna and Theresa.