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.