Light of Hope
Light of Hope CSO was formed in Lancaster City in 2001 by a group of pastors representing the city of Lancaster, PA. The intent was to form an entity that would focus on partnerships in ministry that would bring hope and transformation to the city and then to other regions around the world. There was meant to be a multicultural and urban core to this program, giving focus and attention to the work of the city churches. The initial ministry that has been developed includes joint worship and prayer events, street evangelism, and "Family Fest," a festival of food, fun, prizes, and prayer at a local park in the city. LOH has also hosted Evangelist Nicky Cruz at the local Barnstormers Baseball Stadium, where nearly 10,000 people were in attendance. The Lord moved, and many gang leaders were led to know Jesus that day.
Next, LOH developed a program to minister mental health and healing to prisoners in the Lancaster County Prison. Professional and pastoral care services were combined for inmates in this program, which resulted in a decrease in psychotropic medication use and recidivism.Subsequently, LOH offered similar services as an outpatient at Water Street Rescue Mission and Cornerstone Family Medicine.
Finally, LOH developed a missions training school called Light to the Nations. Many cross-cultural and urban teams were introduced to short term missions and taken to various nations for practical experience and outreach. Nations such as Nicaragua, Honduras, Columbia, Haiti, Switzerland, France, and Iraq were part of this list.
In addition, LOH has partnered with Lancaster Alive for evangelism training and events in the city over the last several years and done a food distribution during COVID with Blessings of Hope at the baseball stadium. Currently, LOH is continuing and expanding the medical and human service model that began at the prison through the Transformation Health Services ministry and has started to activate mission training in order to send out again. We have several things planned for the future.
Please consider assisting us in furthering our ministry in this context so that we can continue to be a light to the nations.