First United Methodist Church of Allen and Send Hope are pleased to share that Allen locals, Lauren and Steven Hosack, are pursuing a call to full-time mission work at the House of Hope, a mission of Send Hope in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, and FUMC Allen’s priority international mission.
Steven and Lauren Hosack, who both attend FUMC Allen and graduated from Allen High School, have faithfully attended and served at FUMC Allen since they began taking mission trips as youth in the FUMC Allen’s youth ministry program. In 2011, Lauren and Steven moved to Honduras to spend a year as house parents at the House of Hope. “After discussion, research and prayer, we feel God’s call to return to Honduras! We will be serving as interim directors of the House of Hope. We will oversee day-to-day operations at the house, which will include discipline, tutoring, and structure. Most of all, we will show the children the love of Christ” said Steven. In September, the Hosacks plan to return to the House of Hope, a children’s home founded by Send Hope, a ministry founded by Dr. Tom Brian, also a member of FUMC Allen.
THE HOUSE OF HOPE
“The House of Hope is home to 35-45 partially disabled, abused, neglected, and/or malnourished children,” said Lauren. According to the Hosacks, children come to the house needing a safe place to sleep, a hot meal to eat, and a mentor to guide them. The Send Hope mission also includes the School of Hope, which sits on an adjacent property. There, up to 120 students attend classes each day, including many that are too poor to attend class in town. “Send Hope also offers a program for malnourished children,” said Steven. “Their families can come to the House of Hope to pick up baby formula and/or Kids Against Hunger rice to take home with them. This allows the malnourished child to eat a fortified meal containing all vital vitamins and minerals while remaining at home with their families.”
Katrina Engle, who has been the director of the House of Hope since it opened in 2005, will be returning to the United States to recover from surgery. “Katrina is in need of a well deserved break,” said Lauren. “With Katrina returning to the U.S. in late July/early August, we feel the need to arrive in Honduras as soon as we can get there.”
Lauren Hosack, born in Elgin, Illinois, came to Allen in 1999 with her parents and younger siblings. Steven was born in Chicago and came to Allen with his parents and older brother. Throughout high school, they both developed a passion for mission work while participating in multiple mission trips with the church’s youth group. The two met at the church and began dating in 2004. Steven graduated from Allen High School in 2005 and started school at Texas A&M University. After Lauren graduated from Allen High in 2006, she went on her first Send Hope mission trip to Puerto Lempira. She continued to go to Honduras each year including an internship while attending Texas A&M. Shortly before they married in July 2010, Steven made his first trip to the House of Hope in Honduras and caught Lauren’s passion for the children of the House of Hope. Both have since graduated from Texas A&M University and began their careers in Collin County until they heard their calling to return to Honduras.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
“It is not very often in the life of a congregation when we witness a specific call and a response to a life of full time service as mission servants,” said Rev. Brian McPherson, executive pastor and director of Missions at FUMC Allen. “We at FUMC Allen are blessed to be a part of just such a response to the Spirit’s urging. We as a church have an opportunity to respond and to empower ministry for two of our own.”
Steven and Lauren are gathering financial resources as well as ongoing support for the ministry. 100 percent of your donation will go to covering the costs that they will incur while serving the people of Honduras. The Hosacks estimate an annual budget to be $45,000. Any amount that you wish to contribute is a huge blessing to their lives and ministry. Check contributions can be mailed to Send Hope at 755 Heritage Pkwy. Allen, TX 75002. Please be sure to write Hosacks in the memo line. You can also donate online.
The Hosacks have set up a web page where you can learn more about their mission. “This is an exciting and bittersweet time as we prepare to leave our friends and families. We ask for your prayers and support as we begin this new journey in our lives,” said Steven.”We are so excited to take this leap of faith and serve wholeheartedly where God is calling us.”
“We feel so blessed to hear God’s calling so clearly in our lives and look forward to any opportunity to share it with others! Please tell your friends, families, church and small groups about our journey,” said Lauren. “We are happy to meet with others and provide as much information as possible via social media, which can easily be shared and passed along.” Supporters and friends are invited to join their Facebook page where they plan to share their prayer requests and praises.