Hope Generation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian organization setup with a focus to raise a generation to serve God in Bangladesh through the following ministries:
Hope Generation is overseen by the following:
Sharon Smith, wife of Larry, mother of three, and grandma of seven, has served in Bangladesh since 1979 . Ministry activities have included serving as principal and founding member of two mission schools, assisting with national church ministries & activities, and sitting on numerous ministry boards. She is co-director of the Home of Hope, principal of Hope Mission school and founding director of Christian Teacher’s Training Institute. Raising up a generation to serve God is Sharon’s passion.
Elaine Pardee and her husband, Rick, live at the Home of Hope serving as Project Directors. After taking early retirement as teacher & Science department head where she was awarded WRHS Educator of Excellence, 2009 Siemens Advanced Placement Award, and 2013 State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science, Elaine chose to leave behind their four daughters and seven grandchildren to pour her life into the children at the Home of Hope.
Heather Rostocil grew up in Bangladesh as the daughter of Sharon & Larry Smith. She currently lives in Redding, California, where she and her husband, Brad, raise their four children. Heather is a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her kids and helps coordinate Hope Generation responsibilities between the U.S. and Bangladesh. Even though she is half a world away, Heather enjoys being able to serve as a bridge and help to fulfill the mission of Hope Generation.
The following local staff serve in each of these ministries that Hope Generation partners with:
Home of Hope Caregivers
Home of Hope Administration Team
Hope Mission School Staff
The Campus Leadership Team
Hope Generation originally began as a non-profit organization focused on a broad plan to assist ministries in Bangladesh. Through the years, it has refined its focus to that of raising a generation to serve God.
Home of Hope
In 1991, following an incident where God revealed a need to provide a home for children in crisis, the Home of Hope opened its doors to homeless children who were on a path of being trafficked and/or living in abuse, want, or neglect. Our goal from the beginning was not to simply provide a safe refuge, but to take children out of the worst circumstances and provide the best home and life skills in order to effectively raise a generation to serve God. Since its inception, hundreds of children have found shelter, love and God in our Home. Some have gone on to ministry, while others are serving as a witness through vocational skills and education, of which the Home of Hope provided their foundation. Currently, the majority of our Home leadership is comprised of our own children who have grown up, completed their higher education, and returned to minister to children like themselves.
Hope Mission School
Since the Home of Hope was first started, we have provided an education for our children. Initially, they attended the Assemblies of God Church school close to our first facility. When we moved to our new campus, we were able to have a teacher come and provide the education needed for the kids, who were small at the time. As the kids grew and our Home grew, so did the need for a school building, more teachers, and classes through high school. We now have 14 Christian teachers impacting our kids’ lives daily from the entry level (3+ years) until graduation (18 yrs). We’ve grown to 13 classrooms, a science lab, computer lab, library and offices.
For 23 years the A/G did not have a formal Bible College. In 1985 the ministerial training program began which evolved into a formal Bible College and University. Over the last few years, many of our Home of Hope children, after graduating from our Hope Mission School, have gone on to The Campus for ministry preparation.
Only slightly over half of the population of Bangladesh is literate (having studied through 5th grade), so attaining an education is a prized possession. Local churches across Bangladesh have opened their doors to needy children to provide an education, a hot meal and, most importantly, a tangible display of God’s love. In the past, we have assisted individual student’s education. As the need for education in rural areas is high, we now promote providing facilities to house their church and church school.
Where We’re Headed
- Take in 20 new children annually in Home of Hope
- Expand micro-enterprise projects to provide self-sustainment for the Home of Hope and The Campus
- Build 5 Hope Centers annually