Don’t Shift Away From Your Mission

27 May 2015

Mission DriftFaith-based organizations often experience shifts away from their original mission, changing their programs, services and activities in a way that takes the focus away from the organizations’ fundamental roots.

HOPE International executives Peter Greer and Chris Horst explain this phenomenon and what organizations can do about it in the 2015 Christianity Today award-winning book Mission Drift. The book is recommended for staff, board members, donors, volunteers and other leadership, to address organizational mission-wandering.

The book describes how to build succession into organization to keep the churches priorities in line. The description of the book starts off: “Without careful attention, faith-based organizations drift from their founding mission. It’s that simple. It will happen. Why do so many organizations wander from their mission, while others remain Mission True? Can drift be prevented?” (more…)

The Importance of Written Goals

8 May 2015
Keystone Study

A study: The Perfect Place to Write Your Goals

We all have goals in our lives, but how many of those goals do we remember setting and actually achieve? A study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program asked graduate students: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  The results of this study show that merely three percent of the students had written goals and plans, 13 percent had goals, but not in writing, and 84 percent had no goals at all. The same group of individuals was interviewed 10 years later, and the 13 percent of people who had goals but did not put them in writing was earning twice the amount of the 84 percent of people who had no goals. The three percent of people who had written goals were earning approximately 10 times as much as the rest of the class combined.

Clearly, based off this study, creating clear, measurable goals, and putting them in writing is a recipe for success.

The following are helpful tips to creating clear and measurable goals: (more…)

Be Confident When Buying Your First Home

30 December 2014

Lancaster HomeLooking to purchase your first home is an exciting experience, but can be a stressful process. Keystone Custom Homes makes finding a new home not only easy, but educational as well. For first time buyers, Keystone offers a FREE seminar for preparation. Start the New Year stress-free when you take this class on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon.

This seminar will discuss the ABCs of building, buying and financing a new home. Topics that will be discussed include:

•    How to purchase a Lancaster home with no money down with a responsible financing plan (more…)

Resolving Conflicts into Peaceful Relationships

29 December 2014

Resolving Everyday ConflictWhether it is with a family member, colleague, friend or even a stranger, everyone encounters conflict at one point or another. For instance, as a business owner, there are times when conflicts rise. It’s important to be a leader in those situations. That’s why I am reading a new book by Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson, Resolving Everyday Conflict.

As I read, I am constantly reminded of the verse in Romans:

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 (more…)

Keystone Custom Homes Announces Winner of Pinterest Contest

28 November 2014

Keystone Custom HomesDid you say “I do” to Keystone Custom Homes’ recent Pinterest contest? Held October 1 to November 21, 2014, Say “I Do” to Your New Home gave pinners a chance to win a $250 Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card while learning about our wedding program.

All participants had to do to enter the contest was create a Pinterest board named #SayIDoKCHContest and re-pin items they would purchase for their new Keystone home. We saw a variety of amazing boards, including the winner’s board full of gold home décor and wedding details. The theme caught our eye and made us think wedding. (more…)

Meet: Grigore and Nadejda Mamadjanov

26 November 2014

Grigore and Nadejda of MoldovaSmall and unobtrusive, the country of Moldova sits between Romania and the Ukraine in southeastern Europe. Smaller still is the village of Crasnoarmeiscoe. Lying near the Romanian border and west of the capital city, this village is home to Grigore and Nadejda Mamadjanov whose heart for others has spilled into their community and touched dozens of lives.

Hard workers and successful farmers, the Mamadjanovs operate a thriving farm with the help of their six grown children, constantly trying to improve their efficiency and increase product quality for their customers.

Their main focus, however, is not on their farm, but on serving God with their lives. Studying Scripture over the years, Grigore and Nadejda felt the Lord imprint Matthew 25:35-36 on their hearts and become the calling of their lives: (more…)

Be Home for Christmas with the Help of Keystone Custom Homes

26 November 2014

766 Countryside RoadAs the song goes, “the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful!” That’s why Keystone Custom Homes wants to help you come home to a warm Christmas with our quick move-in showcase homes.

Chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire in the lovely Ethan Manor at Logan’s Reserve located just 10 miles from the Maryland line at Seven Valleys, Pa. Priced at $329,912, the four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has a large gourmet kitchen and family room with a beautiful fireplace that will be perfect for hanging stockings.

Come to Dauphin, PA, and experience why families love this community with great colleges, universities, private and public schools. Located in Apple Creek Farms, the Ethan Vintage will be your perfect Christmas present. The four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath Harrisburg home is available for just $349,912 with stunning nine foot ceilings and a spacious floor plan that is perfect for decorating your Christmas tree. (more…)

Pathways out of Poverty Exhibit

24 June 2014

Pathways out of PovertyWe spend so much time helping and reaching out to the needy, but can we ever fully understand what they are going through? By making a visit to the Pathways out of Poverty exhibit, you can begin to understand a little bit better. Pathways out of Poverty is an outreach of HOPE International located in Lancaster, PA. The exhibit was inspired by Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, and asks visitors to consider, “Who is my neighbor?”

Guests of the exhibit will be taken on a thirty minute multi-sensory journey across the world. Gripping audio and visuals work to paint pictures of eight neighbors’ lives in struggling countries. You will be transported to a different world – one where others face challenges like finding clean water and obtaining sufficient healthcare on a daily basis. At the end of the exhibit, you will have witnessed firsthand the perseverance and innovation these people have used in fighting their way out of poverty. (more…)

Rise Up Against Poverty with HOPE Rising

20 June 2014

HOPE Rising“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10

At HOPE International, we encourage you to spend yourself on bettering the lives of our clients. Through HOPE’s advocacy program, HOPE Rising, you will be invited to spend your time, talents and passions on behalf of those less fortunate. Through networking, planning or fundraising, volunteers will work to raise money and awareness for HOPE’s mission – “To invest in the dreams of the poor as we proclaim and live in the Gospel in the world’s underserved communities.” (more…)

Homes for Hope are Hot on the Market

18 June 2014

Providence Homes for HopeCongratulations to Jacksonville builder, Providence Homes, on selling their latest Homes for Hope home after only one week of listing! The Florida home builder has prided themselves on being “Jacksonville’s Hometown Builder” since it began business in1992. Since then, Providence Homes has built four Homes for Hope homes in Jacksonville and has risen over $300,000 for HOPE International.

Providence Homes blew us away with their 2014 home. Featuring their new Juniper plan, the home includes 2,287 square feet, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car garage. The home also includes ceramic tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and is Energy Star Certified. Priced on the market at $275,525, it is no surprise that this Ponte Verde home went so quickly! (more…)

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