New Hope Christian Ministries, Inc.
New Hope Christian Ministries,
Inc., was founded by Stephen Dal Pian in November, 1979, as a Christian,
non-profit organization through which he could do the outreach ministries
he felt called of God to do. His interest in helping "the least
of these" was broad, so the charter was worded so as to accommodate many
areas of ministry. In the years since its founding, New Hope Christian
Ministries, Inc. has served the community in a wide variety of areas.
In its early days, New Hope
Christian Ministries, Inc. sponsored a series of movies and concerts for
the public. These were intentionally held in a community hall, rather
than a church, in an attempt to draw in the unchurched and people of all
faiths as well. The goal was to have people come to a non-threatening
place where they could see Christian films and hear concerts by some of the
best Christian vocalists in Florida at the time. The message of Jesus
Christ as Lord was always predominant in these programs.
In the early 1980's, New
Hope Christian Ministries, Inc., concentrated its efforts on the establishment
of a Christ-centered summer camp and after-school program for elementary
age children. Called Camp Glory, this program featured daily Bible
teaching with the aim of not only teaching the children about Jesus, but
also reaching their families. With Camp Glory's success, help was also
given to establish similar programs in other local churches. Camp
Glory continues successfully to this day.
In subsequent years,
Steve and his wife worked on the staff of Community Christian School in
Port Charlotte, he as P.E. instructor, and she as a fourth grade teacher.
During his time as P.E. teacher, the Charlotte Correctional facility was
built. This was a state prison with 1200 inmates and no chapel.
In 1991, Steve was appointed executive director of the Chapel Fund, a group
of concerned Christians trying to raise the money necessary to construct
a chapel at the prison. Because of their success and God's grace, the
chapel is now open and being used of God to reach inmates. Through
the 1990's, New Hope has worked to distribute materials to men and women
incarcerated in our nation's prisons and jails.
(Click here to see more about Prison Ministry)
As part of his
continued efforts to spread the gospel of Christ, Steve serves on the board
of Bread Ministries, Inc., an organization that publishes a Christian magazine
called Bread for God's Children, which is distributed throughout the world
and in several prisons and jails.
(Click here to read more about Bread for God's Children)
In 1999, the
efforts of the ministry broadened to include seeking to provide reliable
transportation for those in need.
(Click here to read more
about New Hope Auto)
As 2001 has arrived,
New Hope Christian Ministries, Inc. has found itself instrumental in bringing
a Christian center for teenaged girls to the Arcadia area. Long a
goal of the founder of New Hope, the program will bring hope to troubled
youth who need help overcoming self-destructive and addictive life choices.
Teen Challenge of Florida, Inc., will operate the facility on land donated
by Bread Ministries, Inc.
(Click here to read more
about Teen Challenge of Florida)