USA (MNN) — HCJB Global has announced 10 winners in its "Voice and Hands of Jesus" contest. The winners are from various parts of the U.S., but their trips span the globe. More than 800 people voted online, narrowing down the contestants.
"We are very, very happy," said Jon Hirst with HCJB. "Not only are we happy with the results of the winners, but also the quality of the project. We've got people going to places like Haiti or Bulgaria, or in the United States working in Tucson, Minnesota, or California.
Each winner was rewarded with $200 to help with trip costs, as well as a Flip video camera to record their experience. When they return from their trip, their video will be used in a 2-3 minute compilation video and posted online along with a "before and after" story.
For everyone who sees them, "we hope that the videos will show in a very live, present, and real way that every Christian's voice and hands can be used by God in a powerful, powerful way to impact His Kingdom — not only in their households, not only in their communities, but in every corner of the Earth," said Hirst. It is a way for people to see exactly what it means to be the "voice and hands of Jesus."
Each trip is unique, and the winners range from age 20 to 67. One of the contestants, Vonn
Dornbush, age 50, will be traveling to Pelican Rapids, Minnesota from his hometown in Shoreview, Minnesota. The team he is leading will visit seniors in their homes, help Latin migrant workers fix up their houses, run a vacation Bible study, and send prayer teams to nursing homes and Latino families. Another winner, Kristin Vanderwell, will spend six weeks in Haiti working mostly with children infected with HIV/AIDS.