100 Christmas Dollies: Churches

Every holiday season, Surprised by Hope launches its 100 Christmas Dollies campaign and the most commonly remembered message is that children receive dollies for Christmas. But the program is so much more than that.

Those dollies are indeed a lovely gift but, even more so, the money raised from dolly sponsorship is gifted to a church who has applied what they’ve learned from our business teachings toward building their church. The funds are used to advance their building progress—not to build a church for them—but to advance what they’ve already started for themselves.

In 2013 Mountain of Glory Church received iron bars for the windows of their church.


In 2014 Grace Abundance Church received a partial payment on the land they purchased for their church.


In 2015 Victory Christian Center received walls to sit on the foundation they’d built.


In 2016 PEMA Church received a roof to set atop the walls they’ve constructed.



In 2017, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hadu, Kenya received a roof to set atop the expanded portion of their church.



In 2018, Sanctuary of Praise Church in Watamu received the foundation for a Sunday school classroom.



You are leaving little bits of love and legacy around East Africa by sharing your resources not with people who are waiting and expecting, but with people who are actively working hard to build their own church and who are completely surprised by hope!


What should you do?

What will Surprised by Hope do?
  • Provide a Christmas meal for church families.
  • Share a child-sized story of the Nativity.
  • Match one dolly per child from that church up to the number sponsored.
  • Send you a picture of the child with your sponsored dolly.
  • Provide materials to the church for their construction project.
  • Post follow up stories as construction proceeds.