Religion, Spiritual Development


Channels of Hope

aka PIPES International

Hazelwood, MO


To equip and mobilize local leaders, churches, and organizations to carry out holistic transformation in their communities.

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904 Altavia Dr

Hazelwood, MO 63042 USA


Spiritual, economic development, education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Economic Development (S30)

Vocational Technical (B30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

PIPES International has identified a great need among the indigenous peoples, commonly known as pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other Africa countries. This minority people group has been subjected to inhumane treatment and neglected by their governments for far too long. They lack basic needs like clean water, education for the children, and habitable homes. PIPES International identified these communities and have strived to help them stabilize economically by training and equipping them to pursue economic and social growth. We recognize that all humans have been made equal and should be given the same rights across the world. The Pygmy tribes live in the forest because they have nowhere else to live, and little to nothing with which to call their own. They are commonly exploited as slaves and regularly abused physically, sexually, and emotionally. They are not recognized as citizens by their governments. They do not have the means to better themselves.

Our programs

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Missions, Economic Development and Education

Where we work

Charting Impact

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PIPES International's primary mission is to partner with indigenous people groups to make disciples of Jesus Christ and end abject poverty. We want to see communities that are thriving spiritually and economically. We want to see an end to slavery, rape, starvation, hunger, and all forms of inhumane treatment among these people groups. We want to see every school-age child attending and receiving a quality education. Education will not only transform a children's lives but also transform the communities. We want to see a healthy community, fewer deaths due to malaria and water-borne diseases, better hygiene, and sanitation. As PIPES walks alongside the Pygmy people in a long-term relationship, we would like to see these people given the fundamental human rights they deserve and be recognized by their governments as citizens of their countries, with all the rights and privileges that should follow. The greatest gift we have is hope and opportunity. PIPES has introduced Jesus Christ to the community, which has embraced the good news. There is no greater hope than the promise of eternity. We continue to disciple many Christians who are growing in faith.

PIPES utilizes a three-fold strategy that takes care of spiritual development, economic progress, and educational needs. Each of the strategies is explained further in the progress report. a). Mission and Discipleship (Spiritual growth) • Organize grassroots missions' movements by inspiring local leaders as agents of change. • Development and utilization of a one-year discipleship workbook. • Short and long term missions. b). Family Transformation (Economic, health, sanitation) • Rabbit and crop farming • Sewing business • Table banking (Savings) and small business • improved healthcare, hygiene, and sanitation c). Education and Mentorship (Focuses on junior, high school, and college education) • Access and completion of primary education • Children growing in their Christian faith

PIPES International has a strong and dedicated leadership team that is result-oriented. We ensure regular staff training and coaching. We cultivate strong regional leadership teams who oversee regions and are mandated to decisions for the greater good of the organization. We also have a team of volunteers that help the staff to achieve our goals. This has increasingly enabled us to achieve our mission effectively. We have invested in technology for proper financial management, communication, and marketing. We ensure continued updates to technology to improve the outcomes. We also leverage on a network of established churches to achieve high impact among the recipients that we serve.

a). Mission and Discipleship (Spiritual development) We want to disciple 100 Christians each year in each of the five countries we are implementing the one-year discipleship program. A total of 2,500 Christians will be trained in five years. This will be measured by tracking weekly Bible study attendance and evaluation test at the end of each year. For the next five years, we will train 20 national leaders, each year in a short intensive training. The training will be held in major cities in each country served. The 20 leaders will be involved in the discipling of the 100 Christians in their countries. Also, we will conduct three days of pastoral and leadership conferences, which will equip 100 church leaders in each of the five countries. We will conduct two international short term mission trips each year. An average of ten participants will be invited for each mission trip. Additionally, we will hold two local missions targeting 20 participants to facilitate more local involvement in missions. b). Family Transformation (Economic, health, sanitation) We want to improve the living standards of 20 families each year in five countries. This will be measured by the number of graduates from our sewing training for women, improved health due to deworming for children, and better nutrition for families resulting from better crop and rabbit farming. c). Education and Mentorship (Focuses on junior, high school, and college education) We want 100 new students to enter grade one each year in Hope School, DR Congo. We want to graduate 60 students in primary school and 40 students in High School each year. We will measure by tracking new students and graduating students. We also expect to see a positive change in behavior that includes; reduced alcohol intake, fewer people smoking, and more people involved in community activities. We would like to see an improvement of 10% on the rate of transition from one grade to another. The current transition late is about 70%, which has improved by about 10% in the last four years.

a). Mission and Discipleship (Spiritual development) Weekly fellowship/Bible studies: The discipleship meetings help individuals to grow in faith. The hope of eternal is a central theme in our organization, and growing close to Christ is vital. Next phase: In the next phase, all weekly bible studies will use a one-year standardized Discipleship Workbook. This will help in monitoring and evaluating of study achievement through standardized testing. Local support: To enhance the growth, PIPES supports nine pastors, missionaries, and a social worker who teach, facilitate meetings, and mentor community members thrive spiritually and economically. Next phase: In the next two years, each of the supported pastors/missionaries/social workers will be required to train one or two people to be competent enough to perform same duties. Training of local leaders: Over the last two year, PIPES International has trained over 500 church leaders in effective leadership in five countries. Next Phase: We will train 50 local leaders in 5 years to impact 5,000 families through the gospel and lift them out of poverty. We will also increase church partnership from 11 to 22 in 5 years. Missions impact: Additionally, in the last eight-year, PIPES has undertaken multiple mission trips to more than 15 countries. Over two hundred participants have been traveled to share the gospel and make disciples of Christ. In total, we have reached over 100,000 people with the good news, and about 9,000 have given their lives to Jesus Christ. b). Family Transforming: In 2019, we launched rabbit farming to enhanced crop farming. Each of the ten families in Ruduha village, Rwanda, received a rabbit hutch and three rabbits. The families use rabbits for meat, and they sell the surplus to meet other family needs. On crop farming, we have provided training on better farming methods as well as seeds to about 50 families in Rwanda, DRC, and Burundi. Due to the provision of quality seeds, families have improved their farming methods and increased production. On health, we have conducted training for local leaders and families on proper hygiene and sanitation. Due to the training, families in Ruduha, Rwanda, have constructed outside bathrooms. We also initiated the sewing business. We have started with 15 ladies who are training in dressmaking and tailoring. The ladies will graduate in a few months and will be provided with tools to start their own business. Last year we launched the Deworming program and facilitated the Deworming of indigenous children in the Goma sector in Rwanda. The worms had caused pain, sickness, and malnourishment among children. Through the process, we have gotten rid of parasites, such as roundworms and tapeworms.

How We Listen

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person).
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

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