History of IMPACT WITH HOPE
“…if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2:14-17, are the scriptures that spoke to Aaron and Jean Delph to establish Impact With God Crusades, Inc. (IMPACT) in 1958. Their lives were dedicated to helping families in crisis through evangelism, crusades, counseling and community outreach regardless of religion, race or ethnic background. In 1981, Linda A. Greene (daughter of Aaron and Jean Delph) became the President of Impact with God Crusades, Inc.
International Services of Hope (ISOH) submitted their Articles of Incorporation in 1982 with Fred Dieter, as one of the original trustees. Fred Dieter was a member of the Waterville, OH Rotary Club and a founding member of the Rotary’s MESA program. ISOH was created as an international organization dedicated to reaching families living in poverty throughout Haiti and Guatemala with shipments of food and clothing. As such, ISOH prepared MESA’s earliest shipments abroad. Due to their outstanding reputation in the field of missions, Linda and her husband Stan were asked and subsequently accepted the position of administrators for International Services of Hope.
In 1998, International Services of Hope, Inc. was combines with the ministry of Impact With God Crusades, Inc., thus creating ISOH/IMPACT, designed to be the focal point of a new and broader framework for community organization and child advocacy. Since then, ISOH/IMPACT has been engaged in community education, advocacy, resource development, and community organizing, striving to improve the lives of children both here at home and across the globe.
The Children’s LightHouse (a ministry of ISOH/IMPACT) was opened October 1, 2000 in Perrysburg, Ohio. This facility was generously donated by a local foundation to assist children and/or their families who are at risk or in a crisis situation.
In 2016, ISOH/IMPACT formally changed their name to IMPACT WITH HOPE.
Mark “Stan” Greene
1949 – 2007
“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 24:31-46
This passage of scriptures created a passion in Stan’s heart that caused him to devote himself to helping the most vulnerable in their time of crisis.
It was through the selfless love of Aaron and Jean Delph that Stan Greene realized God’s plan for his life. When he married their daughter, Linda, in 1972, they worked tirelessly together to establish a vision for ISOH/IMPACT. Although Stan passed away in 2007, this vision continues today under Linda’s ongoing direction and leadership.
As co-founder of ISOH/IMPACT, from 1949-2007, Stan was committed to collaborating and creating networks that impacted lives. In his twenty-five years with the organization, Stan facilitated the shipment and distribution of more than 500 containers of relief aid throughout 130 nations and arranged flights for children coming to the United States for life-saving medical treatment. He also provided logistics for medical and non-medical mission teams, served as Missions Director at Cathedral of Praise, served in MESA Rotary and was a member of the Rotary in Waterville, Ohio. In 1996, Stan assisted in coordinating air transport to the United States for children affected by contaminated cough syrup and airlifted medical supplies to the University Hospital in Haiti. After that he served as a team leader for the Toledo/Honduran Relief Mission and assisted his wife, Linda in sending shipments of relief aid as well as medical and work teams to the areas hardest hit by the Tsunami in Indonesia and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“I can genuinely say that when you serve people at the level of their need, you create a chain of impact that will outlive you.” Linda Greene