Dr. Sam and shelley thomas / hopegivers

Dr. Sam was born in India and has been involved with Hopegivers his entire life since his father, Dr. M. A. Thomas, started it in 1960. He oversees the following:
Emmanuel Believers Churches
Emmanuel Hope Homes for 6000 orphans
190 Emmanuel Schools, 45 Bible Colleges, 1 Seminary
Ministers with those with leprosy, outcast widows and the blind

Shelley works in the Georgia office as a liaison with the office in India and edits promotional and web page material. 

Hope Homes

Our orphanages – we call them Hope Homes – are where children rescued from abuse, sex trafficking, abandonment, the slums, leper colonies, or life on the streets where drugs and alcohol draw the naive and scared, are brought to and given a chance for a real life. They receive physical, emotional, medical, and educational help. Most importantly, they are introduced to their heavenly Father who will never leave or forsake them! Considered as “untouchable” by the high caste in India, we teach them that they are precious in God’s eyes. They are not a mistake!


In India, widows are considered to be a huge burden. Unless they are capable of earning some money, they are kicked out of the family home upon the death of their husbands. When a woman marries in India, she moves in with her new husband and his family. Once the son dies, the in-laws frequently do not want the responsibility of a woman and her children. If a widow is fairly young and still capable of working, the in-laws may allow her to remain in the home. Because she is frequently blamed for her husband’s death (superstition), she is often mistreated. But without a husband to care for her and her children, they are condemned to live on the streets and beg if they do not remain in the family home.


With your gift of only $50, we can ensure that the orphans and children in our schools can receive a blessed celebration of the birth of Jesus!

While the children we serve come from a different background and different circumstances, they are just like your children in that they look forward to the Christmas celebration and the sharing of the Hope Chests. They have certainly had their share of struggles and sadness, and it’s a joy to share the love of Jesus with them and see their smiling faces.


personal information

Dr. Samuel Thomas, President and CEO

B.A. degree Liberty University

Doctorate of Divinity Antioch Seminary

Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Liberty University

Shelley Thomas

B.A degree from Liberty University

Email ministry through slthomas@hopegivers.org

Hopegivers International

P.O. Box 8808

Columbus GA  31908


  Sam  7-1-67

  Shelley  6-19-67

  Steven  11-24-93

  Tim  2-2-97

Anniversary for Sam & Shelley:  6-20


I stand with the Apostle Paul in stating that “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my hands to serve all mankind.

I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my feet to spread the Gospel to all the ends of the earth no matter what the cost.

I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my lips by proclaiming the Good News to all who hear and by edifying the body of Christ.

I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my mind as I meditate upon His Word and His promises to me.

I give my earthly treasures and all that I possess to follow the way of the cross.

I commit to love my family, orphans, widows, lepers, the wealthy and the poor the way that Christ loved the Church.

I surrender my will and life to His will and life.

I commit to the service of the Lord by being a good steward of my time.

I surrender this body on earth to the perfect will of Jesus and should my blood be spilled may it bring forth a mighty harvest of souls.

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb. I will seek to honor His command. I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.

Lord Jesus, Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I love my nation and my fellow citizens and I claim my nation for Christ.

I have read this pledge and understood it completely. Being of sound mind and body, I do solemnly declare this martyr’s pledge without any persuasion of enticement.