Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Joyce Meyer World Mission Logs

World Missions Log

New Feeding in El Salvador



















    Shelly Meyerâ€"Hand of Hope International Relations Officer

    “My husband died in an accident nine years ago,” says Candelaria â€" Veronica and Yordi’s mother, as she stands in front of her home in El Salvador â€" a mud-brick shack she built on her own. “I didn’t have help anymore after he died, but I started cleaning houses and collecting plastic bottles so I could buy food and things for the children.” Despite Candelaria’s best efforts, food is regularly in short supply in her home. At school, the siblings receive an education and also a meal from Convoy of Hope and Joyce Meyer Ministries each school day. Since enrolling in the school in 2009, Veronica has gained 10 pounds.

    Veronica and her brother Yordi are just two of the nearly 7,534 children being fed in El Salvador through our partnership with Convoy of Hope. It is the support of friends and partners that feeds these children and allows them to, in words of their mother, “…reach for the things in life that I cannot reach.”


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Miracle Village Update - Haiti
















    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope





    Miracle Village is one of the many miracles God is working through our friends and partners in Haiti. After the massive earthquake in January 2010, hundreds of victims found shelter in tent cities located near Love A Child facilities. In addition to providing medical care, equipment and food to many of those affected by the devastating earthquake, Hand of Hope also sponsored the first 50 homes at Miracle Village. After seeing the quality of the homes, Hand of Hope committed to sponsor 50 more homes.

    Thanks to the support of our partners and friends, 100 families now have a brand new lasting home. The families are settled into their homes and have local wells that provide clean water. To keep the work and the people safe, a security wall is being built around the entire 62 acres of Miracle Village. We are honored to be a part of the lasting work God is doing in Haiti!


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Helping the people of North Korea



















    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope






    Just last week I was able to go to North Korea and see the fruit of some of our projects. North Korea may very well be one of the most closed countries in the world so it was a great honor to go. I am not able to give you a lot of details for safety reasons as you would understand. As a matter of fact, that is why there is no photo with this update as everything is checked and regulated. What I can say is that Joyce Meyer Ministries/Hand of Hope is feeding people and we are providing some of Joyce's teaching in the Korean language. The people there are very precious and it was so great to be with them. Please continue to pray for them.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Helping in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene














    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    Please join us in praying for those along the East Coast affected by Hurricane Irene this past weekend, specifically for the quick restoration of electricity, for all flood waters to recede quickly, healing for those injured by the storm and for clean-up efforts to go smoothly and safely. Hand of Hope is partnering with Convoy of Hope and Service International who have already deployed teams to areas affected by Hurricane Irene to offer hope and help with clean-up efforts.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Providing Solutions in Zimbabwe

























    Brad Senekal â€" Outreach Director, Joyce Meyer Ministries South Africa Office


    Children in Zimbabwe born with Club Foot are receiving hope for a better future. Club Foot is 3 times more prevalent in the children of Zimbabwe than elsewhere in the world. The local healthcare system has struggled to provide proper corrective treatment. Without treatment, children are typically condemned to a life of crawling on the ground, becoming further entrenched in poverty, and often face the painful stigma of their family being believed to be "cursed" and being shunned by society.

    But now there is HOPE! Through our partners, Maoko Ane Tsitsi and the national rehabilitation program being established, Hand of Hope has been able to purchase 138 corrective braces to help completely restore the feet of over 415 kids! Throughout the months of rehabilitation, their families are being counseled and told about Jesus, while seeing Him heal their children. With God, we are LITERALLY changing these beautiful kids lives forever, and their families too. We are so grateful to our partners for making this possible in Zimbabwe!


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Helping Blind Orphans in Belarus














    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope





    Hand of Hope has been working in the region of Belarus and surrounding areas for the past 15 years. Recently we became aware of a great need for a new water pump at the Response of the Heart orphanage for blind children in Belarus. This pump had broken and was no longer able to provide water for the 112 children at the orphanage. Without it, basic needs for water could not be meet â€" no bathroom facilities, showers, laundry, drinking water or way to prepare food were available. The director of the orphanage tried to raise funds to replace the broken pump through local support but was unable to obtain the funds needed.

    Hand of Hope was able to partner with New Thing, Inc. to help provide a new pump. Water is flowing once again for the children thanks to the generous support of our partners! Together we are better!


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Feeding the Children of Jaigaon














    Adam Anderson â€" Joyce Meyer Ministries, India

    In Jaigaon, West Bengal on the Bhutan Border, Joyce Meyer Ministries/Hand of Hope runs a feeding program for the extremely needy children of this region. These children come from a poverty-stricken slum area near the feeding center where many of the children’s parents are known as “ragpickers”. They rummage through garbage dumps for things to sell and for food to eat. Many of the children who attend this program are forced to assist their parents in this practice and they are not able to attend school.

    At the Jaigaon feeding program these children are not only fed, but they are educated and taught about the love of Christ. For almost all of these children, this will be the only education they will ever receive. They are taught to read and write both Hindi and English, and are also taught basic arithmetic. This program has been an invaluable blessing to these children. Without it, they would have little to no chance at ever improving their difficult circumstances. But with it, there is no telling what God will do with their lives.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Restoration in Uganda


















    Ashley Wilkins - Hand of Hope Medical Missions Coordinator


    We have just returned from a one week medical/dental outreach and I know it is one I will never forget! We traveled to a small village in Northern Uganda called Gulu. This small part of Africa was not long ago ravaged by the terrors of an internal war. Many small children were forced to become child soldiers and to do horrific things to those they loved most. Traveling to this area to hold a medical/dental outreach was an honor for us and an unheard of act of kindness to them.

    Over 4,000 people were treated for all types of ailments including HIV, malaria, parasites, dehydration, skin infections, dental needs, and many, many more. One person we helped treat was 15 year old Jacqueline. When Jacqueline arrived by herself at our ministry tent on Wednesday morning, she cried out with a deep desperation and terror in her eyes, begging for help: "Please, nobody wants to help me, they say I am crazy, please, please help me!" We carried her to a separated room to talk privately and there learned she was forced to watch her parents die during the war, has been sexually abused and now has seizures several times a day causing her Aunt to believe she is sick and will bring curses to them. Her family has cast her out and does not take care of her, so she wanders the streets trying to survive. We prayed with Jacqueline and at our medical clinic she received Christ and healing from her seizures! She was dirty so we cleansed her, her clothes were tattered so we clothed her, she was hungry so we fed her, she needed a good home so we found one for her. Before we left Jacqueline said in her language and with a huge smile on her face, "A poio Mateck," Thank you very much, thank you very much!

    None of this would be possible without Christ first compelling us to go, and that is why Hand of Hope travels the world searching for a need to meet and a stomach to fill. Getting to serve in the field is always a tremendous privilege. I cannot thank our wonderful friends and partners enough for participating in what God is doing and helping to enable us to go to the uttermost parts of the earth to find children like Jacqueline.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Severe Drought Threatens Millions






















    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope





    Extreme drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have resulted in an estimated 10 million people facing a severe food crisis. The malnutrition rate among children in some areas is heartbreaking. A number of areas in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda are experiencing the worst drought conditions in over 60 years. Although people in these regions are used to conflict as a way of life, this extreme drought has brought them to a breaking point.

    Immediate and massive action is needed. Hand of Hope is working quickly to provide much needed life-saving food supplies â€" already providing over 500,000 meals in partnership with Feed My Starving Children. A water well is also being drilled near the Kenya / Somalia border in Partnership with New Life Home Trust to provide much needed water. We also just recently completed 10 wells inside Somalia and are in process on more.

    Please join us in prayer for the precious people of the Horn of Africa as we continue to work toward providing solutions to this crisis.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Blessings Abound at St. Louis Dream Center













    Jami Allensworth, Senior Associate Pastor-Outreach,
    St. Louis Dream Center


    The St. Louis Dream Center (SLDC) was blessed this week by a visit from representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, including Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. During their time here, they witnessed firsthand how the SLDC Summer Feeding Program, provided in partnership with the USDA, is benefiting many inner-city children in need of nutritious meals. This program is just one of several outreaches the SLDC and USDA partner together to offer people in the St. Louis area throughout the year.

    The SLDC is an inner-city church and outreach center in North St. Louis, fully funded by Joyce Meyer Ministries. Each year, the SLDC receives funding from the USDA for its Summer Feeding Program, as well as food for their Food Pantry, meals for the after-school feeding program, and assistance for the Soup Kitchen through the Emergency Food Assistance and Soup Kitchen-Food Bank Program.

    We are truly thankful for the amazing partnership with have with the USDA and how much they have helped to bless the 21st ward of St. Louis and surrounding communities. Together we are better!


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Remembering Those in Prison in Vanuatu














    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    Today was an awesome day here in Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a series of 80 small islands in the South Pacific. Joyce Meyer Ministries' Pacific Rim Directors, Tom and Wendy McKaskill and I visited 2 prisons today and handed out hygiene gift bags to the inmates. The inmates were very appreciative as very few people ever come here. In addition, we met with the head of all the pre-schools in Vanuatu. There are 11,000 children ages 4-6 and the director told us they do not even have pencils, paper or crayons for the kids. We plan to work on that! We also met with radio and TV people here. Joyce's Enjoying Everyday Life program can already be seen on a local TBN station here thanks to you, our friends and partners.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Help and Health for London’s Homeless














    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    Hand of Hope has partnered with Hillsong Church London on a new project called 'Green Light'. The goal of this project is to provide health and wellbeing support to homeless people in London. The Green Light medical van hit the streets of London in early June and right away began ministering to the homeless by offering them much needed medical assistance.

    The medical van currently goes out on Thursday nights, but will soon increase to making visits at least twice a week. Thus far, the program has been very successful, but it will take a little time to build relationships with the homeless before they will trust medical assistance being offered. As always, the main focus is to share the Gospel, to reach the lost and to introduce them to the real Healer.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Madagascar

























    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    Madagascar needs our help!


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Will You Help Us?

    Well of Life

    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    There are one billion people in the world today who have no access to clean drinking water. Many people drink and cook everyday with water that is contaminated and as a result makes them very sick. You could help us make a tremendous difference in these people's lives. For $6,000, we can dig a clean water well and build a church where the Word of God can be shared in an entire community. Please visit our website today for more information or to make a donation to support this amazing mission.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Impact in Zimbabwe














    Cassie Putnam â€" Hand of Hope


    Before I left for the Zimbabwe Medical and Dental Outreach I prayed, “Jesus, I can’t wait to see you out there”, and indeed I did see Him. I saw God’s love pouring through the hands of the doctors, nurses, prayer team, and the many volunteers it took to bring healing to the people of Zimbabwe. We treated 2,427 patients, dispensed 9,281 prescriptions, pulled 442 teeth, saw 1,297 salvations, and much more.

    Many people had never seen a doctor in their lifetime, and many walked for miles through mountainous terrain to reach our clinic. The people were sick and wounded, and I will never forget the look of distress and desperation as they formed the lines outside the gates. But after they were treated by our team of doctors and nurses, the look of desperation on their face turned to a look of hope and joy and smiles.

    In any given moment, multiple people were being touched by the Lord through the hands of this medical and dental team. I wish the partners could see what was happening through my eyes, and I wish they could see what a significant impact their prayers and financial donations had on the people of Zimbabwe. When the people of Zimbabwe thanked us for helping them, they were also thanking the many partners who support Joyce Meyer Ministries and Hand of Hope.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Reaching Europe with the Love of Christ














    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    Joyce was recently in Poland, Germany, Albania and Bulgaria sharing a message of prayer, hope and encouragement. In addition to distributing books in each country’s official language, Joyce shared a message of hope saying, “At one time Europe was alive with the Word of God. Then it was dark for many years, but one by one, the lights are starting to turn back on!”

    The response to the meetings in each country was tremendous. Auditoriums were filled to capacity and crowds filled overflow rooms to view a live media stream of the conference as well. Many of the people in attendance at these meeting were not Christians and as a result we witnessed many give their hearts to the Lord.

    We’re honored to be part of reaching out to those in Europe, sharing the Word of God through books, TV and radio and can’t wait to see how God continues to spread His light throughout these countries.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Poland and Germany were Amazing!















    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    Our first ever visit to Poland saw great results for the kingdom. The venue was packed with people and several hundred in the overflow. Hillsong Kiev led the people in worship in 3 separate languages and it was highly anointed. After 2 services of powerful preaching over 1/2 the crowd stood up to receive salvation. What a night!

    The next day in Germany we saw thousands of people sit outside on the ground and watch a video screen as the auditorium was packed. The hunger for God's word was amazing. Every time we visit Germany it seems like the people are more on fire for the things of God.

    Thanks to all those who have been praying and please do not stop as we still have 2 more countries to go. Albania and Bulgaria here we come!


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Upcoming Meetings in Europe









    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    Joyce will be traveling to Europe June 11 â€" 18 to share a special word with the people of Poland, Germany, Albania and Bulgaria. Please join us in prayer for safe travel on this trip for everyone involved, for anointed worship and teachings and for God to touch the heart of every person who will attend these meetings to receive from Him. Please visit joycemeyer.org/Europe2011 for more information.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Visiting Australian Prisoners













    Outside the gates of Alice Springs Main Prison with a vehicle packed full of prisoner gift bags.


    Tom McKaskill - Director - Joyce Meyer Ministries Australia

    We recently distributed hygiene gift bags in the prisons of the Northern Territory, Australia. This completes the third state in Australia and contacts are being made with the remaining four states for future outreaches. In all we were able to visit six prisons in Darwin and Alice Springs distributing over 1,300 gift bags to inmates. I preached to and prayed with the inmates and we had nine confirmed salvation's and immeasurable success.

    It was a fantastic outreach, bringing hope to the hopeless, a light to the dark, and establishing relationships. One of the Chaplains told us “I have never seen or experienced cooperation from officers like we had that day. The material was very relevant and there have been some very positive comments from some of the guys.” Another Chaplain wrote to tell us “many of the men and women have asked me to say THANK YOU from them. They really appreciated the gift and they spoke to me the last couple of days so thank you for the time.” I give praise to God, for the opportunity to be able to be involved in such a fantastic work and look forward to the next adventure to reclaim lives!
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    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Humbled in Ethiopia


















    Kim Schmied â€" Hand of Hope


    As an employee of Joyce Meyer Ministries, I am well acquainted with the work we are doing around the world. It has touched my heart for a number of years, but nothing compares to experiencing it firsthand. This month, I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and participate in our Hand of Hope medical outreach. No amount of pictures, magazine articles or broadcasts could’ve prepared my heart for what I would encounter.

    I saw extreme poverty and malnourished babies literally weeks from death. I saw people of all ages suffering from physical and emotional pain that I cannot comprehend. I saw young girls stricken with fear as they live trapped in the sex trade industry. I saw devastation at a level I have never experienced before. But more importantly I saw solutions.

    I saw physical pain relieved. I saw bellies filled. I saw girls rescued from human trafficking and a momma being reunited with her baby. I saw our medical volunteers treat 2,110 patients, prescribe 7,625 prescriptions and lead 433 people to the Lord! I watched as love surpassed cultural barriers to mend broken hearts, ease heavy burdens and restore hope to those who feared it was lost forever.

    I am humbled to be a part of what God is doing in Ethiopia and to be a part of a ministry that is making an eternal impact in that nation and many others around the world.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Feeding Iraqi Refugees
















    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    Noury was living in Mosul, Iraq when the school his children attended was bombed. The explosion injured his children's hands and heads, but they survived. The children had already been persecuted at the school for being Christians. The danger that was already a large part of their daily lives was growing. Life became unbearable for Noury; he had to leave his job and was forced to sell his car in order to pay for the passports and tickets he and his family needed to move to Lebanon.


    In Lebanon, Noury found that life wasn’t any easier. He had to spend all he had for rent, sacrificing one of the most essential needs, food. His five children, too young to work, left him as the sole provider. The monthly food distribution his family receives through Heart for Lebanon, a ministry partner of Joyce Meyer Ministries, he says, is a gift from God. This is just one of the many ways Heart for Lebanon is making a difference in the life of refugees. Thank you for your support that helps feeds those who suffer because of the Gospel.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Supporting Skills Training in Djibouti
















    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    One of our Hand of Hope Directors, Gary Preston, and I recently visited this skills training site in Djibouti. This center is supported by Hand of Hope and teaches the trade of sewing so women will have a chance to move out of the refugee camp where most have lived for many years.


    As a result of many conflicts and the Somali war, the UN has set up this camp in Djibouti. This part of the world is a very poor and incredibly warm area. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees in summer, although it was a cool 100 degrees while we were there. As you walk throughout the camp the hope we all take for granted is not very evident, but projects such as this one take steps towards restoring that hope. Thanks for helping us help these precious people.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Providing Tornado Relief in the U.S.

















    Joyce Meyer

    Recently, natural disaster struck in my own hometown, and the devastation broke my heart. When this happens, you tend to take it personally…like your own family is hurting. Through Hand of Hope and your financial support, we are always poised to help in disasters anywhere in the world God allows. So when tornadoes struck in the Southeastern US and the St. Louis areaâ€"my backyardâ€"I was so grateful we were able to act and reach out with a comforting hand in Christ's name to help rebuild and restore those affected. Because when your loved ones are hurting, you want to help in any way you can. Reaching the world begins at home.

    So as we team up with churches and other organizations in these areas, I hope you will join with us in prayer for our "family's" needs to be met and for our teams to get the supplies and support to help rebuild their communities.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Providing Clean Water in Somalia














    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    As night falls you can tangibly feel the fear sweep across this city. Somalia, a country at war with itself for over a decade, shows the effects everywhere. The poverty and desperation are obvious. Due to the danger we were escorted everywhere we went by 2 armed vehicles, 9 guards in total. We were never allowed to remain in any one place longer than 15 minutes. We are in one of the port cities where much of the pirate activity generates from. Hand of Hope has teamed up to dig 10 wells across this barren land. It seems like so little…Please pray for Somalia.



    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

Caring for the People of Egypt














    David L. Meyer â€" CEO Hand of Hope




    The recent unrest in Egypt has led to many challenges and needs for the people living in this region. Businesses have closed and people have lost their jobs. The price of food, clothing and shelter has increased significantly, presenting an even greater hardship. In some areas, garbage is strewn along the side of the road creating yet another burden in the community.

    Hand of Hope continues to reach out to some of the poorest of the poor in areas of Egypt to provide medical care and food. Families who may otherwise go without, are able to receive basic medical treatment at no cost through our Hand of Hope medical clinic and a free meal through our Hand of Hope feeding program. Thank you to our partners for helping make a difference in the lives of these people during this time of great transition in Egypt.


    Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

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