Growing up I had the privilege of going to a Christian Camp every summer. My favorite time was the Missionary Walk. We would all follow a real missionary, who was home on furlough, for about a mile hike and then sit down on the ground and listen to real stories about what happened to the missionaries in the country where they worked. My favorite missionaries were from Africa. They were great storytellers, and I would picture myself right there with them as they told us about the people, the animals, and the challenges that they faced. I would feel the heat of the summers with no rain, and then feel the hunger of the children who had barely enough food for one meal a day. I would live in the one room hut along with several others, and then sleep with them on a mat placed on the ground. I would get up in the morning and put on the same clothes and then struggle through another day. These children didn’t even have a school. (I did enjoy dreaming about no school!) Walking back to the camp and sitting down at a table filled with food, drink, and loads of dessert made me realize how blessed I was to live in America and have so much! I wanted to help, but didn’t know how.
Little did I realize at that time that the Lord was preparing me to be able to help. I enjoyed 54 years of evangelism and pastoral ministry and resigned after 25 years at my last church. That was the church where God called a precious lady (one of the busiest ladies I have ever met), to begin a ministry to the people in Zambia, Africa. She asked me to be the Field Representative for the ministry and share the story, especially to churches. It all began 4 years ago, in 2017, and WOW, how the Lord has blessed!! This ministry is called Hands of Hope. As I look back I see God was preparing me by developing my understanding of missions, and letting me speak in hundreds of churches that I am now calling on to help us in Africa.
Field Representative, Hands of Hope
Please go to our website: HandsofHopeus.com, and see what God has done in a few short years! Thank you!
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CORONAVIRUS has caused the shutdown of all schools in Zambia, and until the order is lifted our school will remain closed. We are still feeding the students, paying the rent and utility bills for the school building, and paying the teachers their salary. So that is where your support money is going. We are still providing for your child, and will hopefully see them in school again soon.
IMPORTANT!!! We are happy to be a 501-C3 organization, which means your financial support is tax-deductible, and all money you donate goes directly to Hands of Hope to provide for the students, the school, and other ministry needs there in Zambia. Any person in the United States working in our organization has to provide/raise his or her own support. All people going to Zambia to work pay all of their own expenses for travel, food, lodging, and etc. So please know that every dollar you give goes to the ministry in Zambia.
MISSIONARY VOLUNTEER We are praying for and seeking a person to go to Zambia as an administrator for at least a year. God is blessing and things are growing so fast, we will soon need an overseer there full-time. Maybe God is leading you to do a ministry like this. If so, contact Eddie West at 803-634-4231 for further information on this exciting opportunity.
PRAYER AND PRAISE
Our many supporters
The property has been bought and we are praying that the government will soon issue all of the permits to begin building the church, school, and other buildings. We especially need the permit for the power.
Approximately $100,000 is in the bank ready to begin building.
YOU CAN HELP by praying for Hands of Hope Ministry, and by encouraging your friends to support a child.
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 ESV
UPDATE FROM CHARLES MENDULU PRINCIPAL OF SCHOOL
“I want to update you on the ongoing activities at the school. Even in the midst of this pandemic, children and parents have expressed their hearts in appreciation the great and marvelous work you’re rendering in their daily lives by supporting their education and physical needs.
This week I had time to interact with learners at school reminding them on how they should protect themselves against this Covid 19 by regularly washing their hands, keeping social distance, and avoiding unnecessary movements from their respective areas. And also assuring them that we’re always committed in their day to day routines as they aim high to achieve their goals. The following are pictures of the children washing hands and lining up to get their fever checked.”