Monthly update from Kenya

Dear Hands Giving Hope, greetings.
Its great again to be able to communicate to you as we count it all blessings to be part of what God is doing through you in the current generation. Hands Giving Hope is doing us immensely great to come this far under the leadership of its president Pastor Dennis.

As you may be reading on magazines or watch in the media, drought has really ravaged our county in a very bad way. For instance the trees have really dried up and in places like Katukuri children are almost learning under the sun. Secondly the drought has contributed to hiking of food prices,eg a sack of corn rose from $15 – 22, beans rose from $ 28 to 33 etc ,hence the amount of food reduce at a time it seriously needed.

The water has become another problem since the water table is gone very low. The teacher wakes up early at around 4 am to go and pump water for children food.

The following is the breakdown of amount sent to me in the month of March 2017
* Teacher $100
* Transport $100
* Food $300
* Daniel $250

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Just the looks on their faces make us smile 🙂

It’s cooking time!

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HGH helping underprivileged, low income families

It is a privilege of ours to be used by God in so many different ways.  God, time and again, puts just the right people in our path at just the right time.  Recently we were able to bless many underprivileged low income families with some much needed necessities.

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Some see a baby stroller as a part of life. This lady is all smiles to finally receive one as a gift.

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Blessed to receive bedding and necessities for living

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The kids got some gifts too and they don’t want to let them go 🙂

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The smile on her face says it all….. she’s so grateful!

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This young family just receive a high chair.

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A Gracious Letter from Kenya

HGH received an update letter from our partners in Kenya.  God has truly blessed this community through HGH supporters and they wanted to share their gratitude.  We pray Brother Daniel’s note blesses you as much as it did us.

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It’s with great joy that I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the kindness demonstrated by HGH to the Turkana people of Kenya. This ministry has stood by us in and out of season. How we pray that God may supply to this ministry according to His riches in Christ Jesus and shower His blessings that it may address challenges facing humanity. Though there are challenges, like lack of water and pasture due the current drought, HGH has stood by the children to make sure their future is bright. They paid for the teacher and provide food for the school. As a community we’re humble by the generosity of HGH with their partnership and the blessings God continues to provide through you all.  May God renew His strength daily through all their supporters. – Brother Daniel

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Brother Daniel included a breakdown from their monthly support.  We wanted to share how the funds from our supporters are being spent in Kenya.


The following is the breakdown of the amount sent to me in the Months of January 2017 in amount of $750
1) Teacher @ $ 100
2) Daniel @ $250
3) Food @ $300
4) Transport @$100

– Brother Daniel

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Thank you all for helping improve the lives of the Turkana community in Kenya!!

Prices continue to rise in Kenya due to the drought, which has put a strain on their budget.  Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated through this difficult time for the community.

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Currently and almost all across Kenya drought is the talk of the day. Its effects are felt by everybody. Food prices have increased and people are in dire need, even our budget is affected. For instance things like corn are sold at $20 from $17.5 Bean’s @ 32etc Animals get lost everyday and die in every corner. Women ride donkeys to look for water over long distances. We really need your prayers more than ever before. – Brother Daniel

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Honor Health – ER pediatrics

HGH received a donation of many of these kids banks that we were able to share with the ER pediatrics staff at Honor Health to give to their patients.

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We love being able to help those in need!  

…’Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:40

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VBS in the India village

One of the boys from the village with his new blanket

One of the boys from the village with his new blanket

Picnic time in India

Lungsim, in the middle, dishing out food for the kids

Lungsim, in the middle, dishing out food for the kids

One of the many enjoying their meal

One of the many enjoying their meal

He was blessed to be able to feed so many children from the surrounding villages, they enjoyed games together similar to a VBS style, and taught the children about our loving Father.

Such a great turnout and the kids were intently listening to the message

Such a great turnout and the kids were intently listening to the message

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This building is a church that is being built by the people of Nunzba

Imphal Manipur is the base we work out of in extreme eastern India close to the Myanmar (Burma) border and travel out to tribal villages many of which we have to hike to and cross rickety old bamboo bridges. It is a sub-tropical (jungle) area where the heat and weather can be challenging. A large part of what we do is to reach out to these remote villagers and their children to help fulfill much of the need (physical and spiritual) that exists in these communities of extreme poverty.

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Story time from our kids in Honduras

We’d like to share some of the stories we’ve received from our Honduras partner, Cristina.  We hope you’re as inspired by these children as we are!

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These 2 boys live in our neighborhood. Usually they take a ride with us to go to downtown to deliver tortillas that their mother makes for living. The bag that the smaller is holding is full of tortillas as well of  the backpack of the taller boy. This is daily work for them to have an income of $6/ day. If their deliveries take then downtown, it will take them an extra 40 minutes to deliver tortillas. These boys attend Valero Meza School and are attending the Valero Feeding center daily to have breakfast/lunch. We’re feeding 220 to 250 kids in Valero. The teachers know who are in need of the most help and these 2 are selected to attend daily during classes period.

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These 2 boys are also our neighbors. Daily these boys go searching to find firewood in the forest and sell the wood in order to help their mother and family to survive. Their backs probably hurt because wood is heavy, but they carry it up and down the mountains.  They need to do it and even though it’s tough work, they smile because they know they are helping the family. These boys attend Valero Feeding Center during the school year also and it is a blessing for them.

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These precious children attend El Valle church, in this picture they are in Sunday School Class, where Cristina is teaching them. Most of us are used to churches in a building, but their church is just outside surrounded by God’s creation. The class is about 25 children, but this day is a bit less since the older kids are working at the coffee harvest now and will be back when classes start. Tehy receive God’s Word with joy and really like to sing “Jesus love me” in Spanish.

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This picture was taken in El Valle. We were celebrating children’s day with a piñata that is full of candy and cookies. They received a Bible lesson first, and being good kids they were excited to celebrate in the fun that came next!

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Sunday school class at San Antonio Church. Children praising God!!

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These 2 girls are sisters. The older is Yeny, a friend of mine and her little sister is Yajaira. Jeny is 8 years old  very smart girl but sadly her mother is not  enrolling her at school, she said she doesn’ t have the money to afford the uniforms, shoes, and school supplies. Sometimes we want to help but parents are the only ones that can enroll their children at school. Their parents send them to ask people for money everyday at the bus station. Here in Honduras there are many stories like this one, and this is the reason we are determined to help children to study and to plant the Word of God in their hearts.

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Experience of a lifetime opportunity in Honduras

 

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Experience of a lifetime, never a dull moment.

 Give the Gift of Giving

 

Hands Giving Hope Mission to Honduras

Join us May 19 – 28, 2017 at our long established mission in La Esperanza.

You will be assisting our doctors and dentist at our medical/dental brigades (no medical or dental experience required) and serving in our Feeding Centers along with immersing yourself in the rural Honduran culture by visiting homes and experiencing the real needs of the people.

There will be a day we will visit a large waterfall for a picnic and you can go on a zip line across the falls or be guided on a trek behind the falls

Cost of trip is $2,000.00 that includes airfare, lodging, transport, and food.

If you, your church, school, college or workplace are interested in this trip please respond by emailing HGH at dhislop@hghope.org for any questions you might have.

To find out more about Hands Giving Hope we invite you to visit www.hghope.org.  Make sure you click on our Honduras video and visit our Blog.

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A Navajo Winter Wonderland

In late January Hands Giving Hope headed out to the Navajo Nation to give away 60 bicycles to children living in the more rural area’s of the reservation. Pastor Stan, who we work with in Kaibeto, contacted churches in the communities of Inscription House and Shonto to identify children to give the bicycles to. It was a great time had by all and so wonderful to see all the children’s smiling faces and grateful parent’s.

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Navajo boy working hard to get his new bike to his dads truck

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Puerto Penasco little league baseball

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Listening intently to Henry, could be he’s talking baseball, could be he’s talking bible. I would say probably both.

Listening intently to Henry, could be he’s talking baseball, could be he’s talking bible. I would say probably both.

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More on HGH going to the dogs

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 Barb gets a lot of puppies in and she said they get adopted out fast

Barb gets a lot of puppies in and she said they get adopted out fast 

Barb’s livingroom

Barb’s livingroom

More of the family

More of the family

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HGH is going to the dogs

Meet Barb of “Barb’s Dog Rescue” in Puerto Peñasco Mexico. Barb is an amazing person and passionate with the work she does in rescuing dogs. Dogs are dropped off at Barb’s Dog Rescue daily. All dogs are spade, neutered and vaccinated. Barb works with organizations in the U.S. and Canada and in 2016 delivered herself 780 dogs across the boarder for adoption.

So how in the world did HGH get involved with Barb. Several weeks ago we received 5 pallets of dog stuff, beds, rawhide chew toys, ribeye flavored bones and knuckles, etc. I was in Puerto Peñasco working with our ministry, saw Barb’s sign and the rest is history. We’ll start bringing the supplies across the border shortly.

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Phoenix Homeless

Phoenix is known for it’s super hot summers and constant sun shining down on the valley.  However, lately we’ve actually been experiencing more “normal” winter type weather.  Rain, cold, gray are typical words that describe wintery weather and something you think about when you visit places like Seattle, not so much Phoenix.  We’ve been experiencing this for the past several weeks now, which makes our homeless outreach even more important.  HGH just provided 400 blankets to homeless and underprivileged families in downtown Phoenix.

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THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped pack and unload the blankets and THANK YOU supporters for making these outreaches possible!!

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Food supply for Turkana’s

So worth it to see those smiling faces!

So worth it to see those smiling faces!

Thank you to our supporters for making this possible!!

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Preschool Christmas party in China

We’re thrilled to be able to share a little joy from our Christmas preschool party in China with everyone!  It’s hard to contain all the excitement going on in China with our recent announcement of our lead teacher’s wedding (click the link to read all about it if you missed it).

But more about our precious preschoolers.

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Parents attended the festivities with their children

The joy on their faces just can't be contained and our teachers are having a blast too!

The joy on their faces just can’t be contained and our teachers are having a blast too!

We even had our own angel show up :)

We even had our own angel show up 🙂

Crazy how much this one has grown since the last time we saw him

Crazy how much this one has grown since the last time we saw him

Xiao Shung teaching the kids crafts

Xiao Shaung teaching the kids crafts

Grateful for so many parents and kids attending

Grateful for so many parents and kids attending

We are thanking God for an amazing 2016 in China and can’t wait to see all that He has in store for 2017!  To God be the Glory!!

Above are just a few of the highlights from our preschool Christmas party in China.  If you’d like to help support our kids in China, please click the Donate button and add “China preschool” in the Comments section.

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A reason to celebrate in China

7 years ago HGH opened and still operates a pre-school/day care for children of migrant workers who otherwise would have to go to work with their parents and would be unable to start their education. Xiao Shuang has been our head teacher/ administrator and remains passionate to teaching underprivileged children. The last day of 2016 Xiao Shuang was married. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

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Assisting families in Puerto Peñasco Mexico

The National System for Integral Family Development (Spanish: Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia; SNDIF or just DIF) is a Mexican public institution of social assistance that focuses on strengthening and developing the welfare of the Mexican families. 
Pastor Adon and wife Alicia have started taking children in from the DIF that have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse or neglect. The children in this picture are kids they have most recently taken into their home to give them a safe place to live, to feed them and make sure they get back and forth to school school. They council these kids and their parents in an effort to bring them back together. Usually it takes months to reunite the children with their parents if it happens at all. 
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HGH supports pastor Adon and Alicia to help families in and is raising funds to add onto their home (that was built by HGH) so they can continue to have a comfortable place to house these children while they are hopefully in transition. 
DIF does not give financial aid to pastor Adon and Alicia, they are on their own to take care of these children.

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We need your help in India

HGH India Prayer Request

During this Christmas season and approaching the New Year many of us here in the U.S. are free to travel by plane, train and automobile to visit our friends and family with little inconvenience other than maybe waiting in security lines at airports or dealing with traffic on our roadways.

HGH works in Imphal the capital city of Manipur state in the jungles of northeast India where, in the hilly areas, tribes often fight and set up blockades in disagreements with the creation of new districts while also trying to establish their own independence.

In my travels to Imphal and the hilly areas I have experienced the blockades, being stopped and questioned by the military and likewise the insurgents. It’s like whose side are you on? Even though you’re not taking sides, you need to have the right answers. It’s a dose of reality how many people live in many parts of this vast world not ours.

I was able to talk with pastor Lungsim (a partner of ours) a couple of days after Christmas and he shared with me the situation in Imphal and the surrounding Hilly areas. I’ll do my best to share it with you.

Our partners in Imphal (from left to right) - Santa, KP, Lungsim

Our partners in Imphal (from left to right) – Santa, KP, and Lungsim

Lungsim: “ I needed to go see my family in my village but since sometime in November until now the Naga tribes have set up blockades and are stopping all vehicles and burning any belongings people have with them, sometimes even their cars. My village and family wanted me to come preach and so I decided to leave in the middle of the night. I only took the cloths on my back and no food. When the blockades happen the cost of food, Fuel and clothing goes way up and sometimes it’s not even available because trucks can’t get the commodities into Imphal and the hilly areas. I didn’t take our ministry car because I didn’t want to take the chance of it getting burned so I hired a small car and driver. We had a hard time getting fuel and when we found it, it was very expensive. We made it to my village, but we did have trouble, we had nothing for them to burn and at each check point they let us go. I was able to be with my family at Christmas and preach at their church. I’m planning to get up in the middle of the night to escape my village to go back home to Imphal. I hope pastor Santa (another partner) and his wife and child, in Imphal, have not been run out of their home. I heard that it was happening to some and that pastor Santa was concerned.

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Mexico Christmas Outreach – Part 3

Our final stop to our Mexico Christmas Outreach was visiting Pastor Adon’s church.  As you can see by the kids’ amazing faces, they were very excited for our arrival.

Kids at pastor Adon’s church anxiously waiting to get their bikes

Kids at pastor Adon’s church anxiously waiting to get their bikes

Can you really get much cuter?

Can you really get much cuter?

Mary and Patrick HGH staffers playing games with the kids

Mary and Patrick HGH staffers playing games with the kids

Young boy and mother at pastor Adon’s church

Young boy and mother at pastor Adon’s church

One of pastor Adon’s church leaders and her daughter

One of pastor Adon’s church leaders and her daughter

Pastor Adon and the children from his church that received bikes

Pastor Adon and the children from his church that received bikes

We are also working with Pastor Adon in building our community center/ church in the community of San Rafael.  HGH has been sending monthly support to help in this construction that Pastor Adon and members of his church have been very faithful to.

This is a start to our community center/ church that we are building in the community of San Rafael.

This is a start to our community center/ church that we are building in the community of San Rafael.

Thank you for being part of the journey with us during our Mexico Christmas Outreach.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!!  If you’d like to donate towards future Mexico outreaches or  the community center/ church in San Rafael, please click the Donate button below.  Please add “Mexico Outreach” or “San Rafael community center/ church” to the Comments section.

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We did get the opportunity to relax and enjoy each others company after all the bikes were given away.

After a long day of giving away bikes our HGH team and our pastors and their families celebrated with dinner at La Curva

After a long day of giving away bikes our HGH team and our pastors and their families celebrated with dinner at La Curva

Of course you can’t forget the amazing views we’re privileged to experience.  Thank you Jesus for such an amazing outreach!!

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Mexico Christmas Outreach – Part 2

We continued our Mexico outreach at Pastor Miguel’s new church.

Putting bikes together at pastor Miguel’s new church

Putting bikes together at pastor Miguel’s new church

His church has been under construction for 3 years.  HGH has been sending monthly support to help with the construction, as you can see we have a ways to go.

Pastor Miguel with his wife and daughter with a new bike

Pastor Miguel with his wife and daughter with a new bike

more kids excited to receive their first bike

more kids excited to receive their first bike

Pastor Miguel with kids who received bikes at his church

Pastor Miguel with kids who received bikes at his church

One more part to go… we know you’re waiting with anticipation to see all the smiling kid faces 🙂

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Mexico Christmas Outreach – Part 1

Pastor Henry’s church was the first one we delivered bikes to and the excitement can be seen all over their faces 🙂

HGH staffer Patrick blessing this young lady with a bike at pastor Henry’s church

HGH staffer Patrick blessing this young lady with a bike at pastor Henry’s church

Pastor Henry’s wife with her three girls with their first ever bicycles

Pastor Henry’s wife with her three girls with their first ever bicycles

Kids that received bikes at pastor Henry’s church

Kids that received bikes at pastor Henry’s church

Our Mexico Outreach will be broken into 3 parts for each location.  If you’d like to donate to outreaches such as these, please click on the Donate button below and add “Mexico Outreach” to the comments section.

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Phoenix Outreach continues

We couldn’t contain all the excitement from our previous Phoenix Outreach and decided to share more pictures of this amazing event with everyone!

More of the amazing kids we had the opportunity to serve

More of the amazing kids we had the opportunity to serve

We were able to provide them with a meal

We were able to provide them with a meal

and they each got gifts :)

and they each got gifts 🙂

Their joy can't be contained!

Their joy can’t be contained!

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Checking out all the gifts

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They’re smiles say it all 🙂

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Phoenix Outreach

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THIS IS ONE FAMILY

THIS IS ONE FAMILY

Kids helping (I think) Mike and Mary with candy bags to be given away.

Kids helping (I think) Mike and Mary with candy bags to be given away.

So many thankful kids showed up to the outreach

So many thankful kids showed up to the outreach

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17th Annual Navajo Christmas Outreach – Water barrels distributed


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17th Annual Navajo Christmas Outreach

Loading Trailer at HGH warehouse headed for the Navajo Nation

Loading Trailer at HGH warehouse headed for the Navajo Nation

 

View from Navajo Outreach

View from Navajo Outreach

 

I am so excited about our 17th Annual Christmas Outreach partnering with pastor Stan Patterson and his family and church in Kaibeto AZ. There’s no doubt that every trip has been different but each trip has been very special and this year’s outreach proved that out. HGH was blessed with more than enough donations this year to take up to Kaibeto so that every family in attendance was able to receive multiple gifts including a frozen turkey and the children received a bag of fruit, nuts, candy and chips.

An early Christmas for our Turkana school kids

We’ve been blessed that every month we have been able to support our school/feeding center in katukuri and very month pastor Daniel purchases the supplies and travels that rough road to deliver them.
Turkana monthly supply of food

Turkana monthly supply of food

 

This month was special for our kids, biscuits and a drink I would venture to say they have never before had.

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To pastor Daniel and family, our Turkana friends and school children, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Reaching our local homeless

 

homeless on the streets in downtown Phoenix

homeless on the streets in downtown Phoenix

 

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Water well needs for the Turkana’s

As you can see in the pictures below, Turkana’s are surrounded by desert land; hot, dry, desert.  Things such as running water that we can go into the kitchen and turn a knob for is a long days journey and results in being quite the chore.  We’re looking to assist in building a deep well with a solar pump to help make their lives a bit easier.

Turkana gas station

Turkana gas station

 

 Camels are used in the communities of Turkana county for milk and meat. They said camel is the most nutritious meat for them to eat.


Camels are used in the communities of Turkana county for milk and meat. They said camel is the most nutritious meat for them to eat.

 

They allowed me to help water their camels

They allowed me to help water their camels

 

 This is the owner of the camels. He was very grateful we stopped by to help and to talk with him. The stick I am holding is a gift of gratitude from him.


This is the owner of the camels. He was very grateful we stopped by to help and to talk with him. The stick I am holding is a gift of gratitude from him.

 

These ladies are not at the beach, this is Turkana county desert, very hot with little shade and little water.

These ladies are not at the beach, this is Turkana county desert, very hot with little shade and little water.

 

 A shallow well not to far from Katukuri. They will be their 3/4’s of a day trying to fill all these containers. We are hoping to raise funds to dig a deep well with a solar pump for the Turkana’s in the community of Katukuri. We will also be able to supply water for other communities as well.


A shallow well not to far from Katukuri. They will be their 3/4’s of a day trying to fill all these containers. We are hoping to raise funds to dig a deep well with a solar pump for the Turkana’s in the community of Katukuri. We will also be able to supply water for other communities as well.

 

Please consider donating to this worth cause of providing the Turkana community with a solar pump for their water well (add “Turkana solar pump” to the Comments section on the donation form).

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Kenya church building coming along

Pastor Sam is one of the pastors we work with in Kenya.  He has been in the process of building a church for his community; a place for all those around to gather and worship His mighty name.  Please check out the process and see how you can get involved.

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Pastor Sam’s church he is building. We would like to raise the funds to put the cement floor in for him.

 

Inside of the church

Inside of the church

 

Let the little children come

Let the little children come

 

Please consider helping us provide the necessary funds to help finish off the flooring for Pastor Sam’s church.  Just click on the icons below and add “Massai church floor” in the Comments section of the donation form.

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Providing education in Kenya

One of the many ways we’re assisting those in the Massai community in Kenya is through education.  We help support a teacher as well as provide much needed school and food supplies to the area.  Please check out some of the needs below and consider donating.

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School we support in Maasai community

 

The children meet under the trees for school and to eat. You can see their blackboard is in pretty bad shape We really need to build a school room for them

The children meet under the trees for school and to eat. You can see their blackboard is in pretty bad shape We really need to build a school room for them

 

 Right now the food is stored inside Joshua’s home. makes it pretty cramped. We hope to be able to build a small storage


Right now the food is stored inside Joshua’s home. makes it pretty cramped. We hope to be able to build a small storage

 

The school was built by a man from Norway. We support the teacher 2nd in from the left. It’s a one room class room and our vision is to build 8 of them (1 at a time) so the school can support all the kids in the community

The school was built by a man from Norway. We support the teacher 2nd in from the left. It’s a one room class room and our vision is to build 8 of them (1 at a time) so the school can support all the kids in the community

 

This Grandma has grandchildren attending the school. In appreciation of our support she gave me one of the necklaces she was wearing and said to give it to my wife. Pretty cool!!!

This Grandma has grandchildren attending the school. In appreciation of our support she gave me one of the necklaces she was wearing and said to give it to my wife.
Pretty cool!!!

 

Please consider donating to the cause of providing much needed building and education to those in the Massai community (add “Massai community education” in the Comments section).


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Visiting the Turkana’s and Massai’s in Kenya

Each time I leave the U.S. and the comfort of my home I am overwhelmed with the need that exists in the countries HGH works in and the partners and projects we work with. As I am sitting in my hotel room in Nairobi reflecting on the last 10 days I have spent here in Kenya and getting ready to fly home, my emotions are telling me this trip is no different, overwhelmed. But my Spirit is telling me we serve a great God and that nothing is too large for Him, He is in charge. That gives me peace and encouragement and the willingness to continue on.
I hope these pictures tell a story that I can’t put into words.

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My humble abode at Maasai Mara where we work with a church and a school in the Maasai communities

 

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Pastor Sam and I leaving camp to go visit his church, the school we support and the Maasai people.

 

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The Maasai’s have many goats and cows

 

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Maasai lady going to cut fire wood for cooking

 

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Typical Maasai home

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Our teacher Joshua next to his new home in Katukuri. Joshua teaches at the school we started in Katukuri at the beginning of this year. This is a typical Turkana home.

Navajo Nation Christmas Outreach

We’re coming up on that time of year again… getting ready for one of our largest community gatherings up in the Navajo Nation for our annual Christmas outreach.  We’ve had the privilege of serving alongside our partners, Pastor Stan and Maxine, for years and are extremely excited for all that God’s been doing throughout their community!

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 Our trip is planned for Dec 2-4 and would love for you all to join us!  The trip costs $200/ person.  If you’re interested in joining our amazing trip to serve with our Navajo partners, help provide Christmas dinner, turkeys, and most importantly the message of Hope to the Nation, please contact Dennis Hislop (email: dhislop@hghope.org or call 602.881.0660) .

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We also have other opportunities to get involved with this trip, whether you’re unable to attend or you want to help support in other ways.  We’re looking to raise a total of $5,500.  This total cost includes $4,000 for 180 turkeys that will be given to the community.  The remaining $1,500 will cover the Christmas dinner fixings, where we typically feed approximately 750 people!  It will also cover the cost of food/ transportation for our team.  Please contact Dennis Hislop (email: dhislop@hghope.org or call 602.881.0660) for these supporting opportunities.

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We can’t wait to see what God has in store for this team, this trip, and the Navajo Nation!!

Living in the name of Jesus… in the Philippines

Our GCU team in the Philippines is having the time of their lives… living in the name of Jesus!  He shows up in every situation, teaching them so much about themselves and others, and is working through them in ways only He does.  They’ve been busy conducting bible studies with the youth, planting rice, visiting several churches and neighborhoods, cleaning schools and providing supplies for the kids, have fed so many kids, just to name a few things.  There’s also been time to feel refreshed by visiting the Naujan Lake National Park, pick Kalamansi, and going to the infinity farm (oh the waterfall!).

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We recently received a message from one of our GCU missionaries and are thrilled to share it with you!

It honestly feels like the thought of leaving is incomprehensible! We are truly loving it here!  Very much looking forward to the rest of the days left and all that God has in store! We have seen and encounter God move tremendously in us and in the lives of others! From salvation to fire filled worship services to simply even seeing the Word of God touch lives at Men’s devotional for pastor Dario’s new house! It’s been great just seeing God move and seeing Him move is as we remain obedient and willing to serve and share of His behalf! What’s left of these few days is seeing Puerto Galera, hanging with family and bible study, prayer meeting, and wrapping this trip up! What God has taught me so far as a missionary is living: living in His presence, living out the call He has predestined you to, and living the life worthy of Christ and declaring His goodness and His truth among all through action, word and deed. Truly it’s been all about what it means to live as a follower of Jesus, allowing His transformation in you to preach louder than your words knowing even still you are being transformed and renewed! It’s been a pleasure, and if there’s any way I can encourage anyone to come out to the Philippines or simply go out beyond the borders stepping into the call, I will gladly do so! 
Thank you so much again, Dennis for all your prior and continued help, support and encouragement!
God is SO good and I am honored to be here, and be serving along side yourself and Hands Giving Hope!
Blessings,
Courtney Okwudibonye

Enjoy some of the many highlights from this trip thus far

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God moving in Kenya

We currently have 2 GCU teams here in Kenya both working in 2 completely different cultures, the Maasai tribe and the Turkana tribe. I’ve been running as fast I can taking small planes, vehicles on roads you wouldn’t believe, trying to catch up with them to experience the great work they are doing with these 2 remote tribes.

The team pictured below had come from a very moderate climate working 2 weeks with the Maasai tribe to a very hot desert to live and work with the Turkana’s for 3 weeks. Here they are with Turkana ladies and children. They have since left the Turkana tribe and are back with the Maasai’s for 3 more weeks.

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Please enjoy our slideshow of some of the many highlights taking place with our GCU Kenya teams, which also includes Pastor Stan from our Navajo Reservation!  God is moving through these teams!!

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GCU ministering in Maasai Mara, Kenya

GCU students have been busy ministering in Maasai Mara, Kenya.  As with many of our trips, there’s quite the travel experience to get to our ministry areas.  Kenya is no different.  The team had to cross some rivers to get to the Maasai school.

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The journey is always so worth it though.  Our GCU Kenya students had the opportunity to get to know the kids through games as well as conducting a bible study.

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… and of course no trip to Kenya is complete without a little wild life adventure.

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They are now on their way to work with the Turkana’s.  Please continue to keep the team in your prayers during their travels, preparing the hearts of all those they come in contact with, and during ministry.  May God be their leader paving the way!

Kenya prepares for GCU arrival

Our 2 month team has left Maasai Mara after working with the Maasai tribe for 2 weeks. They are resting in Nairobi for a couple of days before they catch a small plane and fly to Lodwar and then drive 2 hours to Katukuri to work with the Turkana tribe for 3 weeks. Pastor Daniel is filling the water tank in Katukuri preparing for their arrival.

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India journey continues

Last day in India

Before leaving India, the GCU students had a day of fun!  They spent the day at the park, eatting, boating, and just enjoying all that God’s done through them in Imphal Manipur India.  They will never be the same… in the best possible way 🙂

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Trusting God with BIG dreams

I took the GCU team to the property we have purchased with the vision of building a Christian Boarding School/Orphanage. We currently support 63 orphans. A school is a huge need in this community as there is no school for many kilometer’s. This school will accommodate approx. 1,000 students.

Advances we have made towards our vision:
We have paid to have stone hauled up from the river for the foundation
The Chief of the village and the community built a road to our property
The Chief and the villagers are tapping into a mountain spring to bring water to our property
The Chief and the villagers are supplying the electric poles and wire to bring electric to our property
Our next step is to raise the funds for the foundation. That effort will take $70,000. to complete

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Jungle life in India

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Other challenges in reaching your destination in the Jungles of India.

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But no matter what they’ve been faced with, they’ve enjoyed the journey and bring the light of Jesus with them.

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Preschool time in China

Our China GCU team has been busy teaching english to the little ones at our preschool.

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Village life in India

The GCU India team has been traveling a lot lately visiting many jungle villages in Northern India.  As many have come to find out, no mission trip is complete without a little vehicle issue on the way.  Due to the rainy season, the team actually had to get out and walk the rest of the way to the village.

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Once they made it to the villages, the team had the opportunity to spend some amazing time in fellowship with the communities.  They might not have been able to spend Mother’s Day with their mom’s, but they did get to spend it with some amazing mom’s from the villages.

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They’ve also had so many special moments praying for those they come in contact with, teaching many of the kids, and conducting seminars for the villages.

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Thankfully they’ve also had time to relax and rejuvenate in one of India’s waterfalls.  Thank you Jesus for showing up everywhere this team goes, speaking through them, and providing such joy and refreshment all in Your precious name!

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God’s movin’ in India

GCU students have been busy in India.  They’ve been visiting villages in many remote and “hilly” areas being an encouragement at each stop.

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They’ve had a chance to play sports with the kids, assist in schools, preach, and pray for those they meet.

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Through the GCU India team, God has been moving mightyly and it’s only just begun!

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Medical brigades in Honduras

Medical brigades went off with out a hitch. First day was in Delores, where the team saw about 82 medical patients and had the opportunity to play with a lot of the kids that showed up.  This was followed by day in Carrizal, where almost 100 medical patients were seen along with the dentist pulling out over 40 teeth. She is also starting to put Fluoride on the children’s teeth as a preventative.

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Amazing story from Nicole Hill:
On our way back from Carrizal, we stopped to see a patient who was unable to come to the clinic. We visited her two years ago when we had the last medical brigade there. She is a 33 year old women who has rheumatoid arthritis. When we visited her 2 years ago we visited her on her porch and gave her medication for a leg ulcer that she had. Today she is completely bedridden unable to turn her self due to the pain. She also is unable to sit in a chair due to the pain and now has an ulcer on her other leg. It also appeared that her leg is atrophying. She is in excruciating pain and only has ibuprofen for it. We prayed for her, for a miracle. The presence of God was so strong in that room while we prayed. It moved the students that came with me and the doctor. We only had three students with us. It amazes them that she was so young, and something in the states that is manageable with medications. Her name is Virginia and she prays that God will heal her completely but she feels blessed that while her body is failing her, her mind is strong.

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Fun & Firsts in China

A night out for “HOT POT”, It’s very popular in China and you have many interesting choices available to you.

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GCU in the Philippines

GCU in Honduras

Our GCU Honduras team has made it safely with their fearless leader Nicole Hill.  She is leading a group of 15 students from GCU has they embark on medical brigades in the next few days.  They’ve been busy prepping medical bags with much needed pills and vitamins that will be handed out during their medical visits, where teams typically see about 100-200 patients a day (thank you to those who donated these supplies).

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Cristina, our Honduras partner, led the team into town to the chapel on the hill, where you can see all of La Esperanza and the surrounding mountains.

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Please keep the Honduras team in your prays as they travel and conduct their medical brigades as well as prayer for their patients that they may be able to bless them with spiritual and physical medicine.

GCU Team lands in India

After a long flight with multiple stops our GCU team has arrived in Imphal India. They will remain in Imphal for a couple days to rest and get instruction and then it’s off to the jungle to work with different tribal communities.

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GCU Team has arrived in China

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After a 4:00 am arrival at their hotel the ready and willing GCU students were up and ready to go for a 8:30 am breakfast. Then it was off to the bank to exchange some money, walk around the city to see some sights, back to the hotel to check out, off for some lunch at a local noodle place, then it was off to the 2 schools the students will be working at, dinner at one of the schools, then off to their host homes to get a good nights sleep.

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