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Beach day and family time with our kids in China

One more wonderful day with these amazing kids before leaving.  Today was a “free” day where we got to send some time at the park and have tons of fun together getting to know each other more.

My last day with kids before I leave for Beijing I decided to take them and many of their parents to the park. This is very special for them as most of them are poor migrant workers and don’t get this kind of opportunity. I was so blessed to see the joy in the kids and their parents.

When we arrived at the park the kids hit the beach. What a blast it was to watch them play.

Smiles that can’t be contained

After the beach we walked over to the pavilion for a Chinese BBQ. We BBQ and ate for about three hours. It’s great family time, we take our chop sticks and eat right off the BBQ. During this time every one of the parents came to me said how grateful they were for the pre-school and how it has changed their children’s lives and theirs as well. One of the teachers shared with me that when the kids first come to the pre-school they have such a sad look on their face but it only takes a short while before that sadness is replaced with joy. This is a testament to the great job Xiao Shuang and her teachers are doing and how much they genuinely love and care for these kids.

Group picture before we left the park and I said good-bye to everyone. It was a GREAT DAY!!!!!!!!!

Thanking God so much for this amazing trip!

If you’d like to help support our ministries in China, please click the Donate button below and add “China outreach” in the Comments section.

 

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The day in the life of our preschoolers in China

Another full day filled with nothing short of cuteness, joy, appreciation, and fun!  We are so grateful for these preschoolers we have in China and are so grateful God has this calling for us!

As I arrived at our pre-school this morning the kids were in the middle of doing their studies.

This guy’s a crack-up, the class clown

Next on the agenda was art class

This is my buddy

All the kids came to me to show me their work, they were so proud of it. I couldn’t resist a couple pictures. I love these kids. They come to us from very poor families.

Next was english class. Our English teacher has some very creative and fun ways to teach these English.

After lunch and before their naps I gave out some pretty cool stuffed animal that make noises that I had brought with me. They were a big hit. Even with the teachers.

If you’d like to help support our ministries in China, please click the Donate button below and add “China outreach” in the Comments section.

Preschool time in China

We’ve been having quite the time of our life in China visiting our preschool and having fun with all the kids.  Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed being here.

Our kids are children of migrant workers and come fro very poor families. These families would not be able to afford to send their kids to any other school. We charge only what the parents can afford to pay giving these children a great opportunity.

One of the students parents comes in once a week to teach the kids shadow boxing

One of Xiao Shuang’s volunteer teachers

Xiao Shuang’s sister Xiao Mai is the pre-school cook. The kids are fed 2 meals a day, breakfast and lunch. Most kids arrive around 7:30 am and are picked up by their parents around 5 pm.

If you’d like to help support our ministries in China, please click the Donate button below and add “China outreach” in the Comments section.

Congratulations are in order in China

Xiao Shuan receiving her diploma from Living Springs Bible Institute

Xiao Shuan with he very proud new husband and huge bouquet of flowers

Xiao Shuan (shortest in the middle) with other graduates


Xiao Shuan insisted I be in this picture. I had just arrived in China and could hardly keep my eyes open, but I felt like a proud dad being able to be their to support her. It was an honor. Im taking today off to do nothing but sleep and get ready for a busy rest of the week.

You can help our ministries in China by clicking the Donate button below and include “China Outreach” in the Comments section.

Mexico Community Center

We are continuing to move forward with all our work effort on our Mexico Community Center.  Pastor Adan and his team has been busily working and making great strides towards its compleltion.  They are getting close to finish the building ceiling, with most of the materials already purchased.  They are currently waiting on additional funds for concrete and are hopeful to finish this portion by the end of June.

If you’d like to help our projects in Mexico, please click the Donate button below and include “Mexico Outreach” in the Comments section.

Our trip to Azucuapa, Honduras

Our Honduras trip also allowed us the opportunity to visit our feeding center in Azucuapa.  The kids were so excited to see us!!

If you’d like to help support our ministries in Honduras, please click the Donate button below and add “Honduras Outreach” in the Comments section.  If you’d like to donate specifically towards our feeding kitchens in Honduras, please add “Honduras feeding kitchens” in the Comments section.

Our trip to Dolores, Honduras

Our Honduras journey also took us to our feeding kitchen in Dolores.  We just can’t get enough of these kids!

Bellies are getting full of nutritious food and faces are full of smiles 🙂

If you’d like to help support our ministries in Honduras, please click the Donate button below and add “Honduras Outreach” in the Comments section.  If you’d like to specifically donate towards our feeding kitchens in Honduras, please add “Honduras feeding kitchens” in the Comments section.

 

Our trip to San Antonio, Honduras

We continued our trips in Honduras to the village of San Antonio.  Please enjoy some of our highlights from this village.

Marvin doing baby dedication the end of church

We even had people listening outside since we didn’t have enough room in the building to pack everyone in the building.

Praising God for His abundance!!

If you’d like to help support our ministries in Honduras, please click the Donate button below and add “Honduras Outreach” in the Comments section.

Our trip to El Valle, Honduras

We recently took a trip to visit our partners in Honduras and wanted to share our experience with everyone

7 years ago we evangelized the village of El Valle and this is the current Sunday school class. Cristina and I visited the class before we went to church that was planted as a result of our evangelism efforts.

Milagros was 11 years old when he came to our Children’s Home. in La Esperanza 10 years ago. I was surprised to see him at el Valle where he came to do worship and preach. What a special time this was.

After church many pile into a truck to get a ride to their homes as they live very far away.

A small coffee plantation in El Valle

If you’d like to help support our ministries in Honduras, please click the Donate button below and add “Honduras Outreach” in the Comments section.

Outreach in Downtown Phoenix

HGH delivering household items to low income families in downtown Phoenix. These ladies helping to unload our truck

If you’d like to support our local Phoenix outreaches, please click the Donate button and include “Phoenix Outreach” in the Comments section.

Thank you for your support!

Progress on our Mexico Community Center – May 27th

We’ve been working alongside our partners in Mexico on a Community Center for quite sometime.  We thank God for all the progress He’s allowed on this place and would love to share it all with you!

Henry left, our baseball coach and Alicia right, who works with the kids at our community center in San Rafael, showing off the food with some of the kids HGH was able to donate. They loved the Slim Jims and granola bars. ASs we can only take small amounts across the boarder at a time, we have much more food to supply them with. This donation came, of coarse in God’s timing and is a huge blessing.

We’re hoping that within a couple of weeks we are going to be able to finish the roof from the columns and side wall to the end wall. When that happens we will be half way done with the roof on our community center. We’ve been working on it for a long time and have a lot of work yet to do. Little by little we are seeing progress.

If you’d like to help our projects in Mexico, please click the Donate button below and include “Mexico Outreach” in the Comments section.

We thank you for your support!!

 

Monthly update from Kenya

As I get monthly reports from Pastor Daniel and pictures of the kids we are feeding and educating it brings me great joy and at the same time I realize their very difficult living conditions.

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Water for these Turkana kids can not be taken for granted. They don’t know when they will have their next cup of water. A well in their community is desperately needed. Please pray for funding for a well. With all the challenges these kids face on a daily basis there are still some smiles on their faces. Join with me to continue to put a smile on their face and a hope for the future.

Such a contagious smile!

We are always so greatful to hear and see reports from Pastor Daniel and would love to share it with you all.
I hereby want to apologize for the one day delay, yesterday the whole of Lodwar had no gas and I couldn’t be able to make to Katukuri. Again I left in the morning and after I reached the vehicle couldn’t move all over sudden.  However, I thank God for using you to serve people of Turkana even when they had been humbled by the drought, HGH has made us proud, by the way it has touched our lives. Though challenges are growing every day. The food prices have skyrocketed so badly in our county due to other other challenges that have existed from time memorial, ie transportation, bad roads, lack of food supply etc. I hereby want to say thank you so much again, for every struggle made to make sure,the Turkana’s don’t starve even at a time when they need it so much. I don’t just take your effort and concern for granted, in deed am humbled to have had you as a partner and your generous support as always helped us see the horizon. Be blessed.
~Pastor Daniel

Much needed food and supplies finally arrived after they were able to gas up the vehicle

If you’d like to help support reaching the Turkana’s in Kenya, please click the Donate button below and include “Kenya Outreach” in the Comments section.  God bless you and please know we appreciate all your support!

Mother’s Day in India

We may live in America, but a day like Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world.  Some countries celebrate it on different days than America, but no matter what… Mother’s are honored, appreciated, and gratefully thanked for the roles they play in our lives.

And Mary said: 

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.  From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.

– Luke 1:46-49

Our partners in India were able to visit several mothers in the remote villages they visit.  As with their typical journey, from their main city they have to walk by foot for about an hour (80km) with no proper roads.

Just a glimpse of one of the bridges our partners have to cross

However, a journey like this is so worth it to spend time with these amazing communities, celebrate the mother’s, and give them gifts.

This village has only 17 houses and approximately 150 population.  Our partners were able to present the mother’s with an umbrella, utensils, and a Bible for the villager. They were so happy.

They also took the privilege to share gospel message with their the morning devotion and evening worship service.

No words can express the gratitude of these villager mothers!

To help support more outreaches such as these in India, please click on the Donate button and add “India Outreach” in the Comments section.

Updates from Honduras

Easter week is a time for big celebration in Honduras. Many people, because of tradition, eat fish instead of beef during these days. So our Honduran partners baked canned tuna fish empanadas to share with the ladies Ministry at the prison.

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Don’t the empanadas look yummy!

 

From our partner Cristina –

For Easter we visited one of our pastor’s family. Pastor Carlos and his wife Rosa welcomed us in their home. Our surprise was that her daughter Nery, who is 13 years old, prepared dinner for us without asking, these means she got the desire and the idea to do it and it was delicious. This is Honduran country hospitality; they always share what they have even if they have so little!                

From left to right: Marvin, Cristina, Pastor Carlos, Rosa

Cristina and Nery

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As with all our partners around the world, we like to pray alongside them with their needs.  Cristina and Marvin had a few urgent prayer requests they’d like to share with the rest of the Hands Giving Hope family.

Prayer requests:

Hands Giving Hope, our partner is working so hard to try to find the resources to keep the 4 Feeding Centers running, but  it’s been difficult. Our concern is. we may be forced to close one or two of the feeding centers. Each feeding center provides around 350 children with a daily lunch that would otherwise go without. The thought of loosing even one center hurts our heart since it means at least 350 children will go hungry. Lunch not only helps nourish their bodies, but also helps them perform better at school. These are children of very poor families. Please pray with us. Each feeding center cost about $800 per month to run. We need prayer and action and our God will provide!

Our other prayer request is for us and the pastors that serve in this ministry. For wisdom, health, grow and provision for the different programs.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude to God, because up to this point He has brought us and has supported us and also you, our partners and beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. Thanks for your spiritual and financial support! We appreciate that!

In Christ love and service,

Marvin & Cristina Rodriguez

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 Serving God is a privilege

Giving to God’s work and missions is a blessing

If you’d like to give towards our feeding centers in Honduras or any Honduras related outreach, please click the Donate button below.  Also, in the Comments section include “Honduras Outreach” or the specific area in Honduras you’d like to give towards.  We greatly appreciate your support!

We greatly appreciate your support!

April Monthly update from Kenya

Dear Brethren, greetings.

We praise God for another time to be able to express our joy to HGH for their continued support to the people of Turkana. HGH is really displaying His hope to us. The children are doing well and they have continued to improve in their endeavors to learn. Their teacher has been creative enough to take them through new lessons that are basic. We really want to express our happiness to HGH and all who volunteer and support this organization. We are proud to have partnered with you and we appreciate every struggle you have gone through with us to help us eat and drink a cup of water. I received KES 71,000 ($ 715 USA) and appreciate this support. It is not taken for granted as I know it takes sacrifice to make it happen. Thanks so much HGH, and may God reward you according to his riches in Christ Jesus.
We are praying so much for you over the many things we have talked, I pray that God may provide HGH with His vision for the Turkana community. By the time I was writing my phone has become a problem, just as I had told you earlier,if it were possible you could have helped me have one easen the work here. Some photos are not of good quality due phone problem.
The following is the breakdown of amount sent to me in the Month of April.
Teacher # $100
Food # $ 300
Daniel # $ 250 
Transport # 100
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Pastor Daniel with Turkana kids.

To help support our Kenya partner, please click the donate button below and include “Kenya outreach” in the Comments section.

Phoenix homeless outreach

We recently had a homeless outreach in Phoenix Arizona, where we were able to provide many with pizzas.

All who were able to attend and receive pizza were very grateful and their bellies were full!

To help with our future Phoenix outreaches, please click the donate button below and include “Phoenix outreach” in the Comments section.

India VBS 2017

Recently our pastors in India held a VBS in their rural areas and the turnout was huge!  You might not think of many people living in these areas… deep into the jungles of north eastern India, but it’s amazing how many kids “come out of the wood work” when our pastors put on these types of events.

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so many kids showed up

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Another successful VBS in India and all to the glory of God!!  

If you’d like to get involved in supporting India outreaches such as these, please click the donate button below and include “India Outreach” in the Comments section.

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

Strapping food to the top of the vehicle for transporting to the kid

Just the looks on their faces make us smile 🙂

It’s cooking time!

If you’d like to support our communities in Kenya, please click on the Donate button below and add “Kenya Outreach” in the Comments section.

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

If you’d like to donate to outreaches such as these, please click on the Donation button below and add “Phoenix Outreach” in the Comments section.

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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 FamiliaSNDIF 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!!

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