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Visiting the Miao Village in China

In booking my trip to China one of my goals was to try to go to a Miao village we had evangelized 6 or 7 years ago.  Multiple families had accepted Christ and were baptized and I desperately wanted to see how they were doing. Since then my efforts to reach this village failed because I was told it was to risky. This year risky or not I was determined. So Monday morning 4 of us departed depending on GPS to find this very remote village.  There were many challenges finding our way, but we were persistent and finally arrived 4 hrs late. Many had gone back out into the fields to work.
Xiao Shuang and Elizabeth went to ask a farmer for direction.

This sweet Miao lady stared in the kitchen 4 hrs keeping our food hot waiting for us to arrive.

Xiao Shuan (our head teacher at our pre school) and Zhangyan, my driver are hungry and ready to eat

We had a small service before we left and was able to share words of encouragement to the Miao believers.

They were thrilled with the fruit we brought them.

Of coarse we had to have a group picture. I could see they have remained solid in their faith and God has blessed them abundantly.  They are a hard working people and are experiencing the fruits of their labor. I am so grateful God had provided a way for me to visit them.  The first thing the man on the left said to me was he remembers the day I baptized him. It was very special and dear to his heart.

It was such an honor to come back to this village!  If you’d like to get involved by going on future China trips, please click the Contact button below.

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Birthday Celebration in China

My first night in China I was honored to be invited to Xiao Shuang’s very modest home for a birthday party. Xiao Shuang’s sister is cooking the birthday dinner.

Meet the birthday girl Ester who is celebrating her 6th birthday. Ester has been attending our pre school for several years now
in September she will be moving on to grade school. It will be sad to see her go but we are overjoyed that HGH was able to play a
part in her being able to further her education.

Standing is Esters proud mother who cooked this fabulous dinner and who is also the cook at our our pre school. She always
has a smile on her face.

Mom baked daughters cake, Ester was so excited

Cutting the cake with a whatchyacallit.

Time to eat the cake

We are so excited to be here and share with you everything God is doing in China!  If you’d like to get involved by going on future China trips, please click the Contact button below.

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Traveling to China

Dennis is traveling to China (he might be there by now) and we can’t wait to hear stories of all God is going to do through him while he’s there.  Here’s a little taste of some of our cute kids our partners get to teach in our Chinese learning center.

Please keep Dennis in your prayers as he travels where God leads him!  If you’d like to get involved by going on future China trips, please click the Contact button below.

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Greetings from Kenya

Dear brethren, greetings.

Its great to be able to demonstrate our joy in the work done by HGH to the people of Turkana. The school dream has grown to become a reality in the village of Katukuri,and children have had future hope. HGH is supporting the teacher and he is stationed right in the heart of the village,not only did he try to teach them in school only but also do some tuition to help them understand even more.

Last week was a great and a blessed time to have been visited by the president of HGH. The servant leader had time not only to mingle with both children and Adults. He spent his time with the children serving them and also listened to them. He visited every area of their school eg kitchen and store room. He had time to share and serve the villagers with what he had,and had i great time to be part of this wonderful time with him.He could withstand the scotching sun and the heat stayed with them for a couple of hours trying to listen to them and hear a bit of their culture. He finally spoke his heart to them and how he trust God for the vision that he started among them to be accomplished. He told them he trusts God for finances for classrooms,kitchen and water well that they wil lcome to a reality.

The following budget breakdown marked the end of the first quarter of the amount allocated to be used in the months of March 2018.

1) Teacher $ 100

2) Food $ 300

3)Daniel $ 250

4) Transport $ 100

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Visiting our Turkana friends in Katukuri Kenya

After a very successful trip to Maasai Mara I returned to Nairobi for a days rest then flew to Lodwar to visit our Turkana friends in Katukuri.  First order of business was to purchase food in Lodwar to take to our school and feeding center in Katukuri.

One month’s of food for our children in Katukuri

Camels are a common site in the desert of Turkana County

Teacher with school kids. This is our school. We desperately need a school house for our children.

Hanging out with the kids, other than a team from GCU that I brought out 2 years ago I’m the only white guy they see.

Some of the older kids that Joshua (blue shirt) teaches. The school house we would like to build would have 2 rooms, one room for the younger kids and and one for the older kids

These kids are very well disciplined and orderly

I tried my hand at string the pot. I’m not sure the cook thought I was doing it right

dishing it out for the kids to take home with them

Pastor Daniel and I hung out ion the kitchen hoping to get a meal, the cook said we had enough stored up, we didn’t need any.

Joshua’s (teacher) personal kitchen

Unloading food at Joshua’s house

A game the Turkana’s play.

The Turkana’s sell charcoal that they make for income, at roadside

Turkana lady and her children selling charcoal

The kids love to see pictures on the camera.

Sharing the Gospel with the community

We brought food to share with the families

Hanging out with the boys. After goofing around with them we had a great conversation. These are men of God with a strong Faith

These 2 men told me they travel a long way from another community to attend school everyday with our older kids. They are embarrassed that they are so much older than the other children but they do it because they want to learn english and get an education. I encouraged them and told them they were doing the right thing. They were very grateful and said they would bring others with them. I’m so blessed to be able to do this work!!  Thank you to those who support HGH so I am able to continue the work here in Kenya.

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Journey to Maasai Mara Kenya

Leaving Nairobi for Maasai Mara the look out over the Rift Valley is always my first stop. Kenya students are taking in the the fabulous sights.  Google the significance of the Rift Valley in scripture, it’s very interesting not to mention an awesome sight to see.

My home at Maasai Mara, little rough but it’s home

Pastor Sam and I leaving camp for church. Quite an experience with all the rain and mud and rivers flowing at high speed, we had to hike the last part of the journey. I thought we were going down a couple of times, but we made it, Prayer works!!

I hate these suspension bridges. You gotta do what you gotta do

Made it!!! Why are they laughing?

This is the first time I saw pastor Sam’s church completed. Thanks to one mans generosity and love of the church, HGH was able to assist in completing pastor Sam’s church.

Church service

After preaching I was inundated with gifts from the Maasai ladies.
What an honor it was.

Had “sweeties” left for the Shepard boys on our way back to camp

They could not get the peace sign down. OH well they’ve been invited to church. If they’re not moving goats next Sunday maybe they’ll show up.

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Maasai Mara – Kenya

After a missed flight and being rerouted through Cairo Egypt I finally arrived in Nairobi. This morning, March 3rd I will be leaving for Maasai Mara to work with pastor Sam and the Maasai community. This is where I’ll be staying, I’m sure mama will have my tent ready for me.

This is pastor Sam and I in Nov. of 2016. I’m a few pounds lighter this year, I’m sure he’ll appreciate that as we travel to minister to the Maasai’s.

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Navajo Nation in Jan 2018

The Navajo’s call this “The Top Of The World” where often times they come to pray. We joined pastor Stan and a few of his church members to pray for the community of Kaibeto.

Recently Harry a good friend of ours lost his 26 year old son to suicide and Stan’s wife Maxine lost a nephew to alcoholism. Suicide and alcoholism is a big problem in Kaibeto and other Navajo communities. Please pray for Kaibeto, pastor Stan, his family and his church as they minister to the people in their community.

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Year in Review – Navajo Dec 2017

Record numbers showed up at our Navajo Christmas Outreach this year sponsored by HGH and Pure Heart Bible Church. They came to hear pastor Stans message and fellowship with coffee and cupcakes. Every family went home with a frozen turkey and household items.

our good friend Harry

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Year in Review – December 2017

In December my infectious disease doctor released me to travel and it didn’t take long before my wife Mary and I were on a plane headed for India. Upon arriving in Imphal Manipur we spent the first couple of days evangelizing small villages around Imphal. The Gospel was shared to all and there was victory.

Evangelist wife who traveled with us is weaving traditional costume.

This lady after recently loosing her husband is selling fish and wine to support her self.

After working in communities surrounding Imphal our next destination was a village of Rangkhung high atop a mountain traveling 3 hours through the jungle. The following pics show our warm welcome.

HGH has purchased 2 acres near the village of Nonay to build a boarding school. There are no schools in these jungle villages, the kids are illiterate. The 65 plus orphans we support will also be housed here. The question I was asked the most by parents while atop the mountain was; when will the school be built, we are ready to send our kids. The only answer I could give them was; I don’t know, it depends when I can get the funds. These parents desperately want their kids to be educated.

These children are amazing

The women elders greeting our arrival

Mary was presented with traditional dress and got into the action

We fed hundreds, I quickly lost my job because I was too slow.


We reach out to the children in these remote villages through “talent hunts” and VBS.

Giving an encouraging Word.

Mary teaching at the VBS

The kids loved playing frisbee.

Mary sharing encouraging words with the children

group picture, staff and kids

Six villages competed in the talent hunt

Mary felt this little boy was special

group picture from Talent Hunt

A grandma died the first evening we arrived in Rangkhung. When someone dies in the village everyone goes to pay their their respect. We canceled a part of the VBS the next morning to attend.

Mary and I attended the gave site that they were still digging

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Year in Review – November 2017

In November HGH partnered with the Colorado City Dream Center and it’s missionaries. This compound was formerly polygamist Warren Jeffs who is now in prison for life + 20 years, convicted of 2 counts of rape. Jeffs main house was a 44 bedroom home where he rotated in 20 to 30 wives and their children. Jeffs had some 68 wives that he rotated through multiple compounds through out the U.S.  The compound has two additional homes on it as well.

There is much work to be done to fulfill the transformation of this compound into a safe-house for victims of polygamy, and drug and alcohol addiction. Education is a great need in the community as many children, as well as adults, are illiterate.  The staff plans to provide a medical clinic as well.  HGH has taken up 3 loads of household items and will continue to work with the CC Dream Center to help fulfill it’s vision of the transformation of this compound to Impact & change the community.

44 bedroom home on compound where clients, staff and mission teams stay

5 bedroom home on compound where missionaries Glyn and Jena live

Not sure how many bedroom home on compound or what the plan for it is. But I’m sure they will eventually make use of it

First load HGH delivered to CC Dream Center

One of 2 large kitchens in main house

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Year in Review – October 2017

In October, not long after I was released from the hospital, HGH partnered with ASU and Westward Hotel (now a home for low income seniors) providing household items for Bingo. Mary and I attended and although I was still very week I managed to climb the stairs to the second floor where there were over 100 seniors staged and ready to start playing bingo. What a blast!!!! As the game began BINGO rang out through out the room and the winners were so excited to receive their winnings. They were also are very quick to express their gratitude.

ASU volunteers

This guy was a big winner, 3 bingo’s

ASU volunteers showing off the fantastic prizes provided by HGH

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Year in Review – August 2017

In August I traveled to visit the Turkana tribe and Maasai tribe that HGH works with. My illness got worse while I was in Kenya to the point I almost didn’t make it back. But I was able to visit our programs and talk with our partners as to how we will move forward.
Currently we have a school and feeding center in Katukuri, a small Turkana community. The kids are taught under tree’s by their teacher and obviously we are trying to get the funds to build a school and feeding center. It will take $15,000.00 to get this done. In the mean time they will continue to meet under the tree’s. A deep well is also desperately needed in this community. Too often these Turkana’s go without water.  To dig a deep well with all the pumps and motors and solar panels is $30,000.00.

meeting with the turkana’s

Pastor, teacher and myself with some of the school kids

From pastor Daniel
Dear Pastor Dennis, greetings.
On behalf of the Turkana community, I would want to express our joy on kindness demonstrated by HGH and its entire leadership. Through out this year we have sailed through challenges but God is faithful and this far we say he is Ebenezer.
We have electoral challenges in kenya which made life a bit more difficult for the way it was prolonged, this affected economy hence making food  prizes go high and higher. Rains damaged the roads making them unpassable which made people starve for some time.
In addition HGH President fell sick and was in hospital for some time, but most amazingly he demonstrated the love of the neighbor to wake up despite the fact that he was weak, to stand up in the gap for the Turkana child to affirm his commitment of love. We are humbled to the core, and will always cherish your love for us.
It is therefore our joy to wish everyone who stretched his hand and helped Pastor Dennis help us a happy new year and merry Christmas. We pray that God grace and goodness will follow you in the new year, may God help you fulfill your dreams and vision.

Maasai Church we are helping to build in Maasai Mara

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Year in Review – July 2017

The first of July I traveled to China to visit our Pre-school/Day care center and our head teacher Xiao Shuang. It was here that I started feeling ill and by the end of the trip was not feeling well at all. However I feel I had a successful trip and that Xiao Shuang and I were able to talk and make plans moving forward. Our pre-school/day care center is a place for children of migrant workers who otherwise would not have the opportunity for a start to their education.

The day I arrived in Kunming Xiao Schuang advised me that I was going to a graduation where she would receive her diploma graduating from bible college

our pre-school/day care center

lunch time

We took the kids to the park for picnic and fun

I recognize the corn, not sure of anything else

it was great to have the parents and kids together for a day at the park.

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Year in Review – June 2017

In June I traveled to Honduras where we have been working over the last 17 years, the last 10 yrs. that have been in La Esperanza and surrounding villages. Our work has consisted of evangelism efforts that has resulted in church plants and raising up pastors in over 20 villages, medical and dental brigades and the opening of 6 feeding centers.

sitting in on a Sunday school class


On left are 1st 2 converts in this village and the pastor and his wife

leaving the church for their homes

Nicole traveling to schools teaching kids simple hygiene.

Serving at one of our feeding centers

The teachers and principles of the schools are telling me that the students are more focused, there retention has improved and sickness has decreased because of our nutritional meals.

our staff works hard

Medical brigade

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Year in Review – April 2017

In April HGH delivered food to our feeding center in Puerto Penasco Mexico. HGH has been working in Mexico since 1998. Our work over the years has involved construction projects, building homes and churches and being involved in multiple outreaches helping the impoverished with medical and dental, food and nutrition and education.

Currently we are helping to build a community center, feeding needy children and working with kids in our baseball league that we started 6 years ago.

Building pastor Adon’s house

Outreach inside the walls of our future community center

Baseball clinic to help our kids

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Year in Review – March 2017

In March and multiple times throughout the year HGH supplied badly needed household items to refugee families

 

 

 

 

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Year in Review – Jan 2017

In January HGH traveled to the Navajo Reservation to give bikes to the children. We do multiple outreaches throughout the year to help the more needy on the reservation that includes a water barrel project that helps those living in remote area’s of the reservation. They have no running water and use these barrel’s to catch rain water and also to haul water.

Pastor Stan loading water barrel’s to take to the reservation.

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Year in Review – 2017

2017 was a challenging year for HGH and myself personally. Funding for HGH was down well over 50% making it very difficult to keep our programs moving forward both domestically and globally. But God was forever faithful and on a more limited basis we were able to keep our programs going giving us hope here at HGH moving into a new year.

At the end of June while in China I became ill. Upon returning home I ignored my symptoms and continued to be involved with our work locally and booked a trip to Kenya in August. Only by God’s Grace did I make it back from Kenya only to end up in the hospital. After 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital I was diagnosed with dengue fever, Q fever, pneumonia and histoplasmosis a type of Fungal infection that almost took my life. My team of 7 doctors had never seen this infection before making it difficult to diagnose. Over the last 20 years working on the mission field I have witnessed many of Gods miracles and now he had performed a miracle in my life   In the middle of September with oxygen and 60 pounds lighter I was walking out of the hospital going home. I am now off oxygen, I’ve gained 20 pounds, I don’t need the other 40, and getting stronger every day. I am very much looking forward to 2018 in doing my part in making a difference in peoples lives and having an impact in their communities.

Please be watching for our month by month review of 2017

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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 🙂

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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!!

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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

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Outreach in Downtown Phoenix

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

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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.

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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.

Snack time with the kids

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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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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 

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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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