February 25, 2015

When the Waters Rise in Macedonia



Earlier this month in Macedonia, heavy rainfall and melting snow have caused severe flooding in and around Skopje and Shtip. Many areas have been evacuated, including nearby small towns, villages and vital farmlands. 

Hand of Hope has partnered with Oasis Christian Church to provide Aid Packs: water, flour, sugar, oil, milk, rice, beans, lentils, salt, pasta, canned fish, cheese, laundry detergent, toilet powder, cleaners and shampoo. Each person also received a copy of Joyce’s book, A New Way of Living.  

Thank you to our partners for helping us reach out in this disaster—providing vital necessities as well as the love of Christ. You are bringing hope to people during a very difficult time.  


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

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February 17, 2015

Reaching Incarcerated Teenagers in Russia


by Yura Ruls, Joyce Meyer Ministries Russia

In January our prison team visited two prisons in Russia – reaching more than 300 incarcerated teenagers with Joyce’s book Battlefield of the Mind for Teens

We first visited Mozhayskaya Educational Colony for Children in Mozhaisk. The teenagers range in age from 14 to 18 years, and are there for serious offenses like theft, murder and organized crime. The 270 inmates attend school, as well as organized labor training. 

We also visited 79 juvenile offenders at the Temporary Isolation Center (TIC) in Moscow. These children are sent here for vagrancy and petty offenses by the court, but not more than for 30 days. 

In addition to distributing the books, we also held two services and 29 teenagers gave their lives to the Lord! Thank you so much to our friends and partners for giving us this incredible opportunity to reach out with the love of Christ to these teenagers. 


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

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February 10, 2015

The Beautiful Life of a Girl with HIV


by Ginger Stache, Chief Media Officer for Joyce Meyer Ministries

I first met Roja in 2008 in tiny Chandrakal, India, where we had just opened a hospital. She was a sweet, yet sad, nine-year-old girl who had recently lost both of her parents. We spent time together strolling around the hospital grounds and blowing bubbles. Because of Roja’s HIV status the villagers were afraid and no one was willing to take her in.  

Roja became the inspiration for Home of Hope, the Hand of Hope Children’s Home in Chandrakal for children who are HIV positive. 

Today, Home of Hope cares for 50 children, and Roja is the vibrant 16-year-old leader of the pack. I spent time with her once again recently, and it was an absolute gift. Of course I could never forget Roja, and as we became reacquainted she told me that she vividly remembered our time together down to the spot where we first met. She is bright, inquisitive and now in college studying to be a doctor. She wants to help others the way she was helped. 

Roja is a wonderful reminder to me that each time we reach out to help someone in need, we are also blessed in immeasurable ways. Our partners have provided years of provision and love to all of the children in Chandrakal and today their futures are bright. What an amazing thing to be a part of! 


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

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January 27, 2015

"The Worst Floods in Malawi's History"


by Brad Senekal, African Outreach Director

Tens of thousands have had their homes destroyed or severely damaged in what many are calling “the worst floods in Malawi’s history,” after extended, severe storms earlier this month. Much of the population has already been living with chronic food insecurity (Malawi is the eighth poorest nation in the world), and a disaster like this can be crippling, if not deadly, for many households. 

In areas where Hand of Hope has been working for years—caring for children and providing water relief—we are distributing emergency relief packs to those most affected. These packs include much-needed food supplies, household items and repair kits. They are being distributed through our local church partner, Trinity Church, who is reminding people that God is with them even in times of tragedy. 

Our ability to respond at times of disaster is made possible by the support of our friends and partners, so thank you! We will continue to do what we can. Please continue to pray for Malawian families and the long road of recovery ahead. 


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

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December 19, 2014

Christmas Blessings in Ferguson


by Ginger Stache, Chief Media Officer for Joyce Meyer Ministries

Imagine you are a child living in Ferguson, Missouri, experiencing shocking turmoil in your neighborhood with little or no understanding of what is happening around you. 

These little ones are the literal neighbors of Joyce Meyer Ministries, which is based in St. Louis. Ferguson is a neighborhood in this city that we love. 

Through our inner city outreach, the St. Louis Dream Center, and together with local churches and businesses we were able to give these kids a reminder that they are loved and valued, and to help their families as well. Every child at Koch Elementary received Christmas gifts and a food pantry based right in the school that is providing food for their families. 

The children were so excited. They talked to us about the "craziness," as they called it, they've seen around them and how their lives have been impacted. But they also said how happy they were for this day of presents. 

Thank you for allowing us to bring a little joy to our own city, as well as places in need all around the world! 


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

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December 18, 2014

Reaching Inmates in Bulgaria


by Jack Elledge, Joyce Meyer Ministries United Kingdom Director

For 11 days in November, we had the privilege of reaching out to approximately 9,500 inmates in the country of Bulgaria, which is located in Eastern Europe. Bulgaria was once ruled primarily by communism until the early 1990s. It’s a beautiful country surrounded by mountains, but at the same time struggling with poverty on many levels. 

For many of the inmates, this outreach was the first time anyone had reached out to them while incarcerated. While they were grateful for the gift bags, they were more thankful for the love and concern that was shown to them. In every prison we heard the same thing over and over again - gratitude for Joyce Meyer Ministries showing concern for the inmates. Through the support of our partners we were able to reach out and show love and support as well as a tangible gift to approximately 9,500 inmates. 

One of the main highlights for me was a discussion that I had with Dean, a 28-year-old inmate. Eight years ago Dean lost his grandmother, who was one of the only people who showed him love. When Dean lost his grandmother he became very angry with God, blaming Him for her death. As a result, Dean turned his back on God and began to get in trouble with the law. But over the last year, Dean has come back to the Lord and told me that it was in part due to Joyce’s books. 

As Dean puts it, "I'm thankful for coming to this place because being in prison I have come back to the Lord.” Dean has six more years to serve before his release but those years will be easier to serve because of his recommitment to Jesus. 

Overall, this prison outreach to Bulgaria was a fantastic success; we had open doors at every turn as well as the support from each prison. The inmates were very thankful for our visit and support. Our prayer is that their lives will never be the same, and that as they read Joyce’s books, the Holy Spirit will confront them with the truth and they will turn to Jesus as their Saviour.

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

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October 29, 2014

Pirates, Addicts, Prisons and God’s Love


by Brad Senekal, African Outreach Director

Earlier this year we had the privilege of reaching out to 738 prisoners in the Seychelles, a group of islands off the eastern coast of Africa. Set in the midst of truly spectacular beauty and relative stability, one may not recognize the pain and suffering experienced by many. 

For many of the inmates their lives, until that point (before incarceration), had been more of a taste of hell than of the paradise tourists experience. Seychelles has one of the highest intravenous drug usage per capita globally, falls within a piracy as well as drug/human/weapons trafficking shipping route, and faces growing break-down of the family unit. 

The Seychelles prison system recognizes the issues and are committed to rehabilitate not just punish inmates. I was so impressed by their openness to our visit and the commitment to transformation by the chaplain and other leadership. 

Through the support of our partners, we got to tell Somalian pirates that God loves them and give them Joyce’s books in Somali. We also were able to talk to heroin addicts about healing and restoration…and with women about how God restored Joyce after sexual abuse and how He can do the same for them! 

But we aren’t stopping with this one trip… in addition to the hygiene gift bags and books, we’ll be putting Joyce on their prison radio, and providing flash drives so they can receive her TV program. Our hope is to spread the Gospel and turn the tide against the works of the enemy. 

Please pray for the inmates, and the officials, God is doing something special there. 


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

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September 12, 2014

Sharing the Love of Christ in the Middle East


We recently received an update on behalf of one of our partners on the ground responding to the crisis in Iraq: 

He visited an area where most of the Christians who fled from Qarakosh and Mousel are taking refuge. It was heart breaking seeing thousands upon thousands of displaced Iraqis. 

The churches have opened their doors and every empty building is a place of refuge. All the schools have been used to host the refugees. There is a huge problem as schools are filled with displaced families and this means that children can't go back to school. Some of these families are living in tents with a temperature hitting nearly 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). He couldn’t stay more than 10 minutes in one of the tents because of the heat. 

What touched his heart were children with smiles and laughter in the midst of pain. It's amazing how even in the midst of tragedy, joy can still be found among these children. 

The area where refugees have fled is receiving humanitarian aid for the Christians from NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) as it is still a relatively safe place to be for now. But still the need is huge. 
However, the area where the majority of Yazidis are, and the surrounding areas, are not receiving aid from humanitarian agencies as it is relatively dangerous to go to these areas. Our ministry partner went there with the protection of an army general and met with Yazidis families. They are living in horrific circumstances. Some have no tents, no water and no aid! What we gave was able to help some but there are more than 200,000 families in great need. 

Keep praying for: 

  • Protection and the mercies of God on the displaced families
  • The hope of the Gospel to go out and reach thousands. We were able to give out Bibles to many of the families.
  • Jesus to reveal Himself in a powerful way to everyone taking refuge
  • Dreams and revelations in the midst of pain and suffering 

Let us believe it, not just in words, but also in our prayers. He is above and more powerful than anyone or anything!  

The need is overwhelming and great. Thanks for your generosity, as we were able to feed 600 families for one week with basic dry food. The local supermarket was surprised that we came all the way from the West with support to help their people that he donated 70 meals on top of what we bought. 

Thank you for your support that helps us reach these families. Please continue to pray with us for this devastating situation.


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

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August 28, 2014

Finding Freedom at the Genesis Men’s Home


“Something in me that night decided to pray to God,” Dakota recalls. For Dakota Rodick, a former drug addict, this was the beginning of a new journey, and it all started with a simple prayer. 

Dakota grew up in a home where both parents battled alcohol and drugs, and it wasn’t long before he developed a curiosity, which was satisfied when his father introduced him to methamphetamine as a teenager. For a year and a half after that pivotal moment, Dakota shot heroin and became addicted to meth. 

At fourteen, Dakota started working and by seventeen, still a child but living like an adult, he had a house and a truck and was about to be married. But since being introduced to the needle, his addiction took over. He lost everything and was soon surviving from one homeless shelter to another. 

“I had reached a point of desperation where I could not do anything for myself right…” says Dakota. Staying at a homeless shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, he realized he couldn’t figure things out on his own, so he desperately prayed, begging for God’s help. Within days, a complete stranger staying in the same shelter bought him a bus ticket and he was soon on his way to St. Louis, Missouri, to begin a new life. 

Shortly after arriving in St. Louis, Dakota went to the St. Louis Dream Center, an inner-city outreach of Joyce Meyer Ministries, where he met Pastor Kendrick and immediately felt a sense of peace. As director of the Genesis Men’s Home, a residential twelve-month discipleship program, Pastor Kendrick accepted Dakota as a resident on the spot. Soon after, for the very first time, Dakota publically acknowledged Jesus as His Lord and Savior. He was even able to reach out to his dad, the one who had introduced him to drugs in the first place. 

Seeing Dakota free from his addiction sparked something in his dad—he, too, wanted to be free. Now, both men are part of the Genesis Men’s Home, and Dakota and his dad are pursuing God together having discovered life free from drugs and alcohol. Dakota says, “I believe that without loving others and helping others – I am nothing.” 


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

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July 03, 2014

Sharing God’s Heart with Namibia

by Jon Essen, Staff Writer

Flying into the beautiful African nation of Namibia, my heart was expectant that God had great things in store for us in the days ahead. 

Namibia is located on the Southwest part of Africa, and is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with a population of a little over two million people. 

Through the generous support of the friends and partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries, the ministry put on a two-day Festival of Life event to unite the churches and Christians of Namibia, while sharing the Gospel with those who had never heard it before. 

Worship was led each evening by Hillsong South Africa, and it was incredible to watch the people enjoy God’s presence during the event. 

I met a woman, who shared that she had been praying for 10 years that God would send Joyce Meyer to the nation of Namibia, in order to unite and bring a heart of revival to the Christians there. 

Joyce was absolutely in her element, and passionately shared with the people that God didn’t want them to live in complacency, and that His heart for them was to change their thinking by letting go of past pains and disappointments, and to take hold of a whole new way of living. 

There was a special time of prayer where Joyce felt led to bring out and hold up the nation’s flag, and prayed for God to reveal His heart of love to the people of Namibia. 

As I prepared on the last night to leave the outdoor stadium where the event was held, I realized something: 

I’m not the only one who has been expecting God to do great things in the nation of Namibia…and there’s so much more in store for this country. 


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

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