February 24, 2010

CURE International: The Story of Faith

David L. Meyer – CEO Hand of Hope

Janet and Symon had been blessed with a baby girl. After their girl had been born they were told she had severe clubfoot. “God, what is this now?” Janet wondered and Symon was equally shocked by the news. However, they both encouraged each other and believed God was going to do something. So they gave their child the name ‘Faith’.

Faith was admitted to a local hospital and without wasting time, doctors referred her to CURE International Hospital that runs a successful national clubfoot program. Joyce Meyer Ministries partners with CURE each month to fund five clubfoot surgeries.

In Malawi, if a child is born with clubfoot, they are considered cursed and the family has to deal with the social issues that go with that. One of the great aspects about CURE is that they counsel the families and address psychological and spiritual issues. When Janet arrived at CURE Hospital, she was first welcomed by the spiritual counseling team who made her feel loved and not rejected and was told that bearing a child with severe clubfoot was not a curse or punishment from God. After undergoing the procedure, Faith is expected to walk properly like any other normal child. Janet meets with the clubfoot counselor every time she visits the clubfoot clinic. Spiritually, she is growing in the Lord. She is very thankful to the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries for their generosity and to the Lord for leading her to CURE.

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February 18, 2010

Lending a Helping Hand in Haiti

David L. Meyer – CEO Hand of Hope

Joyce Meyer Ministries has been partnering with Pat Bradley, founder of International Crisis Aid (ICA), to provide support to people in around the world. After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January, ICA has been working diligently to provide food, water and shelter to the people of Haiti.

ICA is working closely with the United States Marine Corp who is providing tremendous support in the form of heavy equipment, food, water and so much more. They have been able to bulldoze out rubble in a local orphanage created by the earthquake so that shelters could be built for children to stay and have a safe place to sleep. In one day alone, ICA was also able to distribute enough food to feed 24,000 people for the entire day.

One day, one person, one situation at a time, God is using people willing to serve to help bring hope to the people of Haiti. No one person can bring complete restoration, but Marines working with volunteers, just one more example of how working together we are all better!.

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February 16, 2010

Making a Difference in Cambodia

Scott Norling - India Office Director

Rattana Gnek is a 13 year old girl who lives in the garbage slums of Phnom Penn, Cambodia. Rattana’s entire family works in the garbage dumps sorting through the waste in order to find items to sell. Their earnings from this job sustain the family. Rattana and her siblings do not attend a regular school and the family often goes without eating.

Rattana heard that there was a group of teachers that had come to the garbage dump to gather students in that area to study on a bus and give them a meal. She was ecstatic and immediately sought to join the program. She now participates daily in the Joyce Meyer Ministries Feeding School. This program provides Rattana with daily nutrition, educational lessons, fun activities and stories based on biblical principles. She is so happy now. “God saved my life and made it to be bright,” Rattana says. “I know the One who saves and helps people now!”

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February 09, 2010

The Needs Are Still Great in Haiti

Sherry Burnette, Love A Child Co-Founder

It was just about four weeks ago that the 7.0 earthquake crushed the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere...Haiti. Leaving buildings collapsed and homes destroyed, it has been agonizing every day to look into the faces of these people who had next to nothing to begin with and then lost what little they had. They are clinging to hope from day to day.

We are still feeding them every day, praying for them, encouraging them, and hugging them. We are praying that God will give us a plan to help them put their lives back together. All these wounded people need a home and job. This will take a miracle. They need homes and job training. They need the tools in their hands to start a new life. This must happen for them soon. Rainy season will be coming, and if we don't get major help, many more will die. Thank you for continuing to stand in the trenches with us. Please consider helping the Haitian people with a gift today. Your donation, large or small, will be a blessing.

Joyce Meyer Ministries partners help to support Love A Child. Visit our website for more information about Hand of Hope.

February 05, 2010

Pastime Brings Aid to Haiti

David L. Meyer - CEO Hand of Hope

Much needed relief supplies were sent to the Red Cross in Haiti from Joyce Meyer Ministries to help the victims of the earthquake. These supplies were delivered by Dennis Hammond, a partner with Joyce Meyer Ministries, who used his personal boat, the Pastime, to transport the items. Four pallets of medical supplies, soap, hygiene products and other supplies were brought in along with clothing and bottled water provided by the St. Louis Dream Center.

So many people are helping those who are suffering in Haiti in a variety of ways. This is a great example of the love of God in action. Thanks to all the people like Dennis who show God’s love by doing what they are able to do. God bless you!

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February 02, 2010

Haiti: Prayers and Supplies Still Needed

Ashley Wilkins, R.N.
Hand of Hope - Medical Outreach Coordinator

It's been 3 weeks since the devastating earthquake shook the people of Haiti and they are still in need of help. Please continue to pray for everyone affected by this disaster and ask the Lord to show you what you can do to help. Supplies are still desperately needed. Following is a list of items needed sent to us by Love A Child co-founder Bobby Burnette (.PDF of supply list):

- Flashlights: crank kind (for recovery, homeless camps)
- Regular flashlights with batteries
- Large cooking pots

- Paper plates, cups, plastic spoons, forks and knives
- Toothbrushes and tooth paste
- Picks for hair
- Personal items/Feminine hygiene products
- Deodorant and bars of soap
- Bottled water
- Five gallon buckets
- Medicine

Shipping information for supplies:

Love A Child, Inc.

Attn: Mike Essman

Haiti Earthquake Medical Donation
9304 Camden Field Parkway
Riverview, FL 33578-0520

Please print your name, address and phone number on a piece of paper and place it inside each box sent.

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