April 02, 2014

Prison Outreach Update: South Carolina


Roy Lormis, Prison Outreach Supervisor

We just returned from our prison outreach to South Carolina. At the first facility we visited we handed out the gifts to the offenders and then scheduled to return in the evening for a service. The service was not previously scheduled; however, meeting the warden and giving him the box of gifts for him and the box of gifts for the staff opened the door. 

At this facility a young man had given his soap to another inmate who needed some. He had told his mom about this a couple of days before our arrival. She had told him to pray. He had asked his brother if he could help him with some money to get soap from the prison store, a request his brother denied. His need was filled though when we showed up and gave everyone soap, shampoo and Joyce Meyer books. He was blown away that God would answer his prayer in a way he never even thought possible! 

We continued to see God work and move in men’s hearts. In a maximum security unit, where we had to put protective gear on just to hand out the gifts, we saw a lot of men in total disbelief that someone would come to where they are to give them something without expecting anything in return. 

At the Broad River Correctional Institution we were allowed to have a service with 69 men in attendance. This was a maximum security prison and they don’t let a great number of guys out at a time. The good news was that the service was piped throughout the prison and recorded so it could be replayed over and over. I know God uses the gifts as a tool to open the hearts of the men and women we visit. 

On this trip we handed out 11,370 gift bags, held five services and had 104 come to Christ. Of the 13 prisons we visited, two were on medical lock-down. They had a flu epidemic and under quarantine. Some of the offenders will get the books (“Be Healed in Jesus’ Name) we left for them when they come off of lock-down 

Blessings,
Roy Lormis  

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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March 26, 2014

How One Goat Changed The Life Of This Mother And Her Baby


by Laura Matheny, R.N. – HOH Medical Outreach Coordinator

In February, I had the privilege of leading a Hand of Hope medical missions team into Niger in Central West Africa. Niger is a place of great need, both spiritually and physically. Our medical/dental clinic was an incredible open door for the people to experience God’s love and hear the message of salvation. It was truly an honor to serve them. 

The highlight of our trip was one of the last patients we saw. Her name was Fatisima. She was about 1 month old and weighed a little under 6 pounds. 

This baby came to us very malnourished because her mother wasn't able to produce enough milk to feed the baby. In fact, this woman had lost 5 babies already due to the inability to provide enough milk for them. Fatisima was her sixth child, and was quickly heading down the same path. But her mother had heard about our clinic and came to us with hopes that we could help her. 

Unfortunately, there was nothing we could do about her milk supply...so we bought her a goat instead. There is a "goat milk" program in Niger that involves feeding malnourished children. It has had high success rates and so we asked the mother if she had a goat. She did not...and was not able to afford to buy one. So, for $60, we bought her a goat to take home with her and use the milk to feed her baby.  

When we told her about the goat, she was so happy! Finally, she has hope that one of her children will live! 

What a privilege it was to be a part of such an awesome act of love. While we were driving out of the clinic, our last sight was this mother and her child leaving with a goat...and a new hope for a better future. 

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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March 19, 2014

Meet Pastor Alex from our St. Louis Dream Center


My name is Alex Bryant, and I am the new director of the St. Louis Dream Center. In July of last year my wife, Angela, and I (along with our 5 kids) moved here from sunny Southwest Florida. We did this for one reason: we believe that people want to be a part of something bigger than they are! And what is happening at the St. Louis Dream Center is definitely bigger than all of us. 

My family is from the Midwest, and my mother has been a student of Joyce’s teaching for many years, so, I was familiar with the DC. I knew that the staff and volunteers had been meeting the needs of inner city kids and adults for a number of years. Great things have been happening for a while – long before I arrived. So, when the opportunity arose for us to come and be a part of what’s going on, we jumped at the chance! 

Having grown up in the housing projects in a town just north of St. Louis, I know what it’s like to be poor and needy. I have eaten the government cheese and peanut butter. I have gone to school with clothes that were worn out and didn’t fit. But, God had His hand on my life the whole time. 

I made it out of the ‘hood’ through education! Educating my heart with the knowledge that Christ is real and has a plan for my life. Educating my mind, through college, developing the tools necessary to fulfill this plan. I feel like God has been preparing me for this all my life!

God has given us an even bigger vision for the ministry here at the Dream Center and the surrounding community, the 21st Ward. We want to see more people move from where they are (perhaps homeless or in extreme poverty) to become productive members of society. We want to help them get GEDs and higher education that will help them get better jobs to support their families. We want to help them develop life skills (e.g. personal finance, parenting, and social acumen) that will help them feel more confident about accomplishing their dreams and goals. We want to teach them God’s Word so they will know His values and His expectations for their life. And then we want to release them into the community with the mandate to help us fulfill the Great Commission!

I made it out and now I want to help as many people as possible make it out too. If I can do it, so can they! Pray for us as we continue to grow the scope and reach of the St. Louis Dream Center. If we all work together we can achieve more.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

Pastor Alex 
Executive Director of the SLDC

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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March 12, 2014

Medical/Dental Missions in El Salvador


In January, Wade Hosseini, Medical Outreach Coordinator for Joyce Meyer Ministries, led a team of medical and dental volunteers into El Salvador to provide care for people in need. Here’s what Wade and his team experienced there: 

Thanks to God, our team had a phenomenal experience in El Salvador. Many people were treated medically/dentally and more importantly, lives were touched eternally. Lives were transformed right before our eyes through the simple gift of vitamins and medications that we were able to provide. Patients were heard saying, “no one has ever given me anything.” The extension of Christ’s love made a lasting impact to over 3,500 people! I can’t say enough good things about the El Salvadorians, such humility, generosity, and compassion was shown toward our team. 

Among the 3,537 people treated through our week of clinics there, 373 came to know Jesus Christ as their savior. Our team has many stories of how God worked through our mission in El Salvador, but these two stand out: 

• Our team was able to change the life of a young boy. Having been born with a speech issue due to underdeveloped oral tissue underneath his tongue, his speech had always been slurred. With the medical supplies our team had on hand, a small procedure was done, freeing his tongue to move. Eventually this will help with his annunciation of words. Catching this early on in his life, will enable him to one day speak perfectly clearly.  

• A frantic mother brought a baby in with a severe fever. As she was unable to afford the necessary emergent care, we treated the child and we were able to bring the fever down and prevent the child form having seizures as a complication, which had happened in the past the mother said. Happy we were there to help! 

Medically, these are really simple treatments and procedures, the kind we might take for granted. But to these people, our work there literally changed the course of their lives! And of course, the best part about it is that God was glorified in this work. Thanks to our Partners and all the medical/dental volunteers who make these outreaches possible 

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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March 05, 2014

Muffins For Missions



Recently, Hand of Hope, the world missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries, received this letter from a 9 year-old little girl in Florida. Like Joyce, medical issues in her own family opened up her heart for those who are in need around the world. 

Dear Hand of Hope

I am nine years old and I live in St. Augustine, Florida. This past summer my dad had to have heart surgery. He had an aortic aneurism and a bad valve. He was able to get help at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. I thank God that my dad still lives today. 

My mom told me about Hand of Hope and about people who need help in other countries. I’m not innocent. I forget about them too. I am very thankful that my dad was able to get medical help but also sad for the people who couldn’t. That’s when I decided to have a bake sale to raise money for medical missions. I made invitations and put them all over my neighborhood and sent some to friends. 

Many people came, and we raised $176. Please use this money for medical missions. We prayed over the bake sale a lot and we thank God for the amount we raised. 

With love, 
G.J.  

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 26, 2014

Finding Home in Serving Others


Sarah Foster, St. Louis Dream Center Assistant

Queen of the hill, she had everything at her fingertips. She was the star of her college’s women’s basketball team. A career in the WNBA seemed all but certain. She was on top of the world, and nothing was going to bring her down. But sometimes life has a way of knocking us to our knees…that’s what the rape did to her. That’s what two basketball-related injuries did to her. She gave up, she let go. She succumbed to the humbling blows that came her way. 

Fast forward to today – past the years she spent as a drug dealer, past the years of depression, past the moment when she was asked to leave her sister’s house because she couldn’t kick her drug habit. Today, you’ll find the former queen of the hill serving others at the St. Louis Dream Center as a volunteer in the food pantry. “Good morning!” she says cheerfully as the next client walks past the desk with a grocery cart. She carefully gathers the food items and hands them over with a friendly smile. When watching her, it’s almost as if she were born for this. 

In fact, she was in the grocery business for eleven years, much of that time managing stores throughout the southeast. This is her “niche.” It’s apparent this isn’t just a woman fresh off the streets, working hard to leave the drugs in her past; you see her as something more. You begin to see her as God sees her: A woman with hope and a future. A woman with a smile. A woman with joy. A woman who has found a family and a home. 

Meet Kasha Doomes. Right now she may be “homeless,” bouncing from friend’s house to friend’s house as she diligently works to get her life back in order, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a home. When asked to describe the Dream Center in one word, “inspirational” is what immediately comes from her mouth. 

“This place feels like family, it feels like home. Sometimes I don’t want to leave at the end of the day, but I know I have to.” She hopes to one day open a home or facility that will help women who have experienced similar difficult situations in their lives. She wants to take the inspiration she has received from the Dream Center and pass it along to others in need. She would also like to write a book. 

What would she say to someone that is considering volunteering at the Dream Center? “It’s a good environment. Being here will not only teach you a lot about other people; it will teach you about yourself. It will help you to see who you really are if you don’t already know.” 

Kasha needed something positive, a better place to be. She needed somewhere to invest her time, a good environment. When it seemed like her life couldn’t get any darker, a friend introduced her to the Dream Center and volunteering. She was in search of doing something good with her time. In turn, she found inspiration. She found hope. She found a family. She found home. 

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 19, 2014

Preaching the Gospel Without Words



One of the goals of every Joyce Meyer Ministries’ outreach is to see every person we encounter ultimately develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. But getting them to that point often takes a lot of love in action. So many people are in so much physical or emotional pain that they can’t even process the Gospel message until their needs have been met. 

In doing that, we’ve found the only thing greater than telling someone about Jesus is showing them Jesus. Serving people and offering medical help says more about who we are as Christians than we could ever say in a lifetime. 

Think about Acts 10:38: …He [Jesus] went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil… (NIV). How simple! Jesus drew people to Himself over and over by loving them. 

And so Jesus is our example, and that is our mission: to share Christ and love people. Joyce Meyer Ministries is blessed to spread the Good News of Jesus through conferences, on television and in print, telling the world that God loves them. We never forget, however, that loving and caring for others is the greatest message we will ever preach.

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 12, 2014

Delivering Hope: Reaching the Hungry and Homeless in the Former Soviet Union


Chad Trafton, Staff Writer

When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, everything literally changed overnight. The sudden fall of communism led to economic collapse and resulted in sweeping social changes, including a new national religion and, in some locations, a new language. 

The nation’s new political identity also left an entire older generation disillusioned. Marked by its political and military heroes, these men and women watched everything they once fought for instantly crumble around them. The system was turned upside down…and even educated and decorated veterans struggled to find employment.  

In the wake of such dramatic change, millions have fought to simply survive, often lacking the most basic necessities. However, through your support, Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions is partnering with Rick Renner Ministries in the former Soviet Union to help reach thousands of precious people in need. 

In the Heart of Moscow 

Home to more than 16 million residents, Moscow is one of the most populated cities in the world…and it continues to expand. Each day, more people flood in from other parts of Russia looking for jobs and a place to live. 

The growing population also feeds a growing problem: thousands of “social orphans” lacking a home or proper care. Often escaping abusive situations or parents struggling with addiction, they many times go from bad to worse, falling prey to other dangerous situations or addictions themselves. 

“If you go through this city today and you look for these kids, you won't see them on the streets,” says Rick Renner. “They're living in the attics. They're living in the basements. These are kids who, especially in the colder months of the year, sniff glue…because glue causes them to feel warmer, and so there's a big addiction problem with glue.” 

Through Rick Renner Ministries’ Good News Church in Moscow, ministry teams regularly seek out these kids to provide them with meals and let them know someone cares. For these children, the love and support means everything. Continued visits open the door for us to share the message of Christ and invite them to the church, where we can help them in even greater ways. 

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 05, 2014

Genesis Men’s Home: A Place for New Creations


Kendrick Haynes - Genesis Men’s Home Director

The Genesis Men’s Home is a national outreach of the St. Louis Dream Center, giving men the opportunity to receive miraculous life transformation. Through this life-changing program men are encouraged to become more like Jesus in both word and deed.  

Modeled after Teen Challenge, adult men enter the 12 month discipleship program and immerse themselves in a constant schedule of Christian education, pastoral counseling, anger management, relapse prevention, and therapeutic work experiences. 

Genesis Men’s Home is committed to the complete recovery of every single individual that enrolls in the program. As such, it is absolutely amazing what God has allowed the Genesis Men’s Home to accomplish. In 2013 men at the Genesis Home received precious second chances, became reconciled to God, had chains of addiction broken, and their families restored. In 2014 we are believing to do even more because we serve a God who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ever dare to hope, think or imagine.  

Today we have 36 students enrolled in the program and we consider it such a privilege to work with these men. Together, through your vital support, we are making a difference in the lives of those we teach. If someone you love is struggling with a life-controlling problem we have the answer. At Genesis Men’s Home the answer is Jesus Christ. To learn more about this life-changing program, visit us at Genesis Mens Home 

Therefore, if anyone be in Christ he is a new creation. The old is gone, behold the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

At Genesis Men’s Home, behold the new has come. Thanks to the partners and friends of Joyce Meyer Ministries; through your support we are all helping to change lives in the inner city of St. Louis and around the world. Together we are better.

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 30, 2014

The Importance of Medical Missions



For most of us, it’s an ordinary thing to go to the doctor when we’re sick or need treatment. It’s something we can easily take for granted. 

But for approximately 2 billion people around the world (according to the World Health Organization), access to lifesaving medicines isn’t even an option. Some families literally save their money for years just to be able to see a doctor or specialist. 

Maybe the greatest tragedy is that millions needlessly suffer and even die from illnesses that can be so easily avoided. 

Joyce Meyer Ministries’ involvement in medical missions began in 2005, after Joyce herself endured a painful personal medical issue. For her, that experience was an eye-opener. She thought, What would it be like to permanently live with this kind of pain…with no hope of ever getting well? Thus began our medical and dental outreaches around the world. 

Today, we fully fund a hospital in India and support a dental clinic in Kosovo. We also support medical clinics in Ethiopia, Haiti, Cambodia and South Africa. In addition, we have reached tens of thousands of lives through our medical and dental outreaches throughout India, Kenya, Madagascar, Peru, and so many other nations. 

Our goal is simple: We want to reach out with God’s love and help as many people as we can. Thank you for supporting Hand of Hope and bringing these life-saving and life-changing services to those in need 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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