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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June 25, 2014

Safety for Street Children



Recently we had the honor of dedicating the new Hope Center in Madagascar. In the capital city of Antananarivo there are thousands of street children who are in desperate need of safety, food and love. The Hope Center will be able to provide that for some of them. 

The Hope Center dedication was simply amazing and full of joy. Dave and Joyce were welcomed by hundreds of children thundering loud with excitement. 

Centrally located in perhaps the poorest area of Antananarivo, Madagascar, the new center will provide hot meals, access to showers and protection from those who would want to harm them. Many of the children we met will be able to sleep with a pillow and blanket for the very first time. 

Many of the children, who are living on the streets through no fault of their own, have faced sexual abuse and the constant fear of human trafficking. Many are even fighting disease and malnutrition due to a lack of basic life necessities. 

Now, hundreds of children will be able to find solace from the dangers of the streets, and the care they desperately need. We know we can’t help every single child, but we are honored to be able to help as many as we possibly can. 

Thank you for partnering with us to change these children’s futures…one safe night at a 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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June 20, 2014

A Night in Madagascar


Ginger Stache, Chief Media Officer for Joyce Meyer Ministries 

Our first night in Antananarivo, Madagascar, I met a mother who lives on the streets with her six children. They showed me how they wait until long after dark each night to find a spot on the street so that they won't be forced to move. They lay out cardboard for their beds and build makeshift tents out of plastic they find in the trash to protect themselves from the weather. 

They take turns sleeping to protect one another from violence and the children from being picked up and trafficked. The children were filthy, hungry and absolutely beautiful. My heart broke into many pieces as I sat on the street with them and they shared their life with me. 

Yesterday we brought those children and tens of thousands of Madagascar's street kids together for a day of their very own. A day free of fear and hunger and we told them they were loved and had value. They danced, sang and laughed. 

It was a great day - one I'll never forget and hopefully they won't either. Thanks for making this day possible and for sending these children your love from 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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June 13, 2014

Bringing Hope to Thousands in Tulsa


Erin Cluley, Staff Writer 

At first glance, it appeared to be a dreary, soggy day. But as you got closer to the OneOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it was indisputable that something special was about to take place. Thousands of people lined up outside the baseball field, excited for what was about to happen. 

On Friday, June 6, Hand of Hope and several other churches and organizations partnered with GUTS Church for their Friday Groceries with Joyce event. In a city where so many in the community are struggling, this day was designed to meet practical needs, and most importantly, share the hope found in Christ. 

Every person who came through the gates of the stadium received a hot lunch, free groceries to last their family for a week, and the opportunity to get free haircuts, medical and dental screenings, diapers, kids shoes, and legal advice. 1,000 bikes were also given away to some very excited kids. 

Donna Mobley, who lives on a fixed income, has 7 grandchildren, 3 of whom live with her. She arrived at 9:30 pm Thursday evening to assure she would get bikes for her grandkids, despite the storms that moved through the night while she waited. Donna said this event was one of the coolest things she’s ever seen take place in the community, primarily because an event like this “gives the children hope.” 

Before the giveaway began, Joyce shared a message of hope to the attendees, encouraging them to keep going and expect something good to happen to them and through them each day. 

Partners, you are the reason events like this can happen. You are why so many families have food this week, and why kids who would have never had a new bike, road home on their new wheels with a huge smile that day. Thank you for sharing hope. 


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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May 30, 2014

A Spring of Hope in the Amazon Jungle



Chad Trafton, Staff Writer 

Nestled in the Peruvian jungle, Zungaro Cocha is one of hundreds of villages you may not find on a map but populate much of the Amazon River coastline. 

Although it’s Autumn, it feels a lot like Summer, with temps in the 90s bolstered by high humidity from frequent showers. Makeshift wood and cement houses with simple metal roofs line the muddy roads of this community. 

Most families have little more than a table and a few chairs, along with a wood-burning stove and a place to sleep. Many don’t even have this. And until recently, no one had access to clean water. Dirty water from the Amazon and its tributaries regularly makes them sick, bringing parasites and other diseases into the community. 

Thanks to you, Joyce Meyer Ministries’ Hand of Hope recently built a church and installed a fresh-water well in Zungaro Cocha, bringing physical and spiritual help to thousands. 

Gilberto Ahuanari pastors the church. For the past three years, they held services in a dilapidated house, not even able to keep out the rain. They prayed for an answer, and the Lord gave them Zechariah 6:15: “And those who are far off shall come and help build the Temple of the Lord.” 

“I didn’t know where it would come from,” says Pastor Ahuanari. “But its you. It’s a gift from God.” 

“Since I was a kid, I saw suffering from water,” says church member Ester Yahuarcani. People had a lot of disease…now they don’t. Now God has blessed us.” 

Over and over, the people we meet tell us, “You are the answer to our prayers.” Friends and partners, you are here in the Peruvian jungle, bringing hope and God’s love to so many along the Amazon River. 

Thank you for being a part of the answer. 

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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May 20, 2014

His Love Knows No Bounds



Kim Schmied, Hand of Hope 

After spending a week in the remote jungles of Peru on a Hand of Hope medical/dental missions outreach, I am reminded yet again that God’s love truly knows no bounds.  

It is a truth that has been well established in my soul for many years, yet every time I experience God on the mission field, it manages to catch me off guard as if I am discovering it for the very first time. I am reminded that there is no heart His love cannot reach, no soul beyond His grasp, no individual outside his line of vision. 

In each corner of the world, the needs of the people look different. In some places, like Ethiopia, they are glaringly obvious and visually devastating. While in others, like the jungle village of Mazan, Peru, you have to look a little more closely to see them. You may not see belly after belly distended in malnourishment or bodies riddled with disease. But you will see severe tooth infections and open wounds that when left untreated could easily become just as life threatening. You will see babies covered from head to toe in scabies and mommas hoping and praying that their children find some relief. 

The heartache of a mother watching her child suffer is the same regardless of geographic location or the severity of the physical condition. But just as the heartache is the same, so too is the joy and hope they experience when offered a solution. 

Whether that solution is a tooth extraction or medicine or the sound of her child’s carefree laughter as they blow bubbles and get sufficiently tickled while waiting in line, each person that comes through our clinic is touched and changed. Each one is reminded that they haven’t been forgotten and that there is a God in Heaven who not only loves them, but who will go to great lengths to reveal Himself to them. 

During our five days of clinic in Mazan, we were able to treat 2,541 patients, extract 304 teeth, dispense 8,651 prescriptions and lead 593 people to the Lord. The fact that God has chosen to partner with us, His children, to fulfill His purposes in the Earth is a humbling realization. And then to experience that partnership firsthand is nothing short of a divine privilege. 

With every medical outreach we do, we have a unique opportunity to meet people in their time of need. And through that need, we have an even more unique opportunity to introduce them to the God who sent us, shower them with His love, and give them a hope for the future that will last long after the medications are gone.


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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May 09, 2014

Praising God In the Storm



Looking out their window, Robert and Judy could see the tornado forming near their home in Mayflower, Arkansas. They sought safety in their safe room…the only thing from their home that was left standing when the dust settled. 

“I give God all the praise and glory because it was Him who kept us safe. And I’m thankful for the sweet people who He sent to be an extension of Himself and thankful for the ministry who supports all this.” 

Those sweet people God sent were from the Arkansas Dream Center, who we’ve partnered with to bring relief to those in Mayflower who were devastated in the F4 tornado. We also partnered with North Little Rock First Assembly to help those in Vilonia, a nearby town that was also hit hard. 

Because of the financial donations of the friends and partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries, we’ve been able to provide food, cleanup and basic necessities following the storm. 

We love the opportunity to help those in need, and are so thankful to everyone who helps make outreaches like this 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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May 05, 2014

Backpacks in the Jungle



Ginger Stache, Chief Media Officer of Joyce Meyer Ministries

Nine-year-old Jarumy hurried straight home after school and broke out her new colored pencils. She and 500 smiling kids in the jungle of Peru received a gift today of backpacks and school supplies. Jarumy's Vice Principal said it was like Christmas for these students and their teachers. And the parents were in tears. 

Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope may have handed out these backpacks but our partners are the heart that made it possible. Thanks for giving so many of us a great day and for allowing us to show Christ's love in such a fun way.  

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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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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