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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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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