August 24, 2016

Seneca Is Choosing Joy


Her car and home are flooded but Seneca is still choosing to serve her community!

"I've been affected by the flood but the flood is not gonna affect me. I'm just trusting and believing that the Holy Spirit is still my comforter. I've been through some things before and I have overcome them just like I will overcome this. I will not allow a flood to steal my joy!" 

Even though Seneca herself is in need, she has chosen to come and serve others in her community through Bethany ChurchHand of Hope is honored to partner with local churches like Bethany Church to help bring relief where it's needed.

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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Counting on God's Strength During Disaster - Mike's Story

"God doesn't promise that as believers everything will be good but He does promise that He will give us strength through it...and that's what we count on." 

Mike lost everything, including his home, in the flood waters. He lives in Denham Springs where 90% of the homes have been flooded. It's a devastating reality for so many in Louisiana but Hand of Hope is helping to bring relief through local churches in the area. Thank you to our partners for allowing us to bring relief here and 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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January 26, 2016

Finding Relief After the Storm


Rachael Athearn, Staff Writer 

By the time Angie Nahlik realized her Eureka, Missouri, home and automotive shop were threatened by impending floodwaters, it was practically too late. “The sandbags were gone. Everything was gone,” Angie says.  

Her family gathered up some volunteers to make their own sandbags, but it was too little, too late. So they shifted gears and removed as many of their belongings as they could. But they were unable to save everything. 

The 4 feet of river water that slopped through their shop tipped a motor-oil drum, covering everything that was left behind with thick oil. 

“So we’ve got a chemical hazardous-waste issue inside, and then it’s just uninhabitable,” Angie says. “None of our equipment is working right…everything has to be gutted, and so it’s hard.” 

Angie says one of her biggest needs has been cleaning supplies. That’s one of the reasons she stopped by for a flood-relief event put on recently by Convoy of Hope in partnership with Joyce Meyer Ministries, Hand of Hope.  

At the event, hundreds of people like Angie who were affected by the recent Missouri flooding turned out to receive bottled water, food and cleaning supplies. 

The event, Angie says, brought her a bit of hope. “It’s just nice that people go out of their way to help somebody they don’t know,” she says. “Every little bit helps.” 

Thank you so much for helping us support these much-needed relief efforts in our own back yard…and 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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October 26, 2015

Classrooms of Hope



Rachael Athearn, Staff Writer 

Without access to quality education, many children born into poverty may remain trapped in that desperate cycle for their whole lives. But Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions is working to make a good education more accessible to the children who need it most. 

As one of the poorest provinces in South Africa, the Eastern Cape is home to many families living in impoverished conditions. Due to the lack of education and opportunities, it’s extremely difficult to secure a different future. 

But in the midst of the struggle, there is hope thanks to the local church and concerned members of the community. 

After seeing that children in the neighborhoods were being left unsupervised during the day while their parents worked, some women in the community started small preschools to help look after them. Using what little resources they have, they are now preparing the children for school so they have a better chance of completing their education and breaking free from the grasp of poverty. 

Hand of Hope has been working in the Eastern Cape for the past three years. Through forging a strategic partnership with a non-governmental organization and a local church, thousands of children in this remote area have been receiving a nutritional meal on a regular basis. In many cases, it’s the only food the child will receive that day. Teachers are also being trained in spiritual instruction to enable them to share the message of Christ more effectively. 

Through these programs, we are seeing children improve in their overall health and in their ability to learn. They are more joyful and have hope for the future. 

Many of the buildings where these programs take place are unsafe, however, and don’t offer protection from the elements. But Hand of Hope has launched a project to meet that crucial need. 

Through the Classrooms of Hope project, kids in the Eastern Cape will have a safe, warm and clean environment to be nurtured in. The project will replace the inadequate classroom structures with more suitable ones geared toward early childhood development. Where possible, existing structures will be repaired or improved, and some funds will even be allocated for needed educational and development equipment at the schools. 

Over the next two years, our hope is for at least 20 new classrooms to be completed. Each of the new classrooms will become a conversation point—a light for the life-changing message of Christ—for the surrounding communities and villages. We are already seeing village chiefs make a decision to follow Christ because these precious children are being loved and cared for. 

Thank you so much for helping us give these children the tools they need to break free from poverty. Because of your support, they will have the opportunity to grow up knowing they are valuable to God and that He has an amazing purpose for their lives. 



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 02, 2015

When Dreams Come True


Amy Christensen, Medical/Dental Volunteer 

Four years ago on a missions trip, I had a knowing in my heart that one day I would be baptized in Africa. 

I was thrilled at the thought and eager to see how God would make that dream happen. As the years stretched on, I tried at times to force the issue…but God always closed the door. Ultimately, I learned to trust Him for perfect timing. 

This year, I decided to join the Hand of Hope medical/dental team headed to rural areas of Zambia. It was my ninth trip as a volunteer with the ministry. On the second day of clinics, I felt the Lord’s leading that this was the trip to rededicate my life and be baptized. 

After getting the details worked out, a boat took us to a nearby clear-water tributary that connected to the Zambezi River. Dr. Raj Patel, one of the volunteer dentists, led the group in prayer, reaffirmed my faith and then baptized me. 

As the water rushed over me, I felt the cleansing and healing power of God flood my soul. I am so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to serve on these trips and for enabling me to have the most awesome baptism experience. 

After all, it was being a part of the Hand of Hope medical/dental missions team that inspired me to get my license as a dental assistant. I saw the great need people had for medical and dental care, and I wanted to be more effective while on the mission field. 

It’s so rewarding to be able to use that training to help relieve people’s pain. During those five days of clinics in Zambia, our team saw 1,744 patients…and at least 1,500 of them found new life in Christ through the outreach. I couldn’t imagine life any other way! 

If you’re a medical/dental professional, we’d love for you to join with us on an upcoming trip



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 25, 2015

Now She Can See


Rachael Athearn, Staff Writer 

When Saiamma’s eyes started to water continually, she knew something wasn’t right. Living alone in a rural part of India, she still had to work and take care of her home. But as time went on, even the most basic tasks—like washing her face—became extremely difficult. 

Concerned about her fading eyesight, Saiamma rode a bus along dirt roads to the Chandrakal Hospital, funded by Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions, hoping to find an answer. 

Because of your generous support, doctors at the full-service medical facility made it possible for her to receive the life-changing care she needed…a cataract operation and a pair of glasses, all for free. 

Saiamma is grateful for the help she’s received and is relieved she can return to her daily life with clear vision. 

“Thank you very much,” she says. “For a time, I was not able to work because I couldn’t see. Since I can see now clearly, I am very happy.” 

Hand of Hope has had the opportunity to provide medical care to more than 12,700 people like Saiamma so far this year at the Chandrakal Hospital. The facility includes inpatient services, meals, a maternity ward, eye clinic, pharmacy and many other services that you won’t normally find in rural areas of India. 

Thank you for bringing practical help and God’s love to people in India and 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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June 24, 2015

Volunteer Finds Healing in Peru


Rachel Milbey served as a volunteer nurse during our 2014 outreach in Peru. 

When my husband passed away, I was in shock…it was so final. Initially, I kept myself busy to stay distracted. But later, I started feeling depressed. Not long after, I looked on Joyce’s website and saw a medical missions volunteer ad. I felt inadequate, but something compelled me to apply, and they accepted me within two days! 

I was scared. But I took that step…and it changed my life. At this medical outreach, I was a part of something so much bigger than myself. It was hard, but it didn’t matter. I realized that giving to others is just such an awesome experience—there’s an energy that lifted me up and propelled me. 

This is my purpose, and I love it. And I’m going to do it until I can’t do it anymore. 


If you’re a medical/dental professional, we’d love for you to join with us on an upcoming trip. 

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 17, 2015

A Boy & His Sneakers


Ashley Wilkins, R.N., Medical Outreach Director 

I hadn’t noticed ten-year-old Rothtim and his mother until after he had been treated by the doctors and was leaving our Hand of Hope clinic. Then again, once you saw him walk, it was hard not to notice him. 

Rothtim was obviously very small for his age, but also crippled. With each stride, the tops of his bare, calloused feet would scrape against the concrete. He had walked this way his entire life. I can still hear that sound in my ears. Moved with compassion, I ran and picked Rothtim up in my arms. 

Desperately Searching for Shoes
Sitting him down on a nearby bench, I asked his mother if they would be willing to wait while I got him a pair of shoes. She excitedly replied that they would. 

I made a tracing of his feet to get the correct size. I wanted to be absolutely sure that these shoes ¬fit him. With the outline of Rothtim’s calloused little feet in my hand, I headed to the market. 

Finding a new pair of shoes in a developing nation is not an easy task. I located a shop on a street corner and began looking through the limited choices of new shoes. The majority of the shoes were either for girls or grown men, and most were covered in dust from the dirty street. But after some searching, I found two good, clean pairs of shoes in his size. I immediately gave thanks to the Lord because I had found Rothtim’s shoes. I picked out a few pairs of socks and quickly paid the clerk. 

Taking That First Step
When I got back to the clinic, little Rothtim and his mom were sitting on the bench, waiting patiently, exactly where I left them. We washed his dirty feet, put the socks on and slid them into Rothtim’s new pair of shoes. He sprang up and began walking about. Amazingly, the shoes actually acted as a corrective device, which allowed him to walk almost normally! 

Most Cambodians, like Rothtim and his mother, live on just one U.S. dollar per day, making the simple luxury of owning a pair of shoes impossible. For just $10 USD, we were able to purchase Rothtim clean socks and two new pairs of shoes. 

In an instant, with something as seemingly insignificant as a pair of shoes, Rothtim experienced the love of Christ. The smile that stretched across his face was indescribable. And I could not help but smile in return as he and his mother repeatedly bowed to me in thanks. 




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 10, 2015

Fifteen Days Ago She Began to Go Blind...


Chad Trafton, Staff Writer 

The village of Mazan sits deep in the heart of Peru. It’s one of hundreds of small communities lining the Amazon River.  

By 8 am, our medical/dental team has transformed a local grade school into a fully functional clinic—complete with several examining rooms and a pharmacy—and is ready to see their first patients…and there will be no shortage. 

Just outside the main gates, more than a hundred people from Mazan and other villages wait in line, most sitting on wood bleachers. Some have traveled more than four hours by boat. Many have even spent the night in one of the classrooms, determined not to miss their opportunity for free medical/dental care. 

Celmira sits in the middle of the crowd, patiently waiting like all the others. Her grandson, Maximo, waits with her. She looks concerned, and we soon find out why. Fifteen days ago, she began going blind in one eye. For her, this clinic is a godsend. She waits…and hopes someone up ahead has an answer. 

She gets checked in and sits down with Dr. Budi Bahureksa, one of our volunteer physicians. It doesn’t take long for him to pinpoint the problem—her blood sugar registers 511, at least 300 points above normal. 

“You’re too sweet,” Dr. Bahureksa says, his bedside manner eliciting a smile. “Your blindness is from the diabetes, so we’re going to give you some good medicine. You need to be on this medication all of the time.”  

He gives Celmira a prescription, which she fills at our pharmacy, two doors down. Thankfully, her blindness can be reversed…they caught it just in time. 

The pharmacy is filled with others just like her…a steady stream of people eager to trade their prescriptions for medicines. Volunteer Nurse Kelly Johnston helps keep the operation running smoothly. It’s her fifth medical trip with Hand of Hope, and she thrills at another chance to see the faces of relieved mothers and children. 

“We give them a little bit of hope,” she says. ““It’s a little thing for us, but it’s not little to them. Here they have no options.” 

Texas-native Nurse Mickey Brown agrees: “We’re amazed at how God touches their lives. It’s so fun to be able to do all this…it’s like Christmas.” 

And it looks like Christmas. Heaping piles of antibiotics are all neatly stacked and organized on long tables, ready to be dispensed. The team has come prepared, knowing for the most part what illnesses to expect. 

Here in Mazan, more times than not, they simply learn to live with the pain. But today they don’t have to. 


If you’re a medical/dental professional, we’d love for you to join with us on an upcoming trip. 

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 03, 2015

My Brother & An Abandoned Baby in Kenya


Laura Matheny, R.N., Medical Outreach Coordinator 

Nairobi, Kenya. I had this trip circled on my calendar. 

Every year, Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions conducts free medical/dental clinics around the world. And as one of their medical outreach coordinators, I’ve gotten a chance to travel far and wide…and watch God work miracles in the lives of people who desperately need help. 

But for me, this outreach was going to be special. 

You see, Nairobi is my hometown. Well, actually, my family is from Louisiana. But from the time I was young, my parents—Don and Amy Matheny—have been independent missionaries in Kenya. In fact, about twenty-five years ago, they founded Nairobi Lighthouse Church. 

The oldest of six children, I returned to the United States when I was 18 to attend Bible school…then eventually nursing school. My heart’s desire was to someday come back to Nairobi with a skill and serve the people there like my parents have for so many years. 

Through a series of events, I stayed in the U.S. and began volunteering for Joyce Meyer Ministries’ medical outreaches. That is where I found my calling. One thing led to another, and today I am privileged to work on these medical outreaches full time. And in the summer of 2013, my work led me back to a place very close to my heart… 

The Day We Met Moses
My dream of being a nurse in Kenya was fulfilled in a way I could have never imagined. Here I was leading a Hand of Hope medical team, working in partnership with my family and Nairobi Lighthouse Church to help so many people in need. 

For five days, we treated more than 5,000 patients in Nairobi’s Huruma Slums. On the fourth day of this outreach, something happened that I will never forget…  

One of our first patients was a two-week-old Kenyan baby. A woman found him abandoned in a nearby field. She appropriately named him Moses…then brought him to us because she had run out of diapers and baby formula. 

Other than a slight eye infection, Moses was healthy and strong. The woman wanted to continue caring for him, so we connected her with a clinic in the area that will follow up on them. We also introduced her to an orphanage affiliated with Nairobi Lighthouse Church—just in case her situation becomes unmanageable. 

But Moses really struck a chord with me… 

Eighteen years ago, a German family attended my parents’ church. They held in their arms a baby who was abandoned in these Nairobi slums. They loved and cared for him, but they were returning to Germany and, without the appropriate papers, they couldn’t take the child with them. 

That day, my parents made a decision that would affect all of our lives forever. They accepted responsibility for the 7-week-old baby—the child who would eventually become my adopted brother, David. 

The day Moses came to the clinic, I ran out to find David and said, “You have got to see this!” David was so touched, and he immediately went out to buy Moses some diapers and formula…then sat and held him in his arms while he fed him. 

As his sister, it was such a precious moment. It was like stepping back in time and seeing David rescued all over again. That day we prayed for Moses and spoke blessings over his life. It is something I will always treasure. 



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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