May 25, 2011

Humbled in Ethiopia

Kim Schmied – Hand of Hope

As an employee of Joyce Meyer Ministries, I am well acquainted with the work we are doing around the world. It has touched my heart for a number of years, but nothing compares to experiencing it firsthand. This month, I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and participate in our Hand of Hope medical outreach. No amount of pictures, magazine articles or broadcasts could’ve prepared my heart for what I would encounter.

I saw extreme poverty and malnourished babies literally weeks from death. I saw people of all ages suffering from physical and emotional pain that I cannot comprehend. I saw young girls stricken with fear as they live trapped in the sex trade industry. I saw devastation at a level I have never experienced before. But more importantly I saw solutions.

I saw physical pain relieved. I saw bellies filled. I saw girls rescued from human trafficking and a momma being reunited with her baby. I saw our medical volunteers treat 2,110 patients, prescribe 7,625 prescriptions and lead 433 people to the Lord! I watched as love surpassed cultural barriers to mend broken hearts, ease heavy burdens and restore hope to those who feared it was lost forever.

I am humbled to be a part of what God is doing in Ethiopia and to be a part of a ministry that is making an eternal impact in that nation and many others 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.