October 26, 2011

Teeth Grenades

















Tyler Ramsey – Artist and Medical Missions Volunteer

God turned a couple of rotten teeth in the ghetto of Panama into spiritual grenades. Yep, Spiritual Grenades! My wife Jacqueline and I were recently blessed to be included on a medical mission trip to Panama with Hand of Hope. The team of Dr.s and nurses inspired my wife and I with their hearts and their faith. Together, we created a temporary clinic within a ghetto torn apart by gang violence and daily murders. Ka-Boom! An older Panamanian woman came to the clinic with a couple of rotting teeth and a beautiful smile appeared when she found out we could help. She even smiled as our world-class dentist expertly and painlessly extracted the cause of her suffering. Still smiling with a mouth full of gauze, the old woman sat next to an unhappy mother in our ministry tent as she waited a few minutes for her follow-up medication. The mother’s view of the world was dark, cynical, and violent. She refused to pray with my wife until the old woman pointed to her missing teeth and said we were ok. Together, we all prayed with the mother, who simply wanted her children to love her. The mother cried when my wife opened her heart to an unlimited source of love and even accepted Jesus that day thanks to a couple of teeth that brought an old woman to a clinic so she could help a desperate mother feel comfortable enough to allow a stranger to pray over her. God turned a couple of rotten teeth into spiritual grenades. KA-BOOM!

On a selfish note, there is no better way to travel. When you are on a mission trip, you see places and experience things you would never see on a typical vacation. Spending time in that slum was one of the coolest things I’ve experienced, and the Indian village we went to next gave me a new and radically different perspective. We feel like we packed several trips into one. My wife and I are both seasoned world-travelers, but our trip to Panama is the most amazing experience we’ve ever had. Our faith and our marriage are stronger than ever. The friends we made have inspired us both to become better Christians. Ashley, our coordinator, handled all of the details, which freed us up to simply experience the glory of the adventure. The stories we returned with make our other trips sound dull by comparison my wife was a contestant on Survivor so that’s saying a lot! Our trip to Panama has changed our life. We will be forever grateful.

Click here for information on how you can go on a medical missions 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.

October 19, 2011

Flood Relief in Southeast Asia
















Scott Norling, Director – Joyce Meyer Ministries Asia Office

This has been a very challenging time for the people of Southeast Asia as they battle a horrible year of monsoon rains and flooding. There has been significant rain and flooding all along the Mekong River. This river runs through many of the countries we work in – specifically Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Our children's home in Siem Riep, Cambodia is full of water. We will rebuild our children’s home in Cambodia as well as do everything we can to bring relief to those affected by the flooding.

We have volunteers working every day, spending time with families who have lost so much. So far we have served thousands of families with supply relief bags, which contain rice, tin fish, oil and vegetables. We plan to print Joyce’s book Tell Them I Love Them to be placed in relief bags as well as to be handed out personally by volunteers. We are working with four churches to set up facilities in five locations for temporary housing, each of which will have food and simple bedding, with temporary shower and toilet facilities. Please join us in prayer as we continue working to bring much needed relief.


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.

October 12, 2011

Joyce's Book Now in Vietnamese


















David L. Meyer – CEO Hand of Hope





For the first time ever, Vietnam has allowed us to translate, print and distribute one of Joyce’s books. We personally distributed Battlefield of the Mind this week – a total of 10,000 copies will be spread throughout the country over the next few weeks. Battlefield of the Mind has by far been Joyce's most widely circulated book, we have translated it in over 45 languages.

Powerful testimonies come to us all the time from people receiving translated books we distribute around the world. A 62 year old woman living in Mongolia recently shared with us, “through your books I learned how to think positively…thank you for encouragement and edification.”

Thanks for helping us help the beautiful people in Vietnam.


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.

October 04, 2011

God's Grace in Burkina Faso
















David L. Meyer – CEO Hand of Hope





For several years Hand of Hope has supported Lynn Peters who heads up Burkina Faso Outreach. Lynn is pictured here with my wife Shelly and one of the many sponsored children the Burkina Faso Outreach helps feed. In addition to the feeding program, Lynn operates education centers and feeds widows. Hand of Hope is honored to partner with Lynn in her work. Burkina Faso is located in West Africa which is the 121st poorest country in the world. Please pray for Lynn as she is on the front lines as a single woman in harsh conditions doing the Lord's work.


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.