August 20, 2012

Supplying Hope in Detroit

Mike Messner - HOH Director of Domestic Outreach

One in every three Detroit families lives at or below the poverty line. Among residents in the Detroit metro area, the unemployment rate exceeds 20% and recently, an estimated 20,000 Detroit families lost welfare benefits due to new state limitations, which took effect last fall.

This weekend, thanks to your giving toward the Supply Hope collection of goods at Joyce’s conference in Detroit, Hand of Hope was able to provide hope and encouragement to the Detroit area by partnering with Word of Faith International Christian Center. At the Supply Hope outreach, we were able to prove that together we are better.

Meet Joe and Lana, who came to the outreach site directly from the Detroit Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference. This weekend became a time of both giving and receiving hope to the Detroit area. Lana told of how Jesus used the word "Hope" in Hand of Hope as a special message of His love and forgiveness. At a recent conference with Joyce Meyer, Lana caught a T-shirt that was thrown into the audience as a gift to whomever received it. When she opened it up, the word "Hope" was listed four times on the front of the shirt, with a baby-sized hand on the back shoulder (the Hand of Hope logo). A wave of God's presence swept over her as she thought of her "four" grown children and the one baby they aborted years ago, named…Hope! She said it was as if God was saying, "I understand and will make all things new out of the ashes of our past." Saturday, Lana and her husband were there to give that same message of hope to others.

Partnering with Word of Faith International Christian Center, we distributed diapers, baby wipes, food and supplies to over 800 families in need. In a festival outreach setting, hundreds of children and their parents received free haircuts, car washes, family portraits and more. All "guests" passed through the prayer tent before they left the outreach site where they received the Good News of Christ and prayer for their needs. And, the children enjoyed inflatable games and face painting, with ice cream for all!

Thank you for your support of this outreach with your prayers and the donations you made in Detroit! As Christians, we are called to reach out to those in need, and this weekend you shared the love and hope of Christ to an entire city!

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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