April's Update, Stories of Hope, Prayer Requests, & Our New Documentary
God is doing awesome things at House of Hope International!
"At our ministry in Honduras, in January, I noticed a woman in the service leaning forward as each speaker approached the pulpit. During my message, she hung breathlessly on every word. When I gave the invitation to pray and receive Christ, she and her friend, Suyapa, came forward and she wept as she gave her life to the Lord. About a month later I returned to Honduras and a woman, I did not recognize, greeted me. Her name was Susanna - the same woman who gave her life in January. The Lord had really touched her life and she was a different person. It was truly amazing. Unfortunately, she was still homeless and being exposed to the drugs and alcohol that she had been victim to for many decades. We began the process of trying to help her move to House of Hope in Nicaragua. We are happy to say she is now with us at House of Hope Nicaragua and doing extremely well."
Susana grew up in a Honduras neighborhood where drugs and alcohol were freely available to her at a very young age. At the age of 15 she moved to Guatemala with her boyfriend who was almost 20 years older than her. Shortly after he started mistreating her and she left him. She began roaming the streets and she decided to return to Honduras with the intent of woking in prostitution. Back in Honduras, she realized she was pregnant and gave birth to her daughter and lived on the streets robbing and drinking heavily. For many years she went between prostitution and stealing. She met a man who became the father of her last 2 boys. He provided her a house to live in but he was also a drug addict, which did not help her addictions. She remembers having a house full of things they had robbed together. Susanna and her boyfriend lived together for 8 years until a drug deal went bad and he was murdered.
Her life long alcoholism only got worse after his death and she was diagnosed with terminal cirrhosis of liver and the government placed her four younger children in an orphanage. Life on the streets was extremely hard. She fell in love with another man who died of a drug overdose and she found herself among a group of satanists leading her deeper and deeper into despair. At the House of Hope event on January 31st Susanna accepted Jesus as her savior. House of Hope offered her shelter in the Nicaragua campus and she has been living there since June. Susanna is already a blessing to the other women living there and has experienced an incredible transformation in a short amount of time.
Late at night, a team of volunteers and I visited brothels in Cochabamba, Bolivia and it’s satellite city of Quillacollo. The Lord opened doors for us and we were actually allowed into many of the locations. They are very dark places, indeed. We invited over one hundred women to our evangelistic event.
On Monday, July 28th, we had an Evangelistic Tea Event in Vinto. In Bolivia it is custom to have afternoon tea and pastries. The Lord truly touched the hearts of many who were there including Jimmy, a transvestite madam (A madam is the administrator of a brothel). One woman, Sandra, received Christ that afternoon and made the decision to immediately move out of the brothel where she was living but circumstances intervened for her and she did not move. Please pray for Sandra.
THE STORY OF ILDA & CHARLIE
Ilda, who first attended Evangelistic Tea Time in April with her kids, gave her testimony at the July event. She told the attendees about her immediate transformation and how she began taking House of Hope baking classes with her husband Charlie. Ilda shared the hard truth that she and her husband fought each night before she left to work at the brothel. However, the Lord brought healing through the House of Hope vocational program. Today, Ilda, Charlie and their family attend church and are at peace.
Following Ilda's testimony, we scheudled a meeting for women who wanted to attend the vocational baking program and a tour of the sewing facility. Ilda and Charlie lead the baking class and whipped up two batches of cookies with newcomers observing. In the following weeks, new ladies will learn different recipes and how to clean the kitchen - which can help lead the way to financial freedom without prostitution. It was such a delight to see Ilda and Charlie giving back and how the Lord has blessed them.
HOUSE OF HOPE PRAYER REQUESTS
FLIGHT FOR ANGELA: House of Hope Bolivia is refurbishing a property that Living Water from the Rock Church owns in Vinto. The project involves re-plumbing the entire facility, sprucing up the bathroom and adding a large sink in the main room - for our baking project. We hope to dedicate this much needed facility when April travel's back to Bolivia in October. We would very much like for Angela, one of the leaders of our women in Nicaragua, to travel with April to Bolivia in October. Pray that the Lord will provide the funds for this trip.
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