Women of Hope in Honduras kicked off 2016 with a bang! Angela, Salome and I traveled to San Pedro Sula in January and after extensive evangelism in the streets and at brothels, we had 40 women come to our evangelistic event! Salome did a fabulous job sharing her testimony of how God brought her out of many years of prostitution through House of Hope in Managua. Eight women prayed to receive Christ that day and it was so exciting to see our new country director, Mercedees Kutte, praying with them. The following day we had a workshop making Valentine's Day cards and we had ten women participate. The women make the products and immediately take the items and sell them to provide income for their families. Angela did a fabulous job of leading them all in a devotional. I am so thrilled to see these nationals effectively minister for the Lord. Thank you to those who donated the $160 each for Salome and Angela to make this trip. God used them both in big ways.
One woman who came to our event, Karla, a twenty year old mother, was in great need. She has two tiny girls (possibly malnourished) whose father is in prison. She is currently pregnant with her third child by one of her johns. She has no alternate source of income and is desperate to leave prostitution. She is participating regularly in our workshops making hair bows and cards but that is simply not enough to feed her family. As you can imagine, she is eager for us to get our baking program up and running.
To make this a reality, we need your help. Last year, the missionaries we had been working with in Honduras, retired and moved back to the states. Almost all the materials and equipment we had been using belonged to them. We are in need of a sink, fridge, stove, storage containers, and many other items to get this vital part of the ministry back up and functioning. There are so many women just like Karla who desperately need this program. We will also need help paying the salary of our dear Nelsy who will direct this part of the ministry and we need financial help getting our legal papers in order as we are now forming our own organization in Honduras.
The ministry also went well in February and we were able to purchase some second hand tables and chairs so we won't have to rent them each time. The women left yesterday from Managua for Honduras. Please pray for them as they evangelize in some dark and dangerous areas and for the event on Friday April 8th. The Lord is so good! Exciting things are happening and we look forward in partnering with you to further God’s work! - April
The Micro-grant program is such a vital part of the life change that takes place in many women’s lives. Because of generous people like you, women are able to purchase a small amount supplies to start or improve their own micro business. Self-esteem, self-worth, and a sense of hope are just a few of the tremendous benefits that come from the program. Below are a few stories of woman who have recently received a micro-grant.
Suzana Diaz: Suzana is a 22 year old mother of two young children. On Tuesday mornings she works at a jewelry table at House of Hope assembling jump ring jewelry and throughout the week she works as a wash woman, washing people's clothing on a scrub board for income. Suzana started in prostitution in a local market in Managua at the age of 17 and continued for four and a half years. She has been attending Tuesday mornings at House of Hope for four years and left the life of prostitution about a year ago. With the help of a micro-grant she hopes to have her own business of selling fruits, snacks and drinks at a small stand by a bus stop.
Raquel Garcia: Raquel has been attending the Tuesday morning program at House of Hope for 5 years and she works on one of the jewelry tables every Tuesday. She started working as a call girl in prostitution at the age of 18 and continued for 7 years. She has 3 children and supports herself and her children by selling fruit, snacks and soda from a small basket on the street. She wants to use the funds from the micro-grant to improve and expand her current business.
Rosa Diaz: Rosa has been coming to House of Hope for 6 years now and has a new responsibility of managing one of the paper bead tables on Tuesday mornings. At the age of 25 she started working as a prostitute on a street corner and continued for the next 10 years. After coming to House of Hope for a year, Rosa left that life style for good. She currently works selling juice. With the help of the micro-grant from House of Hope, she hopes to expand her merchandise, open a small store and sell things like oil and uncooked rice and beans.
Zeneyda Soza: Zeneyda and her daughter have been coming to House of Hope for 6 yrs and Zeneyda works on a jewelry making table every Tuesday morning. She started working in prostitution at the age of 21 for a year and half. She worked independently and would find johns at bars or anywhere she could. She stopped working in prostitution and has been out of that life style for four and a half years. She nows sells cloths and underwear to support herself and her 2 kids. She wants to use the micro-grant from House of Hope to improve and grow her business.
Please continue to pray for the women and children at House of Hope. Our wonderful staff need prayer also as they take on more responsibility. With your assistance, lives are being transformed everyday. Thank you!