April gives updates on Honduras, Bolivia, Nicaragua + Holiday Gift Ideas!
Each month I travel to Honduras with women from Nicaragua who evangelize to other women on the streets. Dilcia is one of the women in Hondurans we recently met.
Dilcia is clearly in the midst of transformation. She has 5 kids and an 18 year old live-in-boyfriend. He is addicted to drugs and abusive to her and their children. In the city of San Perdro Sula, Dilcia is a faithful participant in our baking program learning to make bread and pastries.
The day starts with devotions and then the women produce baked goods while a caretaker watches their children. Then the women sell their handmade items and are immediately able to receive their share of the day's profits. Dilcia use these profits to feed her children. If she does not manage to sell all of her products on a particular day, her children eat the pastries and bread for dinner. On Mondays and Thursdays the whole family enjoys a nutritious meal at the ministry center.
Dilcia’s 14 year old daughter is not in school due to lack of resources. Public school is free but she did not have the required uniform, backpack or other school supplies, so she sits at home while her three younger brothers go to school. Manos Unidas, our ministry partner in Honduras, has committed to help Dilcia's daughter attend school by providing her a uniform at the start of the next school year in February. We want to break the cycle of poor education and poverty by giving this young girl an opportunity to learn.
Despite these difficult circumstances, I see joy on Delcia's face. Please pray that she will continue with the program and growing in the Lord.
Tatiana is a young singer from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She was offered a job singing in a nightclub in Cochabamba but the opportunity fell through. She became desperate. A brothel owner, in the famous Avion district of Cochabama, offered her food and shelter in exchange for Tatiana entering a life of prostitution in his brothel.
On October 23rd, Angela (from Nicaragua) and I met Tatiana while evangelizing in a health clinic. She was at the clinic for her required 20 day check up. We ended up inviting her to our Evangelistic Tea event, taking place later that day.
Tatiana participated in the tea and was so happy to have someone to talk to about her situation and her desire to leave the place she was living. We are ready to help her find a new place to live and to help her earn money in our vocational programs of baking or sewing.
Many other women came to the tea and heard Angela share her testimony of how God has transformed her life from prostitution to serving. It is wonderful to witness God using one of our leaders from House of Hope in Nicaragua as a channel for Bolivian women to know Christ.
Earlier in the week, we dedicated our new vocational workshop to the Lord. It is a beautiful facility that House of Hope renovated for the baking and other workshops. It is such a blessing to serve women that the Lord is calling out of darkness.
Maria is a mother of 4 children and has been attending House of Hope for 5 years. She began working as a prostitute at the age of 15 and continued for 29 years. She currently supports herself by pounding tortillas and selling refried beans, as well as decorating plain gift bags and selling them. She is hoping to take her business to the next level with the help of her new micro grant. Maria would like to buy new materials for her gift bags and produce more bags than she currently does.
At the tender age of 12, Angelica began working in prostitution and continued on that path for 17 years. Four years ago, she began attending the Tuesday morning program at House of Hope and her life took a turn for the better. She has been out of prostitution since attending our program and supports herself with a small bakery. With her new micro grant, Angelica has dreams of expanding her business to include cake decorating.
Dinora is a 24 year old mother of 3 who lives at House of Hope, Nicaragua. At nine years of age, she left home after being abused by her stepfather. She was forced into prostitution by someone she trusted and was not allowed to keep any of the money she earned. Dinora ran back to her home, only to receive more abuse from her stepfather. She was told by others that prostitution would provide a secure income and nice things but instead she received abuse, children of different "johns" and fell deeper and deeper into the cycle.
A group from House of Hope visited the brothel where she worked and invited Dinora and her coworkers to the Tuesday morning program. Dinora says, " Moving to House of Hope was not a hard choice. It felt natural." Most of her life was spent in a brothel so leaving was something she was eager to do. She has changed in many ways though the program at House of Hope, one of which was learning to be a good mother. Dinora loves spending days with her children and growing deeper in the Lord. After graduation, she plans to work from home by opening a store. She will be able to spend time with her children while earning an income and wants to continue seeking God and growing in her faith.
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Please continue to pray for the women and children at House of Hope. Pray for our wonderful staff as they take on more responsibility. With your assistance, many lives are being transformed.
- April Havlin - __________________________________