Back to School, Martha's Graduation & The Honduras Ministry
Back to School at House of Hope Nicaragua
Over a million school aged children in Nicaragua are sadly not in school. Despite the staggering statistics, House of Hope was able to send over 1000 children to school! We started out the school season with some disappointing news as we lost our grant for our uniforms, school supplies and scholarships. However, God was faithful and through our generous supporters we were able to raise every cent we needed to send our children to school! Below are some pictures of the people we were able to help.
"This uniform is very important for me because my family does not have money for my uniform and now I have one." - Amelia
"I am Nicaraguan and in my country a uniform means respect for your country and school. My mother could not buy a uniform for me. Without the help of House of Hope I would not have one." - Blanca
"I am receiving a uniform for my daughter. Sometimes there is just no money to buy a uniform." - Dora
"Having a uniform is important to succeeding in school and life. I want to be a good representation of my country." - Jessica
"My father is not working so I try to help how I can. I am getting a school uniform for my little brother." - Eveling
At Martha’s graduation ceremony she shared with all who attended that she was very grateful for Brother Oscar and Sister April for their forgiveness and willingness to accept her at her worst. In and out of prison 9 times for assault, she continued that behavior when she arrived at House of Hope. That in turn created many problems on campus and led to her decision to leave on three separate occasions. It is customary for House of Hope to allow women back after they have left, but only two times. Martha is the exception. Oscar and April heard God speaking to them and they knew they needed to let Martha return despite the rules.
After many ups and downs, Martha has become a woman who shines the light of Christ. She has been to Honduras twice as a missionary, ministering to prostitutes on the streets. She has learned to control her anger and is raising her grandchildren in a way that is honoring to God. Martha has been given a house by House of Hope and has opened a small store. Her transformation is truly the work of God.
Vilma said, “In the midst of all the bad and tears, God did something beautiful in Martha. Her dreams are coming true and God is answering the petitions of her heart.”
God blessed our Women of Hope evangelistic outreach in Honduras this month. Angela, from our staff in Managua and Fatima, one of our House of Hope residents spent 9 days evangelizing on the streets and inviting the women to attend the meeting. Both of these survivors of prostitution were very effective ministers to the women on the streets of San Pedro Sula, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
Unfortunately, our ministry partners lost the building we had been using for this ministry so many of the women were unfamiliar with the new location. However, God was faithful and a group of street women came to our event. Fatima did a fabulous job of sharing her testimony and I followed up with a message about coming out of darkness from Psalm 107. Eight women, still in their scanty “working” clothes came forward to pray to receive Christ.
God is so ever faithful. It is so awesome to see two women from Nicaragua who suffered through over 10 years each in prostitution being missionaries sharing their love of Christ with these precious women. - April
In partnership with Cross Counsel volunteers, Mary and Karen, we completed a week long training session in Theophostic Prayer Counseling
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!