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December 2013 Newsletter
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Hello friends! 
We want to thank you for your continued prayers and financial support for House of Hope! God is good and changing lives everyday through our ministry here in Nicaragua. Children are getting an eduction, women are finding the support they need to leave the life of prostitution and another one of our women is even ready to graduate! Some of our girls have experienced some unfair treatment from the government but we are faithful God will provide and His Will will be accomplished through it all. Please join us in praying for all of the women and children in the stories below. 
 

JENNIFER SEQUERA
 
Jennifer Sequera is very grateful for House of Hope. By attending the Tuesday program, Jennifer has learned to make jewelry. She now makes jewelry in her house and sells it for extra income. Jennifer has a yearning to seek out God's will for her life and walk steadily into what He has for her.  
 
Jennifer is a mother of three children aged 16, 9 and 7.  Her 16 year old girl, who is also part of the program at House of Hope, had to stop her schooling because she became pregnant. She has since been given a scholarship from House of Hope to continue her schooling. All of Jennifer's children are currently in school and doing well. Jennifer prays that God will continue to bless the people who have helped House of Hope so they can continue to help in the future. 
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HOUSE OF HOPE DORM GIRLS
 
House of Hope is changing lives and doing a lot of good. Aside from the Tuesday morning participants, in the residential program at House of Hope, there are 18 women with their children who receive help and schooling just like Jennifer. However, the following news is not good. In October, the police came and closed the girls dorm and took the girls' away. 
 
Right now, three of the girls are still at an orphanage in San Judas.  The others have been returned to family members.  That means they were sent back to people who might have sold them into prostitution in the first place. Of course we all ask, "Why?"  As far as we can tell, the Nicaraguan government has decided that they want to reduce their official number of orphans, so that they will appear to the rest of the world to be taking better care of their children.  How grotesque is it that they are putting young girls directly back into danger of being trafficked, the opposite of what they want people to think of them?  
 
The former dorm mother, Brittany, is working very hard to become a foster mom for three of the girls, one of whom is Yosidara. Brittany also hopes to begin an after-school ministry for the other girls so she could continue to work with them in a similar capacity as she was at House of Hope. 
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SCARLETH'S STORY
 
Scarleth is one of the women in the residential program. Her story starts abruptly when she was sold at two days of age to a woman who she grew up thinking was her mother. The woman would constantly and ruthlessly abuse her. Scarleth was forced to start working at the age of 5 and had to drop out of school at age 11 to work full time in the market. When she was 13 she was sold to the first man.
 
At the age of 15 Scarleth ran away in the search for a better life but was abused by men she trusted and was left homeless with two small children. She rented a room but what she could afford was unsafe and flooded with rain water which lead her to the desperate decision to become a prostitute. 
 
One day, she met a woman who told her about House of Hope and how they helped women like her.  She saw House of Hope as a beacon of light in a dark world and that was a life changing moment that she will never forget. 
 
Scarleth had difficulty adjusting at first to life at House of Hope but she eventually yielded to what the Lord was asking of her. Her daughters are provided with everything they needed and they are doing well in their schooling. The Lord has truly transformed Scarleth's life. In October and November of this year, Scarleth took the long bus ride to Honduras to evangelize the street women and invite them to come into our new program there. In January, she will graduate from our residential discipleship program and move into a home that we are building for her. 
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THANK YOU!
 
From all of us here at House of Hope, we once again just want to say thank you for your interest in and support of God's work in Nicaragua.  We cannot continue to do the work we do without the support of generous donors like you. As the Christmas season is upon us, we ask that God may richly bless our supporters. Women like Jennifer and Scarleth would not be where they are today without the help of all of you. Your support is crucial in changing lives. 
 
Join us in our excitement as we look forward to all the great things God will accomplish in the upcoming new year! Have a wonderful Christmas!
 
God Bless You!
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Please continue to pray for the women and children at House of Hope. Pray for our wonderful staff (including some new staff members) as they take on more responsibilities.

Once again, we would like to thank you so much for your help and support for House of Hope. With your help, many lives are being transformed.


 

- Mike and April Havlin
 
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MAIL: House of Hope c/o Harvest Church 2020 W. 15th Street Washington, NC 27889

 


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