- They are home safely!
- God used the poverty and hunger from the Covid shut down to bring over 60,000 people to the Business as Mission portion of the ministry. Each family received a food package and the gospel, and so many were saved that they haven't been able to keep track!
- Since the churches weren't able to meet in large groups, small groups met in homes. Matt & Noelle had the privilege of meeting with their neighbor and her 4 sisters (pictured above) to fellowship since the sisters didn't speak the local language.
- They saw amazing fruit right before returning home! A friend brought 2 teenage boys to visit the Harris family. The boys quickly shared that God had been convicting them of their sinful lifestyles, and they wanted to repent and be saved. After they were saved, one asked if Matt could preach at his home the following week, as his family was also ready to get saved. When they preached, almost the entire family came to salvation. Another friend of the teens was also saved that week. Praise God for these people who God sought out and saved!
- Another neighbor also brought Matt & Noelle and their family to visit a neighboring village. When nearly 30 people in the family gathered, Matt & Noelle found a translator and shared the gospel again. The neighbor, her sister, her brother, and her mother-in-law (who was also the local witch doctor) all repented and believed.
- Continued ministry in Uganda by the team and ministry they left behind.
- Complete rest and peace for Matt, Noelle, Emma, Madeline, and Noah while they are here in the USA.
- For a safe birth in October!
- For the new believers, including teenager Ronald (3rd from left in the picture above), and his family. For each to grow in their faith even during this time when churches are not meeting. For them to share the gospel and see transformation and growth in their own lives and the lives of others.
Hope's Promise Sanctuary of Hope - Kenya
Hope’s Promise’s Sanctuary of Hope families remain at the Karaus’ rural home where they evacuated in March. Due to the government’s recent cancellation of the entire 2020 school year because of the pandemic, they anticipate staying there through the end of the year. Kenyan students will re-start their 2020 grade in January 2021.
Geofrey and Janet had planned to start university in May. Sammy would have taken exams to conclude his senior year in June. George, Victor, and Peter would have graduated in November. Instead, with the encouragement of their caregivers, the kids are pursuing self-study in areas of interest and talent. Staff set up six refurbished laptops and connected the rural home to Wi-Fi last week, creating access to more learning opportunities.
Despite the inherent challenges of a large family hunkered down in one house, Steve Kariithi, Program Director, describes a season of healing in the context of relationship and renewed spiritual passion. Recently the kids initiated a day of fasting and prayer, and several kids continue the practice each Monday.
Please continue for fresh fire and healing for the children in Hope's Promise Sanctuary of Hope, and pray for wisdom for the Karaus and Kariithis on how to continue to minister to the children during these very unique times!
Ruth - Hope's Promise Sanctuary of Hope - Kenya
Hope’s Promise’s ministry in Kenya is excited to welcome their newest child, Ruth!
Many of you are familiar with the life-changing ministry of Hope's Promise through Sanctuary of Hope homes, led by Pastor & Mama Karau, along with their son, Pastor Steve Kariithi. These 2 homes are full with 24 teenagers. As we have all prayed along with Hope's Promise and the Karaus & Kariithis, a new path of child sponsorship has been made clear for future ministry in Mathare Valley, Kenya.
Ruth, born in 2008, lives in the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya with a loving, but sick and unable to work single mom and fourteen-year-old brother. Pastor Steve Kariithi tells the story of when he visited Ruth’s mother, Christine, a core member of Mathare Worship Centre. He asked how he could pray for her, expecting requests related to her illness or the family’s need for basic sustenance. Instead, she asked him to pray for her to love Jesus more. Up until now, family and community members have helped support Christine and her children, but they need additional assistance in order for Ruth to flourish. Hope’s Promise is stepping in with funds for basic living expenses. The Kenyan government canceled the entire 2020 school year due to the pandemic, but when school starts, Hope's Promise will help with education costs. Ruth attends sixth grade, loves to sing, and hopes to become a teacher when she grows up.
We invite you to make a forever impact in the life of this beautiful girl! Full sponsorship of Ruth is $40/month until school starts (hopefully January), and then it will be $60/month. You can also help with a partial sponsorship for Ruth or other children. (Click here and write "Ruth" in the "notes to admin" section.)
Matt & Jonna - Central Asia
Please continue to pray for Matt & Jonna and their children, Caleb, Malachi, Charis, and Canaan. They are in the USA and resting in Alabama.
- for the people they lead and encourage in Central Asia.
- for true, deep rest and restoration after years in a spiritually difficult, closed country. Ministry takes a toll, and living cross-culturally brings constant stresses. Evangelism in an area where sharing the gospel can lead to missionaries being deported is a continual strain. Even the excitement of new converts comes along with the knowledge that each one risks being rejected by his or her family or even imprisoned. During the past few years, they have also experienced multiple severe illnesses and injuries and difficult living situations. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in each of their lives, and for refreshing times of hearing God through His Word and the people around them. Pray for the children to be at rest and at peace while experiencing a new, temporary home, and while trying to continue online schooling from their home on the other side of the world, even with a 12-hour time difference.
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:10-20
Uncle Francis - His Safe Haven, Liberia
- that the official lockdown has ended for His Safe Haven in Liberia! They continue to have strong restrictions and precautions in place to protect their children, as they are very vulnerable due to their special needs.
- for Williams and Annie, who took a baby named Uncle Francis into their home. In Liberia, children with special needs are thrown away, destroyed, forgotten, and killed. Any family with special needs is ostracized from the community. When Uncle Francis was born, his mother deserted him and left him to die because of his special needs. Williams and Annie had a 2 month old baby already, but did not see Uncle Francis as a demon or a devil, in spite of their culture. The did not want to kill him. Instead they took him and are raising him as their own. Uncle Francis is now 2 years old and thriving! The bond between him and his father is incredible. One small boy is changing culture because 2 people made a decision for good rather than evil.
Please pray for:
- continued health and safety for the children in His Safe Haven.
- Uncle Francis to continue to grow and thrive, and for continued blessings on him and his family.
- for the gospel and the church to transform the Liberian culture to care for the oppressed.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
Hope's Promise Foster Care Information Meeting
Live a life of mission right here in your own home!
Learn more about becoming a foster parent through a no obligation Hope’s Promise online information meeting Monday, 9/14, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Materials & Zoom login will be emailed to participants. Sign up below!
Praise God that Janice Evans, missionary to Ukraine, stayed healthy in spite of exposure to Covid last month!
- Wisdom and direction as the church plant & English Club outreach reopen. They have been able to meet for the last month. Many youth have returned but the adults are more hesitant.
- Pavel, the young man who is tutoring the team in Russian. He is an atheist but very open to spending time with the team.
- Vera, a young adult who is married but very controlled by another, older man. He is pressuring her to divorce her husband. They are both attending English club. Please pray for wisdom on how best to handle the situation.
- Marina, who is starting to attend the church. She has a prodigal child living at home. Pray for God to intervene in their lives!
- Janice's "son", Roma, who lived with her for several years. He received Jesus when he was young but is not following God. Please pray that he grows in the gospel and follows fully.
Eddie & Barbie Broussard - Global Ministry with the Navigators
- Eddie and his team were recently able to present a "Missions Sending and Receiving Agreement" to govern the Navigators' 112 country ministries. Pray for the implementation process!
- Eddie and the rest of the executive team met with their 7 global Regional Directors in their annual meeting by Zoom last month. Pray those discussions and prayer times will lead to an abundant culture of disciple-making in the Navigators ministry all around the world!
- Eddie is scheduled for a total knee replacement on September 10th, and then a second on the other knee about 2 months later. Please pray for a full restoration to health and for stability in his cardiac condition.
We are so thankful for Jeff & Naomi Cuozzo, who minister in Bath, England, as well as through a ministry to Israeli youth. Praise God for the recent wedding of their eldest son, and praise Him that they were able to enter the USA to be part of that special time!
- The Lord has continued blessing the Bath church plant, even in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown. They have been meeting by Zoom for 6 months and have had a number of new couples and families join as they teach through the book of Revelation and Acts. Please pray that this fruit remains as they resume meeting in person this month!