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HOPE Agent, Ray Bale, and his son, Boss David, in East Africa recently sent an update from the Congo. After the children at New Hope Centre were forced to flee amid political upheaval, they’ve since settled in Rwanda and are doing well. While there are still many challenges, Ray and the team at New Hope are accomplishing great work throughout the Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. Here are some of the highlights from the update:
I want to thank all of you dear friends, family, and supporters for your prayers for our recent journey to Marungu and Emmanuel Center in the High Plateau of Congo. We had waited for a little over a year since our last trip due to security and road conditions at various times. Our recent trip was not without its challenges and delays but we did make it both up and back safely.
It was also a blessing to be at Ecole Shalom which had just reopened for the new school year. Again, we were blessed to see that we had attained a 100% pass rate for our students from primary into secondary school (89 out of 89 students). This is the 9th year running that this has been accomplished which is a testimony to the teachers, staff, and the regular input of David Freeman with our teachers and staff.
The whole village as well as the children from Emmanuel Center were waiting for us as we arrived (in Marangu in the High Plateau of Congo). Singing, lots of hugs and some tears greeted us, and the effects of the long journey suddenly melted away. We trekked down to Emmanuel Center with our traditional stop at Carmel, our prayer hut, to give thanks for a safe journey and health experienced by all the children.
We had quick bucket showers, some bugali, beans, and meat, and then were off to our first meeting of the crusade (No rest for the weary)! We started off with amazing worship in very intense heat and sunlight but by the end of our 3 hour service we were freezing. The dry season in the mountains makes for intense heat during the day, and temperatures plummeting as soon as the sun sets, by close to 25 degrees C. We donned our fleeces, sweat tops, and in some cases parkas, and began to enjoy time with the children, mamas, and many of those who had come for the crusade. Immediately after the service, we trekked back up the valley to the top of Emmanuel Center property where we had the privilege of laying the cornerstone for Emmanuel Center Church building. With Pastor Elisha, Ruben, Pastor Donato, and the local chief, we laid this stone and prayed for all that God wanted to accomplish concerning this Center.
The next two days were filled with amazing fellowship, captivating beauty of both the people and the surroundings, and stirring worship and preaching. Pastor Ruben, Pastor Donato, Pastor Elisha, and I were privileged to share the word with all who had gathered.
Among the highlights, one, particularly for Boss, was meeting many relatives of his father’s family who happened to live in a village a few kilometres away. Uncles, Aunts, cousins etc. all gathered around us to meet Boss, who had only been a story to many of them. Of course many gifts were given to Boss, among them, another 2 sheep, and chickens. We committed to spending more time with his family next time, but it was equally encouraging to know that many of the children come to Emmanuel Primary School, walking each day over a very rickety bridge to come to school.
Sadly, our time came to an end, as we have to travel on official market days due to the security issues. We finally trekked back up the valley, with our obligatory and necessary stop at Carmel, to our vehicles, ready for the journey back down the mountains. This part of our journey started with a new addition to our family; a chicken presented to Boss by the children of Emmanuel Center.
Thanks to all who prayed for this trip and for our journey to Rwanda a couple of weeks before. Our children at New Hope Center, now still temporarily in Nyamata, Rwanda, are doing very well. Some have had some medical challenges, but are now recovering. All are doing very well in school! We are still in negotiations with the authorities in Rwanda as to allowing us to remain there. It remains impossible to return the children to Burundi due to security issues.
Please continue to pray for the children here in Burundi, Rwanda, and Congo. The situation currently in Burundi remains unstable, and recent events in DRC are not looking good. We are thankful for this window of opportunity we had to travel into the mountains. We will continue to travel to Uvira to oversee our Najenga Project as well as Ecole Shalom and, as time permits, travel to Rwanda to keep in contact with our children in New Hope Center. Continue to pray also for Mary Anne who is still in Canada, and now travelling with our dear friend Chrissie Chapman across Canada. We are trusting for her return in early November.
Blessings from Ray and Boss David and all the children, mamas, and staff we work with.
If you’d like to lend your support to New Hope Centre and the numerous other projects that Ray helps to oversee, you can learn more on the official project page.
If you’ve traveled the subways of London or other major cities of the world, you’ll have heard the PA speaker warning you to “PLEASE MIND THE GAP” as you exit the train.
I was recently addressing a group of ‘street workers’ in Kenya with the view to understanding how HOPE could best enrich their lives in simple, but practical ways. As I spoke, I kept hearing this refrain: “Mind the Gap”.
What quickly landed in my mind was the fact that these ladies do not need a major intervention, they simply needed a bit of help to bridge their ‘gaps’. For instance, one lady was in training to be a beautician but was forced to leave her course due to a lack of tuition fees. As a result, she turned to prostitution.
Other ladies were in their third year of university and were forced to find work on the streets in order to support their children. Each lady shared stories of the ‘gaps’ in their world which led them to where they are now.
To help address these ‘gaps’, HOPE has embarked on the creation of small enterprises to help women in need. In addition, we have created a scholarship fund to assist with bridging the gap in the lives of ladies in the slum. Donations of $200 - $500 can help one lady complete her studies or create a small business which generates a baseline livelihood.
Please be mindful of the gap and help us build a bridge to a better life and create opportunity for those in need.
-Ralph Bromley, President
It doesn't really, just that we sipped on one tonight as we sat and listened to two 17 year-old girls share their stories of how they became sex workers.
I was recently visiting the AKAE housing project built by HOPE in Mtwapa, Kenya where 4 ladies and their children reside. I am a mother of 6 children and have a compassionate heart for children at risk. I was there as part of an intake process to receive young teens who are trapped in the commercial sex industry into our Night Patrol Housing Project.
Here is one of the stories told to me (we were given permission by the girl to share her story):
One girl's parents had died and she went to live with people that abused both her and her younger sister. After placing her sister in boarding school, she travelled far across Kenya to Mombassa. Lured like so many, she believed she could make a decent wage in this tourist destination as a bar waitress. Reality soon set in as she struggled to pay for both hers and her little sister's living expenses.
This beautiful tourist destination is not just known for its breathtaking scenery, but more well-known for its young prostitutes. Within a two block radius of where we were sharing a Coke, approximately 100 prostitutes could be found soliciting clients.
Abusive men and police continue to steal profits, leaving little girls stuck in a situation with no hope for escape. That is, unless they have a friend like me, that works at a home for young women wanting to leave the streets. -Nadine Willis, Ambassador of HOPE
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A story from Hope for the Nations Ukraine . . .
While I’m typing this story, Carina is giving birth to her firstborn in one of the oldest and poorest maternity hospitals in our city. The father of the baby is not with her – he disappeared as soon as he learned about Carina’s pregnancy. Such situations occur again and again with many girls when they leave the orphanages in the Ukraine – and, to be honest, it happens with many young women, but the difference is that orphanage graduates can’t provide for themselves, have no place to live, and no family to help.
Carina would have been going through her first labor all alone, if not for Natasha, one of the most faithful and devoted volunteers at Destiny Center. It was Natasha who constantly took care of Carina while she was pregnant: brought her food and medicine, took her to see the doctors when she needed it, prayed for her, and supported her in every possible way.
The picture can’t convey the depressing atmosphere of the place. Actually, Carina could have been in one of the best maternity hospitals in the city, but for some reason the headmistress of the shelter for orphanage graduates where Carina has stayed lately sends all her girls to give birth in this old hospital. In spite of all the wrongs that Carina has to put up with at the shelter, it is still a blessing for her to be there because she would otherwise have to live in a ramshackle house in the middle of nowhere that the state provided her after she left the orphanage.
Every day we face such desperate situations for orphanage graduates, especially girls, who have no place to go to after they leave orphanage. It’s no wonder that many of them end up turning to prostitution – sometimes it’s the only way they can provide for themselves and their children.
Our dream and goal is to buy a property in Chuguev – a town where Natasha and her family live, firstly because it’s much cheaper than in Kharkiv, but also because there are many orphanage graduates in that area. We are hoping for a house with 3+ bedrooms for single mothers and their babies who are in need, and a piece of land where we could build a greenhouse, rabbit hutches, hen house, etc. Our volunteers are passionate about this project. We ask for your prayers and support to make it happen.
If you’d like to get involved with Destiny Center and Hope for the Nations Ukraine or just learn more about how you can lend your support, you can visit their project page here.
Ralph Bromley, Founder of Hope for the Nations, shares a story from his recent travels . . .
I was recently dining at a street-side restaurant in Medan, Indonesia when the refrains of a small boy’s voice accompanied by a ukulele drifted my way.
I dropped my conversation with my guests and turned to listen to a young lad singing with passion in his heart and exhibiting a fair degree of talent. He was but a youth, yet he sang with confidence. I was deeply moved by his presence.
I beckoned him to my table when he finished his gospel song and, through a translator, asked him a few questions. I found out that he was an orphan boy, unable to attend school and used singing as a means to feed himself (note the little plastic bag at the end of his uke to collect money).
I expressed my appreciation for his music but then asked him this question: “Do you know that you are not only a musician but also a businessman?”
The question registered a look of both surprise and interest. I briefly explained to him that he was running his own business using a ‘means of production’ … his voice and a ukulele. As he continued to work, money would continue to flow and opportunities would come his way. He smiled.
I tucked Rp 20,000 ($2) into his plastic bag and off he went … to sing another song with his ukulele.