Endurance is the ability to preserve in a task or calling. As Christians we are called to endure as we pursue the call and passion that God has placed in our hearts.
We met a young boy, about two years old, called Kapello. Kapello's mom died a month before I arrived at the village and he stayed with his grandmother. He was dying when i got there. Kapello's needs were a bridge to far for his grieving grandmother. The day I walked into that house with Eric, the Hands at Work leader in the DRC, we started to fight for this little man's life...
by George Snyman
It is people discovering the names unknown; their stories are heard; they became part of a mysterious, scattered family across the globe; all equal and loved by the Father; and all in need of healing and acceptance.
This was exactly the dream and vision for Hands at Work right from the beginning that people will discover their uniqueness. The uniqueness of the mystery of being part of the beautiful body of Christ. The unique God who came as a servant to save us and now the unique opportunity that each and every one of us has to make a difference to others. You are part of a unique Hands family working in very unique places with very unique and amazing people. My question to you today is, ‘do you fully understand and live the truth that you were fearfully and wonderfully made?’
What does Our Father want to do in us and in our churches in this time? We are caring for the most vulnerable children in the poorest villages, and God is using our ministry to shape our characters. As we reach out to the most vulnerable, God reaches out to us. He is interested in our character development – His heart is for us to grow to maturity! Maturity is developed through a renewed mind and tested faith.
To our global family,
Carolyn and I just celebrated 21 years since our Father called us to bring hope to the most vulnerable. Looking back one cannot help but to become completely overwhelmed with emotions… emotions of gratefulness! Through all the valleys and mountain tops we can say this morning, “Not once did we ever for one second regret our step of obedience to follow His call.” Today we look at what our Father is doing all around us and it humbles us to no end.
Meeting with our African leaders in January was nothing short of inspiration. Added to this was our new Watch Word for 2014 from Revelations 3:8 where Our Father promised us open doors for this year in spite of knowing our weaknesses. Our international volunteers, after a break in December, returned back to Africa full of energy and zeal
Listen to our Co-Founder, George Snyman as the Hands at Work community is encouraged and challenged in our work to serve the most vulnerable children in Africa.
Looking back at 2013 for Hands at Work on the very day of Nelson Mandela’s funeral is very emotional and yet a rewarding experience for me as an African and a South African. Today I am so proud to belong to the global Hands at Work family fighting injustice by reaching out to the most vulnerable children in Africa.
Today I want to do something dangerous. I want to try to define short-term missions. Maybe I should just say what it does not mean. It's not a missional experience that we are trying to create, or a sort of short-term outreach that is good for a team to go on as an experience and say "I can tick the box of being in Africa"
Greetings to friends and family and to all the people that believe so much in what Hands at Work in Africa is doing. It’s such a privilege for me to speak to you shortly after our Easter celebrations, and I’m sure as you’ve spent quality time with thosethat you love, that you appreciated these moments as you saw people that you love dearly.
Excerpts from The Wall of Nehemiah and History of Hands audio
There is an amazing thing about the book of Nehemiah – we’ve been studying it in Hands for years, and still every time we talk about it and draw the comparisons, it becomes scary, it’s so close to what we do.
“Diamonds in the dust.” It’s a beautiful phrase that we have been using in Hands at Work right from the beginning of our history. It started off when I stood at the rubbish dump, just staring at children scrounging for food. God gave me a beautiful promise - “you will find diamonds in the dust”
Last week we saw an amazing video going viral within days across the globe. Of course I am referring to the “Kony2012” video. Though I don’t know Invisible Children and can’t comment on them as an organisation, I want to use the opportunity to communicate something that excited us about the video.
While touring Canada, Hands at Work founder George Snyman sat down and penned these thoughts reflecting on the challenges and successes of 2011 and looking forward to beginning the journey of 2012. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hands, and we are grateful to be able to celebrate God's faithfulness and continue living in it as we launch into the next decade of serving His children.
In August 2011 George Snyman, Hands at Work founder, broke new ground in Goma, a war-torn area bordering Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He planted the seeds of the first Hands at Work-supported community-based organisation in an area where there is no help and no hope.
Here is a sneak preview of the seven-minute sound byte:
2011 celebrates 400 years of the King James translation of the Bible. It took a man named King James I a great deal of courage to make the Word of God available to the man on the street and specifically to the most vulnerable: those who couldn’t read and write.
Carolyn and I had supper with one of the orphans from Masoyi last week. She is busy studying in university at the moment. I asked her about the youth in the communities. She told me, “More girls are getting pregnant than ever before.” Although I heard it from other people I found myself gobsmacked when I heard it from her.
At the start of the year, I said I believe that the miracles this year will be done by ordinary people like each one of us. God wants to do great things through each one of us. Here are four stories that not only encouraged me but humbled me so much.
Dear Hands family!
It is just after six in the morning and I cannot sleep anymore as I am so filled with God’s Word for us for 2010. For the first time in many years I not only received one verse as a watchword but two :}
What is more joyful and exciting than to return home to your loved ones after a long journey? I recently experienced this joy once again after being away from my family for more than a month. Jesus also understood this fully and used it in the parable of the prodigal son. This is a God-given gift to us – to have people we love and belong to. It is the cornerstone of community and called ‘family’. This becomes even more focused during the Christmas season when family members will travel thousands of kilometers to be together.
Jimmy is a friend of mine. We have been friends for most of his life. I met him as a young boy who lost his family. He became an orphan at a young age. Today at the age of sixteen he lives alone in a small house close to me