be a voice for the voiceless
God is using each of us in different ways to tell his story.
Let Him use you.
At Hands at Work, our vision cannot become a reality without the communion of the local and international church. We are called to stand in solidarity with the poor and the oppressed.
What role can you play? How can you bring hope to the most broken and vulnerable people from where you are?
If you have a desire to advocate, to speak up on behalf of others, we encourage you to pray and seek God in His direction for your life. You may be called to intercede with us in prayer, or to bring stories of transformation to your friends and family, or to bring awareness to your church or community group. You can advocate through Social Media, by showing Hands at Work videos, listening and sharing our podcasts, or invite a Hands at Work speaker to visit your church or community group.
You can make an impact wherever you are
You can defend the orphaned and the widow. You can challenge the international church to step up and say ‘no more’ to suffering and injustice. You can allow God to use you in bringing righteousness to the most dysfunctional communities in Africa.
Help build walls of protection around Africa's most vulnerable children. Become an Arise+Build Advocate and partner with a village to bring hope and healing.
Why should I care about orphaned children and widows?
Read about others who are committed to making a difference where they are.
We are grateful for the amazing support that we have seen growing in our church and surrounding communities. We have not only seen God’s hand in this but we have witnessed a deep appreciation for what Hands at Work is doing. Through regular visits and strong relationships, people have realised the love and trustworthiness that Hands at Work is based upon and therefore are willing to support the work with their finances and prayers.
Advocates are always coming up with creative and new ideas to raise awareness for the most vulnerable people in Africa. Rob and Helen Shaw, based in Australia, have been advocating for Hands at Work for the past few years, creatively finding ways to be a voice to voiceless, whether it be busking at the local farmer’s market or their latest venture – biking across Canada!
“I recall that when I came back from my family's six week trip to South Africa in 2011, I promised that I would remember the orphans every day — that I would not take what God has blessed me with for granted. But six years later, my friends and I were struggling to make this fundraiser a reality. Our priorities were focused on our individual universes that orbited around shallow, temporary things that should not have been guiding our lives.”
Advocates give the voiceless a voice and bring hope to the hopeless. Each one of these advocates has a unique story.
Stay connected with Hands at Work to hear what is happening on the ground in Africa, and around the world as we unite with the international church to bring hope to the hopeless. Hear what is inspiring us, read stories of transformation among the most vulnerable, and stay informed with how you can serve as we are called together to serve our brothers and sisters in Africa.
“I planted 12 meda* of soya beans, I expected to harvest 18-20 x 50 kg bags. I only harvested 2 bags.”
“I planted 20 kg of maize seed, I expected to harvest 60 x 50 kg bags. There is no harvest; the rains just did not come after I planted.”
“I planted 15 kg of maize seed. From planting the same amount of seed last year, I harvested 32 x 50 kg bags. This year I only harvested 12 bags.”
With the help of our advocates across the world, many efforts have been made to respond to the widespread drought crisis across Southern Africa. Individuals from our International countries have come together to pray, advocate, raise awareness and fundraise to help bring relief to the most vulnerable communities. We celebrate the work that God is doing in uniting His church across the world to bring hope to the hopeless.
I still remember the hues of vibrant rust colored dirt that coated my sandals as I looked down at my feet. I recall the blazing hot African sun beating down on my shoulders. I call to mind the enticing aroma of open air food cooking around me. Most of all I hold dear the sound of all the voices in unison singing praises to Jesus! Oh how I loved dancing with our brothers and sisters in Christ as we praised our Savior! Those beautiful memories still linger in our minds as if it were yesterday.
George Snyman, Hands at Work Co-Founder, will be speaking throughout Australia in April!
Sam Walker first came with The Forge on a trip in 2008, and the trip has since remained a monumental moment in his life. “It was hard work for the volunteers at the Hub to accommodate me even for just one day but it made a huge difference - I caught the heart of Hands that day.”