A Look Back at 2017


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why we do what we do

In 2017 we were introduced to Junelle and her children from Kisunka, DRC, and we were reminded that an encouraging word can make a world of difference in a person’s life. After losing her first-born child in infancy and then losing her
husband in a mining accident, Junelle, who suffers from epileptic seizures, gave birth a year ago as a result of abuse from a stranger.

But God has not forgotten Junelle’s family. Rachel, the Care Worker who visits them regularly, sees this family as they are – created in God’s image and loved deeply as His children. Junelle has learned to smile again because of the consistent encouragement and love that Rachel has shown to her family.

We can’t all be on the ground in Africa, so Hands US supports Care Workers like Rachel to be God’s hands and feet in Kisunka and other communities.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news...” Isaiah 52:7

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We sent 11 teams with 70 people to Hands at Work in Africa this year to serve and to have their lives transformed by meeting God amongst the poor. We supported volunteers like the Rebro family from Wisconsin, who served faithfully for three years, Savannah Crozier from Texas, who served for one year, and Michelle Tom from California and Sara Waldvogel from New York, who are serving indefinitely.

“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’” Matthew 9:37-38

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We are a community of 23 Advocates from 20 partners (including churches and groups of friends and family). We serve, we pray, we advocate, and we raise funds because of what God did in our hearts in Africa, and we want to influence our own communities in the same way.

“Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:9 (NLT)

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We joined with a community of believers all over the world committed to praying for the needs of orphans and widows in Africa. We gathered our churches to pray for the needs of the specific communities we support. We
responded to Hands’ monthly prayer newsletters. Some of us gathered weekly to pray for each other as well. Many joined in Hands’ annual 40 Days of Prayer; YeoLan Kim even translated those daily messages into Korean and sent them to her friends and family in Korea.

“Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” Ephesians 6:18 (The Message)

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Over 1500 children in 14 communities in 6 countries were cared for this year by our Care Workers in Africa, thanks to our US partners. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support!

“Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11