George in Toronto (CA)

Toronto, save the date!


Hands at Work founder, George Snyman, will be speaking at a couple of venues during his stay in Toronto. His visit forms part of a six-week tour spanning 3 countries. If you've not had the privilege of hearing George 'live', don't miss this opportunity to be inspired, encouraged and challenged!


Hearing God Speak through the the Global Church
Six Themes of Lausanne 2010
Date: Tuesday November 30th
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Tyndale University, College & Seminary, Room 1002
To register contact: Robert Cousins at or (416) 226-6380 x 2708
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iCrave Justice for a Generation of Orphans
Date: Tuesday November 30th
Time: 4:45pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre, located in Koffler House, 569 Spadina Ave., Main Activity Room, Second Floor
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Where will their hope come from? (DRC)

John is a 27-year-old, single man whose dream is simply to work so that he can provide for a family. Something, he feels, he can only do with good education under his belt. After he lost his parents, when John was only ten years old, his older brother took care of him and taught him how to work. John finished his secondary schooling, but hasn't been able to afford a tertiary education.

For John, from Goma in the war-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), life is very difficult. The entire North Kivu province is marked with hardship and suffering. Life is about surviving another day.

It wasn't always like this. Locals say tourists visited the region, famous as home to the Great Lakes, as recent as 2002. Today - though endowed with vast reserves of gold, copper, cobalt and diamonds - volcano eruptions and increasingly violent rebel attacks have effectively strangled the area.

The eight-year, bloody war has been over for seven years, but the fighting continues. Despite this, the government which is celebrating its 50th year of independence, has closed most of the refugee camps scattered across the eastern provinces of the DRC leaving millions of people homeless. Zambia – impoverished and without much to offer Congolese refugees – has, too, closed two of its camps.

A young family fighting for survivalLeft with little choice, refugees are returning to their burned-down, vandalised towns often without family members. Stunned, groups of people - unrelated other than sharing the same adversity - congregate to from huddles of make-do communities.

Last month Hands at Work founder, George Snyman, visited eastern DRC.

George Snyman in Saskatoon (CA)

Hands founder, George Snyman, will be speaking at two venues in Saskatoon next month. Have a look below for more details. Scroll down a bit further if you're based in Calgary, the USA or the UK for details on his speaking engagements there.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Date Thursday, 18 November

Venue University of Saskatchewan, Health Sciences B6

Time 12:30 - 01:30pm


Date Thursday, 18 November

Venue Hosted by Lakeview Church - open to the public. Click here for directions.

Time 07:00pm

Hands founder, George, to take a tour of 'duty' in the USA

George Snyman's six-week tour is underway. He will spending time in the UK and Canada before visiting the USA. Spending nearly three weeks in the country, he will be speaking in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minneapolis from 3 to 23 November.

George is known for being an encouraging and challenging speaker. He will not only be talking about Hands at Work, but also about our mandate as Christians to respond to poverty. Not to be missed!

Date Wednesday, 3 November
Venue University of Wisconsin-Madison
Time 08:00pm 

"This is not OK"
AIDS is the greatest orphan maker of our time. If we really do want justice we must wake up... Individuals can change the world! Join 
K Love and live worship by The Spark as George Snyman speaks about his life's work. Download the flyer.
 Thursday, 4 November
Venue Grace in Racine, 3626 Hwy 31, Racine, WI
Time 07:00pm

Also see George at Grace in Racine on Sunday!

"This is not OK"
Come, listen to 
The Spark and hear George Snyman speak about his life's work caring and advocating for the most vulnerable, destitute and orphaned victims of AIDS in Africa. Download the flyer.
 Friday, 5 November
Venue Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm Street, Glenview, IL
Time 07:00pm

Date Sunday, 7 November
Venue Grace in Racine, 3626 Highway 31, Racine, WI
Time 8:30am and 10:15


Church Services
 Sunday, 21 November
Venue Cornerstone Community Church, Orange County
Time Sunday services 09:00am and 11:00am

Love God, Love Your Neighbor
 Tuesday, 23 November
Venue Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
Time 06:30pm - 09:00pm

George will also be interviewed on radio! Tune in:

Date Monday, 1 November
Time 1:15pm
Radio station George will be interviewed by Frank Carmichael on Happenings Radio AM1050 WLIP

Date Tuesday, 2 November
Time 6:00pm 
Radio station Milwaukee Public Radio 

Date Wednesday, 3 November
Time 10:00 – 11:00am
Radio station Live interview via telephone with Nancy Turner from Moody Bible Radio
Heard on 90.1 FM Chicago and AM 1110 Chicago

Date Friday, 5 November
Time 3:00pm
Radio station Interviewed by Jerome McDonald, Worldview on Chicago Public Radio

Calgary, you're next up! (CA)

Calgary, get your diaries out and make a note of the dates below.

As part of his six-week tour of the UK, Canada and the USA, George will be speaking at four gatherings in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Don't miss it!


Date Friday, 12 November

Venue Westside King's Church, West Hall, 3939 - 69 Street SW, Calgary

Time 07:30pm

Tickets $60


Date Sunday, 14 November

Venue Freedom House, Calgary Dream Centre Campus, 4510 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

Time 09:30am coffee and conversation and 10:00am service


Date Sunday, 14 November

Venue Westside Kings Church, 3939 69 Street SW, Calgary

Time Unedited Service at 07:00pm


Date Monday, 15 November

Venue Downtown Public Library, The Central Library, Meeting Room 1, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

Time 07:00pm (Doors open to public at 06:30pm)


Date Tuesday, 16 November

Venue La Vita Belle, 401 12th Avenue SE, Calgary

Time 09:00 - 11:00am

Everyone welcome!


Date Tuesday, 16 November  

Venue Fish Creek Public Library, 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE, Calgary (SE corner of South Centre Shopping Centre, across the street from the Family Leisure Centre)

Time 6:00pm

George soon to hit the UK

Hands at Work founder, George Snyman, has kicked off his six-week tour of the UK, Canada and the USA. He will be speaking at a number of churches during his visit. Not to be missed!

Have a look below for the dates and venues of the UK leg of the tour. Canada and USA tour details soon to follow.


George and his wife, Carolyn, on the airwaves!

George and Carolyn will be interviewed on Premier Christian Radio on Saturday, 23 October.

Time 08.25am

You can listen in London on Medium Wave 1305, 1332 and 1413, nationally on Sky Digital 0123, Freeview 725 and DAB. You can also listen online.


George's other speaking engagements:

Date Saturday, 23 October

Venue St Luke’s Church, Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans AL1 5QJ

Time Afternoon service


Date Sunday, 24 October

Venue The Forge Community Church, The Old Chapel, Forward Green, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 5HP

Time 09.30am and 11.30am services


Date Monday, 25 October

Venue Greenfinch Church, Greenfinch Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0SQ

Time 07:30pm


Date Sunday, 31 October

Venue Zion Church, Little Cornbow, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3AJ

Time 09:00am and 11:00pm

Aiding 4000 in desperate need in Bushbuckridge, SA

Bushbuckridge in South Africa is known for being one of the poorest areas in South Africa. With the majority of its inhabitants being refugees from Mozambique who moved to the area during the time of war. For this reason, many of them were left vulnerable without homes to live in, and identity documentation that could grant them government help. Bushbuckridge was one of the first places Hands at Work moved into to begin a service centre and now hosts the majority of the children to whom we offer service in South Africa.

Things have not always been easy, as many of the kids were not able to receive grants because they lacked South African identification documents (IDs) and birth certificates. At the beginning of July Hands at Work held a USAID sponsored grant jamboree in Bushbuckridge. The jamboree gathered government workers, social workers, home affairs officials and community shop owners in one place to help about 4000 community members, most of whom were orphans and the elderly in desperate need of obtain ID documents, birth certificates and government grants. Of the 4000 community members, 29 received grants (26 of whom are orphans) and almost 200 ID documents and birth certificates were issued.

The jamboree was a great success and has created many new opportunities for children and families.

We're Listening (CA)

As is often the case, George speaks and people listen.  It was no different for us at Lakeview Church in Saskatoon, Canada.  After having heard the heart wrenching stories of orphaned children living in squalor, of grandmothers forced to work well into old age to feed the grandchildren they were now responsible for, of violence, heartache and despair, we were weighed down by the heaviness of oppression. But the story wasn’t left there. George then painted a picture of solidarity and hope, brought about through the unification of the church doing true religion, “to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1v27). Many of us at Lakeview fell in love with the vision. 

Soon after George spoke, a few people from the congregation formed a group of advocates who called themselves “Lakeview Hands”. They started spreading the news about the call on the church to serve the poorest of the poor. Slowly people started making trips, on their own and then in groups.  Of course as more and more people met and fell in love with people in Africa, it seemed practical to come up with ways to raise awareness and money at home in order to support Hands at Work in Africa. The wider church body became involved around Christmas 2008 when the church launched an advent conspiracy campaign with all money going to support a community in Zambia. 

The campaign was a great success in getting the word out about Hands at Work.  The money raised built a small schoolhouse and provided food, education and basic health care to over 50 children in the desperate slum - Mulenga, Zambia.  Following that there were a number of fundraisers including an “ice-cream sundae sale” and “massive yard sale”, which together raised over $4000...

Africa on Their Shoulders

Johnny, Holly, Hannah and JoeyMany kids spend their summers playing sports, hanging out with friends, and avoiding as much responsibility as possible, but not the Gilchrists.  This summer Johnny, 12; Joey, 11; Holly, 8; and Hannah, 6, did odd jobs to raise money for the Baraka community in Zambia. 

Recently, Bridgette Gilchrist of Northbrook, IL, heard about Hands at Work in Africa from a friend, Chloe Steinke.  Chloe had invited a handful of people to a Skype call she held at her house with the founder of Hands at Work, George Snyman.

Bridgette Gilchrist said, “After talking to George, I was really excited