Jonathan Roiz, founder of The Hope Movement sharing his broken heart for the city of Baltimore and shaking the comfort zone of the church to become local missionaries and preach the Gospel.
Meet just one of the hundreds of children we serve each day. Nahomy is 3 years old and regularly attends our activities in the Haven of Hope in Escuintla, Guatemala. Her father in currently in prison unjustifiable in Peten, Guatemala (Northern region of Guatemala in the jungles) and we have been supporting by providing daily meals to Nahomy and her family, but the wonderful thing is in an act of gratitude her family donate vegetables when they can to the center to feed other children.
The month of December has started off being difficult financially because of lack of donations, but we are trusting God to provide in order to continue His work. We URGENTLY need funds to provide for needed food for our orphans in Kenya and to continue our feeding and education programs in Guatemala.
We have been blessed to have a volunteer Samuel Maldonado in our Haven of Hope Center in Escuintla, Guatemala. He will be assisting 2 or 3 times a week teaching the children to play piano, guitar and flute. Music is a powerful tool to teach discipline, coordination and increase self-esteem. We pray that through donations we can hire him to work part-time on a consistent basis to develop a music program which has been a goal for our founder, Jonathan Roiz, a musician and songwriter.
On November 17th we organized an event sponsored by Walmart called "Sponsor a child, with a Gift" celebrating the month of the child.
They chose the "Haven of Hope because they searched several options throughout the entire city and could not find an option. One of the mothers of the children who attend our Haven of Hope center suggested The Hope Movement and so they selected us to organize this event. They provided the chairs, shirts, pinatas, and gifts for over 60 children.
Volunteers from local stores came out to assist as well.
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I sing praise to you before the gods. I face your holy Temple, bow down, and praise your name because of your constant love and faithfulness,because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme.You answered me when I called to you; with your strength you strengthened me. All the kings in the world will praise you, Lord, because they have heard your promises. They will sing about what you have done and about your great glory. Even though you are so high above, you care for the lowly, and the proud cannot hide from you. When I am surrounded by troubles, you keep me safe. You oppose my angry enemies and save me by your power. You will do everything you have promised; Lord, your love is eternal. Complete the work that you have begun. — Psalm 138
This past September we traveled to Bungoma, Kenya and shared the Gospel. Many said they never heard this Gospel straight from the Bible because most missionaries come only to recruit people to their denomination, or put on a show but never truly teach what the Bible says. So we taught Theology 101, everything you didn't learn in Sunday School. Teaching about who is God, our purpose to glorify Him, sin and depravity, justification, adoption, sanctification and revival. We left with them a manual we created so that they can continue this study and grow. The Bible studies are continuing and the people are growing spiritually as they study the word of God.
From October 19th - 21st our Haven of Hope center in Escuintla, Guatemala organized a bible school for the children while on school vacation. Children came in the morning and enjoyed a delicious nutritious breakfast. Throughout the day the children had a wonderful time enjoy a variety of activities, bible lessons, dramas and games. They learned from the Bible verse Ephesians 6:10-18 and focused also on the importance of studying the Word of God.
It was a wonderful week and we are seeing positive results. Children who came to our center malnourished are now healthy. Children who come from troubled families and arrived with serious behavioral problems are maturing and learning at our center about obedience, compassion and love. Most importantly we are seeing the fruits of the seeds we have planted in the lives of the children and adults over the years and the Holy Spirit is doing the work in their hearts.
Please keep our Haven of Hope center and all of our centers in prayer and also become a monthly financial partner to keep these wonderful programs going.