We are really excited for what 2015 is going to bring!
Last week we filed the incorporation papers for Pure Joy Missions. If the corporation is approved, we will then apply to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Pray for wisdom and discernment as we start forming a board, visioning for years to come, and filling out lots of paperwork!
We have a team coming for a week in March and for 10 days in August. In addition, we will have random visitors nearly every month, many of which have already been here and want to come back! We are excited to provide these people with an opportunity to come back and remind the people here they haven’t forgotten about them.
We plan on continuing with the ministries we did last year and incorporating a couple additional ministries into our schedule. Each week, we will continue to visit the nursing home, senior center, orphanage, special needs school, city dump, tutoring program for the children by the dump, and on weeks when we can, the children’s hospital. In addition, we are planning on starting a night ministry with those living on the streets. Our hope is that we will be able to join forces with the youth of a couple different churches and go out into the streets at night, bringing a little snack and drink for the homeless. In time, we hope to build relationships with these people, share with them the hope of Christ, and do what we can to get them off the streets.
In addition, Christian and I have the opportunity to teach a little Bible lesson every Wednesday at the tutoring program for the kids near the dump. We are so excited for this opportunity!! A lot of these kids know who God is because of missionaries coming or from their parents but many have never learned the stories of the Bible. We are excited to be able to share these stories with them!
This year, I hope to form a curriculum for a mother’s education program for the mothers working at the dump. These mothers have the power to change the way their children grow up. They have the power to empower their children to go to school and make a better future for themselves. Someone just needs to empower them! My goal for this program is that through education and opportunities, the mothers will learn what they can do to help their children live better lives. This has been a dream of mine since day one, but I need a lot of help from the locals to make it possible. Please pray that if this is God’s will, he will put those people in my life. I am hoping to start this program at some point this year, but I want to form a solid curriculum and strong relationships with the mothers before I do so.
God is doing some incredible things here, and I know it is just the beginning! I am looking forward to what 2015 will bring. I am sure it will bring quite a bit of trials, but I trust that it will also bring a great deal of joy, pure joy!
Thank you so much for partnering with us. We love you!!