Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Shoes

VictorI first met Victor at his school when we were doing an assessment to determine how many children required jigger treatment. Victor stood out for two reasons. First he had the saddest eyes and countenance about him for such a young child. And secondly, his jigger infection was so bad that even his hands were affected.

IMG_2381bAfter two weeks of our soaking intervention, we saw a few children improve enough to be discharged from the program. But there were many others who needed to go on to receive surgical intervention. Victor was among the second group. Treating that little boy just about broke my heart as his tears silently streamed down his face. Once finished, I bandaged him up in gauze. And it was then that I realized that he would be walking home down the dirt road on his bandages because he had no shoes. For a moment I asked myself “Why am I doing this?” Why go through so much trouble to help this one child who will go home with a good chance that his surgical wounds will be infected, and an even greater chance that he will be reinfected with jiggers? It was honestly a very discouraging day for me.

IMG_2385bAs a team at Hope Matters we have talked about how we will continue to treat the same children with the same problems repeatedly if we can’t get them in shoes. Will shoes fix everything about their life and guarantee they will never get another infection? No, but getting those little feet into shoes will be a huge step in the right direction. It will also be a physical representation of our love and care for these kids. We want them to know that we love them and more importantly that Jesus loves them too!

We have completed a survey and found that there are approximately 130 children under the age of 10, in the Kampi Mawe slum, who currently need a pair of shoes. We are holding a special Christmas Eve program for these kids. At the conclusion of the program we hope to provide them with a snack and a pair of Christmas shoes. We would love your partnership to help make this happen. We are estimating that it will be approximately $10 for each pair of shoes. If you would like to help us, you can do so by making a donation on our website by clicking here. Just make a note in the comment area that says “Christmas Shoes”.  Thank you!

December 2014 Prayer Points

IMG_2459bIt’s hard to believe that we are already in December! This month in addition to our regular ministry activities, we have a few special events related to Christmas. Here are some ways you can be praying for the ministry this month:

  •  “The Nativity” movie will be shown at several venues. Please pray that hearts will be receptive and open to learning more about Christ.
  • On Christmas Eve we will be holding a special party for children in the slums of Turbo. We are hoping to distribute a pair of shoes to each child in need. Pray for the resources to be provided for us to meet this need. Pray that the children will experience God’s love and light on this special day.
  • On December 11th we are partnering with the Training Center at Empowering Lives Int’l to provide a Basic Health Training in a train-the-trainers style, for approximately 40 individuals who will then take the education they have received and share it with others. Participants will be coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and all over Kenya. Pray that the material is understood, retained, and effective as it is shared with many beyond this training.
  • Last month we asked for prayer for a journey the Kiprops needed to make to Nairobi. Please give thanks for the success and safety of this journey. An extra blessing was that Michelle’s Kenyan nursing license was approved for a same-day renewal. Normally it takes three to four months!
  • We are praying and planning to hopefully initiate walk-in clinic services early next year. Please pray for us to have wisdom and direction as we are in the planning process for this exciting expansion in ministry.
  • As always, every single day our entire team needs prayer for divine wisdom, strength, energy and renewed hope as we reach out to make a difference in the lives of East Africans.

Video Message from Michelle: Giving Tuesday

Click on the video above for a special message from Michelle about Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday follows the American Thanksgiving holiday, and has been designated as a day of giving. This year Hope Matters has a few special projects we are hoping to accomplish through this event. First, we are hoping to be able to provide as many pairs of shoes as possible for the children in the slums of Turbo for Christmas. Each pair will cost approximately $10. Our second project is related to bringing specialized medical equipment from the USA to Kenya for use in our medical ministry. We have an incredible opportunity to bring a forty-foot shipping container filled with donated medical equipment. We only need to pay for refurbishing of some equipment as well as the purchase of the container and it’s shipping expenses. The total cost will come to around only $24,000. The value we will be receiving is literally hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment. And we are excited to report that we have already received our first donation of $6,000 making our current need only $18,000 to make this project a reality.

We would love for you to partner with us in helping make these goals a reality. You can give to Hope Matters this Giving Tues by clicking here to make an online donation. Or you can send a check to: Hope Matters International, P.O. Box 9293, Alta Loma, CA 91701.