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Dear Partner,

We hope this letter finds you well and experiencing grace amidst the unique season of difficulty that our world is in at this time.

As the snow finally disappears here in Minnesota, giving way to green grass and sunshine, we are excited to share with you our Spring 2020 update.

Check out some of the amazing things God has done with your help thus far!

Featured Stories:

Welcoming our new partner project, Global Horizons Field Technology!

Global Horizons Field Technology is bringing technology to areas that lack the resources or infrastructure for internet access and online educational materials.

The main product they offer is the GHI Pi, a very low-cost computer device loaded with software. It contains:

  • Educational materials, including Khan Academy and Wikipedia…
  • Videos, books, and games for kids…
  • Theological resources…
  • Health resources…
  • Culture-specific educational documents, such as training in agriculture for small farmers, livestock care, nutrition information, etc…
  • And so much more!

The GHI Pi is something a mission trip group, missionary or other organization could learn to use and easily distribute to a group when they travel.  We are excited for the impact they will continue to have!

To learn more about GHI Field Technology, click here!

 


Children of Promise:  Hope in the Midst of the Coronavirus

Our partner project, Children of Promise in China, was among the first to experience the impact of the coronavirus, having to stop operations and stay home beginning in early February.  But there is light at the end of the tunnel!

By late March the virus was under enough control that were able to return to work in their offices.  Members of their home services department have been resuming home visits and  are looking forward to getting back to the normal rhythm of life.

Their experience offers hope. So many people reached out to offer prayer and financial support, allowing them to maintain salaries and provide online workshops, small groups, and individual counseling sessions through their mental health department during their time at home.

The courageous and humble way they accepted the circumstances of the virus and trusted in God’s providence is quite a witness!

To learn more, check out their newsletters here!

 


Mission: Moving Mountains

In January, M:MM was able to welcome a group of nursing students from Bethel University to the area (see photo), teaching them about local agriculture and the community development programs.  The group was led by Bethel professor and GHI Board Member Dave Muhovich.

M:MM also made huge progress recently, developing a relationship with the Sub-county of Sibanga, where they will begin to implement Discipling for Development training among the leaders and community there!

Click here to read more,  or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mission.mountains

 


Herb’s Trip

At the end of 2019, one of GHI’s founders, Herb Klem, traveled to Africa!  His experience included:

  • Meeting with current and potential GHI project leaders.
  • Being asked to preach and teach at different churches he visited.
  • Reuniting with former colleagues and students, who affirmed him in the work he had done and seeds he had planted in past years.
  • Gaining understanding of the deeply-rooted poverty and persecution in some of the areas he visited.
  • Demonstrating our new project’s GHI Pi technology to community leaders, who were “blown away with the simplicity and the volume of materials that were on it.”

Spring 2020 Project Impact Stats:

  • A new school bus allows over 30 children to get to school each day in Ghana since February. (MHM)
  • Over 2000 young women ministered to in Kenya on March 8th, International Women’s Day. (IFAGE)
  • 4 ceiling fans and an air conditioning unit installed in a health clinic in Sierra Leone. (FASE)
  • Construction on the House of Hope in Croatia (a future space for refugee integration support) is due to be completed in the next few months. (Zagreb)
  • Bless100 funds raised in November will be used this spring to support 100 families experiencing isolation, economic uncertainty, and job loss.  (Global Capacities)
  • 1000 Menstrual kits supplied to women lacking proper sanitary supplies in Kenya. (IFAGE)
  • 12 hand-washing stations with water drums and soap provided throughout the Kibera slum in Kenya in response to COVID-19.  (YCT)
  • School supplies and clothes donated to Sierra Leone projects from Apple Valley High School. (FASE)
  • Over 30 women ministered to through a weekly bible study on significant women in Scripture. (Designed to be Pillars)
  • Free courses on Christian ethics, the life and the teachings of Christ, and Homiletics offered to 20 pastoral training students. (Gloryshine)

 


From the Office:

The theme of our year so far has been one of encouragement, intercession, and an increased awareness of God’s providence.
We have learned to ask great things of Him, and have seen Him work such wonders already, through each of you and our faithful project leaders!

Highlights so far this spring include:

  • A lunch spent sharing laughter, good conversation, and a “Nothing Bundt” cake with the ladies from the office upstairs in celebration of Jill’s birthday.
  • Weekly times of prayer for each of our projects, catching up on how they’re doing, interceding for specific needs, and rejoicing when we saw those prayers answered.
  • Ash Wednesday when Randy from the office upstairs brought us all a lovely variety of snacks because he was worried we’d be fasting.
  • The day that one of the staff members generously brought extra toilet paper to the office for another staffer and her family, after all the stores were sold out.
  • Walking through “The One-Life Solution” book together, sharing the personal lessons and moments of growth that it inspired as we went.

 

We are blessed to be working from home for the time being but look forward to when we can return to the camaraderie and connectivity of the office environment!  

Thank you for joining us on this journey.

We are so grateful for you and the irreplaceable role you play as part of Global Horizons Inc.  We hope this update gives you a special glimpse into the beautiful and life-changing things that you are a catalyst of in our world today!

May God continue to bless you and yours!

The GHI Staff
Leon, Jill, Trudy, and Kate

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   Romans 15:13

P.S.   We want to hear how you’re doing at this time and how we can pray for you!  Respond to us with your news and prayer requests at info@globalhz.org and know that each week we are lifting your intentions up to our merciful Savior!
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