Greetings from Hallelujah House of Yahweh!
The first half of 2014 has been filled with reminders of God’s grace as He, through you our faithful supporters, has granted provision in several critical moments. We praise God daily for His guidance and mercy, and thank Him for your prayers and acts of kindness.
Our sincere apologies for being “out of touch” for so long. Several months ago, our laptop decided it had reached the end of its life; trying to create a newsletter using the internet cafe was not possible due to time and expense. (And writing a newsletter using a Blackberry phone just wasn’t working!) The laptop has been replaced and files recovered, so we are “back”!
So much to tell... below is just some of what has happened in the first half of 2014.
Thank you for your continued love, prayers and support for the ministry of HHY. Through your encouragement we are able to push forward with the work God has called us to do.
God bless you!
Victor, Marlys, and all of the "family" at HHY
Yahweh’s Chapel held a 3-day celebration of Easter this year, on Friday through Sunday. That’s 3 full days of singing, prayer, and messages. In spite of the length and the seating being on hard log benches, church was quite full each day. We were blessed to have several guest speakers visit, and the congregation was taught about the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Communion was explained and served for the first time ever to the attendees. It was wonderful to see and be part of such a big event with a population previously unreached with the Gospel.
For those of you with Facebook, this event was hard to miss! For those of you without Facebook... Pastor Victor was married on May 3 to his beautiful wife, Racheal. Racheal and Victor met years ago during a boot camp run by Teen Missions International, and attended Bible School together. Congratulations Pastor and Racheal! May God bless you with many years together in ministry.
In the farm/bush area where HHY is located, there is no school. The closest schools are too far to walk, and too expensive for most families to consider. As a result, very few of the children have hope of an education. In January, HHY decided to begin teaching some basic education classes to the local children, using Yahweh’s Chapel as the classroom. On registration day, 21 students and their parents signed up for “school”. It didn’t take long for word to spread about what was happening in the church, and as of mid-June, more than 200 children are coming regularly for classes including reading and writing in Bemba (the local tribal language), conversational English, math, and several other subjects. Two hundred is more than the church can hold, so the students have been broken into three groups based on age and existing knowledge. Teaching is divided among an HHY staff member, a local teacher who has been trained in community development, and one trained preschool teacher, who walks 2 hours in each direction each day. Parents of our students are very excited about this opportunity for their children. In many cases, the child is the first in their family ever to be able to attend school. Often we hear stories of how the children return home from school to “teach” the rest of the family what they have learned. Due to this response and the interest of the community to bring education to the local people, HHY is working toward building a “formal” school in the coming years. We intend to begin with classrooms for grades 1 and 2, adding classrooms each year as the children progress in their learning. If we are able to erect a structure for the purpose of school and provide living accommodations for the teaching staff, the government will provide and pay teachers. Please pray with us for the success of this endeavor.
As many of you know, we have partnered with Holistic Global Partners to assist us in our fundraising efforts. As of May 13, 2014, Holistic Global Partners is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt public charity. Donations received in 2013 by Holistic Global Partners are tax deductible as are any future contributions. To make a tax deductible donation, click on the green "Donate" button above, visit our website, or mail your contribution to: Holistic Global Partners, 5528 Stevendale Dr., Hudsonville MI 49426
May and June are big months at the farm, as the soybeans and maize need to be brought in from the field and cleaned. 60 acres produces A LOT of maize to be stripped from the cobs! A huge thank you to those who assisted us with the seed, fertilizer, and weed control this year. It was an abundant harvest, and the maize will provide a reliable food source for many months ahead.
Sadly, three of our adult goats were found beaten and dead one morning at the end of May. HHY received a report that a neighbor had goats stolen overnight; we believe the intent of whoever beat the goats was to take the meat for consumption or sale, but left before he could take them when he heard someone walking through the property. (Staff and children returned in the early morning from an overnight service at the church.) Fortunately, the carcasses were still fresh enough that HHY was able to use the meat from the goats. We do remain with several young goats, and will continue to raise and breed them as a food and income source for HHY.
Victor and Marlys are currently in the U.S., touring a number of eastern states to share the news of what God is doing through HHY in Zambia. Stops include(d) Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana. It’s a looooooong road trip; please pray for traveling mercies and that God touches the ears and hearts of the people hearing the message. The return to Zambia is scheduled for August 25.
- Praise God for the continued expansion of ministry opportunities in the bush area
- Praise God for a successful celebration of Easter, bringing the news of Christ's sacrificial love to the people
- Praise God for the opportunity to begin classes for children who have no other school opportunities
- Praise God for an abundant harvest
- Praise God for traveling mercies as Victor and Marlys spread the news of HHY in the United States
- Please pray for God's continued provision for the daily and long-range needs of HHY
- Please pray for the continued health and well-being of the children and staff
- Please pray for the success of our sustainability efforts
- Please pray for the adjustments of a new marriage for Pastor Victor and Racheal, and that God might grant them many years in the ministry together
- Please pray for our school ministry as we begin planning and seeking funds to build