1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Thanks be to God, who is in the business of restoration! In a world that often feels tumultuous, we are incredibly thankful that we believe in, are loved by, and get to serve the Creator who can make us strong, firm, and steadfast. In all of the work that we do at Hands and Feet Project, this is the hope that we hold as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Heb 6:19).
We also love having the opportunity to share some of our work with you. We pray that you will feel encouraged by the way that God takes our prayers and the work of our hands and makes it into something meaningful. Take a look below to read about some of the happenings at Hands and Feet Project over the past month.
Community Ambassador Spotlight
Ken and Beth Burrow
“In 2005, we took a group of youth from our church to an Audio Adrenaline concert in a nearby city. During the concert, Mark and Will talked about their passion for the people of Haiti and their new ministry, Hands and Feet Project. They challenged us to be the hands and feet of Jesus and come to Haiti to help build a Children’s Village. I remember when I heard that, I immediately turned around to another youth leader and friend that was there with us and said, “we are going to Haiti next summer!” The rest, as they say, is history. The next summer, nine youth and adults were on a plane to Port au Prince where we met Drex Stuart at that airport on a trip that would change our lives. That night when I said “we are going Haiti,” I had no clue what I was saying “yes” to, but God did.
Since then we have taken 12 trips to Hands and Feet Project with over 40 people from several churches in our area of NE Iowa. We have met countless others from around the country and made lifelong connections with the wonderful people of Haiti. We have seen God take a few guys’ dreams that started with a plot of land by a mountain in Haiti and turn it into something beautiful and amazing. We will never forget the days of digging septic tanks, hauling blocks, playing with the kids, talking to the various workers, and sitting on the porch at night listening to stories from Drex, Jo and Michelle. In recent years we have been blessed to be involved with the VBS celebrations each summer.
Our involvement with Hands and Feet Project has been life-altering; we look at God’s world through a completely different lens now. It is our honor to help spread the word of what God is doing in Haiti. Unfortunately, we were not able to travel this summer due to the COVID pandemic, but we are trusting God that He will make it possible to be back next year for a reunion with our Haitian family!”
-Ken and Beth Burrow
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A Word From Our Rescue Support Team Leader
As a part of our Aftercare Program, Hands and Feet Project continues to build a network of leaders intentioned to support the anti-human trafficking effort in Haiti. Read the letter below to hear an update from our Rescue Support Team leader.
The fight is just beginning.
The layers are being exposed.
A foundation is being laid.
A team and network is being built for those willing to fight against human trafficking and the countless days ahead for care and restoration.
It’s exciting, but if I’m honest, it can be overwhelming and defeating. So often work in Haiti and many other developing countries can feel like one step forward and two steps back. And my recent experiences are no exception.
However, even amongst the many challenges of broken systems and shattered lives, God is still working, and true to His word that He is fighting to break the chains of oppression and injustice. These fractured signs are our invitation to enter His mission. I’m honored to play a small part of this grand mission, and to meet and work with the many amazing Haitians and expats fighting for the cause of freedom that has been stolen from too many.
We have only just begun and know there is much work ahead, so we will press on.
Minds are being opened to a hidden and painful realm of our world.
Hearts are being prepared to love, encourage, and care for those that can soon be called survivors.
May we continue to seek the Lord for His goodness, grace and guidance as we, and many others, are committed to fight this good fight, in His name.
Rescue Support Team Leader
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Tis the Season!
Christmas is just around the corner and we have our Amazon Christmas Wish List up and are checking it twice!
As Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Hands and Feet Project will be providing gifts to 126 children represented in our Circle of Care. Throughout the year, we strive to give each child what they need, not necessarily in tangible gifts, but in Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, and Educational gifts, guided by our Circle of Care. However, when the time for Christmas comes, we love the opportunity to give the children at Hands and Feet Project gifts that generate excitement about waking up on Christmas morning! During this season, if able, you can partner with us to help provide Christmas gifts by visiting our Amazon Wish List using the link below. (The deadline to purchase gifts is October 15th).
Amazon Christmas Wish List
Additionally, we have a fund set aside for purchasing gifts from the markets in Haiti. We host a Christmas Party at each Children’s Village filled with special food, dessert and games, as a celebration in honor of our Savior. If you would prefer to donate to this fund, you can do that by clicking the button below.
Donate to the Christmas Fund