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Doing Ministry Jesusâ€™ Way
Going Home Kacie Campbell
Free to Smile David Meyer
Loving God, Yourself & Others Joyce Meyer
Let us show you a unique way to give hope this Christmas!
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Children all around the world have an unlimited supply of love. They are quick to give a hug or a smile, grab your hand, lift your spirits and share that love. Letâ€™s be more like children. Letâ€™s Live to Share.
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But it’s more than just that. I feel such a deep gratitude to God for who He is and what He’s done—in me, and in Joyce Meyer Ministries as well as our outreach arm, Hand of Hope. He has completely transformed my life from its dark past. He has also built this ministry into the strong support organization that it is. I am just simply overwhelmed with appreciation.
Thankfulness can be quite a motivator. It moves us to do good things. It moves us to do good things for others. It moves us to do good things for others simply because we’re thankful for God’s goodness to us. And that’s thankfulness at its best! Thankful for transformation,
But...it’s still more. In my gratitude, I am moved outward. God has been so good to me, and I want to be good to someone else. For instance, because I was freed from the effects of a horrible abusive situation, I want to help young girls trapped in similar circumstances, such as sex trafficking. I could never repay God for His goodness. But I certainly can be a blessing to someone else as a way of thanking Him for it.
Apparently, many of you feel the same way too. You, our friends and partners, are such a blessing to this ministry. Your support is an obvious outpouring of God’s goodness in your own lives. That’s what helps us continue to do what we do. Together we are reaching out to others as a result of God’s work in us. Together we are giving thanks to Him for it.
I’m feeling so thankful! At different times in our lives, like holidays or other special events, we begin to focus on how blessed we truly are.
LEFT PAGE: In Ghatkesar, India, dozens of school-aged children are able to eat a healthy meal, receive help with their homework and learn about Jesus. Many of the children come from homes where food is little to non-existent. Thank you for sharing a meal with hungry children in India.
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STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
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True Greatness | 57-Minute DVD by Joyce Meyer $20 U.S. Funds | joycemeyer.org
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ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE Volume 25 | Number 7 | NOVEMBER 2011
Publisher Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. Executive Editors Daniel Meyer Ginger Stache
Creative Director Steve DeShetler Art Director Jon Richert Staff Writers Kacie Campbell Matthew Loomis Anne Williams Graphic Designers Megan Riordan Anna Monette Amy Roff Jessica Davis Danny Mehl
Production Supervisor George Dill Production Artists Jeri Icenesse Jeff Douglas Stacy Williams Robert Houston Editorial Proofreaders Carolyn Coley Dar Wood Susan Hutchison
Enjoying Everyday Life is a registered trademark of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. [J] is also a registered trademark of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc.
26 A Closer Look
BY JOYCE MEYER
27 Love Walk
Learn the secret to becoming one of the happiest people in the world!
29 Conference Tour 31 TV Broadcast Schedule
16 GOING HOME
HAND OF HOPE—Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions
BY KACIE CAMPBELL
Hand of Hope, in partnership with International Crisis Aid, is providing a way “home” to young women in the Red Light District of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Enjoying Everyday Life® is published by Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc.®, a nonprofit corporation, Fenton, MO USA © 2011 Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. Publications Agreement No. 40030597. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Enjoying Everyday Life has no subscription price and is supported through contributions worldwide. Because all Enjoying Everyday Life issues are preplanned, we are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts. For more information or to order, call (636) 349-0303. Internet address: www.joycemeyer.org
D E PA R T M E N T S
12 DOING MINISTRY JESUS’ WAY
Photographers Chad Spickler David Dobson Kacie Campbell All Bible references are from The Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted.
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22 FREE TO SMILE BY DAVID MEYER
How your support is helping others to smile again in Kosova.
24 LOVING GOD, YOURSELF & OTHERS
Production Coordinators Bill Schlick Monica Johnson Jessica Turnbeaugh
M AIN FE AT UR E
BY JOYCE MEYER
Want more fulfillment in your life? Learning to love God, yourself and others can make all the difference.
Need a little extra help getting through today or need some extra advice? Everyday Answers provides wisdom from God’s Word to help you deal with life’s difficult issues. Watch a video from Joyce, read related articles, send a prayer request, and more. joycemeyer.org | NOVEMBER 2 0 1 1 | 5
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A New Type of Christmas Gift Exchange How to Shop for Those Who Don’t Need Anything BY GINGER STACHE
“I am blessed with everything I need, so please don’t give me Christmas presents anymore.” That simple statement from my father-in-law a few Christmases back threw our family’s traditional shopping habits for a loop. We weren’t shocked that he would say such a thing—he was always a thoughtful man—but how would this work? Would we give gifts to everyone else and ignore him? Then we got what he was saying. The heart of his declaration was that while he has no real needs, there are far too many other people out there in great need. He preferred we do something for someone else. So my husband and I decided to do exactly what he was requesting. I was about to leave for Brazil where Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries’ missions arm, was providing desperately needed water filters to people along the Amazon River. The
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Christmas light bulb went off, and we made a donation to help provide clean drinking water to people who had none, in honor of my father-in-law. Then we presented to him a collage of photos showing some of the people who were touched by his gift. He loved it—and a new tradition was born. In the years that followed, our family has helped many people in his name. But I must admit, working for Joyce Meyer Ministries gave me a definite advantage. I had a route to give this type of gift that most people did not. Before long, friends and partners began contacting the ministry requesting the same opportunity—to help people in honor of someone they loved. It was encouraging that people wanted to participate in this new way of giving— offering hope, encouragement, and the Gospel to the very people we see in desperate need around the world. We knew then that we needed to open a
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door for these special donations, and so, the Hand of Hope Gift Catalog was born. Now you can take these three easy steps to give a gift in honor of a loved one: 1. Choose a Need 2. Give a Donation 3. Send a Gift Just like the photos my father-in-law received that first year, you will also receive beautiful photos to send to your loved one of the people they are helping. Now, it wouldn’t be accurate to say that we have never given my fatherin-law another traditional Christmas present. Some years we see a small gift we know he will also appreciate, so we’ll give him that too…along with the gift that’s helping someone in need. But when the presents are opened, it’s usually easy to see which brings him the most joy.
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Skip the Long Lines. Everyone loves to receive a gift from a friend. How about this Christmas you pick out an extra special gift for them in the Hand of Hope Gift Catalog. Your gift could feed a hungry child, provide freedom to a young girl, or relieve someone’s pain, all in the name of that person you love—and you won’t have to wait in line to purchase it. We’ll even send you a beautiful set of photos, to pass along to your loved ones, that represent a few of the lives changed through Hand of Hope outreaches.
It’s a New Way of Giving. HOW TO G I VE
1. Choose a Need:
Pick from four outreaches or give to the General Fund.
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Give whatever is in your heart to give. generated at BeQRious.com
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Pass along the set of photos to your loved one.
Read a story now by using a QR reader on your smartphone.
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Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering, and to help Christians grow in their faith.
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Meet Kajol and others who have been helped. Discover how your gifts are reaching out to provide life-changing, and often lifesaving, help for people in need.
YOU PROVIDE RELIEF TO JOPLIN, MISSOURI AND BEYOND
When you partner with Joyce Meyer Ministries, not only are you providing disaster relief, your support is also reaching millions of people through media broadcasting and Hand of Hope missions outreaches worldwide.
STAND WITH US—
BECOME A PARTNER TODAY!
An image simply can’t do justice to the devastation in Joplin, Missouri. For miles and miles, people’s homes have been flattened by the F5 tornado that struck in May. But something great is also happening in Joplin: Volunteers are coming from all over the country to be part of picking up the pieces and restoring hope to a resilient community. When disaster strikes in the U.S. or around the world, we partner with several organizations to provide immediate assistance—removing debris, offering prayer and support, rebuilding and more. Through partnership, you’re a part of this relief effort.
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Be part of a life-changing experience. Volunteer for upcoming trips at
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Throughout the year our medical and dental volunteers travel to some of the poorest areas of the world to provide much needed medical and dental care. Physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals are needed.
Guatemala Sri Lanka Cambodia Haiti Zimbabwe
Not only will God bring healing through your willingness to serve, these trips are sure to be a blessing to you in return. We hope you’ll join us. For travel dates and more details, visit joycemeyer.org/medicalmissions. Schedule is subject to change.
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Upcoming Medical/Dental Missions Trips
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A Home in the Hills of Northern Thailand BUILDING CONNECTIONS THAT BRING HEALING,
HAPPINESS AND HOPE
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THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THAI REFUGEES One of these feeding programs is located in Northern Thailand, in the Golden Triangle area, which is inhabited by people of the hill tribes. They have lived in Thailand for many years, but are considered refugees, not citizens, and they are not allowed many of the benefits typically given to the Thai people. Traditionally, the people of the hill tribes are farmers, and as their farming opportunities have decreased, their lives have become more difficult. They are not eligible for government support such as welfare or healthcare, nor can they own land or get a driver’s license. Their children are allowed to attend school, but they are not able to take exams, which is the only way to advance beyond primary school. In order to help the people of this region, Hand of Hope sponsors feeding programs among many of the hill tribes in Northern Thailand. I had the honor of visiting one such feeding program this year. It supports the Hmong people living in Thailand, who are originally from China. This program feeds 120 children daily and is located in a village called Nong Keaw, in Maung District, Chiang Rai Province. This particular feeding program is run by our friends, Pastor Viroj and his wife, who also oversee one Hand of Hope supported orphanage, which is home to twentyseven children.
After we learned that Pastor Viroj and his extended family were all living together in a tiny bamboo hut, we offered to provide finances to care for the children and build them a new home. The family now lives in a wooden house and sleeps on bed mats, instead of a dirt floor. When I arrived at the feeding program and orphanage, I was greeted by beautiful, happy children who sang songs about Jesus and recited Bible verses for me. They were so excited to show me their new home where each of them had their very own place to sleep. These children, who are part of the orphanage family, help teach the new children who come to the feeding program about the love of God. There is hope that they have a future in Christ.
“When I arrived at the feeding program and orphanage, I was greeted by beautiful, happy children who sang songs about Jesus and recited Bible verses for me.” During my visit, the chief of the village came to personally thank our team for helping the children there. I could see the children were fed and strong—able to walk the two miles daily to attend school. Although they cannot sit for exams, they are still learning to read, write and solve math problems—knowledge that will certainly help them in their future.
Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions uses various types of feeding programs to serve people in different parts of the world—including food distribution centers, school meal programs and mobile feeding buses. It is always our desire to work with believers in the local community to bring food to children’s tummies and Jesus to their hearts. In each country and village, this can take on a different method, but improved health and hope are always the goal.
Pastor Viroj and his wife are the kind of people we love to partner with. When we first met them, they had already taken several orphan children into their tiny bamboo home to raise alongside their own family. They saw these children in need, had great compassion on them, and became a father and mother to them—giving of their own modest resources to meet the needs of these precious children.
These children are so appreciative of Hand of Hope. But what really makes us proud is that the love we are showing by meeting their practical needs is opening their hearts for Christ to meet their spiritual needs. *Hand of Hope supports more than 360 feeding sites around the world where 67,000 children are fed daily. By providing a basic education along with meals, we hope to provide these children with a future beyond the poverty they live in.
SHELLY MEYER is the International Relations Officer for Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions. Her passion is to share God’s love by meeting the practical needs of people, opening their hearts to receive His Word. Shelly and her husband, David, reside in St. Louis, Missouri. They have two grown children. joycemeyer.org/handofhope
Every year, millions of children die of starvation. Their families are simply unable to provide the basic necessities for survival. There are hungry children all over the world, and we want to give hope to as many as God gives us the resources to help.*
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There are not too many things in life more heartbreaking than seeing a child go hungry, seeing a parent who cannot do anything to alleviate the pain in the empty stomach of their child, or seeing a child all alone sifting through a garbage dump for a small bite to put into his mouth.
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BY JOYCE MEYER
If you can learn how to follow God whether you’re accepted or rejected, you’re well on your way to fulfilling the call of God on your life.
What to Do When Others Reject You Have you ever tried to help someone who didn’t really want to be helped out of their situation? You know, we tend to think that if we could just explain things a little more clearly or be a little bit better witness, they
Now, the next place He went was Capernaum, where He preached to large crowds, performed miracles and cast out devils from among the people. And they were just so happy. They said, “Stay with us, Jesus. This is
There’s a major lesson to be learned here. See, Jesus wasn’t moved by people’s rejection nor was He moved by their acceptance. He was moved by the Spirit of God.
“Selfishness is weakness. But loving and caring for others is a position of power beyond anything that we can possibly imagine.”
The crowd was happy with Jesus’ teachings to a point, but when His words became a little more direct and corrective, the Bible says they became so enraged that they actually tried to kill him (see Luke 4:28,29). Jesus didn’t even try to defend the validity of His ministry. Verse 30 says, But passing through their midst, He went on His way.
Your spot!” Well, who wouldn’t want to stay where everybody loves and appreciates you? But Jesus didn’t hang around there either because He knew there were others who needed to hear His message.
Jesus began His public ministry in Nazareth. It was the town where He grew up, where all His close friends and family lived—a place where he should have received plenty of hugs and hand claps of encouragement. But for Jesus, it was not a good experience.
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could be helped. But honestly and truly, we’ve got to know when to break free from the burden of false responsibility.
to enjoy some degree of spiritual stability, would simply realize they have what it takes to make a difference in the lives of others.
In Matthew 10, Jesus was sending out His disciples, and He told them that if they went to a town and the people didn’t accept them, they should shake the dust off their feet and go to the next town.
Practical Advice for Loving Others
What does that mean for Christians today? It means if someone doesn’t want to be helped, we are not obligated to try and change them. The world is full of hungry, hurting, needy people who would love to get any little bit of love and encouragement you have to give them. So when one person rejects you, don’t let that stop you. Just do what Jesus did. Move on to the next person and the next person until somebody wants what you’ve got.
What to Do When Others Ask Too Much
Now, there are going to be others in your life who love and appreciate you and won’t ever want you to leave their side because of who you are and what you do for them. And it’s tempting to stay around people like that because they genuinely care about you. But if you choose to stay in that same small circle, you won’t be able to reach out to others in need.
Let me ask you this: Do you think enough Christians today are reaching out to people in need? I think the truth is that some of us have been in church long enough to be mature Christians but we’re still going to church to take in instead of give out. And what we really need to do is say, “Okay, I’ve been fed the Word for a long time now, and it’s time for me to grow up and start giving out what God’s given to me.”
See, I’ve come to understand in my life that selfishness is weakness. But loving and caring for others is a position of power beyond anything that we can possibly imagine. We need to pay more attention to others and what they need and what we can do for them. Think about how you can help others and lift them up. Then go out armed and ready, prayed up and looking for someone to bless.
Pursuing God’s Wonderful Plan for You I’m going to let you in on a wonderful little secret: Serving God is absolutely the most exciting, unbelievably awesome thing you can do. The more you fill your life with God, and reach out to other people, the more God’s going to meet your needs, and the happier you’re going to be. I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t take care of yourself. I’m just talking about getting rid of that “What about me?” mindset. I don’t even like to go a single day now without doing at least one good thing for someone else. I just don’t like to live that way. And I’ve found out that sometimes I have to purposefully go out looking for people in need. If you don’t know anybody who needs help, then go find someone. You won’t have to look too hard to find someone you can reach out to.
I think it would absolutely set the church on fire if everyone who knows God’s Word well enough
When you go to church, don’t just go to get a blessing—go to be a blessing. Purposefully say, “God, I’m going to church today, and I want You to show me someone who needs a blessing. Show me a widow I can take to lunch or a single mom who’s got a few kids and needs some extra money. Show me someone I can help, because that’s what I’m here to do.”
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Romans 8:29 says we’re destined to be molded into the image of Jesus Christ. That is our destiny! It means that everything God does for us, He expects to flow through us. Just as God said to Abraham, “I will bless you and I will make you a blessing, causing you to dispense good to others,” He will also do the same through us (see Genesis 12:2). And that’s what this life is supposed to be about. The truth is, if you will regularly reach out to help people, edify them, encourage them, and treat them the way you want to be treated, then you will be one of the happiest people in the world today.
“Serving God is absolutely the most exciting, unbelievably awesome thing you can do.”
How many times have you thought: You know, I should
have stepped in to help in that situation, but I missed the opportunity? No need to beat yourself up
about it—let God help you learn from those experiences. This CD series will help you nurture your desire to love and serve others…even when it’s inconvenient. 3–CD SERIES by Joyce Meyer
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BY KACIE CAMPBELL
“Is today the day I get to go home?” Deep inside the dark streets of the Red Light District of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, thousands of girls are living and working as commercial sex workers. The night a team from Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions went to visit, girl after girl asked this very question: “Is this the day I get to go home?”
It’s probably hard for many of us to understand the life of a commercial sex worker. You may not even know how a girl ends up in this lifestyle. But as we interviewed girl after girl, a constant theme arose—poverty, deception, hopelessness and a desperate need for rescue—rescue that the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries are giving to many girls in Addis Ababa.
ESCAPING THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT OF ADDIS ABABA
“Home” is one of two Ethiopia Women’s Homes sponsored by Hand of Hope in partnership with International Crisis Aid. The girls we met knew many of the girls that are currently living in the two homes. They’d heard the stories of what the homes are like, and they desperately wanted to go.
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In Ethiopia, at first glance, it may look voluntary. Tiny rooms line the streets of the capital city. Women stand in
The Road to Human Trafﬁcking Around the world, human trafficking can look very different. It may be the literal buying and selling of men, women and children. Sometimes they are drugged, kidnapped and forced to work as a sex slave. Sometimes they are moved in their own country, but sometimes they are removed from everything they’ve known and wake up in another country with a new identity and a horrifying new life. Others are forced into it because of bleak circumstances.
“No one chooses to be in the Red Light District. They are desperate, raped, abused and forced. .” And they all need
the doorway waiting for the next customer—a small candle and a flickering red light works as an “open for business” sign. But when you look deeper, you see these girls are bound in a completely different way than literal captivity.
There Are Lives at Stake Selamawit and Natiny are two of the girls we’ve had the opportunity to rescue. After ten months in the home, the two friends have an indescribable joy. Happy to help and very hospitable to visitors, you could never imagine what these girls have been through. Like many in Addis Ababa, their circumstances left them with no other option. Here are their stories…
They have a hard time getting business, so that means they can’t pay their rent (a little over $3 a night) or even eat.
She grew up thinking she was a curse. Her brother told her repeatedly that she was to blame for the deaths of her mother and father. In fact, many of their family members began to die after she was born. Her brother told her this so often that she started to believe it.
She received her answer one Sunday morning at Mercy Chapel…
So without any parents, and only a brother who refused to be near her, Selamawit barely had anything to eat. At nine years old, she went to a wealthy neighbor to beg for food. He gave her some bread…but he also raped her. She thought again, it must be the curse. She went to the police, but they did nothing, so with no one to care for her she ran away to Addis Ababa. For a year, she and a friend lived under a tarp on one of the main streets scraping by just to eat. That’s when a man found her living under that tarp and convinced her the only way she could survive was to work for him as a prostitute. She was only a child who should be in school, playing with her friends but was deceived to believe this was her only hope. At thirteen, she got pregnant but the baby died during delivery. Three days later the pimp had her back to work, and she became pregnant immediately. As horrible as it is in the Red Light District, it’s even worse for women who have babies. 18 | E N J O Y I N G E V E R Y D A Y L I F E
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So she hid her baby under the bed. But if her customers heard the baby or saw her with the baby, they would beat her and steal back the money. Life seemed to be getting harder and harder. She would cry out to God, asking if He really cared about her.
Her mother was a prostitute, so she knew this was never the life she wanted. They lived in the countryside, but her mother ended up moving to Addis. Natiny (her friends call her Nati) was happy because she knew she could spend time with her grandmother, who was very poor, but also very loving. But when her mom moved on and left her with her grandmother, Nati wanted to help provide food. She went to someone in the town who she thought could find her a job as a waitress. But she ended up in a drug house. Night after night the people in the drug house tried to convince her she could make a lot of money as a commercial sex worker. So one day she did it…and for two years, she found herself in the very lifestyle she had so desperately tried to avoid. Her new life eventually led to depression and an addiction to chat, a mild stimulant—anything to numb the reality of her life. She didn’t believe there was any hope to ever get out. That is until that Sunday morning at Mercy Chapel…
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Rescue for Selamawit and Natiny
They’re raped, abused and forced. And they all need love and affection.”
Both girls had met one of the rescue home’s workers—a girl named Ethiopia—who spends a lot of time in the Red Light District befriending the girls and offering them what help is available until a spot opens up at one of the homes. Part of that help is found at Mercy Chapel, a program run entirely by International Crisis Aid, which offers vocational training to girls still in the Red Light District. One Sunday morning the girls were invited to a church service and big party. This day in July 2010 was the day the girls had been waiting for. Ethiopia shared that they would be moving into one of the rescue homes. Their lives would never be the same.
Thanks to the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries and the special world missions donations made to Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope, we are able to give these girls the love and affection they desperately need. And we’re giving them an opportunity for a new life. Your support is making it all possible. There are so many girls out there on the streets of Addis Ababa and around the world just waiting for the day we can finally say, “Today is your day to come home!” Natiny
Providing Lasting Change In addition to the safety and security of the home, the girls receive food, clothing, education, and vocational training in computers, sewing, T-shirt printing, cooking and more. They also attend church and worship services and experience the love of Jesus Christ in a personal way. The girls are discovering the plans of God and how much He truly loves each and every one of them.
Selamawit discovered that God truly does care for her. She now knows she is not a curse but a child of God. Nati broke free from her addictions and even though she used to think she had no hope for the future and was of no use to anyone, she now holds on to God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV).
Our heart and desire is to rescue many more girls like Selamawit and Nati and help every one of them experience the future God had planned for them from the very beginning. We also pray they will find complete healing from the time they spent in those tiny rooms on the dark streets of Addis Ababa.
“No one chooses to be there. None of them are there willingly. They are desperate.
RE. LIVE TO SHAsion s Make a special mis donation today!
Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith. joycemeyer.org/handofhope
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So maybe you don’t understand how these girls end up in this “profession.” We asked Nati what she wanted people to understand about the estimated 40,000 girls living and working in the Red Light District.
Youʼre Rescuing Girls
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LIFE WHAT THE WORLD’S LARGEST BEVERAGE COMPANY CAN TEACH US ABOUT MISSIONS
BY TERRY REDMON
The most recognizable word in the world today is a simple way to say yes, and it works in Mexico City, Manhattan, Moscow, Madrid and Mumbai.
“Okay.” That makes sense. But the second most recognized word may surprise you. It’s not “TV”; it’s not “bathroom”; it’s not even “water.”
It’s “Coke.” Today more than 1.5 billion people in more than 200 nations on the planet will enjoy one of the 450 different varieties produced by this astonishing soft-drink empire.
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In three recent independent global surveys, Coca-Cola was named as the most admired, best-known brand in the world. Not bad for a modest bi-product of John Pemberton’s medicinal patent project from the late nineteenth century.
Learning from Coca-Cola As Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions teams have gone to the most remote, distant parts of the earth, we always find Coke.
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Searching for a Better Life Every second of every day, from large international cities to remote poverty-stricken villages, the lure of a better life is being used to endanger, trap and literally imprison young lives. Human trafficking/sex slavery is one of the fastest-growing criminal industries in the world. Its victims are betrayed by those they meet for only a moment. No one reports them missing and they have nowhere to turn to for help. On a recent trip to Mumbai, India, I saw the devastating impact of this terrible process that’s playing out every day, all over the world. Kajol Sawant is a beautiful 14-year-old girl who stands out even in the crowded streets of Mumbai. Her smile is unmistakable. Her mother was a prostitute and when she committed suicide, Kajol was orphaned. One day when she was ten, a woman she didn’t know offered her something to eat and drink. Alone and desperate, Kajol’s hunger and thirst were stronger than her fear and apprehension.
After years of hoping for and even chasing the promise, she finally found the better life.
Spreading a Message of Hope Whether or not Coca-Cola is your beverage of choice, you can’t deny that their ability to reach the world is remarkable. Even the tiniest and most remote villages have heard of and even tasted the popular soft drink. But our heart and desire is to spread an even more powerful message—the message of hope and love that comes from Jesus Christ. As a partner with this ministry you’re helping us do just that. You’re reaching girls like Kajol, but you’re also taking the Gospel all around the world. You’re reaching people’s needs and introducing them to a relationship with Jesus… what better life could there be?
It was days later when she woke up, still groggy from the drugs that were planted in her drink. Kajol found herself in the seedy, terrifying Red Light District. Kajol didn’t stop fighting; she didn’t give up. She kept hoping to find the promise of a better life. Eventually she heard about one of our feeding centers. What started as a wonderful, hot meal became something much more.
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It is the desire for a better life that we find all around the world. Something that should be beautiful often makes people, and especially children, vulnerable. The longing for a better life leads them to do things they wouldn’t normally do and to follow strangers even when they’re afraid.
Today this beautiful young girl has a dynamic relationship with Jesus, and He’s given her hope and a burning passion to serve people who are sick and suffering. Because of your support, she’s been rescued from a world of unthinkable suffering and evil, and she wants to tell the whole world about it.
It’s not just a beverage…it’s a feeling…the possibility of a new and better life. Their well-crafted storytelling and marketing makes a sugary, carbonated beverage very enticing.
Kajol is now receiving emotional, spiritual and physical healing from generous and gifted staff who are passionate about serving young women who’ve been abused by this horrible industry.
One of the reasons for this incredible success is that they portray their product as so much more than a soft drink. Their global slogan is “Open Happiness,” and their message promises that when you open that bottle and drink a Coke, you will experience happiness and be on your way to a better life.
Rescued from Disaster The director of the Hand of Hope feeding center reached out to Kajol, befriended her and arranged for this beautiful young girl to move into our Prem Kiran Transformation Center, a home for women and children rescued from human trafficking that is fully funded by the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries.
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As Christians, committed to reaching the whole world with the Gospel like Jesus told us to do in Matthew 28:19,20, we can learn a lot from Coca-Cola. How have they been so effective in reaching the unreached?
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OFFERING FREE DENTAL CARE IN KOSOVA
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“YOU’RE GIVING HER THE ABILITY TO SMILE AGAIN—WHAT BETTER WAY TO SHARE THE
love OF CHRIST!”
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Immediately after the war, Service International, an organization we partner with, began working in the region. At the time only a handful of people in the town of Gjakova were Christians, and nearly everyone was lacking quality dental care. So they set up shop in the town and began reaching out to the people in one of the most basic ways—fi xing their teeth. Over time they formed relationships with the people— something that is very important to the people in Kosova. I saw the work they were doing and the incredible impact they were making on the region, and I knew we wanted to get involved. In 2007, we were able to begin partnering with them to help fund the clinic, allowing it to stay open five days a week and provide salaries and equipment, including a digital X-ray machine, which is rare in this area of Kosova.
RUNNING A FULL-TIME CLINIC Today, two full-time dentists and two assistants work Monday through Friday in the office. It’s set up like a traditional dentist’s office. The main difference is that
“I’ve waited all this time to smile again, waiting until next year is nothing,” shared Jane. Through your support of Joyce Meyer Ministries and Hand of Hope, you’re giving her the ability to smile again—what better way to share the love of Christ!
PROVIDING JOBS IN GJAKOVA In addition to the care you’re giving patients in Gjakova, you’re also providing jobs—something many lost after the war. Your support is giving Shpresa and Filloreta, the dentists working at the clinic, and Bledar and Arta, the dental assistants, the ability to care for the people in their community every day. But you’re also giving them the ability to provide for their families. Thank you for giving so many in Gjakova, Kosova, a reason to smile.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to be part of one of our medical/dental outreaches see page 9 for more details. joycemeyer.org/medicalmissons
D AV I D L . M E Y E R is CEO of Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions. David oversees 14 foreign offices, coordinates humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, plans international crusades, and oversees foreign broadcasts of Enjoying Everyday Life. His passion to help people and reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ has taken him to more than 110 nations. David and his wife, Shelly, who reside in St. Louis, Missouri, have two grown children. joycemeyer.org/handofhope
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Twelve years ago, Kosova endured a devastating war against the Serbians. Many of their people were killed, homes and factories were completely destroyed, and their hope for the future was lost. With no factories, most of the people lost their jobs. Over the last twelve years, the people have been working together to rebuild their nation and find healing from the war.
She had received treatment at another dentist’s office, but they said her teeth wouldn’t hold any fillings so she let them pull them out, one by one. Our dentist said this was absolutely not true and told her never to let anyone else pull any of her teeth. Her joy was indescribable…even more so when she was told a dentist would be there next year who could fit her with partial dentures.
YEARS OF WAR
In Gjakova, they do have a few dentists, but the treatment options and education are limited. Jane Nokaj is a perfect example of why it’s so important for us to be there. In June, Jane came to the clinic for the first time. She was missing many of her teeth and the rest of her teeth were in poor condition. When the dentist sat down to examine her, the first thing she said was, “You’re not going to pull my teeth, are you?”
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Through the outreaches of Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions, we are working continually around the world to provide top quality medical and dental care for those in need. It’s a practical way we can step out and say, “God loves you, and we want to share that love with you.” One of the places we’re reaching through dental care is in Gjakova, Kosova.
the people don’t have to pay, which makes all the difference to a community severely suffering economically.
If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know how horrible the pain can be. Now imagine living in a community that doesn’t have a dentist to help relieve that hurt. Or what if there is a dentist, but you can’t afford it. Many people are experiencing this every day; these are the people we are trying to reach.
Why You Need to Practice All T hree In T hat Order
by Joyce Meyer
Love Out Loud is the title of my new devotional. I think that phrase captures the heart of this book, because love requires action. We must remember love is a verb, not only a noun. Love is not a thing we try to get for ourselves, but instead is an action we express to others through sharing and serving. This devotional examines the three different forms of love God has instructed us to demonstrate, or “live out.” Each one needs to be in balance so they can work together. As you look over them here, consider whether each one is well-balanced in your life or needs some adjustments.
#1 Loving God In Deuteronomy 6:5 it says, And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might. Later, in the New Testament, Jesus repeats this command and even points it out as the most important commandment of all (as well as loving your neighbor as yourself, but we’ll get to that in a moment). So, how do you express love for God? By telling God, “I love You”? Singing praises to Him? These are good things, but they only scratch the surface.
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We show God we love Him through obedience. Actions definitely speak louder than words. I believe our level of obedience grows as we get to know and experience His love, goodness and faithfulness in our lives. Our desire to follow and obey the Lord’s commandments increases as we increase our love of God.
#2 Loving Yourself When Jesus talked about the greatest commandment of all, He quoted Deuteronomy 6:5 and said we are to love God with all our heart. But He also added the second greatest commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (See Mark 12:31.) I want to mention something important here that I think people often miss: You cannot give away something you don’t have in you. How can someone love another person if they don’t love themselves? We all need to accept ourselves, embrace our personalities and even our imperfections, knowing that although we are not where we need to be, we are making progress-and thank God we are not where we used to be. Jesus died for us because we have weaknesses and imperfections, and
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You see, God pours out His love and we are to receive it, and through it, learn to love ourselves in a balanced way. Without doing this, we can never progress in God’s will for us, which is to love other people.
#3 Loving Others We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is held and kept continually) in [spiritual] death (1 John 3:14). Life, in this verse, is the life of God or “life as God has it.” I don’t want to be one of what I call “the walking dead”-someone who lives and breathes but never truly lives as God desires. You probably feel the same way. Loving others is the only way to keep the God-kind of life flowing through you. God’s love has been given to us as a gift; it’s in us, but we need to release it to others through words and actions. Left dormant, it will stagnate like a pool of water with no outlet.
Don’t Just Whisper It...
Loud! Love Out
This compelling new devotional from Joyce will take you on an exciting adventure of discovery, increasing the amount of love in your life along the way. Get started today!
The act of loving others is one of the most exhilarating things I have experienced. I feel excitement stirring in my spirit and soul when I plan to do something to make someone else feel loved and cared for. You can experience the same exhilaration just by “loving out loud.” Here’s a challenge: Think of three people you know who could really use a gesture of God’s love. Then think of some creative ways you can express His love to these people, and do it. I guarantee you will feel a wonderful sense of fulfillment and joy afterward.
How You Can Continue to Grow in Love
Another way to help yourself grow is to get the Love Out Loud Devotional. It will give you daily, practical tips on how to put these principles into action and experience a greater, more fulfilling love walk.
If you will devote yourself to developing your love walk in these three areas, you will experience a huge amount of blessings in your life. I encourage you to seek God about this and ask the Holy Spirit to help you grow in your love toward Jesus, yourself and others. He will help you overcome anything that might hinder you in the process. Remember, God is love. And He loves you.
Love Out Loud Devotional
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we don’t have to reject ourselves because of them. God wants us to love ourselves and enjoy how He’s made us!
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A CLOSER LOOK: missions/SHARE
Let’s take a closer look at what it means to “love out loud” and what we can “do unto others.”
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2. Think of some “others” in your circle who you can be a blessing to in some way and list them here. Pray for them, asking the Holy Spirit what you can do for each one specifically. List any other ideas you have. Choose one or two each day...and do them.
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RENEW YOUR LIFE THROUGH WORDS Take Your Mouth in a Different Direction and See What Happens
All you need is the ability to speak. With our mouths we can encourage or discourage, we can inspire or insult, we can dream or doubt. There is incredible power in our words. The Bible is fi lled with promises about how our words set the course of our life. Proverbs 18:21 tells us, The tongue has the
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With everything that’s happening in the world today, it’s easy to find death, cursing and negativity everywhere—on the news, in line at the grocery store, at your local coffee shop, in the break room at work… Grumbling, blaming and name-calling are commonplace, and far too often, among Christians. I believe it’s absolutely critical for us to change the course of our lives. It’s time to make a change.
You have more influence than you realize. You don’t have to be the boss, you don’t have to have an impressive title, be famous or smart.
This potential for both life and death—for blessing and cursing—is what makes the mouth so potent. And the hard truth is, we are responsible for what comes out of our mouths. We’re the ones who choose what we do with our words.
The words I write are the words I would speak directly to you if we had the privilege of having coffee together. Words have great power, and because of this, you have more power than you know.
power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit (NIV).
It’s time to take our mouths in a different direction. Imagine if all your words for the past twentyfour hours had been recorded and turned into
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When I write something, I trust you know that I use words I believe God would use to inspire you… to cause you to believe, to dream, to take hold of what He has given you and to enjoy it.
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LOVE WALK renew your life through words
a transcript. How would it read? Would there be more life than death? Would it include words filled with life that build others up? How much of it would contain grumbling, complaining or even name-calling? It’s important to remember that what comes out of your mouth reveals who you really are. This is a real test of maturity as a follower of Christ. As you examine your words, it may be a reality check for you…but there is hope! I want you to focus on speaking words of life and blessing. I want you to build up, not tear down. And I want to encourage you with the great news that when you change your words, you change your life! Dave and I learned this a few years ago. We’re still growing and getting better, but we discovered that our lives were very different when we started each day saying, God, I bless this day in Jesus’ name. I bless my spouse, my
THIS IS A MATTER OF OR DEATH Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, The tongue has the power of life and death…. So stop and ask yourself this: Are the words you speak helping you live out God’s best plan for your life, or are they keeping God’s best out of reach? And how do your words affect others? Do your comments encourage or discourage those around you? If you need help capturing the positive power of words, here’s your opportunity.
children, my grandchildren, my friends, our partners, the people I work with, my neighbors, and every person I meet today. If we would use our words to bless every person we come into contact with…every person we speak to…then we could change our lives and the lives we touch.
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“Words have great power, and because of this, you have more power than you know.” It may sound crazy, but it’s possible. It’s not about whether it’s too hard; it’s really about whether or not it’s a priority for us. And the truth is, if we’ll make blessing others with our words a top priority in our lives, I guarantee you God will see to it that we’re blessed too! If you’ll prayerfully study the power of your words and apply these truths to your life, I promise you will enjoy the fruit of taking your mouth in a new direction and changing the course of your life. A good way to start this would be to get my resource called The Power of Words. Dave and I want you to know how much we appreciate you and what a great blessing you are to our lives and to this ministry. Let me take this moment to encourage you with words of life: Your prayers and generous support are making a lasting difference as you bring joy to hurting people and to God’s heart. Thank you so much for encouraging us as we pursue people and offer them hope. We couldn’t do it without you. We love you deeply,
The Power of Words
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OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 4 Is there something in your life you know needs to be confronted, but you keep putting it off? This week’s teachings on the topic of confrontation will help you overcome your fears and give you the strength to finally do it. And Friday’s program, Dave joins Joyce as they focus on marriage. Joyce also answers questions on this important topic.
NOVEMBER 7 – 11 Hope in Action
This week, see how your giving has opened doors through Hand of Hope to provide disaster relief, surgeries for children with club foot, assistance to small ministries across the U.S., a dental clinic in Kosova, and rescue for women from sexual trafficking in the U.S.*
NOVEMBER 14 – 18 Taking Care of You
Taking care of yourself is important. It’s not a selfish thing to do. It’s wisdom. If you struggle with guilt just thinking about doing something good for yourself, be sure to tune in Monday and Tuesday as Joyce teaches on the importance of self-care. Wednesday and Thursday, Joyce helps you to not give up when God appears silent. And Friday, it’s time for an attitude adjustment.
OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 5
Learn How to Start Your Day Off Right
Joyce knows from experience how important it is to spend each day in the Word and prayer. Discover why first thing in the morning is a great time to talk with God. This is one habit worth developing!
NOVEMBER 6 – 19
Everyone has temptations that cross their path…pretty much every day. Temptations to gossip, have a bad attitude, overeat, tell a fib…they come in many forms. So, how well do you resist temptation? Find out this week how to not give in!
NOVEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 3
Choose Boldness Instead of Fear
Do you feel like life is pushing you around? As if you have little say in the matter? God has given you authority. He’s given you His power to handle life’s challenges. Joyce share’s how you can replace fear with boldness and reclaim the authority given to you through God’s power.
NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 2 Overcome Wrong Mindsets
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One of Joyce’s most compelling areas of teaching is on the mind. This week, she talks about how you can overcome mindsets that hinder your joy in life and how you and God can work together to renew your mind and break free from negative thought patterns. Through the week you can see how God is doing this for people at the L.A. Dream Center and Thursday, check out what God is doing through Mercy Ministries with Nancy Alcorn.
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE
On Monday, see how the St. Louis Dream Center continues to creatively get the Gospel out to children, teenagers, the homeless and seniors living in the North St. Louis community.* On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Joyce speaks with authority on this subject: Do you have an ugly past that seems to haunt you? You are not alone. You may have heard Joyce talk about the terrible abuse she endured as a child and how God took her painful past and used it to create many good things. Christ wants to do that for you too! And on Thanksgiving, renowned Christian teacher Andy Stanley is in studio with Joyce as they discuss God’s grace and how you can both receive more of it and give it away!**
NOVEMBER 21 – 25 The Grace of God
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