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Making Strides in Ghana Communities

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

"Excitement" has been the main word used to describe nearly everything that's going on in Ghana as of late. Savings Group members are seeing excellent results and conservation agriculture methods are making strides in the communities. We give God all the glory for this success, and thank him for the blessings He has given community members and Just Hope Field Officers. We pray that plots and groups continue to flourish, and that the groups maintain a positive outlook even when challenges arise throughout the season.

Savings Group Begins Second Cycle

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

The Nukware Savings Group in Ghana completed their first annual cycle this past week, with 29 members receiving their share of the social fund at a 17% return on investment. The first cycle was challenging for this group, as they had six loans default. Though the group is pleased with their results, they still need support from Just Hope Field Officers, and we pray that they will not be discouraged. As they begin a second cycle of saving and loaning, we ask God to grant them wisdom as they make decisions about allocating loans.

Seed Loan Program Launch in Sierra Leone

Project: Farming and Finance
Location: Lunsar, Sierra Leone

The big news in Sierra Leone is the long-awaited launch of the Seed Loan Program. We thank God for the work of our team on the ground as they conceived and planned the program. We pray that the farmers embrace the program and are able to effectively use it as a hand up to increase their household income.

Generosity and Kindness Aid in Transition

Project: Survival Skills in Dominican Republic
Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, we have news that church members are opening their homes to some of the Survival Skills students so they may have a transition period from the orphanage to the outside world. So far, there have been three girls that have benefitted from the generosity and kindness of these church members. We pray that the students continue to get support from the community and that they take advantage of this blessing with wisdom and maturity as they begin their transitions to living independently.

Upholding Standards of Conservation Agriculture

Project: Farming and Finance
Location: Lunsar, Sierra Leone

As teams in Sierra Leone gear up for the launch of the new seed loan program, we pray that those involved in this endeavor continue to uphold the high standards of conservation agriculture techniques to ensure the highest potential for success. We ask God to lead our teams through the upcoming planting season.

Growing Financial Capacity in Ghana

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

Savings Groups in Ghana are showing fantastic results in growing their financial capacity. One in particular, the Odo group from Yaw Edipa, gave nine loans totaling $1,325 during their monthly loan meeting. Though the amount doesn't seem like much, consider that the average wage in Ghana is less than $4 per day – this truly shows the "impact that lasts" on farmers, families and local entrepreneurs. We thank God for the success of this opportunity and ask Him to continue to guide the Savings Groups as they prosper.

Savings Groups Empowering Women in Ghana

Project: Savings Groups
Location: Nsawam Area, Ghana

We praise God for the good returns across Savings Groups, and for the opportunity to empower women, who now make up 60% of group participants. The groups are doubling their share values and members are buying as many as three pass books in order to increase their investment. We ask God to bless the members of the Savings Groups and guide them toward financial success.

Abu Rabo Leading the Way

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

The group in Ghana is working hard as the first rains are now starting. They are pushing to prepare and plant model plots while working with Abu Rabo to bring in the yield from his compost. Abu has taken the lead in this "harvesting" process. We pray that the model plots are successful and ask God to watch over the team and the farmers who are bravely testing different agricultural techniques.

Crossing Religious Barriers in Sierra Leone

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

Pastor Sullay has begun working with a Muslim Imam, Sheik Abass Kamara, from his community. Together, they have planted near a swamp and they are working together to learn – not only about farming techniques – but also about how two people can cross religious barriers to make a difference. We pray that Pastor Sullay and Sheik Abass continue their work together and that God blesses their efforts.

New Groundnut Seed Loan Program

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

We are preparing to launch a new groundnut seed loan program this planting season. Created by Joe Lassayo, one of our Field Officers, and Josiah Holland, an intern with Just Hope, the program’s goal is to infuse Savings Groups with seed capital to allow them to plant larger areas and return greater harvests and profits. We ask God to guide our team and Savings Group members in this exciting endeavor.

Preparing for an Interview in Panama

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

In Panama, the girls in the Survival Skills program are taking on the interviewing process. This is particularly significant because an individual’s family background is important to most employers. And, since the girls are orphaned, often times without a reputable family history, discussing their family and background is difficult and can be quite intimidating. The team is determined not to let the girls get overwhelmed and to help them build the confidence to discuss their past and to talk about themselves and why they would be a qualified, valuable employee. We ask God to give them strength as they work through this difficult process.

Overcoming Fears in the Dominican Republic

Project: Survival Skills in Dominican Republic
Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic

We are overjoyed to learn that Harry's students in the Dominican Republic are coming out of their shells and starting to participate more during the English as a Second Language classes. They are beginning to overcome their fears of embarrassment and volunteering to engage in active lessons, such as showing their sentence structure skills on the whiteboard for the class. We thank God for giving these students the faith they need and pray for Harry as he continues to encourage them to go above and beyond.

Seeking Financial Success Through Agriculture

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

The dry season in Ghana is coming to an end and with that will come the rains and the beginning of the first planting season. David Dyer has informed us that the team is gearing up for the preparation of model plots for planting. The goal is to increase the current number of model plots, reflecting the desire of more Savings Groups to be involved in Just Hope’s agriculture training. We pray that God will guide our team as they prepare, and bless the Savings Group members as they seek financial success through agriculture and business.

Rain Needed in Ghana

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

The team is seeing some water deficiencies on the banana plantation of Mr. Abu Rabu. Though this is to be expected as the dry season ends, the coming rains should boost banana development. We ask God for a smooth transition and a healthy, abundant harvest.

Orphanage Leaders Unite

Project: Survival Skills in Dominican Republic
Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic

We pray for unity amongst all leaders in orphanages. The enemy is against any work that helps an orphan – who are at the center of God’s heart. We need prayer for everyone to work together with one heart.

New English Language Training Curriculum

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

Our new English language training curriculum is almost completed, but we need one final push to make sure it is ready for the start of the second year of the Survival Skills program in Panama. We ask God for energy and perseverance for our teachers as they prepare.

Connecting with Students in Need, Colon, Panama

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

In Colon, Panama, the reorganization of the orphanage has left many of the older girls out of the Just Hope Survival Skills program. The teachers are working to restructure the program to include the orphaned students in the community that need this information and opportunity. We pray that God will help us connect with the students that need us.

Learning Responsibility in the Dominican Republic

Project: Survival Skills in Dominican Republic
Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic

We ask God to protect our Survival Skills students in the Dominican Republic, and pray that they are able to learn responsibility and discipline in their journey toward independence.

New Just Hope Interns

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

We pray for the two new interns, Olivia and Audrey, as they embark on training that will provide them with the skills to work with our Survival Skills students in Panama over the coming months.

Compost Training in Lunsar

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

We ask God to continue to bless Pastor Simeon Sesay of the Mile 38 Baptist Fellowship in Lunsar as he engages students and teachers in compost training.

New Savings Groups, Bauya, Sierra Leone

Project: Farming and Finance
Location: Lunsar, Sierra Leone

We praise God for the successful start of two new Savings Groups in Bauya.

Gbotima Women’s Group, Sierra Leone

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

We praise God for the success of the Gbotima women’s group’s groundnut harvest. It was so successful the women are excited to continue testing the techniques they have learned.

Ghana Savings Groups

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

We pray for our team in Ghana while they continue to add more Savings Groups to the roster – now totaling 34, with 755 people being served. We pray for each of the Savings Group members and their families.

Composting in Ghana

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

We ask God to be with our team in Ghana as they begin composting through the dry season in preparation for the planting season in March.

Praise for Bauya

Project: Savings Groups
Location: Nsawam Area, Ghana

We praise God for the successful start of the 12th savings group in Bauya and ask that He watch over our team and farmers during this dry season.

Malambo Students on Break

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

We ask God to watch over the students from Malambo while they are on break, and pray they return safe and well-rested at the end of February.

San Vicente Students

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

San Vicente in Colon has made the decision to no longer allow students 15-years-old and above to stay at the facility. We pray that our teachers, Karen and Melva, are successful in making arrangements for these students so classes can continue in March.

Independent Living

Project: Survival Skills in Dominican Republic
Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic

We pray for the students in the Dominican Republic, that they understand the importance of learning the skills that will lead to a safe, healthy, independent life.

Blessings on Raul

Project: Survival Skills Ministry
Location: Progreso, Honduras

We thank God for the opportunity to partner with Raul, and ask for God’s blessing on him, his shoe business, his Survival Skills ministry and the boys he mentors.

Banana farm workers

Project: Banana Farm
Location: Monterrey, Honduras

We pray for each of the workers that have served on the farm, and ask for God's blessing on their lives and families.

Orlando

Project: Banana Farm
Location: Monterrey, Honduras

We pray for Orlando as he navigates the day-to-day challenges of running a business.

Harvest time

Project: Banana Farm
Location: Monterrey, Honduras

We pray for the continued health and growth of the banana farm, as the harvest is underway.

Transition

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

We ask that God will guide the orphanage leaders in Colon as they make difficult decisions about their organization. May God protect the girls, and direct us in how to adjust to the changes and best serve our students.

Shy girls

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

We pray for the girls that are still very shy in public situations, and ask that they continue to gain confidence and self-assurance.

Farah

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

We pray that Farah, the first student to graduate from the program, will put the things she has learned into practice as she finds roommates, an apartment, and applies to college.

Struggling savings group

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

Unfortunately one savings group has decided to stop their weekly contributions because of trust issues and pressures from family members. We pray that they can overcome these difficulties.

Wonderful yields

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

We praise God for the wonderful yields we are seeing as the end of the second growing season approaches. These visible successes bring more farmers who want to learn.

Deepening relationships

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

We pray for our team in Ghana as they actively seek to build trust and develop deeper relationships, as well as identify community leaders. We pray that God will lead our team to the right people and communities.

Partnerships

Project: Survival Skills in Dominican Republic
Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic

We ask for God's direction as we pursue partnerships that can open more opportunities for the girls.

Prayer for communities

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

We pray for our team in Sierra Leone and their communities, as they develop relationships and identify potential advocates for savings groups and agriculture training.

Praise for teams in Sierra Leone

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

We thank God for the excellent work of teams in Lunsar and Bauya as they integrate savings groups and agriculture plots, and continue to improve our processes in the field.

Launch of DR program

Project: Survival Skills in Dominican Republic
Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic

We praise God for the launch of the Survival Skills program in the Dominican Republic, and ask for His guidance and blessings on the teachers and students there.

Smooth transition

Project: Agriculture Training
Location: Berekuso, Ghana

We pray for a smooth transition as David Dyer takes over Peter's responsibilities on the ground in Ghana.

Praise for growth

Project: Savings Groups
Location: Nsawam Area, Ghana

We praise God for the continued growth of savings groups and ask for his blessing on each of the members and their families.

Prosperous demonstration plots

Project: Growing and Saving
Location: Bauya, Sierra Leone

We pray for prosperous demonstration plots, and for farmers to be open to trying methods that are new to them.

Tropical storm season

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

We pray for safety for our friends in Central America during the tropical storm season.

Praise for girls’ progress

Project: Survival Skills in Panama
Location: Arraijan and Colon, Panama

We praise God for the progress we are seeing in the girls' lives, and for the dedication they are showing to the program.

Farmers’ perseverance

Project: Agriculture Demonstration
Location: Kara Region, Togo

Please continue to pray for perseverance and success for the farmers who participated in the recent training with Jesse as they begin their own plots.

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