A Family With a Heart for Helping Others
When we asked Pastor Alejo to share the good news of the gospel with the bracelet makers, he gladly agreed. After meeting them, and seeing that they were anxious to know more about God's word, he moved his family down to the village. Now, six years later, he teaches the word every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening to up to 1,000 people. His daughter Jojo runs the children's ministry and music ministry. His wife, Marina, organizes the bracelet orders and leads Bible study with the lead bracelet makers. They have done much to lead by example of how to live a life that shows love to others and honors God.
Making the Most of What is Given
Through the sale of bracelets, we have been able to purchase some land. A ministry center has been built which houses 1000 people for church and various activities. A full-sized basketball court above is a place of recreation for the community. On the vacant area of the land, Pastor Al has planted pineapples to bring more income into the community when harvested.
Jojo, Pastor Al's Daughter, Also Brings Her Nursing Skills to Benefit the People.
We are so grateful that Jojo is also a nurse, and has been helpful to the community. Our hope is to eventually provide better medical care to this village through medicine, access to treatment for TB, and possibly a clinic in the future.
The beautiful support behind Threads of Hope remains to be countless volunteers. This task is too big for one couple to do alone, so God has provided a myriad of skills through volunteers to get the work accomplished. Jim and Julie Marsh have been invaluable in organizing and streamlining the bookwork that keeps us running as a non-profit organization of integrity. Other short term volunteers have come to help with the children's program, reach out to the local schools, pitch in with manual labor during construction times, and reach out to the local police department and their families. In order for all of this to continue, we rely on still others who are willing to buy and sell Threads of Hope products....people like YOU!
God Continues to Bless
This mango tree never produced fruit until Threads of Hope purchased the land it grows on for Aninuan Christian Church. Now there are hundreds of mangoes to share!