Connecting Continents, Student to Student

Bracing for winter storms, my husband has diligently been filling empty containers with water “just in case.” In North America and Europe we don’t often consider the day-to-day struggles others have to obtain clean water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking.

A group of students in the Netherlands rose to the challenge of investigating global clean water issues and connected with some of Future Hope Africa’s students in the Congo to ask questions about DRC students lives and issues they face. The video below offers you and me a glimpse of their investigation.

Do you know some students or a class that would like to connect with our students in Bukavu? Let us know.

Meanwhile, several empty water containers were found in my son’s room where he used Dad’s emergency supply to refill his fish tank. 

–Kristin

 


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LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUWAYG7YElY&feature=youtu.be

 


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Bintu in a cowboy hat?

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New cowboy hat. San Antonio, Texas

My visit with Bintu:

What a blessing it was to finally, after so many years—at least 10—to have my sweet sister, Bintu, travel all the way to Texas to visit with David and me.  We so enjoyed her

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At Mi Tierra in San Antonio’s Market Square

stay here and were glad to offer her respite after her flurry of travel and presentations.  My favorite part of her visit was our taking her downtown to the Alamo in San Antonio, along with taking her to the top of the Tower of the Americas so that she could see the entire city and surrounding areas.  We ate an afternoon snack there in the revolving restaurant, which was a comedy in and of itself with David present.  On the Riverwalk, we ate Texas Barbecue and  bought her a Cowboy hat which she took with her back to Congo (I can’t wait to see pictures of her in Congo with her hat!).

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Tower of the Americas San Antonio, Texas

One of the things we discussed was quilting and how we could put together packets to send to Congo for the children to learn to quilt.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time this trip to get any of the kits made.  I hope to get a few made with instructions, learn SKYPE, and see if we can’t have some online classes.

I think her favorite part of the visit was just relaxing and taking as many showers as she wanted.  I didn’t think it would be so hard to let her go, but it was.  I am so glad we got to visit and just love up on one another as sisters do.  My hope is that she will be able to return again on her next visit for more rest and relaxation.

Sara Johnson
Boerne, Texas

 

 

 

Above left: Making a presentation about FHA in Boerne, Texas.

Top right: Visiting with Rachel and Madeline in Boerne, Texas (did I really teach them French 10 years ago?).

Bottom right: Texas barbecue on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas

We couldn’t do this without you…

A message from the

Future Hope Africa Board of Directors:

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On Christmas day, we are invited to join the shepherds and angels in their celebration (Luke 2:8–20) and the Wise Men in their worship (Matthew 2:1–12). Our Father calls us to unite with that “great multitude that noone could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” who are “standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9). With the saints of the ages and the angels of all eternity, we offer our praise to our Incarnate Lord.

 

The FHA Board of Directors sends Christmas Greetings to all our partners in Africa, Europe and the United States. We thank you for your support throughout this year to educate and mentor children, youth and families in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). You have been faithful in prayer and monetary support, allowing FHA to continue its vital mission in Bukavu. Besides the daily education projects that help many children, we had another successful Vacation Bible School last summer, and FHA has embraced an entrepreneurial training program that is already gaining results with budding entrepreneurs.

 

Not the least of 2017’s accomplishments was Bintu’s three month speaking tour in the United States. We humbly thank all our volunteers who made this trip a huge success, and to all the new friends of FHA Bintu made in seven states. Her visits to America and Europe are vital to expanding FHA’s support network. As one partner expressed, “Africa is pretty far from our minds and hearts, so having a face to the place is something totally new.” We hope to increase these (now) biennial visits in the near-future, if financially viable.

 

Above all, FHA’s educational mission provides HOPE and JOY to those in need in Bukavu. Your partnership is a great gift this Christmas. We echo the words of the Apostle Paul to his dear friends at Philippi when he wrote: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” because of their “partnership in the Gospel” (Philippians 1:3, 5 ESV).

May God Bless you all in 2018!


 

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From the staff at Future Hope Africa in Bukavu, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and prayers for a successful 2017. We look forward to sharing more of our success stories in 2018 with your support for helping us touch the lives of more children and families in Bukavu along with teaching adults the Christian values and ethics of entrepreneurship in business life.

Please visit our website for more info about Future Hope Africa: futurehopeafrica.org

Help FHA while you shop…

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Did you know you can help Future Hope Africa just by shopping online through Amazon Smile?

Let’s face it, most of us shop online these days and it’s super easy to help FHA when you shop through Amazon Smile, at no additional cost to you.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Here’s how you get started:

  1. Visit https://smile.amazon.com.
  2. Log in to your Amazon account.
  3. Once you’re prompted to choose your which charity to support, type “Future Hope Africa” into the search bar as shown here: Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 3.41.42 PM
  4. Then click the “Search” button.
  5. Click the “Select”  button next to Future Hope Africa, Inc of Princeton KY from the list as shown here: Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 3.41.57 PM
  6. You’ll see the following on your screen once you’re done:Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 3.42.48 PM.png
  7. Now, whenever you order from Amazon just make sure you start at  https://smile.amazon.com and a percentage of each purchase you make will be donated to FHA.

It’s that easy. And the more people who shop through Amazon Smile for FHA, the more of an impact it will make. It all adds up.

Please share this post with others and help our Amazon Smile donations grow.

Empty Stomach Hard to Digest #EducationProject

Have you ever sat in church trying to take in the  teaching while your empty stomach rumbled and growled? It’s really kinda hard to chew on God’s word with my whole middle grumbling, never mind how self-conscious I become as the noise level increases.

Maybe this happens at your house, or maybe it’s just me, but there are mornings when we’re headed out the door and it’s not till we pile all four boys in the car and are driving down the road that we discover one of them didn’t eat breakfast. Moms know that within an hour or so their child won’t be able to think straight due to that empty stomach.

When Bintu wrote mid-VBS that our team discovered some of the 165 children participating had not only missed breakfast but dinner the night before, she took action. It didn’t matter how many were hungry or that we still lacked the funds for scheduled programming, Bintu saw the need and responded.

I am constantly encouraged by the faith-in-action our team in Congo demonstrate. I am humbled by their faith. Most of the time I am more like the disciples who told Jesus to send the crowd away when 5000 were hungry, instead of speaking up to say there are a five loaves and fish.

Yet God comes through time after time. Jesus fed 5000 with one boys lunch. God provided the budget for Congo VBS. One of you had already given, heard our need, and you were moved to send ten times as much. One of you sent a note of encouragement with your check. One family reached deep to give sacrificially. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  And to God be the glory.

Why am I surprised when God moves hearts to give? When He calls for sacrificial giving and His people answer? Often my faith seems small. I tell people about FHA’s education projects, and then I am hesitant to ask for money. I am often slow to act, uncertain how to proceed even when God is revealing the way.

The Bible says, “My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).

God is good. In my weakness He makes His own strength known. He comes through for me when I lean on Him. He came through for Congo VBS and wants to come through for you. As Bintu shares pictures (lots this year) and testifies to how He worked, let us all be encouraged.

It’s like the Lord said to Paul in the Bible, “…’My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (Bible book 2 Cornithians Chapter 12 verses 9-10 HCSB version).

–Kristin

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Kristin

 

Kristin King – President of Future Hope Africa, Inc.

Bukavu VBS 2017 in photos

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Please visit our website to see the VBS 2017 slide show.

We’ll be adding more photos as VBS continues.

We still need your support for this huge endeavor.

http://www.futurehopeafrica.org

You can donate through our Razoo page or through our secure donation page on the Future Hope Africa website (Click the “Give the Gift of Education” button. You can designate funds to go toward VBS).

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Future Hope Africa secure donation page

 

Jesus – How Your VBS Is Like Congo VBS

If your church conducts Vacation Bible School, the purpose of all the singing, crafts, games, and Bible lessons is for children to know Jesus. Our Congo VBS is Christ-centered as well. The hearts and prayers of our staff and VBS helpers are focused on what we all want…to bring glory to God.
Will you pray with us for Congo VBS now through August 4th?
Find out more at Razoo.org (https://www.razoo.com/story/ Veydig) where our Congo VBS 2017 is crowdfunded or visit us at futurehopeafrica.org
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Kristin

 

 

Kristin King – President of Future Hope Africa, Inc.