When people first hear about the Women of Hope ministry at Healing Hands, they don’t always realize the impact the ministry has in the U.S. in addition to its impact abroad. While our focus is to aid, equip, and empower women in developing countries, the foundation for that is built here at home. The “hope” is also found in providing a mission of purpose. Women of Hope is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and to share the heart of Jesus with those closest to us.
Women in the U.S. regularly participate in Hope Parties, which are hosted in homes and churches to share more about Women of Hope. At these events, women spend time together with a shared passion while also enjoying the opportunity to buy products made from women in developing countries. Women can purchase many products such as shea butter, purses, jewelry and clothing. The items are unique and affordable and provide a way for women to gain independence in difficult circumstances abroad.
Women of all ages come together on a regular basis in several volunteer capacities such as our Dorcas: Sewing for Jesus groups. Recently at the Dyer Church of Christ in Dyer, Tenn., ministry leaders for this group held a sewing night with about 30 women from the Dyer and Trenton congregations. Together, women of all ages shared ideas and techniques and sewed multiple projects that will bless the lives of women and children in countries like Kenya and Haiti. The Dorcas ministry regularly produces feminine hygiene kits, diapers, and dresses, among other items. Many of the items are also included in our MAGI boxes.
The Dyer Church of Christ women’s group also hosted a Hope Party, as well as the Crosswinds Church of Christ in Three Way, Tenn. For more information about how YOU can host a Hope Party or get involved in the Dorcas sewing ministry, contact Alisa Van Dyke, Director of Women of Hope.