Helping Hand for Survivors Ministry and Shelter
Helping hand for Survivors Ministries is a Biblical solution to health care. We deliver authentic, compassionate, and personal service in the name of Christ to enable and inspire members to provide for one another’s spiritual needs through prayer, encouragement, and financial support.
In addition to our implementation of physical and mental health, HHS has a spiritual ministry. Pictured in Uganda, our missionary Evangelist Rodrigue Asila (in blue shirt with long sleeves, below) with Christians. Meeting weekly for Bible Studies and fellowship, this ministry is overseen by the Helping Hand for Survivors board in Lexington, KY. With the support of HHS evangelist Rodrigue and his group, they travel house to house for Bible studies, and home visits to vulnerable refuges communities in Ugandan camps.
God has been using Rodrigue through this ministry to bring lost souls to Christ and his work has made a big difference in the lives of many as you can see from these photos, fulfilling Matthew 28:19, which says “ Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
OUR MINISTRY PURPOSE
To glorify God by equipping the Body of Christ to love and serve one another.
OUR MINISTRY MISSION
To utilize the collective potency of the Church by demonstrating and facilitating connections between members of the Body of Christ.
OUR MINISTRY VISION
To see the Body of Christ fully involved in the tradition of Biblical community in every area of life.
During the first and second civil wars (1996-2011) in the DRC thousands of people were killed, and many atrocities were committed; countless women were victims of raped. The DRC has been called the rape capital of the world with some numbers as high as 48 per hour. As a result, poverty rates have increased. Women feared to leave their homes to look for food or water due to a well-founded fear of being raped while outside of their homes. Therefore, women are left with without options for a quality of life. Overpowering stigma that surrounds raped women and girls results in even more trauma beyond the act itself. Families reject these women and girls, so once they have been released or run away, they are left homeless. The babies of the victims are also stigmatized by the culture. For many, the best choice seemed to be death and for many victims of sexual assaults that is what they chose. Neither the government nor humanitarian organizations allocated resources to help. Many of those who were believers lost their faith due to difficulties in their lives.
When the founding members of HHS assessed the overwhelming need to assist these rape victims in South Kivu, they started allocating their own resources that God provided. The unanimous decision to assist these women was based on two reasons: 1) Women’s status in Congolese culture has traditionally been much lower than men’s, therefore, women are more susceptible to violent acts. 2) Male family members, their source of protection, were often killed while younger males were kidnapped and forced to fight in the army.
Helping Hand for Survivors DRC believes that every child deserves a clean, safe, and healthy place to live. In order to get children out of unstable and unsanitary housing your support is needed so that their dreams can be a reality. Through a network with other women who own houses, HHS negotiates with families to host those who are becoming homeless while HHS is supporting them until they become independent. HHS intends to build a Women Community Development Center where women will be able to come and learn the word of God, basic life survival skills in order to support their families. This center will also be used as shelter for those who are homeless temporarily.
Helping Hand for Survivors has long-term goals which as to:
- construct new homes for destitute families living in inadequate housing or on the street;
- adapt existing homes to make them accessible to handicapped family members; and
- construct indoor bathrooms for families, an improvement that is critical to the health and wellbeing of children living in poverty.
Lives are transformed:
Meet out Leaders (Evangelists) in Uganda
The Bible tells us that “Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and grace before God and before man” (Luke 2:52). It is the holistic gospel that Helping Hand for Survivors through its evangelization and capacity building program use in the province of South Kivu (Mumosho, Nyantenda, Kalehe, and Uvira). Below are pictures taken in Mumosho by HHS Ministry Coordinator in Gedeon that show our widows after sharing God’s word with them and teach them how to live trauma free by using and living the same word of God as Jesus Christ recommended us.
Pictured in Uganda, our missionary Evangelist Rodrigue Asila (in blue shirt with long sleeves) with Christians. They meet weekly for Bible Studies and fellowship. This ministry is overseeing by Helping Hand for Survivors board in Lexington, KY. With the support of HHS evangelist Rodrigue and his group are able to travel house to house for Bible studies, home visits to vulnerable refuges communities in Ugandan camps.
God has been using Rodrigue through this ministry to bring lost souls to Christ and his work has made a big difference in the lives of many as you can see from these photos, fulfilling Matthew 28:19, which says “ Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”
Food distribution for Ministry support