When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. -Galatians 6:10a (NCV)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Yes, I am still here. Long time no post. I used to blog on here every week or even more than that. Now, I am a mother to 2 kids (one of whom doesn't sleep!) and working full time. Before I was in this  position I would have read that last sentence and said, "Get it together Ginny! Really you don't have time to blog? How long does it take anyways?"

But now that I am living that sentence, I have a new respect for motherhood!


Lots of good things have been happening with Invest Hope.

The first is that we received our 501(c)(3) status! Licking Valley Church of Christ, my home church in Ohio, has been graciously helping us up until this time. We are so thankful to them for all the additional work they have been doing on top of their own work to help our mission.

The second piece of good news is....

We bought land!

Invest Hope now owns half and acre of land in Peredo. It is undeveloped, as you can see pictured above, but we are thrilled!

We are praying asking the Lord how He would have us use this land and also having a community committee share their thoughts in what they would like to see the mission do in their community.

So please be praying for guidance and direction for the Invest Hope board and the people we will be serving in the Peredo community!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Come work with us!

Multiple Missionary Families in Jacmel, Haiti are looking for an Experienced Missionary teacher to educate their children beginning in the Fall of 2014.  There are around 15 children total, ages K-6th gd.  Currently, these are homeschooled but families are needing additional assistance in order to be more engaged on the Field with an ever present need for workers.  Contact Ginny Andrews, Invest Hope, Field Director, Jacmel Haiti at ginnyandrews@hotmail.com  Inquire for additional details

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My mom and dad are here visiting!

 And they brought Christmas!


The kids are enjoying their Mama Lynn and PawPaw Gus.

We even butchered a goat today...Ok my dad butchered the goat and we helped trim the fat...
I am just hoping the kids will eat the meat now!

Monday, January 6, 2014

The smile says it all!

Last Saturday we held a Microloan training seminar for 12 people. There are many people that want to be a part of our microloan program and we expand as we have the funds.

 These 11 women and 1 man participated in the class that last 2.5 hours. Then they are quizzed on the information provided so we know they understand the information provided. After they "pass" the quiz, we help them fill out an application and form a business plan.

 We asked some of our veteran Microloan participants to come and help. They broke off into small groups and listened to the struggles and successes of those who have down well in our program. These smaller groups provided an opportunity for the timid to talk and share their questions.

 Pictured above is Celita. She has been waiting to be accepted into the program for over a year. We are happy to have her in this program. She has one daughter who is living with an aunt bc she can not provide for her financially. She already has 2 other daughters and a nephew living with her. We are HOPEful this program can help her be able to financially care for all her children and the youngest daughter can come home.  I think the smile on her face shows her thanks!

Pictured above is David and Ginny working through a business plan with one of the ladies. 

There are more people hoping to enter this Microloan program. This small village has nearly nothing to offer work wise. But it is filled with able minded and able bodied people searching for an answer to their financial struggles. Invest Hope offers a hand up in this respect by providing interest-free microloans. We know, of course, that this does not solve their financial problems. However, if we can help families stay together by supporting parents in feeding their own children and sending them to school, while offering health, child-rearing and budgeting seminars in addition to the microloans.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Invest Hope work has been busy this December. We have shown "The Nativity" movie 3 times with one more to go this weekend. The Haitians really seem to like this version of the birth of Christ. 

If you haven't seen it...you should! I bought this copy at Odd Lots for $5! It goes into detail about how Joseph and Mary's parents felt when they found out she was pregnant. It does a great job showing how Joseph becomes understanding of the situation and how much he came to love Mary and the baby.

Projecting movies is such a great way to minister in Haiti. Most Haitians don't have a television, so they love to come out and watch a movie. Also, it is relatively easy to do. I say relatively because my husband, David, does all the set up and take down :) He has big speakers, we borrow a projector and small generator and put up a tarp and a sheet. Voila! Movie night!

Once again, we thank you for your support and prayers! After this weekend, the Christian Christmas story will have been seen in Southern Haiti by ~ 500 people!