We purchased 200 New Testament Bibles for the nonprofit Encourage Ministry located in Houston, Texas founded by Thuda Renee Keys. Encourage Ministry supports people of all walks of life to follow the Lord and overcome obstacles. Renee Keys has a special ability and knowledge to minister to the community. Encourage Ministry began in 2009 Thuda Renee Keys saw a great need within the Christian community for encouragement and discipleship of women. She launched the Encourage Ministry to fill in this great need.
In January and March of 2023 We Were Featured in 2 News Articles in Smithville, TX
JANUARY 2023 ARTICLE: On December 20, 2022, the Helping Hands of Hope celebrated Christmas by distributing gifts that were provided by a nonprofit organization called Disciple Learner Resources. Our relationship with this organization began with one of our first clients, Samantha Medina. After her son Luke was born by c-section, Pastor Cindy Layton heard that neither Samantha nor her husband were able to pick up pain medication. Pastor Cindy volunteered and drove to Bastrop, picked up the medicine and delivered it to her house.
From that time on, Samantha has been a client and has worked hard to promote the Helping Hands of Hope to people she meets that are in need of diapers, baby clothes and other items that we have.
The Methodist Ladies, Sidney Beenken, Lonni Milner, and the Busy Bees graciously provided refreshments for the event and stayed to greet people and corral children. We served 11 families for Christmas and each family was given diapers and baby wipes and were offered baby clothes, bibs, baby hats, bottles and other baby items as needed. Through Disciple Learner Resources, we gave age appropriate toys that were provided by Toys for Tots, a stocking filled to overflowing and a can of popcorn from Ivy’s Treasures Stocking for each child. A handmade quilt or Afghan donated by Linus Connection was also given to each child. Angel Tree requests were fulfilled by the wonderful congregation of our church. Samantha told me that if it weren’t for you, many of the identified teenagers would not have received gifts! Each family was prayed for individually, given Bibles for the adults and children. It was truly a joy and a blessing to provide Christmas cheer and prayer for these families.
MARCH 2023 ARTICLE: Christmas Eve Offering Given to Disciple Learner Resources of Smithville
It was with great joy that the 2022 Christmas Eve offering of $855 was given and received by Disciple Learner Resources (DLR.) This organization distributed Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots, Linus Project, Ivy’s Treasures Stockings and FUMC Smithville to 11 families with babies and small children at the Helping Hands of Hope and to many other families that had older children at other locations. DLR also presented Bibles to each of the families and prayed with them.
Throughout the year DLR provides Bibles and other Christian literature to families. They participate in Prison Ministry and serve our community in many other ways. Samantha has recommended Helping of Hope to many new moms & dads and has been instrumental in spreading the word about our Baby Diaper ministry.
We purchased the snacks for the Kids Revival and the 100 kids Easter Jesus Bags. We also are providing materials at the revival like Bibles, devotionals, and other Christian books to grow in ones faith and be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Please pray for the April revival and if you are able to contribute financially, please consider giving on our website. Thank you and may God bless your family abundantly.