GREETINGS TO ALL OUR PARTNERS - NOVEMBER 2014,

WHAT'S THE NEWS FROM OPEN HEARTS HELPING HANDS?

Thankfully, for an organization built about helping brethren in desperate need, it has been a quiet few months since you last heard from me in February. That means the rain came, crops were planted and harvests were good. We've been waiting on the sidelines however for the season to change and we are just about there.

What's been going on?

Let me just share the latest news from Mountbatton Brewer, one of our faithful delivery drivers/preachers.

"After heavy rains that we received in the last rainy season brethren in Tsholtsho (where we do most of our work, mac) got a better harvest. There are 40 families that were affected by storrm and floods that will need help, maybe after about two months (i.e. this coming Dec. or Jan., mac) At this time these families are being helped by local brethren who were not affected by floods.....May I say that brethren in Tsholotsho are not yet in need of food. We thank God for giving us enough rain this last season. Currently brethren are busy preparing their fields becasue rains normally start at the end of October onwards. We pray that our God may provide us rains as he did last season"

Some of the help that we know of from other reports consists of twelve 50kg. sacks of meal being sent from the brethren at the Mlagisa congregatioin.

Additionally, Brewer adds, "More than three times I took my truck full of clothes that were donated by the churches in Bulawayo and other brethren to give to the 40 families."

We at OH3 are so very proud to hear that other brethren in Zimbabwe are picking up the responsibility of helping out their brothers and sisters who are hurting from the floods rather than just seeking more outside help. It is a testimony both to their hearts, in their desire to assist needy saints even though poor themselves, as well as to the teaching being done by good men in that area.

Although donatations have been falling off this past year, understandably, we at OH3 have been gathering what tax deductible donations have continued to come in and waiting patiently for the change of seasons to bring a change of need. We have decreased our help over the years since our beginning in 2008 from four to six food shipments per year, to two shipments in 2013 and so far only one shipment in 2014 last February. As Brewer's letter above testifies however, we may not make it past December to 2015 without another shipment. We'll just have to wait and see and hope, and praise the Father for what he's doing in Africa. We look forward to the day when we can write you and say, "stop, no more help is needed for these brethren."

Has there been a need for food?

Yes and no. Although the T'sholotsho area of Northwestern Zim has decreased in need, other areas of Zimbabwe have cried out for help. You gifts of food for New Testament Christians went out last week to help in the following situation.

Booker Mahachi and Stephen Rice were on a missiion of encouragement and problem solving in early September to Bethania. in their words, the cares of this world overtook the local preacher there by the name of Hudson. Hudson was working with the Bethania congregation and was woo'd away, joining with a pentecostal denomination. It seems that he was offered several bags of food and was made an elder in this group, trading the truth for food and the glory of men. And the problem was two fold. Hudson was trying to influence the brethren to follow him into the same error as well as the fact of hunger becoming a problem in this area.

When Booker and Stephen came to Bethania they found the 27 souls of that congregation standing firm agains falling, but at least 24 were in need of food. Booker and Stephen spent a week there encouraging them to remain resolute and not to be moved by earthly problems or hunger, but to remain focused on Christ.

No one that reads this report, I suspect, has ever been in the position of being tempted to turn from the truth by the offer of food like these new Christians of only five years have, Such demonstrates to me the ragged edge of survival where our African brethren live and how the Devil will use any tool in any place to tempt us to turn from our Lord. We are indebted to teachers like Booker and Stephen who will accept the challenge to encourage the hungry and we are gratified and blessed to be able to partner with generous brethren like you in perhaps taking the edge off this temptation by providing food the way we do. As stated above, OH3, with your help, was able to provide food for this congregatiion of the steadfast.

Below are pics of Booker and Stephen as well as the congregation at Bethania reveiving delivery of your assistance. Thank you again for your help.

 

WHAT ABOUT PICTURES?

We usually have more pics to colorize these reports but Brewer's computer has major problems that cannot be repaired. Sooo, no pictures for the moment. Rest assured however that we will try and pursue other methods of getting some personalization from Africa into these reports.

OUR PROMISE TO YOU REMAINS THE SAME

100% of your funds given for food continues to go into an account set up for food and transport. That account is located in Florida and is kindly administered by Jeanne Sullivan.

We have an "operations" account that many of you have funded separate and apart, in a different bank account, in a different state (Indiana), to pay for accounting fees, Gov't fees, preacher support, medical travel and Dr's bills, donkeys, bicycles, computer replacement, tuition, plows, blankets, and other one-time needs for Christians as we can help. These things are in addition to the figure above. Anything that we think needs doing for Christians in serious need that is not food... comes from this account. If you feel confident in our judgment in how we use these funds we'd invite you partner in these needs by sending your donation to the Indiana account listed on this website, www.OpenHeartsHelpingHands.com. By all means however, if you have to choose between FOOD and OPERATIONS, choose food. That is our main thrust here at Open Hearts Helping Hands.

Again, 100% of the money given to the food account has, does, and always will go to food and transport.

All the above is what YOU have been doing for the past seven years. No one associated with this effort receives any pay. Our work is all volunteer. All gifts and contributions and results come from concerned and giving Christians like you. This work is yours in the name of Jesus.

CLOSING NOTES THAT BEAR REPEATING

There are a number of evangelists that are working in DIFFERENT areas of Zimbabwe to help Christians procure food and seed at the right seasons. The rainfall over the year can be different from North to South and from East to West. Needs can be different at different times of the year and although those helping in these different areas can and do overlap in their efforts at times, sometimes reports can be confusing. We at OH3 do not presume to speak to the needs of the whole nation or even outside the particular areas where we are focused on the needs of Christians, but only in the Northwest area of Zim where we try and keep close contact with our messengers.

Leslie Maydell (coming up from S. Africa), Paddy Kendall-Ball, and Al Payne are just a few of the names of good men who come quickly to mind who are working in other areas. There are other good men working also and we would just ask that you might keep reports from different areas of the country in their context. Becasue one area has rainfall, good crops, and a good report does not neccessarily contradict another part of the county having scarce rainfall and resultant hard times.

LAST WORD...

As usual, for more info or questions you can always check out our website farther at www.OpenHeartsHelpingHands.com or email me direct at mcmurray@spiritbuilding.com.

Remember that Open Hearts Helping Hands IS an IRS 501(c)3 tax deductible organization.  We make no bones about standing here with our hand out. :-)

I cannot thank you enough for joining with us in this labor of love. God will reward your efforts.

Mac