The Heart Behind What We Do

Learn how a toothache led to a worldwide medical/dental missions initiative!

David L Meyer – Mar 12, 2024

As CEO of Hand of HopeJoyce Meyer Ministries World Missions, I continually travel around the world to check on our ministry outreaches and look for ways to develop new ones. As I do, I witness firsthand the truly amazing things that you, our friends and partners, are making possible.

To help convey the impact you are making, I want to share with you a familiar passage from Matthew chapter 25. These verses have always been the backbone for everything we do through Hand of Hope...

Jesus says in Matthew 25, For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. ...I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me! (Verses 
25:35-36,40 NLT).

Through your support, I can honestly say that together we are helping to fulfill this scripture in so many ways all around the world. Right now, I want to give you a glimpse of how you are helping “the least of these” through some of our outreaches.

"For I was hungry, and you fed me."

Right now, your support makes it possible for Hand of Hope to partner with organizations worldwide to feed children (and often their families) on a regular basis at over 690 sites around the world!  For many, these meals are the only food they receive.

One of the things I’m most excited about is how all our ongoing feeding programs have a spiritual component. We’re able to spiritually impact these children and their families for Jesus Christ.

One way we accomplish this is through our partnership with One Hope to supply many of our feeding centers with a program called “17 Stories.”

“17 Stories” consists of a big sheet of cards including Bible stories ranging from Genesis to The Great Commission. Teachers at our sites discuss each story with the children and follow it up with fun activities to reinforce the lessons.

At the end of the sixteenth story, the children flip the card over to complete a puzzle forming the seventeenth and final story. It focuses on what God has done for us and His good plan for our lives. It also includes a tear-off card they can take home and share with their families and those in their communities.

Thank you for changing lives, one at a time!  When you support these programs, it’s so much more than simply putting food on a plate. You are introducing these children to Jesus and ultimately changing their lives and the lives of those around them.

"I was sick, and you cared for me."

Our medical/dental outreaches were birthed out of something that happened to my mom several years ago. She was dealing with tremendous pain from an abscessed tooth, and the Lord caused her to have such compassion for people who are not able to see a doctor when they’re sick. She wondered, what must it be like to have pain and never get relief?

As a result, in 2007 we began holding short-term medical and dental clinics in remote areas of the world, places where the need is the greatest. In these locations, most of the time it’s the small, seemingly insignificant things that cause sickness and death—dehydration, diarrhea, or small scratches that get infected.

Our volunteer doctors and nurses, who serve with our teams at their own expense, diagnose and treat these precious people, dramatically improving their quality of life.

To date, we have:

  • Treated more than 370,000 people
  • Dispensed over 1,200,000 free medications
  • Prayed with more than 125,000 people to receive Christ

Each year, we also treat tens of thousands of others through our ongoing hospitals, clinics, and mobile medical units in places like Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, El Salvador, Israel, and Haiti.

For instance, our HOH Pediatric Specialty Clinic in East Africa restores severely malnourish children and their families back to health. We operate two Mobile Medical Vans that travel to remote villages in India providing free medical care to thousands of locals who have neither the transportation nor the money to pay for a doctor. We also operate 4 Project GRL vans in India providing medical care to women and girls in the red-light district.

Thanks to you, these efforts are multiplied many times over through our other hospitals and clinics. You are helping save people’s lives—both physically and spiritually.

To date, through our short-term and long-term outreaches, you’ve helped us offer free medical and dental care to more than 3 million people. 

"I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink"

I don’t know if there is an outreach that provides more of an immediate impact than providing fresh water. You may have seen the statistic that says over 3.4 million people die every year from waterborne diseases. Water is something most people take for granted; however, it’s a vital necessity we can’t live without!

The good news is that we have partnered with organizations worldwide to install more than 1,900 freshwater wells to date. Not only that, but in many places, we also build an adjacent church or school.

People come for the water, then stay for the weekly service or to receive prayer. Providing fresh water is such a great demonstration of God’s love, and it opens their hearts to know more about Jesus Christ.

We have witnessed firsthand what a difference your support is making in remote villages all around the world. Children who were once thin and sickly from diseased water are now visibly healthier and have the energy to focus on their schoolwork and just being a kid. We also hear story after story of entire villages coming to Christ and enjoying new freedom.

And it all began with offering something as simple as fresh water.

"God is with her.  She will not be moved."

For years, our team has been working to rescue women and girls from the horrors of human trafficking.  We are now working in 55 countries to support and restore those who have been rescued through feeding, water wells, and education. As well, we are providing 19 safe havens and rescue homes for women and girls in 11 countries. In Zambia, we built 5 Imagine Hope Centers to provide housing and skills training allowing girls to escape child marriage. 

Simply put, we can’t do any of this without you, our ministry partners, the ones who are supporting these outreaches and making it all possible. On our own, we can do some things. But together, our success multiplies exponentially!

First Corinthians chapter 12 says we are all parts of the same body, but we each have our own distinct and vital role to play. In the same way, your part in these outreaches—supporting this ministry through your gifts and prayers—is just as important as my part or my mom and dad’s part.

When we each do what God is asking us to do, He gets right in the middle of our efforts and allows us to change the world.

Friends, we can never thank you enough. Please know that everything you do is affecting lives every single day. Together (you...and me...and God), we are able to reach “the least of these” in so many wonderful ways. God bless you!

*This article was published in Fall, 2016.

Revised:  September 2022