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 Compelled to Love

Compelled to Love

- by Joyce Meyer
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It’s so important to know who you are in Christ—and the way we do it is by understanding God’s Word. This is how we guard against the corruption of the world. But being a Christian, one who demonstrates “true religion” must also follow the encouragement of the other side to the scripture: caring for the widow and the orphan (see James 1:27). I can say, it’s been one of my core teachings for years—that we get our minds off ourselves and help others who are hurting.

Many times, we do this by addressing people’s practical needs on the way to helping them spiritually. And so, I’m excited to share with you examples of how we together are doing just that.

HOPE PLATE

It always amazes me how something as simple as a regular meal can have a major impact on a child’s life. Nutritious food can bring malnourished, lifeless bodies back to health. It can help struggling parents provide for their families. It eases hunger pains so a child can focus on their schoolwork. And we’ve seen God work through our feeding programs to bring whole families into a relationship with Him. I want you to know that your giving is making a dramatic difference in these little one’s lives.

Thanks to the support of our friends and partners, we’re able to regularly help more than 80,000 children at 742 sites worldwide through our feeding programs. And I’m excited to share with you an incredible opportunity God has given us to do even more through a brand-new initiative called the Hope Plate.

When we feed a child, we are not just providing a meal, we are offering hope. Bellies are filled and lives are changed.

Your gift of $30 for a Hope Plate will provide regular, healthy meals for five children for an entire month. And as a heartfelt thank-you, we will also send you a Hope Plate as a memento. If this is something you’d like to be a part of, please visit joycemeyer.org/HopePlate. My desire is that when you see the plate in your home, you’ll think of how you’re providing food and hope to people all around the world—especially a lot of children who are hungry and in need of our help.

CLASSROOMS OF HOPE

Access to a quality education can give a child who’s living in poverty the tools they need to secure a better future. Without it, many children remain trapped in that desperate cycle for their whole lives. But we are working to make a good education available to the ones who need it most through a new project we’re calling Classrooms of Hope.

Through this initiative, we’re providing a happy place of refuge for many boys and girls in one of the poorest provinces of South Africa—the Eastern Cape. In this area, we’ve found that many children are being taught in schoolhouses that leak when it rains or are close to collapsing. Well, we decided we had to do something to help them, and God showed us a simple solution to the problem. In fact, it’s already having a big impact on these communities.

With the help of engineers, we’re transforming shipping containers into classrooms…a creative and cost-effective solution for villages across the area. Once the containers are insulated and we put in doors and large windows, our team can place them wherever they’re needed.

The students then learn in a safe environment, and the classrooms also serve as feeding centers…where the children receive a nutritious meal provided by our friends and partners. The most exciting part is that at each Classroom of Hope, the students are learning to read from a Bible-based curriculum, meaning their education is straight from the Word of God, and the love they receive makes a lifelong difference.

More than 40 classrooms have been completed!

We had a three-year goal to install 50 Classrooms of Hope, and we’re making great progress! We would love for you to join us in helping more children. I can’t think of a better way to help children succeed in life than to introduce them to the Word of God and give them a quality education.

PROJECT GRL

As you may know, for years we have been reaching out in many ways to women and girls all around the world. We are personally seeing the incredible impact God has made in their lives…and we know He is calling us to do even more.

So in response, we have launched Project GRL—a more focused effort to Guide, Restore and Love women and girls everywhere who are mistreated and undervalued. This initiative is one that’s particularly close to my heart. I know what it’s like to feel hopeless and powerless to change my circumstances and escape abuse. I know many women and girls experience the very same thing.

Through this effort, we have identified specific areas where women and girls are in great need. Far too many are affected by human trafficking and sex slavery. Many lack food and do not have access to clean water or education. And I would love for you to join us in this calling to help.

I want to tell you a quick story about a woman we just met named Farida. She is a Syrian refugee who lives in Lebanon. Farida was forced to marry at the age of 16, became a young mother and endured horrible abuse. Then her whole world was turned upside down when her family tragically drowned trying to get to Greece. But thankfully, today Farida is on the road to recovery with lots of help from God’s Word, which she received through reading some of my books…books that were given to her by one of our partner organizations in the Middle East. Farida now knows she’s loved and God is with her, and she can start the process of healing from all that she’s been through. None of that could have happened without the support of people like you…who gave what they could to help someone else who is hurting.

Your special gift to Project GRL at joycemeyer.org/ProjectGRL can help us feed the more than 41,000 girls in our feeding programs, provide education to girls, dig freshwater wells that bring health and the chance for women to attend school, and rescue and restore those impacted by human trafficking. Not only that, I believe it will bring joy to your own life knowing you are helping women and girls realize they have a voice to change the world and that God loves them deeply.

GABRIELLE HOUSE EXPANSION

One of our Project GRL initiatives that I recently visited is the Gabrielle House in Thailand. The work that God has allowed us to do there over the last seven years to help young women rebuild their lives is just amazing.

We currently help care for about 20 women who live at the Gabrielle House. These women have been rescued out of extremely difficult situations—many were forced to work long hours in deplorable conditions for little or no pay and some were victims of sex trafficking. At the Gabrielle House, these women are learning valuable skills, including a trade they can use to support themselves in the future. They also receive the support they need to heal from the abuse they’ve endured. And they see the love of God in action through being in the program.

Because of all the good we’re seeing come out of this program, we would like to expand the work that God has called us to in Thailand. We want to be able to increase the number of young women we can help. And we need your help to do it. Your gift of $4,000 will make a way for one woman to stay at the Gabrielle House for an entire year. I believe there are so many hurting girls in the world, and we don’t want to help just a few—we want to help as many as we can. Visit joycemeyer.org/GiveFreedom to join us in this exciting work.

No matter how you decide to get involved, I want to leave you with a word of encouragement. The Bible says that when we give to help hurting people, it’s something that endures forever (see 2 Corinthians 9:9). And I believe that you will be extremely blessed and your joy will increase and multiply many times over as you reach out and help widows, orphans and anyone you see who’s in need.

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