Helping Hands Ministry has shipped or supplied items to over twenty different countries since 1996. We are grateful for The Denton Program, which allows private U.S. citizens and organizations to use space available on U.S. military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods to countries in need. Examples include clothing, food, medical and educational supplies, agricultural equipment, and vehicles.
What is it?
Humanitarian Aid can consist of almost anything and everything from food, clothing, shoes, medical and educational supplies, agricultural equipment, furniture, and vehicles.
A lot of the items we send are not even available at any cost in the countries we send to. The people are very poor, there is no Social Security, no Welfare, no Medicare or Medicaid, or any other support from government agencies.
Why send it?
The Bible says,“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, ”I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did it for me.” - Matthew 25:37-40
In Isaiah 58, verse 6 the passage begins with God asking a question, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen.” I’ll paraphrase but He says; "to lose the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, set the oppressed free, break every yoke. Is it not to share your food with the hungry, provide shelter, clothe the naked and not turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
What difference does it make?
I have friends in Honduras who were planning a huge outreach in the city. They put up posters and were making plans for a big celebration with the ultimate goal of leading as many as possible to Christ. The Catholic Church was very upset with them because they perceived that my friends were just attempting to draw the people away from the Catholic Church. They even sent representatives to my friends and threatened them with violence if they continued on this path.
My friends were determined to reach out, and desired to help the people of the community, so the plans continued. About the same time a shipment of humanitarian aid arrived from Helping Hands Ministry. My friends did the same thing as always: they started giving it away to the Catholic Rest Home, the schools, orphanages, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation center - anyone that had a need received aid.
The Catholic Church saw that my friends were sharing their good fortune not only with a few people, but people they did not know and they were giving to the Catholic people. The Bishop came to see them and told them that he and the church would not interfere with the event they were planning. And, not only that, but would be very willing to help put the event on if they were needed.
In preparation for one of our mission trips to Kenya, we carried Bibles to give away, but at the time, we did not know who was to receive them. We discovered that the staff of the hotel in which we stayed for part of the trip did not have any bibles, and had been praying for them.
What difference does Humanitarian Aid make? It fills a felt physical need and opens the heart to receive spiritually. Not only does it allow people to be ministered to, It opens a door to share the gospel that may not be opened any other way. Maybe a hospital receives an incubator, gets it plugged in and cleaned up just in time for a premature baby to be placed in it (true story). Maybe it’s just a wheel chair given to a poor girl. Maybe an orphanage in Malawi loses the use of a hot water bottle they used to keep babies warm because it was old and it burst. Only to receive a box the next day with a brand new hot water bottle, and then discover the box was mailed 6 months earlier.
Please see our 'Testimonials' page for more examples.
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