- We need full-time, long-term staff and are primarily looking for women but are open to happily married couples—filling key positions such as sponsorship and administrative tasks.
- Another goal at House of Hope involves marketing, enabling us to sell the women’s products in order to pay the women the most we can.
- Prayer for our current marketing directors—prayer for those coming on as marketing representatives
- We are changing schools here at House of Hope due to many factors, primarily security. The new school is a Christian school, and we are praying that it will be a safe, secure place for the girls where they will be supervised. Please pray for protection for our girls.
- Ongoing prayer request—Ability to pay the utilities bills. We pay $800 to $1000/month for the meager supply of electricity we have here at House of Hope. The water bill can be about $700-800 per month as well. There is a scarcity of water at certain times a year.
- There is a group in North Carolina that is presently raising money, approximately $150.000, to build us a deep well. Please pray that God will provide the funds as well as he workers for us to build a well here at House of Hope.
- We are also in prayer for the long-term future of the women that live here. Specifically, we are very affected by the women that leave, especially with their children. We take the wellbeing of our little girls very seriously at House of Hope. Please pray that the Lord will give us strategies for the adult women who are due to graduate from our program and transition into society again. We would like to ensure safety– especially for their kids.
- We have had a lot of attacks at House of Hope. Oscar’s liberty was attacked this past year as well as his son’s marriage. Please pray for God’s protection and prosperity within the staff families at House of Hope.
- Please pray that we would have wisdom in how to refute false accusations against House of Hope.
- Please pray for Oscar’s work. It is not easy for him when he enters into a brothel and sees these little girls being mistreated.
- Prayer for provision for ongoing support and keeping our focus on what God has called us to do to help the women and the girls and not be distracted by the schemes of the enemy.
- When unscrupulous family members take our girls from us (that we do not have custody of) we have no rights. We have been waiting for 7 years for the Nicaraguan government to recognize our organization. It requires an act of congress to pass the legislation. We have not been approved yet. We would like to be able to provide insurance and benefits to our workers.
- Also we cannot move our finances without 501-c3 status to be tax-deductible.
- Prayer for spiritual growth for the girls/women/staff.
Fall greetings from the Nicaraguan tropics in the name of the Lord! We know that times are not easy and we so very much appreciate your sacrificial support and prayers. Your partnership is so vital to the outreach for God’s kingdom in this country.
Literally hundreds and hundreds of women and girls have been changed by the love of the Lord through the House of Hope outreach. Here is just one story . . . .
Angela’s past is filled with pain, fear, and desperation. Angela was abandoned by her parents at a very young age and raised by her grandmother. She and her 7 brothers and sisters were forced to work. Her son was born as a product of a gang rape during her teenage years. Although Angela is educated with a college degree, the pay ($40/month) from her job as a teacher was not enough to provide for herself or her family. After the man she was living with left her, Angela was forced to look for a way to make more money. At that time, Angela was 9 months pregnant. A friend brought her to a brothel where Angela was able to earn up to $20 that day. Angela gave birth that same day and returned to the brothel one month later. Angela remained in prostitution for more than 10 years. During this time she witnessed women working alongside their daughters and decided she did not want the life of prostitution for her daughters. Angela remembers her lowest point when she was on her knees, begging the owner of the brothel (who was drunk and high) to open the brothel up to customers so that she could make some money. Angela wanted out, but she did not know what to do. At one point, she volunteered to be filmed in a documentary about prostitution in Nicaragua. The producers promised her a way out of prostitution in return for her participation, but they did not follow through on their promise. In fact, they broke their promise that the documentary would not be shown in Nicaragua and soon Angela’s story was made known to everyone in the country by television. As a result, she felt that she could not go back to work as a teacher out of fear she would be recognized. After the film was aired on TV, the other kids would harass her young daughter about her mother being a prostitute. Angela was also realizing that her lack of time with her kids was having an impact on their lives as well. She attributed her son’s addiction to drugs and alcohol and his imprisonment to consequences of the sin in her own life.
Angela had made several attempts to leave prostitution. She could last 3 days, sometimes a month, but she’d always return to prostitution when she’d see her children without food to eat or shoes to wear. Fortunately, Angela had come to know Christ through House of Hope and had come to understand the hope and freedom that only Jesus could offer her. One day, Angela remembers kneeling down in a cubicle in the brothel she worked at and making a vow to the Lord that that that would be the last day she would return to that place. It has been 5 years since Angela’s vow and she has not once returned to the brothel. Through the ministry at House of Hope, Angela’s daughters have food and uniforms for school now and even a scholarship for college for her oldest daughter. Her life and the lives of her children have forever been changed. And, now Angela has taken on the responsibility to share the Christ’s love women who share her past so that they too might be freed and able to experience a life filled with His love, His joy, and His provision. This is the burden the Lord has place upon her heart and it brings her great joy to see women (ex-prostitutes) experience the love of Christ.
Angela and her oldest daughter Karina are table heads at the House of Hope on Tuesday mornings. In addition, she is assistant to the card production manager at House of Hope. Angela also teaches sewing to the residents at House of Hope and helps the children with their homework. Every morning, Angela wakes up at 4:30am to get her children ready for school. She takes 3 buses to get to work. She considers it a privilege to work and give back to House of Hope.
-Strength to maintain the work at House of Hope and Mikes new ventures.
-More Staff at House of Hope
-Ongoing intense spiritual battles
-Recent elections maintain power for Cuban/Venezuelan government
Bendiciones en el nombre de Cristo!
Mike and April Havlin
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2020 W 15th Street
Washington, NC 27889
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It is our sincere desire that the Lord will bless you and yours during this Holiday Season. We know that the economic downturn has affected everyone and, therefore, we are that much more grateful for your sacrificial support in partnering with us to reach this nation. Despite all the challenges of trying to establish a solid, ongoing and developing ministry in this country, we see God fast at work in touching and changing people’s lives. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago!
Impacting A Culture
One of the greatest recent victories we’ve seen at House of Hope is the shutting down of one the brothels located in a large open air market in Managua. The women in this brothel have been reached by the House of Hope ministry – they have received the Lord and have been helped to find honest employment. To see God’s transforming work in their lives is a blessing that is hard to describe. From hopelessness to a hope in Christ is what it is all about. The following are actual testimonies from some women in their own words(translated, of course).
I am 26 years old. When I was a little girl, my brother abused me. I started living on the streets and doing drugs to escape for a small moment of time. I became addicted to the drugs and would do anything for them, they were all I wanted. In the same city that I lived I was raped. I began prostituting myself, often times to Russian customers, for even a little bit of crack.
“All I want to do is be with my daughter and to know my mother.”
Karla has been at House of Hope for a short time. She doesn’t miss the drugs and she doesn’t want to leave. She feels the possibility of love at House of Hope.
Helen Mejia Chavarna
Two Years at House of Hope
I was working as a prostitute in the Oriental Market when Brother Oscar approached me and shared the good news about Christ. Six months later, I decided to leave my current lifestyle behind me and began selling cold drinks and water.
Then I visited House of Hope. After seeing the commitment I made to change my life, House of Hope blessed me with $75 and helped me start my own business. Now I sell a variety of beverages outside a government office. I am very grateful to God because he hears my prayers and knows all my needs. I always pray that Sister April and Brother Oscar will continue to be a blessing in other women’s lives.
Dominga del Cocorro Chavaria Cerna
Two Years at House of Hope
I was a prostitute and an alcoholic. I did not have a home, and my kids were living at a shelter. I knew I needed a new life after one night when some men threw a glass bottle at my feet. I could barely walk, I was stabbed, raped, and I was just so tired. Some other prostitutes knew about House of Hope and they introduced me to Brother Oscar. I talked with him and he invited me to House of Hope. After a while, House of Hope gave me $75 to start my own small business. I now sell coca-cola on the streets and I’m very grateful to God. He is the only one that knows me well. Now I attend church and live a completely different life.
Tuesday Morning Special
It has been amazing to watch the growth of the Tuesday morning program. Over 350 women now come and it is quite literally Standing Room Only. We’ve already started and extension to the dining facility where these ladies meet at. After an hour of devotional time of singing, praying and preaching, the break into different work groups making cards and jewelry. Over 70% attending the Tuesday morning program are no longer involved in prostitution and, often, many receive Christ as a result of the devotion time.
The road out to House of Hope has virtually been destroyed due to the record monsoon rain season we’ve had. On Tuesdays, the buses that pick the women up can’t come in and the women have to walk all the way in – more than a mile. They’ve walked in during drenching downpours – in fact, seven women were washed away by a rogue creek only to be rescued by neighbors – carrying everything from the items they sell on the streets to their babies. One U.S. ministry team that came during the rainy season walked in using local ox carts to carry their stuff on. Hopefully, the local but impoverished municipality will be able to level out the road after the rains have finally stopped.
It truly is exciting to not only watch God at work but to work alongside His purposes for these desperately needy women in this country. Again, we thank you for partnering with us both in financial support and prayer.
- Here are several prayer requests:
- Pray for little Alma. Only 11 years old, she was brought to us after having been chained to a brothel wall for seven months. She does not have any paperwork of any kind – birth certificate, etc. She is literally off the grid. She was duped by a pair of adults recently who came and took her from us and since we did not have any kind of legal documentation on her there was nothing we could do. She is the face of the innocent child, duped and forced into sexual trafficking.
- Pray for our Havlin monthly support base. Our own personal support needs to be raised in order for us to continue living in Nicaragua. We know times are hard everywhere and we greatly appreciate the monthly support that we receive.
Again, we thank you so much for your support and prayers. If you desire to send monthly support or a onetime gift, please send your tax deductible contribution to:
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A NEW ADDRESSHARVEST CHURCH
2020 W. 15th St
Washington, NC 27889
Please make your check out to Harvest Church and memo it either to the Havlins for personal support or to House of Hope. We and House of Hope receive 100 percent of whatever is givien.
Happy Thankgiving and Christmas Seasons!
Your Partners in Christ,
April, Mike and Hope Havlin
We want to thank all our faithful friends and supporters for sticking with us and believing in the vision to reach Nicaragua. Your partnership is absolutely integral to the success of the outreach endeavor of House of Hope. May the Lord bless you and yours during these summer months!
House of Hope
So far 2010 has been a great year for House of Hope. We started out with a huge medical team in January and several construction teams in February and March. We are building an extension to the dining hall to accommodate all the new women coming on Tuesdays and several new duplexes.
Oscar and his family continue to do an outstanding job of directing the residential center but we have lost our wonderful dorm mom, Brittany Luzader. We were sad to see her go. We now have two young Nicaraguan women filling in until the Lord raises up a permanent person.
We are seeing the Lord answer our prayers for ways to market our cards and earrings as various people step forward to help. We do not have a new marketing director as such but many hands helping in big ways and small. We also have missionary volunteers who have stepped forward to help with earring models and production. God is so faithful.
We are believing the Lord to help us overcome the various attacks we have faced this year including the” elder sister syndrome” and a time of the enemy stealing our fruit both in the natural and in the spiritual. We’ve seen severe attack on our most faithful women. We’ve had clothing stolen from the clothesline. We even had 2 sheep and 35 chickens stolen.
New Houses of Hope
This year I have been mentoring some leaders who would like to start ministries like House of Hope in other cities and countries of Latin America. In Jan, Erica Sanchez from Santa Cruz, Bolivia stayed with us and shadowed me to get insight into how to start a sister ministry. Two young Americans came up for 2 days from Costa Rica where they are working on the border with Nicaraguan girls who are prostituted to the truck and bus drivers. They currently have an outreach several times a year and Oscar and I plan to help them out some from time to time. In January, a new ministry from up in the mountains of Nicaragua called on us to be the speakers at a retreat of 20 women in sexual commerce in that area. A German woman came to visit also who is working to get a safe house started in Costa Rica for victims of sexual tourism.
One of the most heart wrenching events that often occurs at House of Hope is the arrival of new girls. Their stories are all unique as the girls are themselves. Here are a few of the new girls’ stories.
Alma is 11 years old. She was adopted by a family who always treated her more like a slave than a daughter. Although their home was not a recognizable brothel, men clients called all hours of the night. Because Alma refused to service clients, she was chained like a dog to the back of the house and forced to work as a prostitute.
She is so grateful to have escaped that nightmare and to live at House of Hope. She is not only safe, but surrounded by people who love her. She appreciates the opportunity to be in school (she loves math!) and the chance to be a child. Playing on the swing set, watching TV
and listening to music are among her favorite activities. She likes pizza and fruit, especially apples and grapes.
Sisny is a precious 10 years old girl. She was sexually abused by her father who also pimped her out to his drinking buddies. A few weeks before she moved to House of Hope, her arm was shattered when one of her clients threw her to the floor. She has a very special smile, but it is not often seen because of all her pain and anger. She allows no one to come close to her. She is happy to be living at House of Hope where she is safe and able to go to school, and already Jesus is beginning to heal her heart. She likes running and sports, especially soccer. She also enjoys drawing, coloring and playing on the swing set. She loves eating pizza, chicken and many types of fruit.
Havlin Family news
April and I are doing well – just trying to stay healthy among so much work that the Lord has us involved with. Living in Nicaragua is always a challenge. Just paying simple bills like water and electricity can take days at a time but at least the offices of the utility companies are air conditioned. Often I have to wait a long time at these places (paying House of Hope bills and ours, too) so I take advantage of the air conditioning and do my office work.
We want to apologize for the recent email snafu that took place on our Yahoo account. For those of you dear folks that received that email about me being in London, England and asking for money . . . it was a cyber-scam hack job and has since been remedied. I wasn’t anywhere near London (though I’d like to be) and thanks to so many for your concerned calls and emails.
Our little granddaughter, Addison, is doing extremely well. The proud parents (Jeremy and Jessica) and grandparents are enjoying our little Nicaraguan born gem. Jeremy and Jessica’s mission outreach here in Nicaragua is doing extremely well and growing.
Hope is living in the U.S. continuing her studies and this summer will be involved with helping in a photography studio in Greenville, SC.
Please pray for our continued strength, the necessary financial support for the House of Hope ministry and for God’s grace as we face the challenges of serving God in the country of Nicaragua.
Bendiciónes en el nombre de Cristo!
Mike & April Havlin
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House of Hope
SEASONS GREETINGS! ♦ We appreciate so much your prayers and sacrificial support. We know it is not easy during these difficult financial times, but your faithful partnership with us to reach Nicaragua means that much more– to God and to us!
We sincerely pray that this Holiday Season be a joyful and meaningful one to you and yours. We also pray that the beginning of this new and upcoming year will be full of God’s faithfulness, provision and mercy.
NICARAGUA ON THE EDGE ♦ Life just keeps getting more difficult for most Nicaraguans. Our current socialist government continues to impoverish the country already decimated through years of warfare, corruption, natural disasters and bureaucratic incompetence. Yet despite all the extremely difficult circumstances facing the nation, the Lord continues to reach folks here and raise up His work – even in the midst of such overwhelming challenges.
SOMOS ABUELOS ♦ Both April and I have been quite ill with hemorrhagic dengue – a viral tropical disease spread by mosquitoes – but our hearts have been thrilled with the birth of our granddaughter – Addison Claire. Our son, Jeremy and his wife, Jessica, who also live in Managua, gave birth to Addison on November 5th.
HOUSE OF HOPE BURSTING AT THE SEAMS ♦ God is so good! Our residential facility is near full capacity and the love of Jesus is shining through our ladies into the lives of their children. We recently moved one family into the Phase III area which is still under construction as we have so many in residence .We have been having more than three hundred women come to our Tuesday Bible Study and vocational day. It is amazing to see so many women and young girls.
We recently celebrated the House of Hope cell group Christmas party with each group wearing t-shirts in a color designated to their group. It was wonderful to see the women seated in their groups of hundreds and fifties and twenties according to the area of Managua where they live. God is changing lives and preparing an army of women to reach their city.
Here is a story of one of our young teenaged moms, Hazel. When Hazel was a little girl she was told that she was ugly and not worth anything. She has some African blood mixed with the Hispanic blood and is darker than her mother and sisters. She was treated with contempt and didn’t feel loved. When she was eight years old, her grandmother’s live-in boyfriend began to abuse her sexually. She told her mother and grandmother but they didn’t believe her. Hazel not only felt abused but betrayed by those who should be protecting her. When she was nine years old she became pregnant. She did not understand at first what was happening to her. When her mother found out she did not believe Hazel as to who the father was. Hazel had brought shame on the family– in her family’s eyes. She was left to bear this burden alone. When her precious daughter, Dora, was born, Hazel’s mother claimed Dora as her own and began to raise her. At the age of ten Hazel became a prostitute to support herself.
Hazel is 19 now and Dora is ten. Hazel has lived at House of Hope for a year and a half now. She is beginning to see her worth in Christ. She is beginning to hear the Father tell her she is loved. She is struggling with resentment against her mother for taking her daughter from her. Hazel cries when she says that Dora calls her Hazel instead of mom. She has gained a measure of forgiveness for her mother and grandmother who did not protect her. She has made progress in forgiving the men who have used her. She is struggling against mistreating Dora and her 3 yr old sister, Oleyka. She wants to run and play with the other girls as she was never given the chance to do that. But she has to cook and clean and scrub clothes like the other moms. Hazel never went to school and does not know how to read and write. We have had literacy classes over the last few months and Hazel learned her ABC’s and was beginning to sound out syllables when the literacy team stopped coming.
Hazel never had a birth certificate as her mother never bothered to get her one. She doesn’t exist in the eyes of the law. We at HH have been working for months to get her one but it isn’t easy. We are determined to get Hazel a birth certificate so that her daughters can also get birth certificates. Without that, her daughter will not be able to graduate from elementary school. She will not be able to go to high school or hold any kind of formal
job. Hazel would not be able to get legally married or own any property without identification. Even though it is costly and time consuming we feel that Hazel needs this for her sense of well being as a person. God truly delights in taking a NOBODY and making her a SOMEBODY in His kingdom. I was so proud of Hazel as she was able to open up and share her story with a group of visitors. It isn’t easy but it is a true step in her healing process.
One of our moms who lives at House of Hope, Escarleth, has recently faced the reality of the sexual abuse her oldest daughter, age 13, had been suffering from her step father. Escarleth was unaware that it had been happening. When her daughter was able to tell her what had happened, they began to work through forgiveness and healing surrounding this issue. Shortly after, Mom began being tormented by guilt for not protecting her daughter from the abuse and she was feeling it was her fault. She was tormented for 15 days, feeling sick, not eating or sleeping, and overwhelmed with depression. This past week in her counseling session with us, she opened up and told us what was happening to her. We were able to pray and speak life into her. By the Grace and Love of our Precious Jesus, she has been set free! Last evening we watched her worshiping and dancing on her porch with her daughters and several little children who live here. We were watching her living in a freedom that only God can give!
Margarita has lived at House of Hope for over two years and has three children, ages eleven, nine and seven. Prior to moving to House of Hope she lived with her 3 kids in an extremely dangerous neighborhood under a piece of black plastic, working in prostitution and spending all of her extra money on alcohol and drugs. She was physically abusive to her children, and taught them to steal and work the streets for money. Since moving to House of Hope she has not only found the love of Jesus, but He has truly began to fill her up and you can now find her smiling and laughing; something that was rarely, if ever, seen when she moved in. When her family visits, they comment on the wonderful changes that they can see in her. Her positivism, motivation, love and kindness are contagious. The love she shows her children is amazing, and her hunger for the Lord shows in everything she does and says. When she transfers back to life in the city, I think she will affect all those around her with her light and her love; even without trying. God has done awesome things inside of her, and it is extremely apparent that she will effect changes in others as she continues on her walk with the Lord.
♦ Please continue to be in prayer about our water bill. The settlement that the government issued for us is exorbitant and very hard for us to pay. Please pray for God’s intervention is this area.
♦ Pray for God to supply a new dorm mom and a new intern. If you or anyone you know might be interested in
these positions please email us about particulars at: firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ Pray that Mike and April both get their strength back from their bouts with Dengue fever.
♦ Pray for the marketing director for the earrings as he develops new packaging and strategies for selling the earrings.
Again, we thank you so much for your support and prayers. If you desire to send monthly support or a onetime gift, please send your tax deductible contribution to:
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A NEW ADDRESS
2020 W. 15th St
Washington, NC 27889
Please make your check out to Harvest Church and memo it either to the Havlins for personal support or to House of Hope.
In His service,
Mike & April
We are so grateful for your sacrificial support especially during these difficult financial times. May the Lord greatly reward you for your faithfulness and commitment to His purposes here in Nicaragua.
Human Trafficking Victims…
We heard from one of our regular ladies that two small girls, 11 and 12 , had been kidnapped from up in the mountains where they were from and sold to a hotel in Managua to be sex workers. Oscar, my Nicaraguan coworker was able to get a police officer that went to school with him to help him get them out of the hotel. They were scared and wounded and didn’t have any decent clothes to wear when they came to live at House of
Hope. Escarleth’s family (one of the girls) knew nothing about it all and was frantic to know where their daughter had gone. She is back with her family up in the mountains. The other, Josidara, will stay at HH. When her mom came to get her she refused to go with her mom as she said that she would just sell her again. They reluctantly let her stay after we called the police officer back to intervene. We are so thankful that the Lord allowed us to have them and get them out of that situation. Fortunately they were at the “hotel” only a week but a week is too long.
Helping Women start Micro Industry businesses…
Argentina Mendoza is a 38 year old woman who has been coming to our day program along with her teenage daughters. Argentina has been out of prostitution for a year now. She has four children and has been selling tortillas and refried beans from her home. Argentina lives in a small town outside of Managua and would like to start a new business. She would like to purchase a basket filled with cookies and candies that she would take to the market to sell. Maria, Argentina’s 15 yr. old daughter, started prostitution at the age of 11. She is struggling to make a change in her life. The proceeds from their new business would be used to keep Maria in school and out of prostitution.
On Saturday, May 2, we had our first water baptism service. It was very exciting as 19 women and girls made a public proclamation of their faith in the Lord. Mike conducted the doctrine class and he and Oscar did the baptism at a nearby lake. The women traveled to the baptism on the back of our truck. (Look at the end of the Newsletter for pictures)
Over the Easter vacation we took 20 girls to visit a local potter to go with a teaching I had
done about the potter and the clay.
We appreciate the help of the teams that have visited us this year to build, sew and counsel. God has blessed us richly at House of Hope.
If you desire to support our ministry with a one time gift or with monthly support, you can send your tax deductible donations to:
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Washington, North Carolina 27889
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In order to cut expenses a bit, we have re-evaluated sending out envelopes for mailing in sponsorship monies. Very few of you have used them, so we will not send them out unless you request them. If you would like to receive the envelopes, please email email@example.com or call 252-927-3410 and speak with Diane or Laura. We will gladly get them out to you. Be sure to give us your name and mailing address.
Blessings to each of you who sponsor the House of Hope!