Heart of God International Ministries has announced the resignation of Denise Matthews who has served as an esteemed Board Member and Executive Director of Heart of God Africa for more than a decade. As a result of her sacrificial service, the ministry is established on solid footing and has reached the hearts of men, women and children from Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan, with the hope of further expanding into Nigeria and beyond. This ministry has been and will continue to be a walk of faith as God continues to network people and organizations together who share similar visions and passions. With a goal of finding those who share the same standard of integrity in ministry, we are currently accepting applications to fill this position. Responsibilities will include working alongside indigenous leaders, equipping them to minister to their people, not replace them, as God has called them to be a light within their respective villages and communities in ways we never could. We are prayerful that the new leader will continue to develop the Pastoral Training Program, Widows Programs, Child Sponsorship Programs, Feeding Programs, and more. For more information, please contact us at HGIM@heartofgodinternational.org. Please feel free to share this need within your network of friends and contacts. Thank you for covering this need in prayer.
Heart of God International Ministries
A Great Commission Network
A A high view of God and His Word fuels our passion for training those who have been called by God to the pastoral ministry of feeding their flock. During our early trips to Africa, we came face-to-face with that need and our hearts were burdened to help. Over 100 pastors showed up for our first four-day pastor's conference and it was there that we saw sincere hunger and thirst for God's Word. We concluded that if they are that hungry for knowledge of Scripture, their churches would be starving as well. This started a quest to begin planning ongoing conferences as often as we were able. God has blessed that desire by allowing further trips and also bringing other men who share the same desire to teach pastors how to properly handle the Word of God. Our plans are bigger than just annual trips; we feel the burden and have a desire to build a training center where these precious men of God can come and receive the training they so desire. We focus on three goals:
May our Lord and Savior be glorified in this task He has set before this ministry.
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During our first visit in 2009 we discovered a great need for Uganda’s youth, specifically in the area of education. Uganda is one of the “youngest nations” on earth (over half the population is 14 or younger). Compounding this fact is the proportion of youth who are orphans, the number who have inadequate food and shelter, and an educational system struggling to address these issues - overcrowded classrooms with 60 to 100 students and just one teacher being the norm. As we visited schools, some government-run and some private, we witnessed teachers overwhelmed with their tasks and lacking basic essentials such as textbooks, desks, pencils and paper, etc. The teachers begged for our help, suggesting that we bring other teachers with us to provide improved methods of teaching, classroom management, and discipline. Of course we also recognized a great spiritual need in all of this: students experiencing hunger, poverty, and great loss in their young lives and teachers in similar circumstances, inadequately prepared to face such challenges. (Could any of us be adequately prepared?) We also recognized that the best way to affect the lives of children was through their teachers. In 2010 we requested and were granted permission through the governmental education agency to hold a teacher conference, and we... (Continue reading.)
Sharlyn Guthrie, Director
Education and Music
Heart of God Africa
It is the primary purpose of Heart of God Africa's sponsorship programs to make an eternal impact on the lives of those who might otherwise never have the opportunity to experience the love of God. Working together at the local level, the door is open to sustainable change in the community. Not only are children being educated and fed, they are learning principles of life that they will carry throughout their futures as responsible adults impacting their nation from within.
Sponsorship of these children provides them with the necessities for learning in a Christ-centered atmosphere. Regardless which program you choose to support, you will be impacting the life of a child who lives in extreme poverty. Your generosity will not only change the direction of a child's life, but it will also impact an entire community and, prayerfully, a nation.