Willard, OH (PressExposure) December 15, 2009 -- From her rural farmhouse just outside Willard, a global non-profit organization is led by a humble housewife, touching the poorest of poor in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean as well as US and other allied troops with good news and humanitarian support.
For many years a dream dared to become reality. "Suddenly things began to fall into place and Heart of God International Ministries (HGIM) was formed, initially under the name of Women of Passions," stated Jan Ross, President, HGIM. Taking baby steps toward growth, the womens ministry began to take on a more international focus with outreaches to Kenya and India. It wasn't long until the decision was made to change the name of the ministry to reflect the true heart of God toward all peoples, nations, and tongues. HGIM was formally organized in November 2006 and received 501c3 non-profit status in January 2007.
During the past two years, HGIM has exploded into a powerful network of ministry operations led solely by volunteers who take no salary or support, making it possible for 100% of all designated donations to go directly into mission work. With a true heart of compassion, HGIM's efforts have responded to the need for humanitarian relief and spiritual support, opening doors for both domestic (Soldiers Bible Ministry) and international (Haiti, India, Israel, Kenya, Uganda) ministry. HGIM recently expanded its international Board of Directors to include each ministry's volunteer executive directors from Brisbane, Australia to Champaign, Illinois to Orange County, California to Rochester, New York. HGIM does much of its work by working closely with indigenous ministries who are the hands and feet of both the domestic and international ministry operations.
From Rochester, New York, Heart of God-Haiti joined HGIM's network of outreaches early in 2009. Partnering with a local ministry, Lt. Col. David Young has taken this ministry to new heights as the day school now has an enrollment of 200 children (67 of whom actually live in the school) and the adult literacy program reaches out to 80 students. An example of the powerful work being done in Haiti is seen in the recent testimony of a voodoo high priest who, having personally witnessed the power of prayer to God, totally surrendered his life, renounced his involvement in voodoo and is now sharing the Gospel with others who cannot deny the powerful change that took place in his life. A new church was recently planted in Jacmel. Young and Company CPAs LLP sponsors the ministry in Haiti with clients becoming more and more involved in the process.
Under Jeanice McDade's volunteer leadership out of Champaign, Illinois, the ministry in India (Heart of God-India) is a balanced blend of evangelistic and humanitarian efforts, with ministry primarily focused in the remote tribal areas that are unreached. With 70 pastors representing nearly 150 churches, the outreach has grown exponentially since HGIM's humble beginnings. Providing food and supplies to leper colonies, sponsorship programs for orphans living in the newly formed Heart of God Orphanage, sponsoring more than 50 pastors attending the Heart of God School of Ministry at no cost to them, conducting evangelistic crusades, providing emergency relief efforts, and conducting mission trips-only part of the work being accomplished in India.
With its Executive Director based in Brisbane, Australia, Heart of God-Israel is in its very beginning stages with an initial outreach to IDF soldiers by providing warm fleece-lined jackets to protect them during the cold winter months. A wide variety of other humanitarian projects are in the initial stages of planning.
From sunny southern California, Heart of God-Uganda is a fast-growing ministry branching out into many areas with humanitarian and evangelistic efforts. Under Denise Matthews' leadership from her home in Riverside, this ministry is partnering with Smile Africa Ministries in Tororo, a ministry feeding and educating over 450 homeless children and hundreds of widows, only a part of what is being accomplished. The 2010 Uganda Mission Trip is being organized to provide free medical clinics, teacher's seminars, men's seminars, and youth rallies, along with evangelistic teams reaching into tribal areas. (Applications are still being accepted.)
Also from the Rochester, New York area, HGIM serves men and women in uniform through Soldiers Bible Ministry(SBM), providing complete pocket Bibles to allied Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and/or Air Force personnel around the world, especially those in harm's way. SBM also provides Bibles to those who request them in their native language, along with Bible study materials from solid sources that resonate well with military personnel. SBM is in the process of publishing the Heritage Edition of the Soldiers Pocket Bible (due second quarter 2010) which will feature targeted helps and notes. Relevant quotes from historical figures such as Sir Isaac Newton, George Washington, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and other notable leaders will be interspersed throughout the Bible. A special directory for spiritual support services specializing in complementing standard care for PTSD will also be included inside the back of each Bible to provide soldiers who may be struggling with links to the care and assistance they require.
Other areas of HGIM's ministry outreaches include an inner city ministry being formed to provide a unique outreach to the homeless, destitute, and oppressed in some of the major cities across the US.
To learn more about HGIM or to schedule a representative from HGIM to share with your church or organization, please contact John Hoben, Volunteer Director of Development by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (+1 585 395 9512).