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March Trip

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 We have been working on this name change since last June when Dennis contacted us about combining the work on Nias with our existing work in Jakarta. We are thankful for the professionals who donated their time and expertise in helping us identify a name and logo that would capture the spirit behind the work in Indonesia. In addition to the name change, we also created a new website. Follow the work on-line at jochebedshope.org. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We are excited to announce that the process is complete. KOI-Kids of Indonesia, is now officially Jochebed’s Hope. It has been a lot of work, but we think you will like the updated communication.

Connor’s House

Currently home to eight young people and two new mothers, this home continues to provide much needed support. The daily food distribution to the villages of the very poor continues with our man Adam leading the way. Connor’s House also serves as the place of worship for Christians in and around Bekasi. It seems every time I am back, the group continues to grow. Daniel does a great job in directing this work and we are grateful for all of his effort. Recently twin girls were welcomed into Connor’s House.

Jochebed’s Children’s Home

Currently home to 36 primary school age young people who come from villages all over the island. It is estimated that the illiteracy rate in the villages is around 98%. Parents hoping to provide a better future for their children bring them to Jochebed’s Children’s Home. The children can learn while living in a safe and supportive environment. Bailey and I enjoyed our time with the kids who are always happy to receive visitors.

Dorm Life

With 80 high school-aged young people, this is quite an undertaking. Bailey and I had the opportunity to meet with several of the young adults who had passed through the children’s home, dorm, and then the university. They had a difficult time expressing their thankfulness, stating that the program changed their lives. Without the opportunity to attend school and further their educations, they would not have the current choices and opportunities they now enjoy. These young people are now Bible class teachers and youth leaders in their local congregations. They are hopeful for the futures of other young people who would otherwise never be able to leave their villages, and dream of what they might be able to achieve someday.

Your tax deductible gift can make the difference in the life of a child today. Jochebed’s Hope PO Box 1881 Fremont, NE 68026

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What it's Like to be There - Part 1

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I was able to make my first trip to Indonesia in 2011. It was with great anticipation that I made my first international trip, but I really had no idea what to expect. Before the completion of the 23 hours of flight time, not including connections and airport layovers, I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be worth it. What can we DO that will make this worth the time and expense of making such a trip? And I’m so tired already!

For anyone who has not been to a third world country, I would like to describe a bit of what I/we experienced in that first trip, and in the trips that followed, because I believe without a doubt that it was, and is, worth it. Beyond the numbers and the factual information that we want a supporter to be aware of, I think that what we want to share and give every effort to explain, is what it is really like to BE THERE.

At first, I was somewhat nervous. I am an outsider here, a minority. We were treated politely, but it was different than being at home. The signs in the airport were in a language I didn’t understand. What am I doing here?

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