ABOUT THE MISSION:
The seeds of the ministry of Jochebed's Hope began back in 1968 when Steve Cate first took his family to Indonesia. The family originally lived in Medan on the island of Sumatra where a church was soon established. With the help of other arriving missionaries more congregations were established in cities and villages in the North Sumatra province. In 1971 Steve was asked to move to the capital city of Jakarta to continue the work of others who had returned home. In 1974 a young man asked Steve to accompany him to his childhood home on the island of Nias. As a result of those visits villagers accepted the Gospel and established two churches in nearby villages. Today, there are many churches on the island, and while Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, the island of Nias is predominately Christian.
Following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in December 2004, and another quake in March 2005, Nias became more familiar to many through aid organizations and churches that mobilized to help people struck by natural disaster. At the time many children were orphaned, and one missionary established a children's home to help provide for the children allowing them to continue to attend school: what is now Jochebed's Hope is a continuation of that work.
Jochebed's Hope exists to share the love of God by encouraging and empowering youth in an impoverished area of the world. The children who live in the children's home come from villages so far from town that there is no other way to attend school. Education is not a mandate in Indonesia, and without it many are destined to live in remote areas with little opportunity. The ministry provides housing, food, clothing, school fees and uniforms, and medical care to children who would otherwise have no chance at education. Their courageous families entrust them to these Gospel workers in hopes for a better future, and they are honored to be a part of their lives in this way.
The children's home currently houses 39 elementary and middle school aged children. There are dormitories that house 81 high school kids enabling them to continue their studies and earn a diploma. House parents and dormitory supervisors provide leadership and supervision. In addition, there is a vocational school that teaches sewing classes to both men and women. The interest in sewing is vigorous and classes are always full. Two individuals, Suma and Selin, graduated from high school while living in these dormitories. Through a generous sponsorship Suma has earned his Master's Degree from the university in Jakarta. Both have shared how much this opportunity has changed their lives, and they are now committed to helping others.
Also there is a children's home in Jakarta. It is more difficult to operate a Christian organization in Jakarta, but Daniel and his wife, Naomi care for children in a home, Connor's House, that has been renovated for that purpose. Daniel became a Christian in 1998 and now preaches for the congregation that meets in the facility and also presents a weekly radio program at a Christian radio station. While there are many regulations involving such a program, they are grateful for the opportunity.
For more information, visit www.jochebedshope.org.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
- Pray for financial provision
- Pray for leadership-both in the U.S. and in Indonesia
- Pray for the children, as well as their families, that they might know the love of God through this work
- Pray for all involved to be a light in their communities so that God will be glorified in all that we are doing
- Give to one-time financial donation requests for this ministry as they are accepted and promoted by the Board of Elders
For further information visit www.jochebedshope.org.