June 2023 Newsletter

Progress in Mexico Early one Saturday morning at the end of April, I traveled to Los Mochis, Mexico to visit our program staff and savings groups in the area. We have programs in both Ahome and Choix. My day began with an early flight out of the Detroit Metro airport where I snagged some Chick-fil-A […]

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Chihuahua, Mexico Program Launch

The Chihuahua, Mexico program launch is just around the corner! At the end of May, we are planning a training after which we will launch a new savings group program in the Cuauhtémoc area of Chihuahua. We are excited to partner with Anabaptist Savings and Loans (ASAL). The savings group participants will have the opportunity […]

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March 2023 Newsletter

A Story Of Stewardship Some years ago when my family I were based in Kenya where we served with Open Hands, we traveled 7 hours from where we were living at the time in Nakuru to a small town to the northwest called Kapenguria. We were going to introduce the savings group program to a […]

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Expansion on the Horizon!

We are planning to expand the savings programs in order to help more people in developing countries. In the next fiscal year we hope to increase group numbers by several hundred. Some of the areas where we expect the most growth are in East Africa and Haiti. We also expect expansion in Asia and Latin […]

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Administrative Transition

In January of 2022, we began an administrative transition where Merle Burkholder began training Joe Kuepfer as the Administrator of Open Hands. There was a phased transition from January to May. At the end of May, the transition was completed and Merle has now retired as Administrator and transitioned into the role of Staff Pastor. […]

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Torkelson Family arrives in Kenya

In the beginning of May, the Verlin and Bethany Torkelson family settled into Nakuru, Kenya. Verlin now serves as the regional director for East Africa. The Torkelson’s are from Alberta, Canada. Bethany will assist with the accounting for the Nakuru office. She is also fluent in Hindi, and we expect for her language skills to […]

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First Group in Colombia

As of mid-May, one of our facilitators was able to get the first group started in our new Colombia program! The group consists of four ladies. We expect this group to be a big blessing to them and their families. Pray for the Colombia program, that the program could expand and positively impact many.

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