EOY 2020 … New Year into 2021 …

Christmastide Season and New Year ’21

“I believe that you, you and I, need to surrender and submit to this … ”     (Nora quote)


15 days into my 21-day Covid-19(C-19) quarantine in Beirut, Lebanon, and part of a 31-day trip, Nora said the above.  Wasn’t she the one I was always asking prayer for, in my travels?  Yet, I was the one struggling through moments of pain-anger, stuck in a hotel room, wanting to bust out?  She turned a huge corner!  It was so refreshing to my heart.   Wow, were we glad to see each other again !!!

Thanksgiving found us C-19-prevention gathered as a family.  All hands-on-deck as each of us helped in the kitchen under the Commodore … Nora.
“Commodore” is no random word.  We’re learning a whole new vocabulary, as Eliana signed up for the U.S. Navy.  So hard to believe, our 19-year-old daughter, youngest of our kids, and last to leave home, ships off to Naval Station Great Lakes, 3 January.
Travel has been an eggshell-walk this year.  You may recall, we just got back from the Middle East in the Spring, some five days before C-19 era travel ceased altogether (escape, whew!).  Even that trip, entering Iraq, they took our temperatures at the airport twice.  October/November, we window-squeezed into Iraq and Lebanon, with much accomplished on the ground in both countries, only to have our last two days in Lebanon putting me into C-19 positive quarantine in a Beirut hotel (captured, got me!).

Looking back on 2020, and into 2021, we are amazed at accomplishments, amidst what sometimes seemed like our blunders and naive raw acts of faith and love.  It’s impossible to capture here, all that’s happened on the field, in our hearts, and in the hearts and lives of others.
Tamara, with her husband(Sam), are such examples of those we’re privileged to partner and serve.  War-torn(post) Armenia, in its darkest hour, has such a light as they.  Tamara, and her volunteers, have now:
* started a Community Center teaching sewing and postcard making
* built an outhouse and updated the Center
* taught and counseled many serving IDP (Internally Displaced Persons)
* distributed bread-making ovens to 10 homes and 25+ family entities
* gained closer proximity to IDP camps and teaching sewing skills there,
* organized distributions of blankets, hygiene supplies, bedding, and children’s school needs materials.

Tamara “gets” TCD-Transformational Community Development !
Iraq and Lebanon trips recently found us, once again, opening new doors, as we served in familiar places like refugee camps among Yazidi and in the Beqaa Valley among Syrians.  Children were able to start school, as we distributed basic education starter-kits for Yazidi children.  TCD education moved ahead as the team purchased and taught mechanical sets principles.  Our dear friend, Joseph, in Beirut, made it back from the brink of severe C-19, is now doing very well.  We are so grateful for his healing and restoration.
Another miracle … !
During my Beirut quarantine, minor-brief-cursory conversations began with Joseph, Mike (my colleague), another “anonymous Mike”(aM), and myself.  aM has political, relational, and external financial connections.  Joseph has political and relational connections.  Regular Mike and I have … well, limits in these areas.  Things happen when people of faith and love step out, just saying.  In five weeks, all the extremely complicated financial, logistical and relational pins fall into place to unlock the metaphorical lock.  As you read this, Joni&Friends, bent over backward to help us all expedite 1000 wheelchairs +++, which arrived via ocean freight in four 40’ containers in Lebanon.  I’m tell’n ya, this kind of crazy good stuff has been happening all year, in the Middle East, Armenia, and other places we work, smack in C-19 times and territory !!!
Nora and I cannot thank you enough for your part in all this, and in our personal lives. Good is happening and bursting forth and moving ahead, regardless of politics and social upheavals.
Typically, 20%-30% of our annual and additional monthly financial needs are received and/or added in these final days and weeks of each year.
If your heart so moves you, we would love for you to participate.  Relationships, prayer, financial, participation in trips, and more, are all intricate in these wild steps of faith and love we can all step into in 2021.

Affectionately always and a Joyful Christmastide Season and New Year to you …
Daniel and Nora

Global Hope Network International
934 N. Magnolia Ave.   Suite # 310
Orlando,   FL   32803-3840

Sojourning Together Through Great Loss …

Late last night we received the note below from Lana, the wife of Hal Jones and co-founder of Global Hope Network International:
Dear Friends,
Just 44 hours ago, I was married to one of the most amazing men I know, and now I’m a widow. Hal had a massive heart attack Sunday night and was rushed by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, where fortunately a new Cardiac Unit was added about a year ago. The cardiologist briefed me saying, “three stents were put into the frontal aorta, known as the ‘Widow Maker.'” So I had a clue that though he did an excellent job with the stents, Hal’s prognosis wasn’t hopeful because his heart had stopped twice for a total of 50 minutes. That meant that blood wasn’t being pumped to his liver and kidneys, and they began to fail. He said the next 24 hours were critical. Either he would begin to recover or “go down.” Prayers began to pour in from all over the world and we were hoping for a miracle.
On the bright side, Hal passed peacefully into God’s presence and all of our children and grandchildren were able to say “Goodbye” via WhatsApp. I am still in shock but taking one day at a time. We have lost a one-in-a-million, extraordinary, visionary, inspiring, and compassionate man, who I already miss very much.
Thank you all for praying for Hal, me, and our family.
Trusting in Him,
Lana (wife of Hal Jones)
This news is incredibly saddening though we know the impact and outcome of Hal’s life. Though we may grieve, we know that the best way to honor him is by pressing on with his vision and mission to provide Help and Hope to the Hidden and Hurting. While Lana and the Jones family gather to mourn and celebrate Hal’s life, we will stand next to them in our unwavering support for Lana, for Hal, and for GHNI.
We appreciate your support and will work to keep all staff, supporters, and the public fully informed as we find our way forward together.
Ed Sowers
Board of Directors GHNI USA

Covid-19 “positive” At Latter End Of A Great Trip …

Fellow sojourner …
while it’s not the news I or you wanted to hear, let’s all remain faithful in this and the journey ahead!  God is trustworthy.  
So here goes … 

upon entrance to the Beirut, Lebanon airport, en route from Erbil, Iraq on 3 October, I tested positive for Covid-19.  For confirmation, I was again tested and results were positive, on the 5th.  I have waited to relate any of this to you, wanting to insure all the tests were confirmed, and most importantly, that I could relate all this to Nora first. 

All precautions were in place, even to the extent of me getting tested 3x times in the USA before we left, and again in Sulaymaniah, just before we left Iraq.  All tests were “negative” for C-19.  

Teammates, Mike, Joseph, Khalil, all tested negative on the 5th.  

I am fine.  In all honesty, I feel great!  I have had no real symptoms, to date.  The Ministry of Health – Lebanon, has all travelers confined to a hotel room for quarantine.  I am closely monitored by a trained paramedic(a teammate), and have a temperature monitoring device on me always.  Joseph and Khalil are most gracious and provisional, in every way.  I have plenty of food, water, vitamins, etc..  The hotel room is adequate and due to Joseph’s connections and love, is only $23 per night.  I have plenty of work to do, and can accomplish all from the room, via WiFi. In that real sense, all is well.  

On the other hand, this is a really tough one, as this prolongs the trip, and I am stuck in a hotel room, alone, for the remaining stay.  
Thanks deeply !!!   

Since this update is already a bit long, I’ll just say that up until this Covid-19 hit, it has been an absolutely awesome trip, with lots moving ahead on many levels and areas!  Gratefully, we lost only 2.5 days of on-the-ground work, as Covid hit late in the trip. I will inform you much more in the next update, hopefully in only a few days.  

Until then … here’s a taste … in photos … 
How can we thank you enough for your interceding for us in so many ways !  

Our deep gratefulness and affections embrace you, as you do also to us  … 
Dan and Nora 

GHNI – Global Hope Network International 

Global Hope Network International
934 N. Magnolia Avenue, Ste. 310
ORLANDO FL 32803-3840
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Daniel & Nora
… Jonathan, Bryan & Eliana

TCD – Transformational Community Development Bringing
Help and Hope to the Hidden and Least
in villages, refugee areas, as we also bring sustainability in:
– Water
– Food
– Health-Wellness
– Education
– Financial Capacity