MILLERSBURG, Ohio—Over the past year, ladies who are a part of Ohio Women for Missions have been collecting and sacrificially giving funds for the pharmacy at Hospital of Hope in Mango, Togo, West Africa. The ladies adopted this yearlong project at their 2015 spring conference. At their conference this spring, they learned that they exceeded their goal of giving $10,000. “Praise the Lord, from Whom all blessings flow,” says Donna Victor, president of Ohio Women for Missions.
The ladies met for their 2016 spring meeting at Skyview Ranch, located in beautiful Ohio Amish country, April 23. Ron Washer, executive director for Africa with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, the mission agency that began Hospital of Hope in March 2015, was present to receive the group’s check. And another check will be coming to Washer at the end of May, as donations are still rolling in. “God has done exceeding above all that we have asked. Many lives will be changed for eternity,” Victor says.
For 2016 and 2017, the ladies will take on a new project. “This need is right here in our own backyard,” Victor says. Joe and Esther Keim, missionaries to the Amish, need a 10- 12-passenger van to take former Amish to stores and their workplaces, haul resources, and transport people on group ministry trips. The Keims, born and raised in the Old Order Amish community, understand the needs and challenges of those who have left the Amish church, as well as the spiritual needs of those still in that faith. After Joe and Esther left the Amish in 1987, “they discovered that America’s Bible believing churches sent missionaries around the world to share the Good News, but no one was sent to the tens of thousands of Amish.” Now, in addition to sharing the gospel with those still in the Amish community, the Keims minister to those who have left, discipling them and teaching them life skills. The ladies of OWM aim to collect $10,000 toward the purchase of a van for the Keims’ ministry.
In addition to wrapping up their missions project and beginning a new one, the ladies of OWM heard from Brent Knoll, director of Skyview Ranch, and his wife, Kim. Kim shared how the Lord prepared and provided for her family to recently relocate from Iowa to minister at the Ohio camp. Skyview says Brent “brings a great love for the church and deep desire to see a rich spiritual environment at Skyview for the benefit of all who come to the property.”
Donna Victor thanks the OWM ladies for their “prayers and support of missions at home and around the world.” The group will next meet for a fall retreat Nov. 10 and 11 at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio, with author and musician Marie Armenia.