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Linnet is 25 years old and has been working as a prostitute for 10 years. She has had bad experiences with her job and feels like she has not made the amount of money she thought she would after 10 years. Because of her frustrations, she became depressed and turned to alcohol and drugs to cover her shame. She avoided religion because her job had made her afraid of being judged. Linnet's friend connected her to LHM-Kenya and encouraged her to attend the monthly meetings where women in similar situations are counseled and supported in Christian fellowship. Linnet was hesitant, but eventually agreed to attend. She felt a warm welcome from everyone at the meeting and quickly became active in the ministry's Reaching Rahab program that shares the Gospel through vocational training programs and allows LHM to educate young women in a practical skill that helps them earn money to provide for their families. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Linnet became a Christian. She became persistent in her new faith and left prostitution. She was worried about providing for her family without income, but soon connected to someone who helped her find a job. Linnet is continuing to grow in her faith and is thankful for the LHM-Kenya staff members.

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A local pastor visited the LHM-Sri Lanka office to request some booklets. After seeing one of them about the Bible, he asked for several copies to share with the youth and Sunday school teachers at his church. He knows the booklet is useful for believers and he hopes that it will help the youth grow in their faith.

Wut is 21 years old and is a student at the local university. She volunteered at a COVID-19 medical center and ended up getting infected with the virus. She was upset when she received the positive test result and felt hopeless since she saw so many people struggling with the effects of the virus. She began treatment at another medical center where LHM-Myanmar volunteers visited. Wut practices a non-Christian religion, but when she saw the LHM-Myanmar team distributing topical booklets, she was interested in the one about stress. After recovering from her illness, she reached out to LHM-Myanmar to get involved with their weekly evening devotions. She joins the virtual meeting every week and is finding hope through the devotions. She continues to stay connected to LHM-Myanmar and is learning more about Christianity.

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Adele was a recent student in LHM-Cameroon's sewing school program for at-risk young women. Adele had come from a broken home and had one toddler child. Two months into the course, she found herself pregnant with a second child. Ashamed of herself and feeling that she had let down the other young women and teachers, she sadly said she was going to give up and quit the course.

Imagine her surprise when her fellow students and our LHM staff instead encouraged her. They helped her see that we are all sinners and desire to change, but that true change can come only when we are saved through faith in Jesus. Only He can make us righteous, so we have little room to judge or condemn one another. She was overwhelmed with gratitude and continued her studies.

In March, Adele graduated from LHM's sewing school. A week later, she and the father of her baby were married. She now professes faith and gives thanks to her friends at LHM-Cameroon that supported and uplifted her and helped her turn her life around. In fact, she now considers LHM to be her family.

At Adele's wedding, she was surrounded by friends from the course and many of our LHM staff. Nearly every piece of clothing in the ceremony, including her dress and her husband's suit, was designed, cut, and handmade by the young students in our LHM training center! We praise God for using our organization in such a way to make His Name known and to transform lives around the world.

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Mikhail recently completed the Bible Correspondence Courses* (BCC) organized by LHM-Russia. He sent a message to the ministry center staff to share how grateful he is for the lessons and said he feels full of light now. He said when he started the courses, he had been going to church for about a year. He said the church was the place for spiritual fulfilment, but the BCC lessons opened new horizons for him and helped him become more involved in his congregation. Mikhail shared that the LHM-Russia booklets helped him better understand his faith and he is thankful for the courses.

*Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC) are Bible-based studies that enable people of all ages, faiths, and educational levels to explore the Bible's teachings and the Christian faith from the security and comfort of their own homes.

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