Janae and Rodney Hostetter’s story: (Lancaster, PA)
Janae and Rodney were elated when they found out they were pregnant in February of 2010. Their joy, however, was cut short when a three month ultrasound revealed abnormalities with their daughter’s brain. The doctor told them that their child would only survive a couple hours after birth, if at all, and informed them that there were ‘options.’ Abortion was never an option for Janae and Rodney. God had given them this baby girl, Aliyah Joy, and they were committed to loving her for as long as she lived, even if she did not survive outside the womb. The final six months of pregnancy carried more sorrows than joys, but God was extremely faithful through it all.
Veronica Nakyewe’s story: (Uganda, Africa)
Veronica Nakyewe was not supposed to survive. But by the grace of God, Veronica lived, even though she would be physically disabled the rest of her life by her mother’s abortion attempt. As Veronica grew up, God had His hand on her life…….giving her the chance for an education, and revealing His love and salvation to her through those He put in her path. After losing her beloved sister from complications of an abortion, Veronica knew God had placed a great mission upon her life……..to stand for the unborn babies who were carelessly being tossed away each day in Africa, and to save the lives of other young mothers like her sister.
Veronica saw God’s hand at work as she began The Comforter’s Center where she and her staff could share the love of Jesus with young women who felt they had no choice but to have an abortion. Through education, counseling, mama kits, Bible Studies, and support, they were standing for the life of countless unborn babies in Uganda. God expanded Veronica’s vision to include a house of prayer, where not only the mothers, but all people are welcome to come and pray for the life of unborn babies.
In spite of months of praying for her healing, Aliyah Joy passed away while being born on October 25, 2010. As a way of honoring her life, Janae and Rodney searched for an organization to support with the money raised in Aliyah’s honor. After considering many options, they felt led to give the donations to The Comforter’s Center. They had learned of Veronica’s pioneering work through Janae’s Aunt and Uncle who were actively supporting Veronica through their ministry, Konnecting and Multiplying International (KAMInternational).
Through KAMInternational’s website, Veronica saw the testimony that Janae and Rodney had posted stating their belief that God had a purpose for their daughter, even if she never took a breath on this earth. Because their beliefs underscored her own belief, that every life has value, Veronica named the prayer center, “The Aliyah Joy Prayer Center.”It was only AFTER this was named, that Veronica received Janae and Rodney’s donation from the Aliyah Joy Fund……just enough to finish putting a roof on the center.
God was clearly at work bringing the legacy of Aliyah Joy to Africa, and so Aliyah’s grandparents, Miles and Dawnell Yoder, traveled to Uganda in January of 2012 with KAMInternational. After meeting Veronica and having the privilege of praying with some of the mothers and their children in The Aliyah Joy Prayer Center, Miles and Dawnell knew that God was asking them to partner with Veronica. Veronica felt God calling her to build a hostel that would serve two purposes; provide long term sustainable income for The Comforter’s Center, and an opportunity to minister to college girls, who fall into their society’s way of using abortion as birth control. Through faith, Veronica had already secured land for the hostel to be built on, believing that God would supply the $50,000. for the building and the rest of the money needed for the land. The hostel would be called The Aliyah Joy House.
With incredible support and generosity from friends and family of the Hostetter and Yoder families, the entire $50,000 was raised in just a little over a year to begin the work of building the hostel. So in November of 2013, Janae, her mother and mother-in-law, and a team of 11 others from KAMInternational traveled to Uganda to minister and to dedicate the land for the building of the hostel. As Janae read the scripture that God had placed on her heart over the land, Veronica wept with joy as she realized it was the exact same scripture that God had given to her when she felt the call to start The Comforter’s Center. God was truly present. Everyone there felt the affirmation that God had His hand in every detail of bringing Aliyah Joy’s legacy to stand with The Comforter’s Center in Uganda.
As construction on the Aliyah Joy Hostel begins, our hearts overflow with thanksgiving and gratitude to a God who is always good. His goodness may not look the way we thought it would, but when our lives are submitted to His, He brings beauty out of even our darkest circumstances. His love, His grace, His kindness is evident in so many ways. No, we did not see Aliyah healed on this earth. And we would have loved to see her grow up and jump rope and turn kart wheels. But God used her death, what the enemy intended for defeat, in ways that were far beyond what we could have ever thought or imagined. Plans to prosper her. Plans to bring her a hope and a future. Plans to send her as our little missionary to Africa. Yes. We are certain now more than ever……..God is good all the time!!