Janae and Rodney Hostetter 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 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 the abortion attempt. As Veronica grew up in Uganda, Africa 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 while she was having 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.
In spite of months of prayer and pressing in, Aliyah 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 money raised in Aliyah’s honor. After considering several options, they felt led to give the money raised to The Comforter’s Center, a pregnancy center in Uganda. They had learned of Veronica’s pioneering work through Janae’s Aunt Darla and Uncle Steve who were actively supporting Veronica through their ministry, Konnecting and Multiplying International (KAMI). Aliyah’s life would become an avenue by which those in the womb are valued and esteemed
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. Through KAMInternational’s website, Veronica saw a testimony that Janae and Rodney had posted about 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 beliefs, 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 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 calling them to partner with Veronica. Veronica had purchased land to build a hostel, although she did not have the funds to build. The hostel would be for college students and 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 life of using abortion as birth control. The name of the hostel would be The Aliyah Joy House.
Miles, Dawnell, Rodney and Janae, along with the rest of the Yoder and Hostetter families, have a goal to raise $50,000.00 for the building of The Aliyah Joy House. They are asking 1,000 people to give a one-time tax-deductible donation of $50.00. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with them as they share the love of Jesus in Uganda?