Home For Christmas…All the Way from Africa!

One very special lady, Anna Nunemaker, has been volunteering for years at The Hope Center. When she’s not helping to sort through donated books & reading materials for our Thrift Stores, she can be seen every Thursday morning leading the weekly ladies Bible study, Koffee Klatch.

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Anna, center, enjoys talking with the ladies that attend Koffee Klatch each Thursday at The Hope Center

Anna is the sister of Ellen Resh, the late co-founder of The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission. Just like her sister Ellen, Anna has spent her years serving the Lord in various ways.

For 30 years Anna, and her late husband Glenn, were missionaries in Niger, located in West Africa. Anna & Glenn raised their two sons in Africa and both of them are still serving the Lord through various missions programs throughout the world.

While in Africa, Anna & Glenn took Samuel Djibo into their home when he was only 10 months old. Samuel became like a son to Anna & Glenn and continues to be a part of Anna’s family to this day even though he still lives in Niger. Samuel tries to visit his “mom” every year. When he’s in Hagerstown, he enjoys stopping by The Hope Center and talking to the residents and helping Anna with Koffee Klatch.


This is Anna’s story of how Samuel became a part of her family:

“Samuel’s mother was dying of TB so he needed a home.  We took him into our home when he was only ten months old.  He grew up with our two sons and was a part of our family for the rest of our years in Africa.  We brought him to America several times while he was under our care.  He loved America!

“Samuel went to a Bible school as a young man and later became a teacher in the Mission school of Niger, West Africa.  He developed a very serious eye problem and soon was no longer able to teach.  We brought him to the States to be examined at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.  They said there was no cure for his problem.

Samuel still serves the Lord in spite of his handicap.  He speaks three languages, so he does a good job of translating for speakers who come to Niger to teach.”

Sam really wants to serve the Lord, but his handicap makes it hard.  He is here to visit his “Mom,” Anna Nunemaker, for Christmas.  “He is a great blessing and help to me, and to my church, and to the Bible study (Koffee Klatch) at The Hope Center”.

We really appreciate all the years of service that Anna has given the Lord both here, at The Hope Center, and abroad. She genuinely loves serving the Lord and reaching people with the hope of Christ.

If you are a lady looking for a good Bible study geared just for women then please check out Koffee Klatch every Thursday morning at 10am. The ladies meet at 9am in the dining room at The Hope Center for donuts and coffee. Koffee Klatch is free for any woman looking for some good fellowship and spiritual nourishment. For more info about Koffee Klatch please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

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