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Sep302010

Dottie Haymond: Led by His Peace

Charis Bible College-Colorado graduate, and missionary to Bungoma, Kenya, Dottie Haymond (far left). (Click to enlarge)In her mid-forties Dottie Haymond, born and raised in Craigsville, West Virginia, found herself turning from denominational religion. Dottie, the mother of two grown and married young men said, "This crazy desire just rose up in me to learn more about God." Instead of continuing to let someone else tell her what the Bible said, and what it meant, she began reading it for herself. Over the next four years, as the desire grew, she began to step out of her comfort zone, and by the time she turned fifty years old she couldn't get enough of the Good News.

Dottie serving meals at a Christmas Celebration in Kenya. (Click to enlarge)As Dottie's relationship with the Lord continued to grow, her friends began to notice a change in her and they were challenged by the things she said and did. Her understanding of God's love continued to expand, and she began to see visions and have dreams. Dottie was able to know things, by revelation knowledge, about people just by being near them.

It was during this time that the Lord spoke to her, and said that it was time for her to go to Bible college. Dottie said, "Bible college? I'm too old." She heard God say in reply, "You are the age of Abraham—now go." Dottie has been able to help with construction projects for local churches and homeless widows. (Click to enlarge)Dottie began researching schools and found one relatively close to her home. After receiving the application by mail, she sensed the Lord indicating that the school she had chosen was not His choice. The next day on her way to work, as she listened to Andrew's radio program, which she had been doing regularly since 1999, he began to speak about his Charis Bible College (CBC) in Colorado Springs. Immediately she heard the Lord say, "That is where you are going."

Dottie helps construct the mud walls of this building. (Click to enlarge)Dottie has fond memories of her time at CBC, and her volunteer work with the Springs Rescue Mission while she was a student. "I loved every day of those two years, and hated to leave," she said.

Along her step-by-step journey with the Lord through her two years at CBC, Dottie found herself continually stepping outside her comfort zone. In 2002, as a second year student, she was part of a CBC mission team that visited Uganda and Kenya, Africa. Under the guidance of seasoned missionary, Ruth Potter, Dottie felt at home in the foreign surroundings. "I knew Kenya was my destiny," she said.

Dottie has had a heart for the children of Kenya since her first visit as a CBC student. (Click to enlarge)Dottie graduated from CBC in 2003, and in September of 2005, Dottie returned to Africa to find her place as a missionary. She learned, through her experience at CBC, that the Lord would give her the courage and strength to do whatever he asked of her. Once there, she bounced between various cities and villages in Uganda and Kenya, until finally landing in Bungoma, Kenya in December. She had met a fellow missionary doctor, who helped her get started working with local street children and the Red Cross. At last she felt the peace of God inside her; feeling so alive, she knew she was where God wanted her to be.

Dottie and one of her West Kenya Bible College classes. (Click to enlarge)Since committing herself to serve the people of Bungoma, Dottie has organized a small Bible school in her home called West Kenya Bible College. Dottie incorporates CBC's first year curriculum, which was generously provided by fellow CBC-CO graduates, and former directors of CBC-UK, Tom and Lesley Decker. She uses the DVD correspondence materials to supplement her own teachings. Dottie also hosts discipleship classes, from which Dottie is able to send people out into the village churches to teach, fulfilling 2 Timothy 2:2.

Dottie cares for the Widows of Bungoma who despised and frowned upon as beggars. (Click to enlarge)Dottie speaks in the area churches, prays for those seeking prayer, lays hands on the sick and sees them healed, and ministers to the residents of the local villages in many other ways. Through her ministry she has been able to build church buildings and homes for widows, she pays fees for children to attend school, and she gives food and clothing to the poor. Dottie also enjoys hosting CBC missions teams from abroad. "I'll do anything God tells me to do. I'm a missionary God has sent out. He told me to feed his sheep. I said yes. I take care of the true widows and orphans, and I teach the Word of God—I love my job," said Dottie.

Presently, Dottie has three children in her care: (L-R) one-year-old Daniel, two-year-old Andrew and three-year-old Rachel. (Click to enlarge)In an effort to escape her currently high monthly rent payments, Dottie has plans to build a home for herself and her Kenyan family. Presently, she has three children in her care, and plans to have ten children living in the home. Once the home is completed, she will build a ministry Center, which will house a church, Bible college classrooms and an administrative office.

To contact Dottie for more information about her ministry in Bungoma, mail correspondence to: Dorothy Haymond, Tioga Christian Church, 466 Fowler Road Tioga, WV 26691 or send an email to: dothayman@yahoo.com

Reader Comments (10)

DOTTIE I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU FOR SOME TIME. PLEASE LET ME HEAR FROM YOU
LOVE VIRGINIA

March 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commentervirginia smith

Inspiring woman of God. Our choices make a difference in our walk with the Lord! OBEDIENCE!
Bless you Dorothy!

Steph

September 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStephanue

Dottie, I have some money to send you. How do I do it?
God Bless You for what you do!
Brian

August 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBRIAN LYNCH

@BRIAN LYNCH
Thank you for contacting the ministry! Please email your questions to info@awmi.net. We will respond to you as soon as possible. God bless!

August 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

Dottie just saw your story this morning. So thankful for your trust and willingness to step out and go where you knew the Spirit was leading. This inspires me so much!! God bless you

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Lovejoy

Hi Dottie I watched Andrew Womack on TV in my home of Durban South Africa and was inspired to hear of what you have achieved. Jesus has given me the desires of my heart - a love of orphans and a heart to advocate for our lost babies (particularly trafficked children) at present I volunteer at an orphanage in my home town and will continue to follow the Holy Spirits promptings.

March 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Ingle

Is there a way to donate to Dottie via credit card?

October 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

@Christa

Thank you for reaching out to us! We know that Dottie will be so blessed by your heart to give. For more information about how to give to Dottie's ministry, please email us at info@awmi.net. We look forward to further assisting you. Have a blessed day! - AWMI Team

November 6, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

Hello Dottie,

We heard about your Ministry to the orphans from AWM. What a blessing you are to the children. We want to send you some money to help with expenses, could you please let us how we can do that?
Also, if a check or Visa best?
Thank you for all you do and may God always send miracles your way.
Praise the Lord, Dave and Jackie Feden

November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDave & Jackie Feden

@Dave

We would love to get you connected with Dottie's ministry! If you don't mind contacting us at info@awmi.net, we will be happy to further assist you. Thank you for your interest and support in the work that Dottie is doing in Africa! We are looking forward to hearing from you. Have a blessed rest of your week! - AWMI Team

November 14, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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