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Biblical Hope

Assistant Director Susan Florentine recently shared this devotional about biblical hope at a team meeting.  We are glad to share her perspective with you!

The Anchor of Hope

Hope is an anchor for our soul and this hope is to be spread to others.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (it is secure in our salvation.)  Hebrews 6:19

Hope is dynamic or active.

In the Bible, hope is never a static or passive thing. It is dynamic, active, directive and life sustaining.

In other words, a biblical hope is not an escape from reality or from problems. It doesn’t leave us idle, drifting or just rocking on the front porch. If our hope is biblical and based on God’s promises, it will put us in gear.

Hope has rewards and blessings.

  1. Hope is to give us joy and peace.

    Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

  2. Hope in God protects.

    Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those whose hope is in is unfailing love. We wait in hope for the Lord he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:18,20)

  3. Hope is to give strength, courage, boldness.

    Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD. (Psalm 31:24)

  4. Hope gives us confidence in ministry.

    For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. (1 Timothy 4:10)

There is great power in HOPE!

If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope.  The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.

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Malala won a Nobel Peace Prize, in part for her efforts in giving hope to girls to receive an education, to stand up and be heard, to be courageous, to not be afraid to speak.  In spite of difficult circumstances, she never lost her hope.

The power of one person giving hope to people can change the world.  That’s what we’re all about – GHG giving hope to one person, one circle, one group, one program leader at a time.

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GHG Meets “Standing Against Trafficking”

 

Did you know that Get HOPE Global has a group of trained speakers available to give our multi-media presentation at meetings, women’s study groups, classes, and anywhere else that the word of HOPE might be of interest?  Read the story below to see how a speaker reached out to an area Standing Against Trafficking group.  If you know a group that would like a presentation, request a speaker from our “GET In Touch” page.africaArt

I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for Julie Melton who spoke to our group, Standing Against Trafficking, in March of this year.  We were looking for practical ways to be supportive of impoverished women around the world, especially in helping them find work to provide for their families.

The multi-media presentation Julie shared from Get HOPE Global was just what we needed.  It gave us the vision and information to understand the needs of the women, including both stories and statistics, and since we are an anti-human trafficking group, she customized her talk for us and our focus.

Julie Melton was an excellent speaker, well-prepared and professional, as well as receptive to the questions raised by our group.  She is obviously very committed to Get HOPE Global and the adults and children’s lives that are being greatly improved by the vision and practical plan of this group.

As a result of the speaker’s presentation, Standing Against Trafficking was strongly motivated to provide microloans for the women presented to us and gave donations for that purpose.

I am grateful for Julie’s excellent presentation and trust that we as a group can continue to be involved in providing microloans for the physical and spiritual needs of the women with which Get HOPE Global is working.

Sincerely,

Lois Hasselblad

Standing Against Trafficking

Bear Valley Church

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Do Let In the Cold

(This post originally appeared at www.bethratzlaff.com.  We are grateful for Beth’s permission to share it with you here.)

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1. There is no age limit on beauty, or on changing the world.

We gather around the table with notebooks, pens, and a generous supply of steaming coffee. Each of the women around this table is vastly different from the others, and comfortable being so. They are alike in some ways. Each is stylish with an understated elegance, vibrant, passionate, stunningly beautiful in a lit-from-the-inside kind of way, and determined to do her part to change the world.

2. Empower people in desperate need.

These women don’t dream of changing the world. They are doing it. (Really! Go to get-hope-global.org to see how they are doing it.) They are old enough, in calendar years and long roads traveled, to have large collections of grandchildren (whose pictures they are happy to share) and retired husbands. They may not know that I have watched them from a distance for more than 25 years. They show me what it is to be a beautiful woman. I am old enough myself to have three grown children and be a mother-in-law twice over, still I learn from them and hope to be like them when I grow up.

We meet all day and work hard with unbroken focus on the HOPE program that equips and empowers women in desperate circumstances. We hardly pause except to admire the darling little dog who curls up contentedly by the door.

3. Don’t fret the interruption. See the person instead.

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Ruth goes to the door when the dog, and the doorbell alert her that someone stands there. It is a woman. She wonders if Ruth would pay her to shovel snow from the driveway and sidewalk. I confess that I generally send strangers who knock on my door away instantly. I don’t appreciate being interrupted. I don’t need more magazines, or new siding on my house.

Ruth doesn’t see an interruption in her work; she sees a woman. She sees someone whose circumstances might be desperate, who needs hope, and maybe needs to be empowered to improve her circumstances in a small way. Ruth negotiates a price for having her driveway shoveled even though there is only an inch of snow on it and  her“Honey” is right upstairs.

4. Let in the cold.

It is bitterly cold. The second coldest day ever recorded in Denver in November but Ruth doesn’t quickly close the door. She keeps her heart open to the cold too. She stands there until she learns that the woman’s name is Lupe. She persists through a language barrier to give Lupe a pair of gloves for her raw frozen fingers while Susan pours a cup of hot coffee for her. The cup and the gloves are a gift for Lupe to take with her when she finishes shoveling.

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What would I have done if we had been meeting at my house instead? Would I have really seen Lupe, or would I have sent her away, because I was too busy trying to help poor women help themselves? I don’t know. I was challenged. I don’t want to be so busy doing good things, and so aware of my own need to be warm and safe that I fail to notice raw red fingers, fail to love like Jesus does.It's the little things that count

5. Don’t be too busy to share hope.

Sometimes the person who needs help isn’t halfway around the world. Some days the person who needs a little kindness stands in the cold ringing the doorbell.

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Thai Basics Now Available!

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Get HOPE Global is excited to share our first publicly available curriculum translation!  The Thai language version of Basics of Business is now available to anyone who has purchased a curriculum.  To download a copy of Basics of Business in Thai, program leaders can log in to their accounts and view available translations on the main “Get Materials” page.  Curriculum translations are offered as an additional benefit from Get HOPE and are not rigorously field tested, so they should always be used in conjunction with the original English language document.  Our thanks to CB and D in Thailand for completing this project for Get HOPE.

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From Nigeria

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Dear HOPE,

I am SOOOOOOO happy! SOOOOO blessed! And very fulfilled! But let me back up.

I arrived in Nigeria over 13 years ago. I read in a magazine for missionary women about an organization called HOPE of the Harvest (now Get HOPE Global) that offers business training and micro-loans to impoverished women. I got so excited about the possibilities.

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Niger: The Lovely One

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Talk about rough beginnings. At her birth, her parents took one look at her and unthinkingly saddled her with the name Maimouna: “Owner of Ugliness”. Her little eyes drifted in different directions, striving but never able to focus. Later in life, her lips struggled to conceal multiple dental problems and wayward teeth. No, not much was going right for the girl with a curse of a name.

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From Cameroon

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Dear Fellow Workers in the Harvest,

I am happy to be able to share with you some of my experiences leading a group of women to form a “Circle of Hope” in my hometown, Yaounde, Cameroon.

When I wrote to Get HOPE Global I had no idea that my simple request for information would so radically (and wonderfully) change my life! I had read a notice about helping needy women through basic business and Bible teaching and through loans. Since I knew of women who could benefit from this, I pursued the possibility.

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