I work at Partners International Canada. As a ministry working with national leaders, actually coming alongside them, hearing their calling and their ministry and activating a series of resources that enable them to catalytically create a movement, we are all about hope.
We have a Hope-in-Action catalogue not just for providing Christmas gifts but a catalogue of resources that you, personally, can send to a national worker – something along the lines of Hunger Games. We have hope written in our Discovery Trips and on our partner tours, we have hope on our website and we just started a National Worker campaign and our tagline is … Building Bridges of Hope.
Seeing that I have only worked there for two years, I hope that you forgive me for taking so long to actually realize the power of hope. In fact, this verse shared by my wife and then by a co-worker within the same week, hit me over the head …
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
Our national workers minister in very evil places, very remote, no vacation time, no breaks and lots of hostility and few friends – but God walks with them. And even though we might have a few more fun times with vacations, we can’t walk this walk of following Christ without hope. In fact, hope is so important, as important as faith and love – faith is the past, love is the present and hope is the future – and without it we would die. So God created events that would build hope in us and He gave us the power of the Holy Spirit so that we may always be full of hope.
I am so taken with hope over the past few months that I knew God was leading me to make this year a study of hope. If you choose to join me, I pray that we would discover that He is gracious in giving gifts of joy and peace as we believe and that a day would not go by that He does not fill us with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Join me on this adventure!