We all have a story to tell. My story is filled with a great deal of sorrow but it is also filled with an abundance of joy and this joy is found in Jesus. I know that I am deeply loved by God, so much so that He sent His son Jesus to be beaten and nailed to a cross : to die and be risen from the dead and to save not only myself; to save His people. In Romans 8:38-39 the Apostle Paul writes, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
As a little girl, my heart ached as I looked at other families, asking God why I could not have a normal family. My dad was abusive and an alcoholic. He hurt my mom in ways no child should ever have to see. His outbursts of rage eventually led him to prison,leaving my family broken-hearted. For years I searched for love and approval from others to fill the aching and breaking crevices of my heart. I have learned and am still learning that only God can fill that void.
As our team at Hosea prepares to welcome 13 young women into the SVDP/HYS Youth House, they will be carrying not only their belongings; these girls will be carrying their stories. These stories will be filled with the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between. They will speak of courage, bravery, pain, heartache, laughter, and so much more. As I think about the many stories I may have the privilege of hearing, I am comforted knowing that these stories are not the end. My story used to speak of pain and now it speaks of joy because I am saved. I am forgiven and loved by a loving Father who paid my debts long ago on the cross. There too is hope for these young women and that hope is Jesus.
I am beyond humbled to be part of a movement and a community dedicated to serving youth in Lane County by helping them create and sustain healthy lives away from the streets. Not only am I excited for this beautiful path God has paved for us, I am excited for the moments in between. The moments that speak love, God’s love: Moments of dancing in the kitchen while washing dishes, moments of tears and laughter shared over food, moments of celebrating a much improved report card, and moments where girls realize how loved they are. A love that does not compare with the love that my heart has to offer. An act of love that has the power to speak hope and life into the hearts of these brave young women forever.
Much Love and Many Blessings,
Assistant Residential Manager – SVDP/HYS Youth House