House of Hope

Cheri Strange

Day 17: House of Hope

But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Psalm 10:14

House of Hope

When Houston and all the surrounding areas faced unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey two years ago, many organizations streamed resources toward the areas to help those impacted. These are our people and Houston our home. Cooperating with Eight Days of Hope, an evangelical disaster relief organization, we helped families dig out from under the destruction and begin putting their lives back together.

As a family, we helped by removing moldy sheetrock, clearing debris, using power tools, and assisting with anything else needed. But my favorite part was talking with the homeowners. I met real people who were hurting. They felt hopeless and exhausted. Few could bear the enormous sums required to rebuild a home without insurance assistance. After the water receded, most homes appeared fine on the outside. Inside revealed a bleaker reality. Most walls stood gutted to the studs and up five feet.

Imagine the comfort and the hope these people felt when a crew showed up with the resources, labor, and even meals to do what they could not do for themselves. It was as if they were given a house of hope.

Bete Hosanna: House of Hope

I felt a similar response from the girls living at Bete Hosanna. That’s the house envisioned by our Ethiopian Nehemiah, now serving as AWAA’s transition home for girls. The contrast between where these girls spend most of their formative years and this home is night and day. Not only are there differences in terms of resources, safety, and opportunity, but Bete Hosanna provides a home environment, not just a physical structure. It is here where girls who have aged out of the state system receive job training, skills for living, and are taught what it means to follow Jesus by people who genuinely care about them.

But Bete Hosanna is more than these tangible factors. For the first time in their lives, each young woman is experiencing a new beginning. Healing is taking place. It’s a living example of God seeing the trouble of the afflicted; considering their grief and taking it in hand. For girls living at Bete Hosanna, which means “House of Hope,” real life-giving Hope is being awakened. You can literally see it on their faces and hear it in their voices. It’s a beautiful and necessary work that makes me so thankful for the vision AWAA had to stay when others did not.

How You Can Be Involved

If you have not been a part of how America World is caring for orphans around the world, please consider getting involved. Long to see for yourself. Plead for this. Get your own knees hugged to death by a herd of toddlers starved for love and affection. Consider getting your hands dirty to be a part of how God is meeting the needs of the afflicted and the fatherless until a way is made to place the lonely in families.

And for those of you who have been doing this relentlessly, thank you. Because of your efforts, hope is awakening in dark places. We are so grateful.

Together let’s pray for this House of Hope in Addis Abba. The possibility is open for a second house for more girls. Additional resources are needed. Let’s join in asking God to provide these.

And if you are willing, ask God how He might have you be involved in caring for the orphan in cooperation with AWAA.



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