Imagine having eleven adolescents at one time! Imagine the “locker room smell” when they all take off their shoes at night. Boys, boys, and more boys, little and big all living together in the same home. One in diapers and toddling around, another learning to tie his shoes, still others playing soccer, growing tall, learning to cut the grass, maturing and leaving home. All of these things and more happening simultaneously.
Now imagine the effort it would take to effectively and efficiently take care of 30 boys. Laundry, meals, daily trips to 4 different schools which have 4 different schedules, some in the morning and some in the evening. Doctor check-ups, trips to the optometrist and dentist. Emergency runs to the paper store for school supplies to complete homework. Lunches to pack, school fees, assemblies, parent-teacher meetings and holidays. Shoes and clothes for growing kids, medicine for: runny noses, head aches, tummy aches and scrapes & bumps.
Add into the scenario a house full of boys who have been abused or abandoned. The “baggage” and hurts which accompany each of them. The bad habits and unhealthy thought process. How much wisdom and energy would it take to console, counsel and encourage these wounded souls?
Now let’s consider all the state and governmental requirements which have to be met, the paperwork and files (thick files) which have to have every “t” crossed and every “i” dotted. The phone calls to answer, the vehicles to maintain, repair and the insurance cost. Then there is building and grounds maintenance, a septic system that overfills, the water shortage which requires three 10,000 liter water trucks a week, electricity that, often, is not enough to run the kitchen appliances and creating a never ending supply of garbage.
Add into the mix training programs in agriculture, carpentry and English and the people & supplies needed to keep those programs up and running: fish food, wood & tools, seeds & planting needs, white boards, markers & erasers.
Imagine your daily routine….. plus 30 boys. How many helping hands would you need just to keep “your head above water”? How much would you need to increase your weekly budget, just to get by?
Honestly it shocks me when I think of the huge financial responsibility we carry. And it alarms me weekly as I watch needs and expenditures increase. And I am constantly AMAZED at the faithfulness of God, continually providing for these boys; meeting their needs, providing them a home, not just a shelter, and a family instead of an institution. And I am for sure OVERWHELMED by your constant supply of encouragement and desire to be a part of this HOPE.
So today we look toward the future and ask you to prayerfully consider becoming part of the Hope House financial support team. We need 500 people committed to sacrifice $1 dollar per day or $30 per month. Or 250 people committed to sacrifice $2 per day, $60 per month. Or 100 people a month committed to sacrifice $5 per day, $150 per month.
If you are already a part of our support team, we thank you and ask that you would prayerfully consider inviting others to stand with you in providing hope to the young men at Hope House. A simple recommendation from you may provide a future for one of our boys. Don’t hesitate to contact us for ideas on how to present this ministry’s needs to your friends, church and co-workers. You can also find more information on sponsoring a boy at http://www.shmius.org
We thank you in advance for your help and partnership. We thank you for your prayers and encouragement. And most of all we thank you for the great love you have for these boys.
By His Grace,
Co-founder of Hope House
Financial donations can be given through PayPal by the following link located on the Hope House website. http://www.hopehousemx.org
Or can be mailed to:
Shepherd’s Heart Ministries, Inc.
135 Bill Cox Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659