Handle with loving prayer
Today, I was reminded of the need to pray for our students and of our shared humanity with all it’s frailty. Two of our ESL students at Agape Baptist Church are Buddhist monks from Thailand. Saen and Korn are biological brothers in their mid to late twenties. Last week they were informed that their mother was near death due to a heart condition. They flew home to see her one last time. However, before they arrived in Thailand their mother passed away. They accompanied their father to retrieve the body from the hospital. As they were following in the car behind their father, transporting the mother to the burial grounds, their father’s car crashed and he died there in front of them. Tragically, the funeral became a double cremation ceremony.
Please pray for Saen and Korn and their family and community. Pray for comfort in sorrow and for spiritual healing and enlightenment. May they hear the voice of the Savior in His people. May they have a safe return to Fort Worth.
“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14
20 Years of HOPE!
By Harry Wilson
This year marks the 20th anniversary of HOPE Literacy, Inc.!
December 8, 2017
I’m giving thanks today as we have just celebrated Thanksgiving and head into the Christmas season. Literacy trainer and visionary, Cindy Harrison and I started HOPE in 1997 at Southwayside Baptist Church. 3 teachers and 5 students met in a little class room in the church youth building. With a grateful heart, I think about the 1,000 students who registered in our classes this Fall. This is the first time we have reached 1,000 on the roll!
On a weekly basis, that means that we reach out to a little over 600 students—adults with some of the toughest life circumstances and challenges—in our classes. We offer flexible, open classes where they can fit in their studies between work, family, and everything else that it takes to start a new life in a new country.
We give the complete credit and glory to God for the lives that have been touched through HOPE. It is God who has brought committed board members who give sacrificially of their time and generously of their treasure. He inspires our church partners to start HOPE sites and reach out into their neighborhoods. It is God who inspires the directors and teachers to serve and pour out their time and knowledge. And it is God who enables us to reach our students for Christ and help them excel in life.