Might you be willing to share the gift of hope with Hope? A couple of weeks ago, a small group of us from HUMC met with administrators at Hope Middle School to see how we might as a church be helpful to them in their quest to make HMS a safe and productive place for 5th and 6th graders from our own neighborhood. This discussion grew out of ongoing conversations I had been having with Dr. David Hornak, the superintendent of the Holt Public Schools as to how our church might increase our outreach to the children and families in our immediate community, even beyond our long-time support of the Give-A-Kid program (an outreach ministry that was birthed in our church many years ago). When Dr. Hornak put the word out that we are interested in supporting our schools in any way that we can, the response from Jennifer Goodman, the principal at Hope, was immediate and enthusiastic.
At our meeting, we discovered that there are many challenges for the administrators and teachers of HMS. And so we began to vision together just a few of the ways that our church could be supportive. The ideas that were discussed included the furnishing of some school supplies for teachers as well as other “teacher appreciation” efforts. We also talked about mentoring opportunities such as church members sharing their interests/hobbies with small groups of interested students. As we begin our partnership, there will no doubt be other ways that will arise through which we can be of assistance to the teachers and students at Hope, particularly given the reality that public funding of our schools continues to be an issue for all school districts throughout the state.
So stay tuned! If you are interested in participating in this projected partnership, be watching for a meeting sometime in August which will be another opportunity to converse with school administrators so that we can begin our work together in some ways this fall. In the meantime, we have asked the teachers at Hope to come up with “wish lists” of classroom items that we might be able to assist in supplying for them. So keep an eye out also for that opportunity at some point during this summer.
In Romans 15:13, Paul shares these words: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” As those who have been filled with the “overflowing hope” of God, what a great opportunity this promises to be for us to share that hope with Hope!