House of Hope Southwest Indiana

6 03 2011

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  Throughout scripture, the Lord teaches us about these three not-so-little words: Have faith, restore hope and love at all costs.  As the old saying goes, “Easier said than done.” Right?

Well…I just got back from a business trip on which I was surrounded by people who make it look easy to follow the Lord’s commands.  The incredible, remarkable, inspiring women from House of Hope Southwest Indiana.  House of Hope is a national organization based out of Orlando, Florida. There are 21 branches throughout the U.S. that offer counselling to troubled teens.  Some of these branches even offer residential programs.  The most important thing for you to know is that this organization changes lives by restoring the entire family in a faith-based, Christ-centered facility. 

I had the pleasure of traveling to Evansville, Indiana over the weekend to work with the newest chapter of House of Hope…Southwest Indiana.  They opened their doors in October 2010.  If you ask the President of this organization, Marcia Mills, she will say this was her calling.  She has had first-hand experience with her very own troubled teen and has multiple degrees in counselling.  Just a few moments with Marcia will reassure you that she, indeed, has found her calling.

This weekend marked the very first public fundraiser for the organization to help accomplish it’s goal of becoming residential.  I came for multiple events.  Michael (my business manager) and I arrived on Thursday night and met up with the Board of Directors to focus in on what we really needed for a successful event; to bring awareness about HOH and raise funds.  Friday I spent some time over at the high school speaking to all 600 students.  The rest of the day was packed with media interviews.  Saturday held the “Inside and Out” Brunch and Dinner.  I was the keynote speaker at both events and even tried my hand at being an auctioneer.  Pretty fun!  The message was all about beauty from the inside, out and healing from the inside, out. 

We had an incredible response and feel as though we were able to accomplish so much for this amazing organization and for so many of southwest Indiana’s troubled teens.

Working with House of Hope reminded me of several things.  1.  Listen to your call.  You never know how many lives you’ll change.  2.  No matter what you are going through, there is always someone there to help. 3.  There might even be someone experiencing a similar problem as you.  Don’t be afraid to share.  AND 4.  When it comes to Faith, Hope and Love – maybe we make it out to be harder than it should.












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