Hope, Johnny's Perception

Kate's take on Hope

The definition of hope is:


A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.


Does a person first need hope in order to bring it to others?

I have hope.

I have hope that I can help a few. I may not change the entire world or even the country of Kenya, but I can hope that I'll make a ripple...

Nine girls in Kenya are SAFE. They have hope of playing like normal children should, feeling loved, being fed, and not having to worry if someone will sell them off to a stranger in a large city to be a young house maid for no pay for the rest of their lives. Sadly, that is a common plight of an orphan from the village. That or rape. I wasn't able to save some of our orphans-no-mores from rape, but they don't have to fear it now.

Now, they have hope for their present and their future. Each day is fresh with all kinds of happy possibilities...

Primary education should be a child's right, but in Kenya, it's a privilege, and for an orphan it's a dream. Nine orphan-no-more girls, five orphan-no-more boys have that right. They are learning and have hope for a bright future.


A person dying, lying on the dirt floor of a small shanty in a slum has very little hope. It's about as hopeless as a person can get... and yet, we purposefully wander around those slums looking for the hopeless, not to prey upon them with appealing false religious hope, but to bring them hope that at least today, someone notices, someone cares enough to pick them up, take them to the hospital, bring them food or to cook the food they have, or maybe just clean the house, and help the person get cleaned up so he can feel refreshed, or maybe just hug a neck that most folks would be afraid to come near for fear of contamination. We bring hope. We bring dignity to the sick and dying when family members have turned their backs out of ignorance, impatience, and fear.


~ Kate

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