HOPEbriefs | A Crushing Weight Lifted

Have you ever felt a burden so great you thought it would literally crush you?
Last week at Hope Academy’s parent tuition conferences, I met with a woman whose life weighed heavily on her. A single mother of three, Victoria* works two jobs to make ends meet, and care for her children. Sometimes, it’s just not enough. Life is a constant struggle.
Tearfully, Victoria shared how much it meant to her to have her children at Hope Academy. She wants the very best for them, and is overwhelmed by the level of care both she and her children experience. She loves that they are learning about God. Truly, Hope is a beacon of light on her otherwise bleak horizon.

As you can imagine, a night out with 20 fifth grade boys on top of a full week of teaching is exhausting. It’s a rare act of self-sacrificing love that has become the norm among our teachers. Regularly, I see a teacher going out of his way to pick up a student for morning tutoring; or having a student over for dinner weekly, to be part of a healthy home life; or taking elementary students to a jazz concert downtown; or spending summer months creating math games so enjoyable that second graders cry when they can’t play them!

​John admonished Jesus’ followers not to love only “in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).  That’s what changes lives and hearts.

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