The Mission — November 2019

The Mission — November 2019

GRATEFUL FOR A MIRACLE

Last Christmas, I bought my 9-year-old daughter, Leona, a real Christmas present for the first time in her life. It was our first Christmas with a tree, our first Christmas with lights, our first Christmas with joy. It was our first Christmas at Hope Gardens and it was our first Christmas spent with Jesus. Christmas will never be the same…Read More »

The Mission — October 2019

The Mission — October 2019

GRATEFUL FOR A MIRACLE

It was Thanksgiving, and Christine stood in the alley outside her mother’s backyard, listening to her family celebrate. She could smell the freshly baked turkey. She could hear the laughter. Growing up, Thanksgiving was one of her favorite holidays, a day filled with love and warm memories. But not anymore. She was no longer… Read More »

The Mission — September 2019

The Mission — September 2019

GRATEFUL FOR A MIRACLE

Thanksgiving doesn’t mean much when your daddy is a mean, abusive alcoholic. He often disappeared for weeks at a time, leaving us without any money or food. We were so poor, all our clothes were second-hand rags. So at school, all the other kids noticed, and I was bullied mercilessly. Rejected at home, rejected at school, I felt worthless. As I got older, I turned to alcohol myself… Read More »