“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” –Hebrews 10:24-25
I’m returning home from a special time with colleagues in the grand state of Texas, where we designated two days to celebrating 2014, strategizing about 2015, and enjoying the company of one another. As we reflected on the importance of the relationships we have, we were reminded of how easy it can be to become isolated, especially when you work remotely. After seeing the way our time together in early 2014 impacted (in a great way) the success of 2014 because of the ways in which we were able to partner together, we each walked away with a fresh and unequivocal commitment to work together.
Community is what we were created for. We exist to be in relationship, and it’s through relationship that we learn and grow. Sure, we learn and grow through experiences we have in school, reading books, pursuing knowledge, reading the Bible, etc… but without human interaction, the knowledge we have is meaningless. When we are together, we encourage each other, we empower each other, we love each other. It’s being in community that allows us to flourish.
With another year under our belts, HOPE International is celebrating the fact that an additional 190,000 entrepreneurs and their families are experiencing community in an entirely new way. They are in relationship with other people in their local community (be it in a village, township, or city) and they are growing together as they practice business, learn about the message of Jesus, and participate in financial services. With over $30M spread out in the savings accounts of nearly 800,000 men and women (who had no savings before), hope is restored, dignity is found, and opportunity is capitalized on. Families are empowered to thrive and to serve one another. This is how the Lord intended for it to be.
Here in Orange County, we were thrilled by the way the local community rallied together in November at Big Canyon Country Club for an evening focused on raising money for HOPE’s work around the world. This community of people were united in their desire to see men and women step into freedom from spiritual and physical poverty around the globe, and encouraged one another to collectively raise over $588,000 thereby empowering over 16,000 individuals around the globe. These entrepreneurs are now able to hear about Jesus and also receive financial services that they did not have access to before. What a beautiful thing it is when passionate people gather together around the same cause and cheer one another on to love and to good works, such that the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world would be forever impacted.
OC Women2Women Board Member, HOPE Liaison