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8-27-2013 12:09:19 PM

Last Thursday, we had our mentors’ kick-off meeting.  Our mentorship program will begin this fall.  Each resident who desires to join the program will be matched with both an adult, female mentor and a prayer partner.  Mentors will call their mentees at least once a week and will visit them at least once a month.  Our mentors are another example to our residents of what stability, accountability and the love of Christ look like in a friendship.  We don’t ask our mentors to be perfect, we know this is an unrealistic request, but rather to be genuine, intentional and sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s direction.  As a staff, we know the Lord has placed each resident in our home for a reason.  In the same way, we trust these mentor-mentee relationships are a divine appointment.  If you have been involved in a mentoring program before, you know that one person is never the sole beneficiary.  Each person can learn, grow and be blessed by each other. 

 So what now?

 -          If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out a volunteer form located on the “Get Involved” page of our website. 

 -          Please pray for our mentor program.  Pray that mentors and mentees will be able to “spur each other along to love and good deeds” as Hebrew 10:24 says.

 We are so excited to see what God has in store for our home and each girl who lives here in the coming years.  In only the way God can, He confirmed His love for this program to me last week.  A dear friend, who lives several states away, told me she wrote a blog for our website.  I hadn’t talked to her about the blog recently nor had I shared with her about our mentorship program.  When I received her blog in my inbox, I could hardly believe it.  She had written about the importance of investing in relationships: first with Christ and then with others.  I hope you will take the time to read her post which follows.  I know it will encourage your heart as you either pray about becoming a mentor or pray for our mentor program.  - Lindsay Smith, Volunteer Coordinator for Heart of Hope

Sometimes You Just Need People with Skin on Them! - Sarah Robinson

I’ve made it.

 My life resembles the reveries of young, ambitious women all across America. I graduated from college with honors. I completed the cool internship in Washington, D.C. I landed a “big girl” job which actually uses my major. I get to wear high-heeled shoes and pencil skirts. People listen to me, and my opinion matters. Oh, did I mention that I’m only 23 years old?

 I live in a cute house with a red door. I took the plunge and bought a new car. I’ve even begun paying back my student loans. (Not so fun, by the way!) I’ve traveled to four countries and intend on traveling to many more. I’ve held several leadership positions. This is exactly how I pictured my life, and yet, all of my personal accomplishments, by themselves, are not fulfilling.

I will never forget the words of wisdom that a great friend of mine nonchalantly dropped into my life, forever changing my perspective. My heart had just been broken for the first time, and she came to my dorm room to console me. As I was weeping, (not in the mood to receive deep insight) As I recapped the breakup story for her, she naturally and simply made this statement:

 “Sarah, I believe in life God calls us to BE someone rather than just to DO something.”

 While it resonated in my heart that night after she said it, I have since meditated on her words of wisdom for over a year. I can’t even begin to convey the freedom this simple piece of advice has brought into my life. When work is stressful, and I feel overwhelmed with a long to-do list, the Lord silently whispers, “I’m proud of you for all that you are doing, but who are you being to someone?” I love it when He does this because it allows me to remove the attention from myself and refocus it onto others. I’m a firm believer that the things we do flow from who we allow ourselves to become. When I allow myself to simply “be” in the presence of the Lord, than my “doings” are going to reflect Christ and advance His kingdom. This is a natural byproduct of a heart that has received and finds immense joy in simply being the Beloved of the Lord.

 I believe in the value and dignity of hard work and believe that scripture supports this position (just read through Proverbs!). However, if our #1 priority is focused on what we do and not on people, I’m afraid we can go through life unfulfilled and bewildered without knowing why. In the core of our DNA, God has placed a need for relationship, first with Jesus Christ and secondly with others. It is an insatiable desire that is as natural as breathing, but often we don’t even acknowledge it or perhaps, even consider it a weakness to desire such things.  My wise momma says it like this, “I know you always have the Lord with you, but sometimes you just need people with skin on them.”

 While I am excited about how my life is unfolding, I can’t imagine what it would be like without Jesus Christ or the special people with whom I have developed life-long relationships. Relationships are hard and they do require your selfless investment of energy and time into another person. You may even be hurt from time to time. However, the abundant laughter, joy and fulfillment that come as a result of investing into people are priceless. I challenge you to focus on being a friend that lends a listening ear, being a helping hand to your family, and being willing to sacrifice your time in order to truly be there for others.