By Ryan Keller Hope4Healing Director
As a parent, I miss those days when I had my summers off. I think my wife and I have done a decent job of setting boundaries with our children and not piling too much on our plate as a family; but this summer we still have felt like the only reason we are alive was to make sure our kids took part in activities they signed up for with our permission. For the past eight weeks we have spent a fair amount of time, energy, and money to equip our children for obligations or activities we felt were important for their individual development into responsible young adults; however, now mom and dad are tired. My family is fortunate to have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and reliable transportation; but then I think of the individuals we work with through Hope4Healing and realize that if my family is struggling from a fast pace how much more difficult must it be for those who are disadvantaged socially, financially, emotionally, spiritually, and/or physically?
Often times when things seem too difficult to bare, we struggle to keep all dimensions of our whole self in equilibrium; that is why Hope4Healing seeks to help the whole person and not just be vessel of information. Information can be a useful tool; but how often have you bought a new item that needed to be assembled and you found the assembly instructions to be almost incomprehensible? Maybe the instructions are in a language you don’t understand, maybe they are incomplete, or maybe there are just too many steps. Did you realize that this is exactly how most individuals feel when they contact Hope4Healing for help? If we just provided information, the people we seek to help would still struggle to overcome their current situation. Instead, our Hope4Healing partners help us provide for the physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, and social needs of the individual. The Church’s Friendship Ministry Team Partners provide for the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of the individual or family. Without them, the individuals we help would be trying to assemble their new item without the instructions. Resource partners provide for the financial and physical needs of the person in need. Our resource partners provide both the assembly instructions plus the item that the individual needs to make effective, practical changes in their life. It is only with all of us working together that the individual we are helping can make lasting, positive changes.
Did you know that Hope4Healing provides all of these types of help in such an efficient, simple process? Did you also know you can be a part of this simple process? You could be a Friendship Ministry Partner for your church! You could help your work become a Resource Partner! Beyond that, you could help the Hope4Healing staff through volunteering, prayer, sharing information on Facebook, sharing our newsletter, and making a financial investment. Together, we are providing a holistic approach toward meeting the needs of people in your community and across the state of Iowa. For more information on how you can get more involved, give us a call at 319-233-2554 or shoot us an email at H4HQuakerdale@gmail.com. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
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Ryan Keller, Hope4Healing Director.