As a ministry have seen the amazing impact that receiving a Home of Hope has on a family. Children are able to stay in school longer, instances of sickness are reduced, and families are given the ability to think implicationally about their future. While our goal is to impact these famlies in tangible ways with the love of God, we are not always able to measure the impact that receiving a home has on their faith. Check out this testimony of a Home of Hope participant on one of our recent home builds-
'After the first day of our two day, Homes of Hope build, the father of the family that was receiving a home, had a dream. While sleeping he dreamt that he awoke and went outside and realized that the Home of Hope that was in the process of being built was no longer there. The father felt hurt, disappointed and confused. A man approached him and asked, "How do you feel?" He told the man, "I feel so hurt and disappointed; frustrated and even upset." The man replied, "That is how I feel when my sheep are lost. Now go back to sleep." Then the man, after returning to his shelter, dreamt that he woke-up and went outside again to find his new home had returned, he was so happy! The same man walked up to him again and asked him, "How do you feel?" The father said, "I am so glad and excited because my house has returned!" The man responded, "This is how I feel when my lost sheep are are found, many sheep will come to this home."
When the father awoke, he told his wife about his dream. The next day the father excitedly told some of us about his dream and insisted, "I'm telling the truth, ask my wife." As we were handing the family the keys to their new home, Emma, unaware of the dream, shared with the couple the good new of Jesus Christ. The father asked Emma, "How can I know that Jesus really died?" In response, Emma turned in her Bible to 1 Peter 2:24 and asked him to read it. He read, “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed." He continued reading, "For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25 NASB) After Emma finished sharing scripture verses with the couple they both made the decision to accept Jesus as their Lord and savior!'
Testimony by Sherry Burlingame.
Jesus had met with this man through a dream, to share His heart and to catch his attention. What a beautiful God we serve that He seeks relationship with us. We love that we get to be a part of giving these families, not only a simple structure, but a tangible representation of God's love and heart for relationship with his people.