More than a Photo on a Fridge – Katlyn Brekke
I can still remember the first time I came across a sponsorship packet to support a child in a third world country. I was at a Jeremy Camp concert in 8th grade where a table had been set up in the foyer filled with packets of little eyes staring back at me from ten different countries. My family would eventually come to sponsor a child down the road, but all that really meant was glancing at the 5 x 7 piece of cardstock every time I opened the fridge for a snack after school. If I was going to invest in something on my own, I wanted to be involved in something more beyond a piece of cardstock on my fridge.
Hope Chest is that very definition of more. When my high school best friend first told me about Hope Chest, it wasn’t in a pushy manner, rather a “go check it out for yourself.” That’s exactly what I did and it didn’t take long to feel and notice the difference. Hope Chest is all about going beyond a piece of cardstock on your fridge. I had a first hand experience of going beyond that 3 x 3 photo on my fridge. Now my fridge is filled with precious memories and snapshots of my sweet Lilian, her family, her school, and friends that I got to see first hand.
I was able to experience for myself the change and hope that comes along with a sponsorship. I saw my investment at work in the lives of many who are able to receive medical treatment, be educated, fed, protected and ensure a roof stays over their head. But, oh there’s so much more! Hope Chest goes beyond making sure they are fed and educated. They are creating a lasting effect on these communities that is impossible to miss and I am so excited I get to be a part of it. One of my favorite quotes from a book Dylan encouraged our group to dive into before our trip sums it up:
“The goal is to see people restored to being what God created them to be; people who understand that they are created in the image of God with the gifts, abilities, and capacity to make decisions and to effect change in the world around them; and people who steward their lives, communities, resources, and relationships in order to bring glory to God.” – (When Helping Hurts)
I simply feel blessed to be a part of something so fulfilling. You see the stewardship of people whether it be their time, talents or financially giving. You create unbelievable lasting relationships that that span state lines and oceans. You experience a joy you never thought possible and you get a glimpse of hope that truly anchors the soul.
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.