When a teenager comes into Star of Hope with his or her family, they will receive many things that they need from shampoo to a uniform for school. But I feel the greatest gift that they will receive while they live here at the Women and Family Shelter is something that I give to them. Almost every teen that has come through our doors has received a Bible! Many of the teens that come through here have lost their Bible while moving around and some have never owned one at all. So, it becomes a source of great joy to give a teen a Bible.
Well, something amazing happened when I came to the shelter today. One of my co-workers came up to me and said that there were boxes of Bibles for the teens that came in. This was unusual, because normally I have means of finding free Bibles (used or new) to give the teens. Well, I went and found the Bibles that were set aside for the teens. To my surprise, I found four boxes of Bibles containing a total of 136 Bibles! And these were not the normal paperback Bibles that I usually have to give the teens. Instead, these Bibles were unopened, leather bound, and compact so they can be easily carried around. I was completely amazed and filled with joy as I imagined one of the teens carrying one to school with them or reading it in their room.
Through my surprise, I realized that someone out there really blessed many teens living at this shelter. And who knows how many will be blessed by these teens that will take God's Word into their schools and homes. I thank God for those who generously give of what God has blessed them with so that others too can receive of that blessing. If you would like to see our needs and see how you can help, click Charitable Donations Houston
"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:10-11- copied from one of those Bibles!)