Last June I heard Kelly share her testimony at a Star of Hope graduation. She admitted with sadness in her eyes that in her 30 years of living, she had experienced alcohol and drug addiction, rape, violent relationships and brain damage. Thankfully, I knew that coming to the Star of Hope meant that Kelly had hope for a much brighter future. She was determined to take the necessary steps and live life to its full potential.
Through graduations and other events I often see clients like Kelly who come into Star of Hope completely broken . . . sometimes without a job, a career or an education. Yet, they hold on to how good God is and the possibility of reaching goals that once seemed unattainable.
Not long ago a friend and I walked in to a restaurant and saw an amazing testimony beaming joyfully behind the hostess stand. I don’t think Kelly recognized me and I did not want to not make her uncomfortable. After being asked to sit and wait for the next open table, I watched proudly as I saw this lady bounce back and forth from the hostess stand, escorting patrons to their tables. She was so friendly, polite, and had a contagious spring in her step that made everyone around her smile.
I thought this could not be the same Kelly that I saw eight months ago who walked around with her head down, hoping to go unnoticed in a crowded room. This Kelly was a new lady. . . hopeful, proud, and a shining star! The feeling in my heart made me ecstatic! It was then that I remembered why Star of Hope is my mission, and why I continue to show my support to an organization that believes in building up the broken-hearted! And why the Word of God says, “. . .Greater is He that is in [us] than He that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Thanks Star of Hope for allowing me to witness such amazing transformations like Kelly.
Annual Giving Program Specialist
Star of Hope Mission