“Dear God, please keep our family together”.... ”Dear God, I pray for abused children everywhere”.... ”I pray that a homeless person gets a job”.... ”I want to ask you, God, for a home and a father”
All four of these are current prayers of children here in our care. And it is our joy and privilege to pray with them!
Family homelessness is tragic, and affects not only mom and dad, but also their children. Many times, a child will blame themselves for what is happening. Our single men and women who seek help at Star of Hope without bringing their entire family most always have broken relationships with their spouses and children also. And we work to reach out to these family members to help healing progress within that family.
Did you know, Star of Hope is one of only a few homeless providers in Houston who keep the family together when they come for help? Without Star of Hope, many children would be separated from their parent(s) by Child Protective Services, just because they become homeless. But at Star of Hope’s Women & Family Emergency Shelter, families stay together as parents receive services and counseling to get their lives back together. Their children have help with school and great activities, and yes, a time to share THEIR heartfelt prayer requests and needs. We lift them up to our Heavenly Father, and seek His power in their lives.
Recently, one of our teens wrote about his experiences while at Star of Hope. He said, “I am grateful for all Star of Hope has done for me while my family has been homeless, and for all I’ve learned about God’s love for me. As I grow up, I want to be an M.O.G." That means...a Man of God.