Sticky Love

by | Apr 9, 2020 | Child Sponsorship, Desk of Tanya, Protection, Ukraine

“What is one thing you learned at Hope House that will stick with you forever?”

“To love people and not expect anything back from them.”

 

Three pieces fit together to form Hope House Two one night: the aroma of homemade pizza, and a decibel of noise only a house full of joyfully reunited family members could procure. We laughed through tomato sauced smiles as we built stronger relationships with those we knew while being introduced to others who had come for the merry reunion.

 This is a “no strings attached” kind of hope. This is a sticky kind of love.

Haven Rhoda

The house drew a relieved breath as we quieted ourselves together in the family room. There, we recounted memories of the past while rejoicing in present triumphs and of hopes to come. Half of the room was warmed by young women who had graduated from the Hope House and were living successful lives pursuing their vocational and familial dreams.

Members of our team began to ask the graduates questions regarding their lives, as well as the lessons and memories they carried with them from their time spent at Hope House Two.

“What is one thing you learned at Hope House that will stick with you forever?”

After a thoughtful pause, a graduate responded, “To love people and not expect anything back from them.”

Here lay that third piece: the kind of love that asks for nothing.

When Sergiy and Larissa welcome these girls into their home, they wrap them in the sacrificial love of Jesus that offers grace with no strings attached. And that’s just it – a love that offers itself to you with no strings attached is exactly the kind of love that sticks with you forever.

Hope House does more than transform individual lives – it offers a grace and love that becomes generational. That is the entire point! World Hope’s vision is to provide opportunity, dignity, and hope to those who need it in a way that inspires and enables them to possess the tools for change in themselves, their family, and their community for generations to come.

Hope House’s abundance of loving care, gift of education, and access to a hopeful future inspires the young women who live and grow there to be a part of the solution, adding to the program’s sustainability while continuing the transformational impact of the Hope House.

 This is a “no strings attached” kind of hope. This is a sticky kind of love.

Since 2005, WHI Canada has run Hope House, a program in Odessa, Ukraine, which offers a home for girls who have aged out of orphanages or who are living on the streets. These girls can stay at Hope House for as long as they are in school. Once they graduate from post-secondary education, they graduate from Hope House.

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