I am becoming a morning person. It's terrible. Thankfully when I left the house at 6am Wednesday morning to go to a breakfast for Hope International - an organization I knew almost nothing about - I was wide awake and ready to learn.
I was expecting a small group of people gathered together to learn about an organization that works in microfinance (lending out small-to-us amounts of money to people in impoverished areas/countries so that they can start up businesses within their communities). What I did NOT expect that morning was a breakfast comprised of 250 workers, supporters, and leaders who were celebrating the organization's 20th anniversary.
As Hope International's president and CEO, Peter Greer, took the stage, I was astounded. Not just by the work that this organization is doing, but by the message he gave. While they covered the details of the impact they were having and their goals for the future, I was moved by the constant reminder of what it means to follow Jesus, to care for the poor, to engage with courageous compassion, and to live a life of extraordinary generosity.
Now all of these things sound good, but it gets so much better when you couple it with the work that they are doing.
To be totally up front, I am a sap. I have cried every single time I've watched this video, because I know the feeling of wanting to start some sort of business and not being able to, of having a dream and feeling like it's out of reach. It's so exciting for me at this stage in life to have an organization that we can contribute to that's helping others break through this barrier while STILL focusing first and foremost on making sure as many people as possible cross the line of faith to follow Jesus.
We are blessed to bless. We are freed to free. We are moved beyond our barriers by the grace of God SO THAT we can hold out a hand and help others move beyond theirs.
For move information on Hope International, click HERE.
Lisa & the Fight for a Girl Team