Hope Outreach Update
Time to put on my Hope Outreach hat...
As I've shared earlier, in January of this year I started a community outreach program. We are currently working under the umbrella of a local church. As we grow bigger and outgrow where we currently are, we will be applying for our own non-profit status and looking for a building in the community.
Let me tell you, this outreach is quickly becoming another full time job. I came into this with limited knowledge and a lot of faith. I have the BEST core group of people involved and I really don't know what I would do without them.
I'm hoping that one day I will be able to actually make this program my full time job. Running your own business is a big leap of faith and I'm beginning to feel like running a non-profit is an even bigger leap of faith. Our income is going to be based on community support and fundraisers. There are so many guidelines to running a non-profit and it's going to take some time to figure it all out.
All that to say, I have never been happier. I feel like after years of not knowing what my purpose is, God has finally reveled it to me.
At times I stop and ask, "why me?" I'm just a single mom. I don't have the nice big house or a large savings. I'm working hard just to keep my own household afloat.
Thankfully, God uses people from all walks of life to fulfill His mission. A non-profit established to help people living in poverty might not make me successful in the eyes of some people. It doesn't matter though. I feel like what makes a person successful is finding a job they are passionate about.
Being able to go to local hotels where a good majority of our "homeless" are staying and handing them a hot meal is definitely my idea of success.