Hope for the Hopeless

This was shared with me and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with you all!

Several years ago a teacher assigned to visit children in a large city hospital received a routine call requesting that she visit a particular child. She took the boy’s name and room number and was told by the teacher on the other end of the line, “We’re studying nouns and adverbs in his class now. I’d be grateful if you could help him with his homework so he doesn’t fall behind the others.” It wasn’t until the visiting teacher got outside the boy’s room that she realized it was located in the hospital’s burn unit. No one had prepared her to find a young boy horribly burned and in great pain. She felt that she couldn’t just turn and walk out, so she awkwardly stammered, “I’m the hospital teacher, and your teacher sent me to help you with nouns and adverbs.” The next morning a nurse on the burn unit asked her, “What did you do to that boy?” Before she could finish a profusion of apologies, the nurse interrupted her: “You don’t understand. We’ve been very worried about him, but ever since you were here yesterday, his whole attitude has changed. He’s fighting back, responding to treatment–It’s as though he’s decided to live.” The boy later explained that he had completely given up hope until he saw that teacher. It all changed when he came to a simple realization. With joyful tears he expressed it this way: “They wouldn’t send a teacher to work on nouns and adverbs with a dying boy, would they?” –James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) pp. 292-293.

The Meiers, who work with the Grace Community School in Zambia said this: “We believe the main purpose of Grace Community school is to give kids hope. For some of our students, they get hope even from the simple food they receive, others encouragement from teachers, or simply passing their exams for the next grade. Ultimately our hope is that they will know the Lord Jesus loves them and wants them to be in His family and to discover His wonderful plan for their lives. If they have hope in Christ, we believe it will ultimately affect their lives, how they live and lead in Zambia, and the impact that they make on their world for God’s glory” (from the Meier’s blog).

No matter where we are or who we are around, God can use us in unexpected ways. There is always hope in Christ! As the psalmist said, “My hope is in you” (Psalm 39:7).

In Christ,

Rachel Kieda

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