Column: We have our hope

Dan Peterson

BY DAN PETERSON
THE GAZETTE

It was raining and it was chilly. Not a great day for an outing. However, we were going to be indoors most of the time so it didn’t really matter to us what the weather was like. We were warmly greeted as we entered though the front door. Introductions with the residents were quickly made followed by a brief tour of the house.

Hope House has up to four residents at any one time. Each lives with HIV/AIDS. Each lives as independently as possible. The staff of Hope House offers assistance with daily living activities, personal care, cooking, transportation, social and recreational activities and more.

Partnering with Community Thread, our youth group came to visit Hope House and add a little of our own “hope” to the residents’ lives. We did so by sharing a time of tie dyeing T-shirts, planting some tomato plants, playing a few games of Farkle and enjoying the company of the residents. There was plenty of water and snacks for everyone. When our time ended, I wasn’t sure who had enjoyed their time more, the residents or the youth. Our youth want to come again.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, his “son in the faith” these words: “For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10, ESV).

Paul testifies that he and his co-laborers were fulfilling their mission by placing their hope on the living God, who is the Savior, which is why they toiled and labored as they did. Paul addresses the ongoing need to bring hope to others, which is what our youth are learning as they put their young faith in Jesus into action.

Thanks to the board, staff and contributors, they are fulfilling their mission. It was a privilege for our youth group to come alongside of them and share a brief moment in bringing hope in Christ to Hope House.

Dan Peterson is pastor of St. Lucas Community Church in Lake Elmo.