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Lessons from 2020

For many of us, 2020 was a year that will reverberate for the rest of our lives. Many have already written their postmortems on the year. But as I have reflected this new year, I have also been considering the things I learned in 2020. For example, I learned a whole new vocabulary. This includes: ...

Gifts of Hope

This has been a trying year for so many, including many of us at Hope Counseling Services. Yet it has been a blessed year in many ways as well. And God has continued to expand our ministry at Hope, and provide more opportunities to bring Hope to Life. Donors play a crucial role in our ...

Lamenting in Hope

Last year I read a book called Lament for a Son written by Nicholas Wolterstorff, a Christian philosopher. He wrote it in response to the sudden death of his son who died of a skiing accident at age 25. Wolterstorff paints a devastating picture of the pain a parent suffers losing a child. At times ...

Hope Made Visible – One Church’s Story

As a pastor and minister of the gospel for 22 years, I have never seen such a diverse number of challenging circumstances facing the members I am called to shepherd. Even those who have been a rock in times of trial in the past often feel especially vulnerable as 2020 draws to a close. Never has ...

Hope Made Visible – Cherda’s Story

When I started counseling at Hope, I knew I would once again be focusing on all my pain and suffering. Over the last few years the fabric of my family began to fray and unravel. I was already dealing with addiction, separation, financial ruin, and the loss of a close companion to cancer (to name a ...

Happy Thanksgiving

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We Are Thankful

2020 has been a difficult year for many. We have experienced challenges and disruptions the likes of which many of us have never before encountered. At Hope, we too have felt the impact, as our offices closed in March, and all our teaching and counseling moved online where it continues today. Yet we have so ...

How Are You Doing…TODAY?

Recently I was waiting in a (socially distanced) line—something that has become a norm during COVID-19. Just ahead of me was a friend I had not seen in a while. We began to talk, when she asked me, “How are you and your family doing?” But then she quickly re-asked the question, adding a very ...

Living Faithfully in Troublesome Times

These are troublesome times. COVID-19 rages on, with no end in sight. Parents are having to make difficult decisions about school and caring for kids at home this fall. College students are facing the reality that they may not return to campus for the foreseeable future. Many of us have not been able to gather ...

Strengthening Marriages Through Counseling, Training, and Teaching

This year, Hope Counseling Services has been focused on strengthening marriages through a variety of ministry activities. On Friday January 31, Hope sponsored a marriage counseling training seminar with guest speaker Jonathan Holmes. This equipping seminar drew 55 pastors, counselors, and lay leaders–a group of people on the frontlines of marriage counseling for couples in ...