By: Kirk van der Swaagh
When approached to be part of the Board of Directors for Expect Hope, it didn’t take me long to decide that I needed to sign up. Over the past few decades I have been involved in pro-life work, ranging from street activism to helping produce educational materials. But Expect Hope was something new. After looking over the ambitious plan that Emily had generated, I saw how the moms and children that will be served by Expect Hope would be supplied with the tools necessary to build a flourishing future. And I thought (and still think) that this would be an opportunity to be part of something that had an immediate, as well as long-range, impact on the lives of these young families and the communities they will be part of.
I attended my first Board meeting and discovered that a hard-working and compassionate team had been assembled. It appeared to me that Expect Hope could, indeed, be translated from theoretical project to living reality. And I’ve been encouraged by the response of those who hear about the effort. Commitments to pray, offers to volunteer, and pledges to support financially have been readily forthcoming. This gives all of us greater courage to press on with our plans and to believe for wonderful things for these women and children.
Jesus teaches us, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36) I believe this life changing residence will be a manifestation of mercy for those who walk on this path of discipleship with us, and an expression of treating others in a manner that we would want to be treated. (Luke 6:31) There could nothing more Christian, more grace-filled, than that.
The vision is ambitious — but totally doable with God’s help.