The House of Hope

House of Hope

Ni hao!

Troy and I had such a good time in China, but it feels great to be back! My absolute favorite part was getting to visit The House of Hope in person.

My mother-in-law has spent time volunteering in different ways with The House of Hope and Maria’s House of Hope since they’ve lived in China. She sent me the book for Christmas a couple of years ago, and my heart was captured by the way God turned Robin and Joyce’s lives upside down to care for the abandoned orphans of China. They care for and provide treatment for babies with physical handicaps as if they were their own children- many of whom go on to be adopted. It’s the most beautiful picture of Christ’s hands and feet in action. They are living and breathing examples of what He calls us to be and to do:

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

{From Isaiah 58}

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  • Lisa May 21, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    When I taught English in Beijing back in 2005, I got to know some of the people involved in House of Hope – what a fantastic ministry! Thanks for bringing it up.

    • Caitlin Author May 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      How cool! Have you been able to visit since?

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