Posted by: Asha Davé | June 17, 2009

Day Three

Days one and two of HOPE were overwhelming. Moving far away from the comforts of home, the love of my family (and not to mention the love of my life) and into a two-bedroom/one-and-a-half bath house with six other girls was a little difficult. The first days were also filled with the necessary handbook-reading and shelter-training. A lot of information was crammed into my brain, and I’m trying my best to remember it all.

Day three was a different story. In the morning, we finished up the reading of the handbook (then did a little dance), and went to the cafeteria to get lunch and eat with the residents. I sat down to eat lunch with Alfred, one of the guys who is a new member of the Fresh Start program at Jefferson Street. (Jeff Street is divided into a day shelter, which the HOPE team members help run, a temporary program to help men get back on their feet, and a permanent housing program.) Anyways, Alfred and some of the other HOPE team members and I talked about Louisville, which he doesn’t like, the other cities he’s been to, and David Hasselhoff (random, I know).

Then, the question came. “Why are you here?” Wow. No skirting around the truth here. I had a mini-panic attack because I wanted to say exactly the right thing, but then God quieted my fears, and I spoke from the heart. I told him that I love people and I love God. I love to help people when they are in need, and I want to make sure people know that they are genuinely loved. Not the most eloquent, I know, but God used it because Alfred seemed pleasantly surprised by my response. I love the fact that he was so honest and that my motives were questioned from the start. I love honesty, and believe me, the people that I’ll be loving on this summer are honest.

So, now, I want to be honest with you. I’m scared. I’m nervous. I’m sad at times. I’m lonely at times. I’m anxious. I feel unprepared. I feel unworthy. I feel incapable. I’m overwhelmed. And it’s only been a week. I know these feelings aren’t going to go away. But…I’m also overwhelmingly excited. I know, for sure, that this is exactly where God wants me to be right now. I know I’m going to be challenged more than ever before. I know that I’ll never be the same. I also know that without your love, prayers, and support, I would not be here.

So, thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to serve alongside eleven of the most amazingly genuine men and women from all over the country. Thank you for the opportunity to learn to share one shower with six other girls. Thank you for the opportunity to love on some of the most broken people I’ve ever met. Thank you for the opportunity to show God’s love by creating real, meaningful relationships with people instead of just doing “hit-and-run” evangelism.

I love Louisville. I love the HOPE team. I love the Jeff Street ministry and the fact that God’s love is present in both Word and deed.

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:15-17

I am so blessed to be called to serve in this ministry, but I’m sure there will be days when I’ll feel more cursed than blessed for being here, but days like day three will make it all worth it.

Please pray for me and the rest of the team. Please pray that we’ll grow closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to the homeless guests at HOPE. Please pray that we will be able to persevere and see through the distractions that will inevitably be placed in front of us. Pray that we will be humbled and know that we are only here to love because God first loved us. Pray that we will be even more passionate in June than we were in May, even more passionate in July than we were in June, even more passionate in August than we were in July, and ready to take on the world after the summer is over.

Thank you again for your support. Everything is greatly appreciated, and everything you give, whether financially or spiritually, is helping to build the Kingdom of God one relationship at a time. If you would like to donate online, visit our website at hopeforlouisville.com.

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