05 2015

Easter stories of hope from Hope for New York

Last month we celebrated   Easter Sunday with some incredible stories of life changes, including testimonies from some of the men and women who have experienced life changes through Hope for New York’s affiliate programs. 

For us at HFNY, it’s been amazing to hear story after story of how the Holy Spirit is working to make new creations all over our city through the work of our partner organizations. Because you likely only got to hear one HFNY testimony on Easter Sunday, we wanted you to get at least a taste of the other stories, which we’ve excerpted on page 2. 

We’re so grateful to you for joining God’s work of transformation in the lives of our neighbors as donors, volunteers, and friends. Thank you especially to those who gave to our Easter Sacrificial Offering, which will help make possible more stories of freedom, restoration, and transformation as we continue to love and serve our neighbors across the city! 

 

Dina

Brooklyn Teen Challenge

Today I am learning to be confident in who I am in Christ. I know that I’m never alone. I’ve learned how to find my worth in Jesus Christ and now I strongly desire to help other people especially people who suffer from addiction and abuse.

 

Antone

NYC Rescue Mission

I thank God that when I fell down, I didn’t have to stay there. My vision for my future is having a full-time, steady job, my own apartment or house, a wife and kids, and a fulfilling life with God in charge. I thank God today for allowing me to go through all the stuff I had to go through because it has helped me to realize now that I need Him more and more every day.

 

Crystal

The Bowery Mission Women’s Center

Being at The Bowery Mission has not only helped me in my struggles, it has also helped me to find God’s purpose for my life: to help others as I was helped, and to give of myself out of what was freely given to me. For those who are struggling at this time, be encouraged. If he did it for me, he can and will do it for you.

 

Josh

Brooklyn Teen Challenge

God has done so much more than just deliver me of my addiction. He has worked in me and is continuing to develop Christ-like character qualities in me. Before, all I knew how to do was fight, run and hurt everyone around me. God has since taught me to show His love. He’s burdened my heart with the needs of others, and God has even allowed me to be a leader amongst my brothers in the program. The fact that people look up to me and ask me for advice after all I’ve done brings me to tears. 

 

Derrick

NYC Rescue Mission

When I accepted Jesus Christ, I became a new creation. When I think of my old nature, it was natural for me to serve and please myself. The same God I disobeyed and turned from is the same God who gave me a new heart. The ultimate grace! Only God is capable of doing such a thing. By the grace of God, I received a new heart. 

 

Shantae

Young Life

I dedicated my life to Christ at Young Life camp, and now I am experiencing His love for me, that never goes away and never runs out. Before I knew Christ, I was lost, misguided and searching for love but now, because I have experienced his love and forgiveness, I am not perfect but I am more content and reliant on Him.

 

Edna

The Bowery Mission Women’s Center

I am no longer the same Edna that walked through those red doors seven months ago. I was bitter and was broken but now I am filled with love and life. I no longer carry the hurt and anger I felt towards those who used and mistreated me. Jesus has healed my unforgiving heart and my brokenness and filled it with courage, confidence and hope in him. 

 

To learn more about Hope for New York’s work and their 40+ non-profit affiliates throughout the city, visit hfny.org.



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Articles in this Issue

Jesus Outside the Lines by Scott Sauls: A book review
Aaron Bjerke
 
Kept safe through death: A meditation on Psalm 34
Kathy Keller
 
Easter stories of hope from Hope for New York
 
Choreographers chosen for CFW’s Artists-in-Residence