Fanatics of Hope

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Nikki Myers, 30 Hour Famine Team

ESTA FOTOGRAFIA TIENE DERECHO DE AUTORI recently took a trip to Ecuador with some 30 Hour Famine Youth Leaders. We had the opportunity to meet with the World Vision Ecuador staff. We started our time with the National Director who shared about his vision for the country and for utilizing World Vision staff to bring hope to the communities of Ecuador. One particular phrase jumped out at me as I furiously took notes… “As Christians we must be fanatics of hope.

Hope. It’s a word we use all the time…

“I hope you have a good day”

“Hope I can make it on time”

“Hope the Seahawks win this weekend”

Fanatics of hope.

This phrase stuck with me, in fact it plagued me. What does that mean… am I that? This sounds more serious than hoping my phone stays charged. How does that go in line with what we are here to do? But as the week progressed, I began to see fanatics of hope all around me.

I met World Vision field staff and community leaders who worked tirelessly to bring hope to their communities. One in particular was a young woman, Nicholosa. Nicholosa was a very quiet, humble woman with a heart nearly visible. She is unable to have children herself but felt called to caring for children. So she was trained by World Vision and the Department of Health as a midwife. Their community was hours from a town and subsequently a hospital. So, when women are unable to make it to town Nicholosa steps in. I had the best kale omelet of my life as Nicholosa shared about teaching the community about nutrients needed for pregnant mothers and their children.  Nicholosa is a fanatic of hope.

I met a Pastor who felt called to move to a new community and start a church. This new community struggled with poverty, malnutrition and jobs for the families living there. He attended a World Vision pastor training as well as a training on starting small business. As a result, he rallied the women of the congregation and through World Vision they were able to start a cheese business, guinea pig farm and vegetable garden. The women now grow their own food, plus enough to sell in a market to earn a small income. He was a fanatic of hope… and now the community is flourishing (and so are those guinea pigs).

As youth leaders you all are fanatics of hope. You invest in students who might never say thanks. You rarely, if ever, turn off your phone and close your door to their needs. You answer questions and share your refrigerators with students yearning to be known. You bring hope to students who are looking for their place in the world. Further, when you do the 30 Hour Famine, World Vision is able to bring hope to communities that are struggling to flourish. Opportunity for women and children, proper nutrition and prenatal care and the gospel message. You are a fanatic of hope.