We just celebrated the four-year anniversary of the Hope House!
I can hardly believe it was four years ago that we took in our first three girls! We brought the first two sisters home to the Hope House on March 31, 2016, and the third sibling came about a week later. Oh how our lives changed four years ago! And oh how our lives have BEEN changed over the last four years! I wouldn’t change or trade it for anything…these have been some of the best years of my life (and some of the hardest as well)! Haha!
We now have eight beautiful, amazing girls at the Hope House. We have two 10-year-olds, one 11-year-old, two 13-year-olds, one 14-year-old, and two 16-year-olds. One of our 16-year-old girls was only 12 years old when she came to us. Wow! Four of our girls want to finish high school and attend FIRE School of Ministry here in the Philippines. They are all seeking Jesus and growing in relationship with Him. We are so blessed!
In these four years, I have seen the most beautiful transformations of my life so far. I have seen the most beautiful display of Father God’s love and affection. I have seen the most beautiful display of His heart and His healing OF hearts. These four years have brought such healing to my own heart as I have watched and experienced what He has done in these amazing girls’ lives.
He has given us such a privilege to love and care for these girls. And I have personally encountered His love SO MUCH MORE in my own life as I have experienced it for the girls and walked through things with them. Wow, what a privilege we have!
I am so thankful and blessed to be in this with such an incredible and amazing group of women (and men – from security to HFAC men who love on the girls as fathers and big brothers). I have an amazing staff that loves the Lord and loves these girls. They are such a blessing both to the girls and to me, and they not only sacrifice to see these girls experience healing and restoration, but even more importantly to see Jesus exalted and lifted up here in our nation.
Just a little more than four years ago, this was just a dream. We were as prepared as we knew how to be, and we were moving forward and believing for the girls to come. But it was still only a dream. I can tell you today that dreams do come true. 🙂 I’m certain that I will never forget the day that I picked up our first girls and brought them to the Hope House. I’ll never forget what those first several months were like. And I will never forget what I have seen the Lord do in their lives. I believe that I must have the BEST job in the world. 🙂
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About Crystal Harden
Crystal has been a part of the Hope For All Children team in the Philippines since 2011. Hope For All Children is focused on four areas of injustice in the Philippines: orphans, malnutrition, human trafficking, and abortion.