Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
The heart of the gospel is centered around the resurrection of Jesus. Without the resurrection, there is no hope, because the gospel would fall apart. But through the resurrection we have more than hope, we have a living hope, a promise of everlasting life with our Lord delivered by the power of God through faith, the same power that allowed Jesus to rise from the dead. A living hope!
Just having returned from Gulu, Uganda with our aone:eight missions team, I am blessed to have experienced a ministry of Watoto Church called Living Hope that lives this scripture. They offer this truth and living hope as they reach out to restore the lives of HIV positive single women, returnees from abduction into the rebel army in Northern Uganda, and teenage mothers. Through the power of Jesus, they offer these women a place of refuge and hope. Their headquarters in Gulu is a place where night commuters once gathered together at night for protection from the rebel army to avoid abduction. The buildings now serve to restore lives through providing basic necessities, medical care, and spiritual discipleship, and empower and equip them with vocational skills to become productive members and leaders in their community.
To learn more about Living Hope, visit their website: http://www.watoto.com/projects/living-hope
Living Hope in action: