Sunday, February 19, 2017
Hope House is a residential facility sponsored by Lawndale Community Church, a Kinship Initiative affiliate organization. The Bible-based program is for men transitioning from incarceration and struggling with homelessness and addictions. Under the direction of Bill Cowhey, Old St. Pat’s Church members prepared and shared meals with the residents of Hope House once each month during the summer of 2016, and high quality relationships formed in the process. Members of Moody Church in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood also partnered with Hope House, thus a very special three-way kindred relationship formed.
The following heartfelt message is from a resident of the facility. Those who have had the pleasure to meet the incredible young man and hear about his life journey will certainly regard his words as a special blessing.
Vincent L. Guider
North Lawndale Kinship Initiative Director
Statement of Faith
By: Isaiah Carter
I have quite a testimony on my journey as a Christian. I was only eight years old when the last words my mother said to me before she passed were “Believe in God.” These very last words stuck with me, and today I run the good race with our God, our Father in Heaven.
I have endured very difficult situations. On my journey, I came close to death but in the midst of my experiences, I found God. I have grown spiritually, mentally and emotionally to learn that it was only by His grace and mercy on my life and His hedge of protection that the bullets that hit, killed or injured other folks in my community, did not hit me. Then I knew He had something different in store for me to do.
God has blessed me with so many positive people in my life who provide support and guidance and assist me in trying to get me to give my life to Christ. My experiences of going back and forth to and from jail, trying to figure out how to stay off the streets, and how to stop sinning is what led me on my path to find God and grab hold of my faith. jail is where I was introduced to His forever so true word, the Bible. That experience led me to Hope House.
I believe that Moody Church and Old Saint Patrick’s, both friends to Hope House, are connected to us to let us know that there are good people trying to bring peace and love and helping others who are struggling to see a better life. I feel that it is part of God’s mission for me to not only be served but for me to also serve, so I want to thank your community for trying to make my life better and for making Hope House a great place to stay temporally. I also want to thank you all on behalf of the guys at Hope House who could not reach out to say it for themselves. We appreciate you all at Old St. Pat’s and Moody.
Isaiah Carter is 21 years old, currently finishing his high School diploma, on the Honor Roll, due to graduate in May, and hoping to begin college in the fall. He says, “I want to become a really respectable man.” Most would certainly say, “He already is!”