Despite the tumultuous environment of 2020, Helping Operations for People Empowerment (H.O.P.E.) was able to be a blessing to many families, and I am looking forward to what God has in store for 2021. I took a three-day sabbatical away from H.O.P.E. to pray and ask God to show me His vision for H.O.P.E. in 2021. H.O.P.E.'s initial vision and purpose was birthed out of Matthew 25:35-36, "For I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stronger and you invited me into your home; naked and clothed me; sick and in prison and you visited me".
Our theme for 2021 is "Restoring Communities". The pandemic has left so many communities without hope due to deaths of family members, friends in the community and the overall deaths in this country; not to discount the loss of jobs and the loss of businesses that so many neighborhoods depend on for their livelihood. The following vision is what God has placed on my heart for 2021 in conjunction with H.O.P.E's theme of "Restoring Communities":
I am asking that you pray with me as we trust God to "Restore Communities" by offering HOPE.
Reverend Samuel Spruill
President, C.EO - H.O.P.E.
How long have you been associated with H.O.P.E.?
I have been H.O.P.E.’s Interim Board Chair since 2018
Do you have a story you’d like to share about how H.O.P.E. has impacted other’s lives? HOPE impacts the community by the services they provide such as feeding the community, providing diapers, training skills and mentoring. HOPE has been around a number of years and I’m impressed by the CEO Rev, Sam Spruill whose heart to serve and continue the vision has never diminished throughout the years!
What do you like to do in your leisure time? Reading, shopping, visiting museums, traveling
Please share a favorite quote with us. My favorite quote is: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice