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Warning: this post is chock-full of hope.
“Hope” is one-third of our name and one-hundred-percent of our work. We are in the profession of mobilizing hope to communities, children, women, families facing disaster, farmers and really anyone that we come into contact with. Our full name—Convoy of Hope—suggests that we are carriers of hope. So, we better be able to define it right?
This is the second post in a series that asks that question, “What is Hope?” Thanks for joining the conversation, we think you’re probably part of the answer.
Most everyone would agree that hope is intangible—it’s not an actual object—so then, how do we move it around on trucks? What are we actually carrying in addition to food and relief supplies? How have we been “delivering hope since 1994?” All good questions.
We think that invisibility does not always denote non-existence. The wind blows and literally moves mountains, yet our five senses never experience more than its effects. In that sense, hope is like the wind.
A reader of The Hope Supply, Mynne Dacoco, commented with some solid insight about hope.
“Hope is anticipating light while experiencing darkness … trying to see the possible out of the impossible … trying to seek the positive out of chaos and destruction … it is believing that there is something good even in bad situations.”
Mynne’s thoughtful words essentially claim that hope requires believing in something that you cannot presently see. I think she’s probably right. Hope is unseen but its evidence can be heard in a heart and found on a face.
How is hope evidenced in your life? Comment and you’re entered for a chance to receive our #HOPE sticker and Zine.
You’re reading the first of a series of blog posts around one central question, “What is hope?” I’ll be honest, we have many intentions with these posts (some of which we don’t yet know).
We want to know what you think hope is. We want to write and read about all sorts of ways to describe, define and understand hope. And mostly, we want to share the hope we see—the hope we have—with you.
This series is most inspired by the people who bring us hope. Several months ago, I was in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan caused terrible destruction there. I walked through a cemetery where families were living because the concrete mausoleums provided shelter and a sense of safety after their homes were destroyed. The scene was horribly sad, but I heard children laughing. I looked and saw kids who had discovered that downed palm trees severed by 200+ mph winds made for great playgrounds. “That must be hope,” I thought.
We don’t just give hope everywhere we go, we find it too. This blog series will take you on that journey with us.
BONUS: Leave a comment below with your answer to the title of this blog post, “What is HOPE?” If you do, we’ll try to send you our HOPE Zine and #HOPE sticker in the mail.
If Mother Teresa were alive on her birthday today, she would be 104 years old. The Roman Catholic humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner died at the age of 87 in 1997, yet we believe there is great cause to continue to remember her life and celebrate the time that she spent here with us. Here are three reasons that we’re celebrating Mother Teresa’s Birthday and we think you should too.
We think Mother Teresa is a lot like you and a lot like us. She was a human being who understood her shortcomings and weaknesses yet still chose to use what gifts, abilities and resources she had to help others. Because of her self-awareness, she wasn’t afraid to challenge anyone and everyone to do something to help others.
Hal Donaldson, our president and co-founder, went to meet Mother Teresa in India years ago. Here’s his recollection of his conversation with the woman we celebrate today.
Within minutes of meeting Mother Teresa she had unknowingly helped set a new course for my life by asking me a simple question: “Hal, what are you doing to help the poor and suffering?”
“Nothing, really,” I answered honestly, wishing I could have had something better to report.
She looked at me kindly and said, “Everyone can do something.”
Shortly, after that meeting with Mother Teresa in India, Hal and his brothers began distributing food from the back of a pickup truck to families in need in California. In the years since, Convoy of Hope has reached around the world into the lives of more than 65 million people who are hungry, impoverished and hurting.
So often when we think of helping others, we think of somehow helping a child or family in another country. Which is great: we should be willing to help anyone and everyone who has need. Without your generosity, Convoy of Hope wouldn’t be able to provide healthy meals to more than 145,000 children in 11 nations. With that said, when we think about helping we should not just look “there,” but also “here.”
Mother Teresa is known for founding a work that has helped people in more than 130 countries, but she is most well known for her work in Calcutta, and for her service to the person in front of her. Recently we wrote about the time she said, “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?”
A few years ago Hal Donaldson was talking with his daughter about the kids that Convoy of Hope helps to feed. They got to talking about all the kids on the waiting list who didn’t have enough to eat. With young inquisitiveness, she asked something like, “If everyone just helped feed one, wouldn’t that be enough?”
Mother Teresa made a similar suggestion that, along with Hal’s daughter’s question, has inspired feedONE, an initiative of Convoy of Hope that aims to help bring an end to extreme hunger in our lifetime. She said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
If you follow us on Twitter, you might have noticed Kobe Bryant and others wishing someone else happy birthday on our behalf.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 25, 2014
Disney star and Hollywood Records multi-platinum recording artist, Zendaya, is turning 18 in a few days. To celebrate, she’s taking Mother Teresa’s advice.