Recycling Hope is first and foremost an outreach initiative and secondarily a fundraiser. Engraved on each piece of jewelry or key fob will be the word Hope. All the money collected will be put into the youth scholarship and outreach fund. But it doesn’t stop there. Here’s the catch. Like spiritual gifts, these gifts are designed to be given, not consumed. So the rule is, if you buy it, you have to prayerfully give it away: to a friend, a stranger, a family member–to anyone who needs to hear that there is still hope for them, because God is for them. Then, once you have done that, you’ll come back to this blog and write about your experience. We are going to fill up this site with testimonies of lives touched in Jesus’ name through your hands, stories that will themselves become symbols of hope to retell, to recycle.
I won a piece of Recycled Hope from a silent auction. I’ve had it since March & have prayed over it making sure it was given in Gods timing not mine. I am sending it to a 20y/o man in the military whose mom was killed by a hit and run driver 6/8/2014 in Madison Indiana. He had been serving in Japan, was home on leave & not had much time spent w/ his mom. I pray this will be his HOPE in Christ that the person responsible will come forth and he will see God as the loving God in which He is.
Last week, I got together with old friends from High School and put on a musical event and silent auction to raise funds for a former alum who is struggling with stage 4 cancer. We knew he needed a boost of Hope from his friends! I gave this necklace to the event on behalf of my friend and am thankful for how it was used in multiple ways to remind people that when God is present, so is Hope.
On December 8, 2013 I purchased a “Hope” key chain for one of my sisters who has been away from the Lord for over 30 years. I knew she was who needed to be given hope. I planned to give her the charm for Christmas along with a letter pouring my heart out to her about the love of Jesus and the hope we have in HIM. I was waiting for God to reveal to me exactly what He wanted me to say to her. Christmas came and went and the charm remained on my dresser.
On January 21, 2014, our son Jake was in a sledding accident that led us to the UK hospital ER and then to the ICU. God was so present with us and I knew that our hope and trust was in Him during this very scary situation. Mike, Debbie and Pete Kirk came to be with us in the emergency room. As they were getting ready to leave, Debbie came to me and said…”I bought this several weeks ago not knowing who I would need to give it to and have been waiting for God to show me….this is for you.” And she slipped into my hand a “Hope” necklace. I can’t begin to express to you how much this gift meant to me. I’m a Christian…I have hope…right? Yes of course I do….but in a moment of emergency and overwhelming fear, this simple, beautiful necklace reminded me so powerfully of the HOPE we do have in Christ. I needed that tangible reminder.
A few hours later as we were in the ICU room with Jake, I received a text message from my sister saying that she was praying for Jake. I can’t remember ever hearing her say she was praying for anything. At 4am that morning Jake began to show much progress in becoming alert and communicating with the nurses. My sister was on her porch at 4am praying for Jake. God heard her prayer! My hope was renewed again! I will be sending her hope charm to her this week. My letter to her will not only be filled with my love pouring out to her but I will be able to encourage her with the hope that God heard and answered her prayers for Jake….even though she may be far from Him. God is at work…He is our HOPE!
I visited your church in mid-December while staying with my sister, Kathy Campbell. On December 23 we were scheduled to pick up our granddaughter to come live with us. She is 16, and has had a chaotic childhood, with multiple obstacles to any hope of a good transition to adulthood. In December, she was being released from a Juvenile Detention facility and we have asked that she come live with us. The ‘Hope’ bracelet is for her, this is what I want her to have: Hope for a new beginning.
The Vision: Recycling Hope
Recycling Hope is first and foremost an outreach initiative and secondarily a fundraiser. Tim Vetters is helping a team of high school students turn old silverware into meaningful jewelry. He’s helping them recycle. But we are not recycling merely marketplace goods. It is not so cheap a project. We are recycling like the artist who sifts through the rubble the day after the fire, looking for only those creations that could withstand such engulfing heat, those molded with precious metals, carved with resilient stones. We are recycling like the God who looked down at his burning city and declared the day he would arrange a homecoming visitation to sift the beauty from the ashes and replant the seeds of goodness in the orchard (cf. Isa. 61)–to recycle elemental substance that remained, however hidden, in the world he once called “very good” (Gen. 1:31). We are recycling like that, because we are recycling one element that the world for all its self-destruction has not been able to destroy: hope.
The Mission: Buy It. Give It. Tell It.
Here’s how it’ll work. Engraved on each piece of jewelry or key fob will be the word Hope. The message is hope. These will be sold in the foyer of the church beginning December 8. All the money collected will be put into the youth scholarship and outreach fund, which means the money from your purchase will itself be used to deliver hope to and through a generation ever in need of finding it. Here’s the catch. Like spiritual gifts, these gifts are designed to be given, not consumed. So the rule is, if you buy it, you have to prayerfully give it away: to a friend, a stranger, a family member–to anyone who needs to hear that there is still hope for them, because God is for them. Then, once you have done that, you’ll come back to this blog and write about your experience. We are going to fill up this site with testimonies of lives touched in Jesus’ name through your hands, stories that will themselves become symbols of hope to retell, to recycle.
The Prayer: That the ‘need’ would become the face and the name.
We are confident that God already has people in mind that are going to receive this good news from you, confident, too, that he will put a face in your mind’s eye and hang a name on your heart like a led ball on a string to help you identify the person in your world that most needs to hear the message of hope through your act of love. Our prayer is simply that God would open the ears of his Church to respond to his voice.