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My hope and shield.


My hope and shield.

Allison Brown

It seems that hope is something you just can't get at in the absence of faith and love. Like it's there in the middle because hope is a state that exists because faith and love act together in your life.  So when I come into contact with the world and find hopelessness, it's not got some quick fix.  

Hope is an expression of spirituality.

Many things can keep us from developing our spirituality.  Being made in the image of God doesn't put anyone at the head of the class.  For Aleyda Zepeda, it was debilitating pain. Raised by elderly grandparents, Aleyda suffered scoliosis for years while doctors at the national hospital offered no treatment but recommended surgery.  She was strung along for more than five years on the waiting list, and when it came time for her surgery, the surgical team said she was too severe, and they called it off.

That's how I met Aleyda.  Managing cases that consume months and sometimes years of time to find solutions inevitably creates relationship.  God can use many things to draw us into the path that illuminates faith, instills hope, and gifts us with love. 

After her surgery, Aleyda kept in touch.  Relationships that have brought faith, hope, and love into one's life are not relationships to let go of.  That was 8 years ago.

Last month, Aleyda's grandfather died.  She and her grandmother are completely alone in the world.  Though Aleyda has always had to make her own way, she is now acutely burdened by how to provide for herself and her grandmother. 

Help us provide Aleyda with a college scholarship.  Her deepest desire is to use her life to pay it forward, give a little faith, hope, and love to someone else.  She has said, 

You can’t give what you don’t have. But you should give what you do have.

Well said, Aleyda.  Please consider contributing to Aleyda's scholarship fund.