The Bible instructs us to care for “the least of these.” Since its first days advocating for HIV positive children and educating the adults who are considering caring for them, Project HOPEFUL has remained focused on this mandate. However, over the past few years, our vision for and definition of “the least of these” has grown.
Today Project HOPEFUL applies its resources to educating people across the globe and providing specific, direct care for children and mothers who have been historically “overlooked” – clearly “the least of these” as Jesus called them. To ensure our people and resources are invested as efficiently as possible, Project HOPEFUL focuses on education globally, direct care in four specific countries, and the following situations which have historically caused children to be overlooked: HIV; Down syndrome; sensory processing disorder; older children at risk for aging out; sibling groups; and children who have experienced emotional/physical trauma.
Helping people care for the children who are typically overlooked is the mission we are called to. Our work is to educate, encourage and enable families to consider caring for overlooked children – the least of these, in Jesus’ words. Will you join us?
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’