Pathway of Hope
The story is told of a man who stopped to watch a little league baseball game one afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout, “What’s the score?” The boy answered, “Eighteen to nothing—we’re behind.” “Boy,” said the man, “I’ll bet you’re discouraged.” “Why should I be discouraged?” asked the little boy. “We haven’t even gotten up to bat yet!”
There are many people in our world today who, just like that baseball player, think, Things can be different in my life if I can just get the chance to get up to bat!
One of the key components of the Eastern Territory’s 20/20 Vision is its strong implementation of the Pathway of Hope (POH) initiative. This national program seeks to help families break the cycle of poverty. It does this by collaborating with our community partners to provide the needed case management, timely additional resources, pastoral care, and accountability.
In the book of Proverbs 13:12 (NIV), we read, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
In The Message paraphrase, Eugene Peterson puts it this way, “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.”
This is what our Pathway of Hope teams are striving to do each and every day. Please join with me in praying for the officers, employees, soldiers, and community friends who are helping families to “get up to bat” and change lives.
May God bless you.
— Lt. Colonel James LaBossiere
Secretary for Program