Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord ... Leanne Bohn and the Hope Mission Team from Hope Lutheran Church in Rochester, New York, surely embodied this command from the book of Colossians at Point of Hope this past June.
Leanne explained that two years ago when the Hope Mission Team visited Point of Hope, the third floor was in need of renovations so that more Roma children could be included in their programs. They made a commitment to help finish one of the classrooms and generously sent funds so the renovations could begin. Windows were replaced, walls were repaired, and new flooring and a ceiling were installed. Just a few days before Leanne and the Hope Mission Team arrived, the walls were painted white in preparation for their work to begin.
Leanne explained that each day, after teaching the children of Point of Hope for six hours, they went upstairs to trace and paint a mural of the story of creation on the wall of the new classroom. “We would do a devotion each night,” explained Leanne, “and most nights devotions didn't start until 11:00 pm because everyone wanted to keep working!”
They used an overhead projector to illuminate the design on the wall so that everyone could help. Their task was made more challenging though because there is not yet electricity in the room. A very long drop cord was run to the projector and the team painted by its light only. Leanne said they “just prayed that it would look okay in the morning when the sun came up! And every day it looked more and more beautiful!”
Thanks to the generosity of the Hope Mission Team’s supporters, the team was able to prepare dinner for the parents of the children at the center. “On Tuesday and Wednesday evening we hosted the parents at the center for a delicious dinner of lasagna, bread and ice cream,” said Leanne.”It was a great time to meet the parents and get a chance to chat with them. We performed Agnes Dei for them in Romanian and had wonderful fellowship, talking to them about how precious and beautiful their children are.”
Leanne expressed what an amazing blessing it was to be able to provide such a beautiful and happy place for these children who have such little beauty and happiness in their lives. One of the children said to her that he "feels safe in the center.” Leanne, expressed her gratitude for all who have helped wrap him (and all the Point of Hope children) in the loving, safe arms of Jesus.
To Leanne and the Hope Mission Team, We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3