Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Anthem of Hope

Hey, remember Misty LeBlanc (another post here)?  Her story has inspired a team of people to partner with Misty's husband, Darren, in creating a foundation called Hope Resource Group.  The main project of this foundation is called the Anthem of Hope.  A little bit about the mission, straight from the website:

"Anthem of Hope is a movement to bring hope and courage to those who are affected by illness.  We raise awareness about the needs of people who are sick, and we create resources to address their spiritual and emotional needs.  We believe faith is the key component in the transformation from despair to hope; the movement from a dark place to one of joy. Our goal is to support patients, family and friends by creating resources to facilitate the growth of faith and hope in the midst of trials."

My favorite thing about the project is the encouragement discs.  A bunch of artists, pastors, narrators, and musicians will be coming together to contribute to the compilation of discs containing encouraging scripture readings and music to aid in lifting the spirits of those who are suffering.  It will greatly serve the group of people who is desperately in need of hope, and that's a cause that I can absolutely stand behind with pride.

I have to admit that I feel very flattered to have received a personal email from Darren himself this week!  I imagine that he got my information from some of you who followed my links to his blogs in my previous posts, so thank you to those who visited his site!  Makes me feel like there actually are some of you out there who actually read what I write ;-)

Anyway, the reason Darren wrote to me was to let me know that the Anthem of Hope website would be launching today.  I really encourage you to go to the site and take a look around - possibly even make a donation to the cause if you feel led to do so.  It really is a great cause, and I've been following Darren's hard work and progress for over a year now.  I can vouch for the fact that he's got a really great thing going, and if this sort of thing is your cup of tea, then please head on over there and take a look!  You never know when you or someone you know will be in need of encouragement and hope; my goal is to let you know that this resource is there if and when you need it (but hopefully, you never will).

Hard times are inevitable, but at least we can do something to help if we have been blessed.  Darren and his group really have made great strides in faith to make this happen.  I'm sure Misty would be thrilled :)