Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What is "Hope 4 The Wounded"?

When I first started this blog, I was trying to come up with a name for it. It finally hit me that "Hope 4 The Wounded" would be the natural choice as this has become an extension of not just Joe, but of me, as well.

Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC, is a consulting firm that Joe & I co-founded. Joe is definitely the front-line person for this venture while I try to tackle the behind the scenes stuff. Joe has authored a book, "Reaching the Wounded Student", which is the foundation to what he speaks about at conferences & when school districts hire him to do professional development trainings.

I have started to get some questions about it, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share a couple of links. His publisher, Eye on Education, just recently did a two-part author spotlight about Joe, so if you are interested in where our hearts have led us over the years, these might give you an idea.

You can view Part 1 of Joe's Author Spotlight here.
Part 2 is here.

This whole adventure has really been an amazing journey. I can't go with Joe all of the time when he travels, but I have been able to go to some of the bigger venues when he has needed help. Joe has been given a wonderful gift to reach people, engage them in what he has to say, & give encouragement. We have been blessed by so many educators & other people that work with children who have come up after he's done speaking to share their stories & how what he's said has impacted them.

We are ever so thankful for the passion God has put in our hearts for the hurting & lost children of this world, both in our personal & "professional" lives & especially thankful for those we have the privilege to meet along the way that share that passion, too. I'm guessing that if you've taken the time to read this far, you are one of those people, so thanks...YOU ARE AWESOME!!

3 comments:

rrpr6 said...

Yes, I do share your passion! And I love your new picture posted and I am praying for the safe arrival of "Little Man" to his new home in the heart of Ashland and in the heart of many who already love hime and are excited to meet him!! :o) God is SO Good ! Take Care, Pam

Adeye said...

Read the whole things and can't wait to go and read the articles too :)

You guys are amazing. You get it....you ready do!

Love and hugs from a place that is not-so-amazing :)

Love you, friend
Adeye

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Thanks so much for sharing more details of this ministry/business. I have wondered.

We, too, have that same passion.

My husband was a school teacher for 21 years before "hanging up his chalk" last summer to go into full-time ministry.

We have had 4 different "extra" teens live with us over the years. One year, we had 6 bio. teens plus 2 extras (and, of course, the 4 little ones we had at the same time).

We have 5 young adults who make up our "Adopted Big Kids", most of which, though they never officially lived with us, have been a "part of the family" for at least 8 years. They go on family vacations with us, and come for family holidays, too.

And, of course, we adopted 3 children from Ghana, as well. So, our passion for wounded children has taken us in all kinds of directions.

My husband and I were both "wounded youth", coming from abusive and neglectful families. Both of us were taken in by Christian families. Each of us lived with a Christian family for a year before we were married. God used those families, 30+ years ago, to give us an example of what a godly family could look like. And ... both of those couples (now in their 70's and 80's are still very involved in the life of our family.)

Yes ... we have a passion for the wounded. I look forward to finding out more about Joe's book.

Blessings,

Laurel :)