Be a source of HOPE

“People living with persisting mental illness have often lost hope about a better future. Their families have lost hope and they say their community holds little hope for them. If there was one thing I would ask of the church it would be to become purveyors of hope!”

Social worker

A purveyor is a person who supplies, brings, is a vendor, or source of a supply. A purveyor of HOPE is someone who tells, tattles, spreads, transmits, whispers, and even gossips HOPE.

The dictionary says hope can be a noun or a verb. In Scripture hope is the confident expectation that God will fulfill His promises [1]

‘…we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls’

Hebrews 6: 18-19 NLT

Here’s two ways Christians can be purveyors of hope

  • Be a loving community that fosters inclusive relationships
  • Be full of hope

Read more in article: Hope in expression

Hope is ignited within people via relationships.  Hope is contagious. When you have hope it quickly fans into flame the hope in another person who may be hopeless.Studies show that hopefulness of health professionals directly impacts their patient’s hopefulness.[2]  We ignite hope in another person when we can help them look forward and see a meaningful future.  This allows a person to envision possibilities that they may not be able to see on their own. It requires encouragement, and willingness to journey alongside another through their valley experience. The healing and hope-giving power of a friend is not to be underestimated.

Never has there been a greater need for hope-filled, genuine, life-giving friendships.

Read more in article: Genuine friendship promotes hope and health

  1.  Life Application Study Bible – New International Version, Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Illinois and Zondervan Publishing House, Michigan, 1991, p.2463.
  2. Dameron, C 2014, The Importance of Hope, Journal of Christian Nursing, Vol 31, No 2, p. 77.