Meet our 2023 Graduates
Emily, Jadin, and David reflect on the past as they look to the future.
Some children spend only a few months at Hope—others spend nearly their entire lives.
While each story is different, every child at Hope is loved, valued, and nurtured spiritually while they’re here.
This year, three of our teens are graduating from high school. It’s been such a privilege to watch them grow in maturity—and in their faith. The investment you’ve made in their lives is reaping rewards that will last forever.
Please keep these precious young adults in your prayers as they cherish the memories and relationships they’ve made at Hope and move into the next chapter of their lives.
When Emily was a small child, she desperately needed someone to love her. Her mother had walked away early, leaving Emily’s father to care for her. But his drinking problem got worse and worse until it became full-blown alcoholism, and he bounced in and out of prison.
Emily’s grandmother graciously tried to step in, but age and tight finances kept her from giving the toddler the full care she needed.
Finally, at 4 years old, Emily came to Hope Children’s Home. There everything changed—for good!
With joy, Emily shares…
“I’m so thankful that I was placed here at Hope with people who love and care for me.
“While being here at Hope, I’ve received Christ as my Savior. That was truly the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.
“Once I graduate, I plan on going off to college to study youth ministries and counseling. Please keep me in your prayers. Thank you!”
When family just couldn’t be there for this lovely young girl, friends like you were. Thank you for giving Emily the loving home and the happy childhood she needed.
Thanks to you, today she can say…
“I’ve learned that God does everything for a reason, and that in everything I need to give thanks. I’ve also learned that, as Jeremiah 29:11 says, God has a plan for my life.”
A single woman living in New York, Jadin’s mother, wanted to care for him and his siblings—but it was too difficult. So at 2 years old, Jadin was moved to Hope Children’s Home.
His sisters joined him in 2006, and a couple of years later, his brother did too. It was the nurturing, Christ-centered environment they all needed—and it made an eternal difference to Jadin.
“I am constantly learning, but the biggest lesson I have learned is how to pray.
“We often ask for a burden to be taken away from us, but we should ask if God can make us stronger and help us through the trial.
“God also taught me that He has a purpose for everything. We may not see what His plan is, but He has never failed anyone.”
Jadin flourished at Hope Christian School. There, he played basketball and loved learning about stocks and investments.
He hopes to continue playing basketball and study physical therapy in college. Thanks to your investment in his life, he grew up right where he belonged.
Today, Jadin says,
“Hope is my home.
“Since I’ve been here, my family keeps growing. I’m really thankful for all the memories I made in the boy’s dorm. If I ever need something or want to talk to someone, I could always rely on them.”
When David was a baby, his parents fought constantly. His father was an alcoholic, and money was tight. His mother worked constantly just to provide food for David and his siblings, but it was never more than barely enough.
When David was 6 years old, he came to Hope Children’s Home in Honduras—and life opened up for him. Here, he learned to speak English and play soccer, and he loved going to school.
Most importantly, he was introduced to the love of his Heavenly Father.
When he looks back at his time at Hope, he says…
“The most important thing that I learned was about Jesus, and I trusted Him as my Savior.
For me, Hope means opportunity!”
While his future plans are undecided right now, we’re sure God is going to do great things in and through David’s life.
Your prayers and support help give vulnerable children like Emily, Jadin, and David the chance to grow up in a loving, Christ-centered home.
And now, as high school graduates, they’re able to take their next steps into a bright future as capable, confident, Christian young people.
Thank you for your partnership!