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When her mother ended up in rehab, Casidee thought it was going to be the worst year ever...

“When I came to Hope on January 2, 2023, I thought I was going to have the worst year ever. I don’t think I could’ve been more wrong because, little did I know, this year is going to be the best one so far.”

That’s what 12-year-old Casidee said about moving to Hope Children’s Home New Mexico.

And though there are many things she loves about her “wonderful life at Hope” (her words), the best thing was meeting Jesus.

“I never really thought of being a Christian in my older childhood years because when I was six, we moved. Five years later, we moved again, and my mom started going downhill.

“After half a year of alcohol abuse, my mom ended up in rehab and placed me in Hope after much research on homes.”

When Casidee first got to Hope, church felt weird. But then Dixie, another girl living at Hope, challenged her to question her current beliefs.

And Casidee’s house parent, Amanda, explained what being a Christian is really about. She said Jesus is what Casidee really needed.

Soon, Casidee realized Dixie and Amanda were right—Jesus is what she needed.

Casidee with Dixie and Amanda
Casidee with Dixie (left) and Amanda (right)

Church services went from being something she dreaded to something she looked forward to. And during one Wednesday night service, Casidee asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior!

“God was my last hope…but now He’s my eternal Hope! I was saved at the altar on a Wednesday night, and my life has never been the same. God means everything to me.”

Now she lives with a perfect sense of pure joy that’s not just a momentary happiness, but the promise of a lifetime. And because of the joy and hope she has in Christ, Casidee is finding the strength to heal, to grow, and to forgive…

“Since I got saved, I’ve made good choices, I’m way happier, and I’ve made the choice to resolve issues with family, like my mom, who I never thought I’d be able to forgive.” 

Thanks to friends like you, Casidee has a relationship with God, and hope that never ends!

“I know my being here at Hope was no accident. God always has a plan. This was His plan for me.”

Casidee’s favorite verse today is Psalm 37:39: “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble.”

It’s thanks to friends like you that Casidee and so many other children not only find the home they need at Hope, but also the hope of their eternal home through Jesus. Thank you.

I want to help more children like Casidee ▶︎

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