In honor of Valentine’s Day, this is one of my favorite staff photos. This is Nathan and one of his sons. Nathan is a former pastor and has been filling in as cook here, but is normally on staff at the boys’ dorm. He is very well-loved by all the children, including his own. He legitimately cares for them and it shows in his long hours and tired eyes.
In the week after Valentine’s Day, it’s good for our souls to remember that love isn’t just romantic love. It’s not giving up on a kid who hates your guts, it’s providing them with care and opportunities to grow even if they don’t appreciate it at the time. Our staff do that every day and, in this business, it breaks a lot of people down. So if you’re out at Hope House and you see a staff, let them know how much they are appreciated. It will mean the world to them.