About Our MinistryHope for the Soul is a place where people find hope and community as we struggle well…together. Our mission is to be a multi-tiered lighthouse of safety and acceptance to help those with any need or struggle experience hope through the transforming power of God’s love; mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and relationally. Our HistoryThe Lighthouse
In 2010, Hope for the Soul was introduced as a fresh and innovative alternative to the ways that most church and counseling programs traditionally operate in helping individuals and families overcome life’s problems.
This all started with the vision to create a safe environment for emotional wellness to exist at the very forefront of our approach. Hope for the Soul recognizes that without posturing growth and healing in a new template of examining a balance between mind, body, and spirit, people will continue to be bound in survival mode living. If one area of someone’s life is impacted, altered, or damaged, they all become affected. Therefore, dysfunctional patterns will be reinforced, regardless what new interventions or coping mechanisms are introduced to them. HFTS believes there is a big difference between finding help and experiencing healing.
We are now a mobile “Church”. We minister, teach, counsel and worship to the needs of our surrounding community.
We talk about faith and God, while showing in action and example the love of Jesus. We model a journey towards individual freedom from past hurts, repetitive poor choices, and life’s unexpected difficulties. Our goal is to always provide a safe environment that fosters a meaningful journey for healthy life change and transformation.
Why a Lighthouse?
Being an example and shedding light and a new perspective on suffering and struggle provides the beacon of hope and proof that it is possible to be okay in the storms of life.
Many agencies, churches, and community outreach efforts want to “help” in ways of rescuing, fixing, imposing, and controlling. They try to minister to those in need based on their own agenda and what makes sense to them. This causes helpers to ask those struggling to meet the helpers where they are at when it ought to be the other way around. Faith tells us that we are called to serve—to meet people IN their pain, their circumstances, their environments, and their struggle. We need to cry WITH people, not aim to take the tears away. People need to learn to struggle well, not to get rid of the struggle…because life is full of inevitable and unavoidable struggles that come and go, no matter how hard we try to completely eliminate them.
The opposite extreme of this is to turn the other way and pretend that people in our very own communities are not struggling in ways that we could never comprehend. It means to choose to align with the lies that it is “not really that bad,” “they should be able to help themselves,” or “there’s nothing I can really do to help.” It is awful to ever think that someone chose one day to have the debilitating struggles and loneliness they are currently facing. No one chooses to suffer, although it is an inevitable part of life. We all, however, are responsible for how we choose to respond.
In the middle of both extremes lies the balance, the Lighthouse. There is a difference between being the solution for someone and empowering someone to be the best version of themselves possible. Being an example and shedding light and a new perspective on suffering and struggle provides the beacon of hope and proof that it is possible to be okay IN the storms of life. Pain and suffering is a lot more bearable when there is purpose to it. And it is encouraging and empowering to overcome and persevere when the journey to safety isn’t ventured alone. We will never ask someone to do something we haven’t done first ourselves. And it is through that testimony that we are able to stay firmly grounded in that hope that if we can do it, others can do it too. We can be the Light for them to see their pain and struggle in a new way. We can empower them and encourage them and enlighten them. Therefore, we don’t have to rush in and save them, instead we can prove to them that it is possible for them to overcome and claim their own victory! Then, when they themselves have reached solid ground again, they can help others in their storms reach safety, allowing them to experience the purpose of their own journey. This is the most beautiful story of all.
“Pain and suffering is a lot more bearable when there is purpose to it. And it is encouraging and empowering to overcome and persevere when the journey to safety isn’t ventured alone. “