It’s amazing to see the connection between the survivors and our sweet horses. One survivor said to our severely abused horse, Sonny, ”I get what it’s like to be hurt.” [...] That is one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned though this process. It’s not my journey. I don’t get to decide how fast and how far someone should be along their journey.
In addition to greater opportunities to pray for the sick and to bless people, my confidence and boldness to reach out and take a risk has greatly increased. More importantly, I have observed that many of the volunteers, especially among the young people, have never had or taken an opportunity to reach out and serve the poor in a public gathering. A vision for such service is birthed in them. I have seen multiple times how the clinics are an opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds, ages, experience, maturity levels, talents, and church backgrounds to come together.
Approximately, 20,000 visitors attended this year’s CityServe Arizona's HopeFest in Phoenix with the help of 2,400 volunteers from around the community and just a little farther. All this help and all these people meant one thing – a lot of food, 75,000 meals to be exact! But that isn’t the only positive that came out of this event. By joining together and hosting this huge event, HopeFest managed to go above and beyond filling stomachs. Check out all that was accomplished below.
Hey, everyone! My name is Nichole and I’m a summer intern this year at Compassion Connect. I’m helping out with social media, blog posts, clinics and anything I can really get my hands on. So hopefully you like our social media posts and the blogs I’ve written recently!
You know what else I love? Compassion Connect clinics! I attended my first (and not the last!) in Oregon City June 20 and saw some amazing things, not to mention met a lot of great people.