On Saturday, July 9, 2011, 8 kids from The Krause Center joined up with 50 other teens from Houston to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to Houston’s less fortunate. The event is called Window of Hope, which is an inner city mission experience for teens that trains and equips them to serve others; specifically the homeless.
The Krause kids attended Window of Hope all day Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Their day started off with highlighting their favorites Bible verses in copies of the New Testament that were going to be given away with the sack lunches that they packed. After spending a good hour and a half packing lunches and highlighting Bible verses, the Krause kids & other participants were split into groups and were dispersed throughout Downtown Houston.
One 16 year-old female resident at Krause wrote, “I enjoyed being involved in Window of Hope because I got to experience how good it feels to give to those who are less fortunate. It’s a true reward to be the one responsible for the smiles put on their faces. I’d love to come back and do it again.”
On their downtown journey, the groups sought out members of the homeless community and ask them if they wanted a sack lunch. Many times this simple gesture would lead to conversation and would end with the groups praying over homeless men and women. It was incredible to watch the Krause kids be bold in their faith and be the ones to offer help, healing, and hope in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Another Krause female resident, age 17, had this to say, “On the morning of July 9, 2011, a group of youth and church ministers set out on a journey that would change them. On that hot summer day they set out to help people that needed it. I got to be a part of that group of youth and I had a great time. Doing something good for the less fortunate was a wonderful experience. Myself and the group from the church set out on a mission to feed and give prayer to the ones who needed it. It felt wonderful to see the faces on the people who we gave to. Everyone was so happy! By the time we got up and moved along it made me feel good inside and out. It was a great experience and we really did open a window of hope for the people who are less fortunate. It is something I would consider doing again next year. Seeing all those people made me very grateful for the life I have because a lot of people have nothing. I praise the Lord for allowing me to live my life and praise Him for leading me to window of Hope to help the people we did.”
I truly believe that it is these types of experiences that will aide in the healing of the kids in Krause’s care. Experiences like Window of Hope teach teens to be selfless and helps them embrace a new identity: Child of God & Co-heir with Christ. Many kids in Krause’s care have given themselves a negative & false identity due to the abuse they’ve been subjected to, but when they experience Jesus through service opportunities, relationships with Christ-centered adults, and spending time with God, their false identity starts to be replaced with who God says they are. It simply amazes me when I see a child who has been through so much, set aside their own hurt in order to care for another.