There was a harpist... Lasting Hope Gala Update


The 3rd annual Lasting Hope Gala on October 2 reminded me of 1 Corinthians 12:9:

“Each time [God] said… ‘My power works best in weakness…’”

HarpistI mean, there was a harpist!

FYI - Nothing I’m a part of should be impressive enough to have a harpist serenade its guests!

The realization that Karyn and I are two completely ordinary people hit me hard at the Gala this year. Observing the full room, enjoying the live auction, and listening to Britainy Sholl eloquently share about the impact of The Forsaken Children felt surreal… Did I mention that there was a harpist there?

Can I really be a part of this?

Well, the answer to that question is yes, God has let me be a part of it. He has done some amazing things through my weaknesses and the weaknesses of all of us who are a part of The Forsaken Children.


Terri Walker

The accomplishments of this dynamic ministry are none other than God-sized feats, and all who partner with The Forsaken Children get to be a part of all that God is doing.

NebiyuI think of Nebiyu, whose story was shared at the gala. His transformation from a boy abandoned and living on the streets into the sweet and godly young man he is today inspires me so much. Knowing him since the beginning of his journey and getting to see his complete transformation, my faith is strengthened. I believe more fully that God can do anything in my own life and in the lives of the most broken children The Forsaken Children works with.

Nebiyu gives us so much to hope for… here in the U.S. and on the other side of the world in Ethiopia! Watch his testimony if you missed it or just want to see it again…

Thank you to all those who came to this year’s Lasting Hope Gala!

You helped raise nearly $25,000 for the ministry to street children in Ethiopia!


The “Fund A Need” gave everyone a chance to invest in Lasting Hope for Ethiopia.

The "Fund A Need" will remain open until October 17. GIVE HERE and select "Fund a Need 2014" in the designation portion of your checkout.


Finally, a thank you to all of our amazing sponsors is in order…

AAA Office & Mail Solutions

Pyramex Safety

UWT Logistics, LLC

St. Andrews Episcopal Church

Juice Plus (Suzanne Vrbas)

Williams & Gillentine Legacy Planning

The American National Stevens Agency            

Bailey-Parks Urethane

Patrick Accounting & Tax Services   

Cornerstone Systems

Tommy Whited, DDS

Mercer Capital

Benchmark Wealth Management

Elizabeth H. Lee, DDS



*Pictures by Megan Wolfe