121Hope Sews Love in our Community
It has been said that in the Kingdom of God, the greatest ability is our availability. Often times we think our talents and charisma dictate how we can serve the Lord, but Northland’s 121Hope ministry believes that all believers can offer the love of God to one another, simply by showing up and meeting the women where they are.
121Hope is Northland's response to human trafficking. 121Hope brings hope to victims and survivors of human trafficking and empowers local abolitionists, all through one-to-one discipleship.
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With gentle smiles and hopeful hearts, 121Hope team members travel into the dank and dark corridors of Orlando’s nightlife each month, using the North Star as their guiding light. Givers of light, friends and family members leave the comfort of their homes to love on women who have received affections from unwanted hands. The life of a trafficked woman is dark, hopeless and smoldered in ash. Oftentimes, their candles burnt out long ago and their identities have been stripped away. So how does a woman enslaved to darkness have any hope in hearing the Good News that a child was born in a manger and His birth brought hope to the world?
It starts with scripture. The Book of Acts tells us a story of Dorcas, a widow who showed God’s love to others by sewing robes for the poor and needy. It was in her quiet talent that Dorcas embroidered God’s love on the hearts of the recipients with every stitch. She was beloved in her hometown of Joppa. One day, she fell ill and died. When the disciples heard, Peter was in a nearby town, they sent two men to bring him back to heal her. Peter arrived and told Dorcas to awaken, which she did (Acts 9:36-43). Peter made beauty out of ash with their beloved sister — and many came to know Christ that day. For the past four months, 121Hope volunteers have embroidered 130 hearts, each one sewn by the hands of Jesus. The hearts were recently given to women they've met on the streets of Orlando as a symbol that God’s love is far-reaching, even to the depths of the underworld. Stitches may break and threads may unravel, but the love of Our Lord and Savior never fails. It is in the heart of the giver and receiver that the one, greatest Love is born.