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Why I started Visible Hope
The vision for Visible Hope Ministries began in the Summer of 2010, with a calling from God and $11,056 in my 401K savings account. I was working overseas in China, years before I had a chance to find my true purpose in life, and really figure out what God wanted me to do. My first calling was in 2008, but I ran from it; simply because I didn’t think God would call someone like me. I didn’t want to stop the life I was living to follow him wholeheartedIy. I knew with this new life he wanted me to live, I’d lose some friends in the process and have to turn my whole life around. But I was terribly unhappy and dissatisfied; I needed a change. I was faced with spiritual bankruptcy, and I wanted desperately to revive an active Christian faith with action. I ultimately asked myself this question, “What would my life look like on the other side?”
In 2010, I told God it’s all or nothing and I was ready to do a complete 360 and live strictly for him. No matter the trials and tribulations I’d run into, I wasn’t going to give up, but continue to pray and let him use me to glorify him. I knew his calling for me wasn’t to be a pulpit preacher; he wanted me to travel the world and tell people about him while at the same time, feeding and clothing people less fortunate than myself. After days of praying and fasting God gave me the vision and a name. He told me everywhere you go people will come to you searching for hope. A hope that’s visible, and that they can see life-changing moments just like they did during his time. People would endure so much from illnesses doctors couldn’t heal, and problems that were truly unheard of during this time. But when people heard Jesus was in the city, that brought joy and hope to those that were suffering. So with that, I came up with the name, Visible Hope: Hope that you can see; a chance to witness life-changing moments.
I was then able to envision a program that would give people hope and help with food, clothing and other life-saving resources that would in turn give them support, encouragement, and empowerment. I remember asking God, “what’s next?” I wanted desperately to know, where are the funds going to come from to get this started? A voice spoke to me and said, “you have a savings account.” I thought, “but how am I supposed to live if I give it all away for this program?” He answered, “You’re worried about the wrong thing. If I lead you to it, I’ll see you through it.” I didn’t see the entire vision then but I saw it throughout the years right up until now. Every time we’ve ever hosted an event we’ve always had more than enough to feed his people. Even during times when I knew we didn’t have enough, he’d always do something amazing during our feeding events to let me know he had us covered.
Love: We must love God wholeheartedly.
Grow: We must strive to continually grow in faith.
Serve: We must commit to display God’s love through serving others.
Go: Standing still is not an option; we must go and make a difference.
Dell Mitchell, Founder