The Promise of Hope Fund

December 2011
by Jennifer Chan

Often in his teaching, Pastor Tim Keller reminds us that different people respond to suffering in different ways. Suffering can embitter some, but it also ennobles others. 
 
In the final days of her battle with lung cancer, Shu Islam chose to respond to suffering with lavish generosity. Shu’s vision was to make it possible for couples and families of limited financial means to receive care at Redeemer Counseling Services. She wanted others to experience the same joy and fulfillment found in God-centered relationships as she had in her own marriage.
 
With a seed gift from Shu, The Promise of Hope Fund was established in 2003. Since then, more than $125,000 in donations have been made to the fund. As a result, more than 200 individuals, couples and families have received healing counsel during some of their darkest hours. 
 
Julia lost her husband to a drowning accident when their daughter was not yet two years old. “I wish I could say I felt God’s comfort and presence then, but in actuality I did not.” Through the Promise of Hope Fund, Julia received a full year’s worth of grief counseling. “The gift of counseling was one of the few tangible ways I felt truly cared for. Each week, no matter what I had been going through, I rested in the knowledge that at least for one hour of my week, someone would listen to me talk about this grief without judgment and with compassion. It was like a candle in the pitch black space I found myself, whispering to me that I was not forgotten.” 
 
In recent years, the demand for Redeemer Counseling Services has grown dramatically, and along with it, the need for financial assistance. We invite you to prayerfully consider making a donation to The Promise of Hope Fund so that people like Julia can receive care in times of distress. God has multiplied Shu’s gift over the years so that there has always been enough to meet the needs. God has done this through the generous gifts of ordinary people, which we continue to rely on. 
 
We invite you also to make The Promise of Hope Fund known to men and women in your community who may be helped through it. For more information, please contact rcs@redeemer.com. If you would like to make a donation to the fund, please make a check out to Redeemer Presbyterian Church with “Promise of Hope Fund” in the memo. 


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