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New ministry plans concert, aims to bring hope

Adam Crabb of the Gaither Vocal Band will perform a free concert Aug. 22 at Asbury United Methodist Church.

Adam Crabb of the Gaither Vocal Band will perform a free concert Aug. 22 at Asbury United Methodist Church.

CHARLES TOWN – I’d like to share with you details about a new ministry, Ministry of HOPE Inc. I’ve felt a persistent strong calling from the Lord to provide uplifting opportunities for the community while providing comfort and compassion in the face of adversity – to change a life and bring some form of happiness by providing hope to a hurting world.

Ministry of HOPE Inc. will exist to enhance established community services and be supportive by providing a caring presence, delivering food baskets to families who’ve experienced sudden tragedy, providing new winter coats for needy children, serving as helping hands for senior citizens – in short, to fulfill the endless list of many folks who require a bit of assistance in the face of adversity. Ministry of HOPE Inc. is an official nonprofit organization.

My first community event is a free gospel concert featuring Gaither Vocal Band’s Adam Crabb. It’s being held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. Doors open at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

This concert will be free to the public; a love offering will be taken at the concert to support the Forgotten Children’s Ministry and Jefferson County Community Ministries. Other events will be planned to fund the ministry’s efforts.

Attending the concert can be uplifting and provide the HOPE that someone may need to more forward and become involved in this effort.

I’m a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, having worked for more than 25 years with Partnering with Page Jackson Elementary School, United Way, American Red Cross and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Eleven years ago my ministering in our community ceased when I lost my husband, Arthur, to brain cancer and six months later also lost my job. My husband lived for three more years after the initial diagnosis of just one year; he was very strong, never angry or questioned, “Why me?”

Ministry of Hope founder Diane Stewart (right) stands with Crabb. He’ll perform later this month at a free concert she’s organizing, with donations being collected for Jefferson County Community Ministries and the Forgotten Children’s Ministry.

Ministry of Hope founder Diane Stewart (right) stands with Crabb. He’ll perform later this month at a free concert she’s organizing, with donations being collected for Jefferson County Community Ministries and the Forgotten Children’s Ministry.This led us to realize more than ever the true meaning of life, to spend 
quality time with friends and family, say I love you, be kind to others, 
don’t sweat the small stuff and most of all 
appreciate and cherish the life God gives us. Of necessity, I returned to 
the workforce with a position in Northern Virginia where I am still employed.

I’m taking care of my 88-year-old mother since my father’s passing a few years ago. Through all these struggles my faith in God and the love and support of those around me, even in the darkest moments, gave me comfort and HOPE with all the smallest acts of kindness extended to me and my family.

Again and again the Lord laid in my heart the verse from Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” — this was the seed planted in me to start Ministry of HOPE, Inc.

My daughters, Tracey, Stephanie and Jennifer, and my eight wonderful grandchildren have supported and encouraged my decision to start Ministry of HOPE Inc.

My granddaughter, Taylor Cenate, has been very instrumental in the startup of the ministry, making it wonderful to watch her getting involved and working for the Lord — what a great attribute for children to develop.

Prayfully consider becoming a partner in this new ministry. Donations may be sent to Ministry of HOPE Inc., 167 Star Sign Lane, Charles Town 25414.

Thank you for your time and consideration in becoming a partner in this ministry and helping our community find hope. Let me leave you with this verse that I often turn to – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31.

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