Who We Are:
Hope’s Lantern is simply a group of friends that have come together to meet the essential needs of children in the Jonathan Alder School District.
What We Do:
Hope’s Lantern currently provides weekend meals to those most in need in the Jonathan Alder school district. Our first school year, 2015-2016, we weekly provided 20-25 students with weekend meals to help loving parents meet the nutritional needs of their children. Since then we've continued to work directly with the school district and this school year (2023-24) we're supplying 90-100 weekend meals each weekend across all buildings.
This is our helping bring Heaven to earth, and we feel that Christ has called us to do so.
How We Started:
Hope’s Lantern was birthed out of the idea that Christ’s life, death, and resurrection changed the world and that, as believers, we have a role to play in helping bring Heaven to earth to those in and around our community.
While helping meet the essential needs of children in and around our community, Hope’s Lantern mission is to show the love of Christ. We believe that a child feels most loved when stomachs are full, clothes are warm and a parent can worry less about financials stresses.
Matthew 25: 31-36 states the following:
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
We mention this, because bringing Heaven to earth is wrapped up in our relationship with Christ and its uber-important to Him. We could dissect the scripture until we are blue in the face, but at the heart of it all we’re supposed to help those in need of help!