be a purveyor of HOPE

“People living with persisting mental illness have often lost hope about a better future. Their families have lost hope and they say their community holds little hope for them. If there was one thing I would ask of the church it would be to become purveyors of hope!”

Social worker

A purveyor is a person who supplies, brings, is a vendor, or source of a supply. A purveyor of HOPE is someone who tells, tattles, spreads, transmits, whispers, and even gossips HOPE.

The dictionary says hope can be a noun or a verb. In Scripture hope is the confident expectation that God will fulfill His promises [1]

Here’s two ways Christians can be purveyors of hope

  • Be a loving community that fosters inclusive relationships
  • Be full of hope

Read more in article: Hope in expression

Hope is ignited between people via relationships.  Hope is contagious. When you have hope it quickly fans into flame the hope in another person who may be hopeless.Studies show that hopefulness of health professionals directly impacts their patient’s hopefulness.[2]  We ignite hope in another when we can help them look forward and see a meaningful future.  This allows a person to envision possibilities that they may not be able to see on their own. It requires encouragement, and willingness to journey alongside another through their valley experience. The healing and hope-giving power of a friend is not to be underestimated.

Never has there been a greater need for hope-filled, genuine, life-giving friendships.

Read more in article: Genuine friendship promotes hope and health

Jesus commands us to “love your neighbour” and we often wonder but “who is my neighbour?” The lawyer in Luke 10:29 asked this question of Jesus and he replied with the parable of the Good Samaritan. A man walking along the road between Jerusalem and Jericho was beaten and left to die. The very people one would expect to help him ignored him and passed by on the other side of the road, namely a priest and a Levite, people of faith who one could expect would have helped him. They didn’t get involved and we too can turn a blind eye and not get involved with vulnerable people we come across!  Then a Samaritan stopped and helped the man. He nursed him, transported him, sheltered him and funded his longer term care and rehabilitation needs. Jesus asked the lawyer “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour…?” to the Samaritan (Luke 12:36a NIV). The answer is obvious… the person who showed the man mercy! Jesus finished his parable with a command to “Go and do likewise!” (Luke 10:37b NIV). The message for FCNs and Christian churches following Jesus’ teaching is crystal clear. The question to each of us is, How will you respond to the person in need? What sort of person will you be?

  1.  Life Application Study Bible – New International Version, Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Illinois and Zondervan Publishing House, Michigan, 1991, p.2463.
  2. Dameron, C 2014, The Importance of Hope, Journal of Christian Nursing, Vol 31, No 2, p. 77.