Reclaimed Hope

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Vision of Hope (VOH) is a residential program for women ages 14 and older struggling with eating disorders, addiction issues of all types, self-harm habits, and unplanned pregnancies. With loving pastoral oversight and church family support based upon relationship-building among residents and church members, VOH is intricately woven into the fabric of Faith Church. A few years ago, VOH launched an “upcycling” thrift store called Reclaimed Hope. Some spiritual metaphors of the thrift store and the program itself come to mind. Continue reading

The Instant Gratification Trap in Counseling, Part 1

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

We are born with a desire to gratify ourselves. We are driven by innate desires for food, water, sleep, shelter, fellowship, and communication. This is how civilization develops and progresses. Incredible inventions were created that have made life easier, such as the washing machine and the telephone. Instant gratification is not a new phenomenon. However, our expectation of “instant” is faster than ever. Continue reading