A Hope. A Future. What does it mean? Have you ever struggled with having hope about the future? By Tracy Bolin
I was 20 and had been a Christian for a couple of years and married for a few months, but circumstances in my life made it hard for me to see that I had a future of hope. I felt worthless. I felt like my existence was pointless. In my despair I began looking around our apartment at the things I saw every day. I saw the black and white Ansel Adams poster of a huge tree, the white couch, the off-white curtains, and then my eyes caught our colorful calendar. I stood there taking in all of the details, colors and images of the calendar. Then I noticed the verse written around the outside edge.
I can just see the Lord waiting patiently for me to notice His special word He had for me. “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.” Peace settled on my heart as I realized that the Lord had a plan for my future. And it was a good plan, a plan full of hope. I have clung to that verse throughout my life when difficult times have come, when I feel worthless, and when life seems too difficult to manage. Years later I was teaching third grade at a private Christian school, I thought, “Oh, this must be the future that the Lord was talking about. He was talking about giving me the opportunity to teach children about His Word all day long.” And it was. But, it was not the end of my future. As long as we live, we continue to have a future.
I have noticed that about every four years the Lord reveals something that changes my future. About four years after the Lord spoke to me through this verse, we were blessed with our precious Lauren. About four years later, He gave us Ashley. About four years later, I was chosen as elementary teacher of the year. About four years later we went on our first mission trip to Haiti, and about four years after that we were living in Haiti as missionaries in the name of Jesus. Now, about four years later, He is has given us a vision for Future Hope. I can’t wait to see what future hope the Lord will bring to the people of Haiti He brings to us. What an honor it is to be part of showing His people that He has plans to prosper them and not to harm them, plans to give them hope and a future.
Katie first went to Haiti in fall of 2012. She instantly fell in love with the country, especially the teens. When she came back from her trip, she knew it was life changing and the beginning of something.
The next year, Katie led a team to Mirebalais, and Jeremy joined her. That year, they both fell in love with a young girl and her brother. Knowing that adopting them and bringing them to the US was not an option, they began to pray about how they could best love these young people from afar. In early 2014, God put an idea on Katie's heart to find a way to provide opportunities for young people in Haiti to earn a fair wage by making things to sell in the US.
After sharing her vision with Jeremy, they contacted Kevin and Tracy Bolin who they had worked with on a previous mission project and who had been living in Haiti since 2011. Little did they know, the Bolins had been praying for good job opportunities for the people in their community for six months.
In the summer of 2014, Katie and their oldest son, Carter, traveled to Haiti on a research and planning trip. Along with the Bolins, they visited other missions in the country that provided jobs for Haitians. Out of the dream God planted and the vision of the Salsburys and Bolins, Future Hope was born.
Future Hope became legally recognized as a 501 C3 on August 25, 2014 and that fall, Future Hope began selling items and growing support.
In 2015, God grew Future hope in unbelievable ways! We are even more excited to see what He does with our tiny little dream in 2016 to provide a hope and a future to individuals and families in Haiti.
I fell in love with Haiti on my first visit there in 2012. The people captured my heart and I knew God was telling me to find a way to love well from afar. My vision of Future Hope began as a goal to provide opportunities for individuals to provide for their families. I am humbled by the work God is doing through Future Hope and thankful for those to support our mission.
I have noticed that about every four years the Lord reveals something that changes my future. I can’t wait to see what future hope the Lord will bring to the people of Haiti He brings to us. What an honor it is to be part of showing His people that He has plans to prosper them and not to harm them, plans to give them hope and a future.
I first went to Haiti in the fall of 2013. When the week was over and it was time to leave, there was a restless feeling in my gut about leaving so many hurting people there and returning home. With a desire to help the people, but unsure about how to go about it, I prayed for a while about how God would use the organizational skills He gave me to help the people in Haiti. During that season of prayer, God showed me very clearly that it's not what I have in America, but it is what I do with what I have that matters to Him.
In the summer of 2015, when my friend, Katie, approached me about beginning a new organization called Future Hope that would help people there earn a fair wage for their work, I knew it was my opportunity to help the people I had come to love in Haiti. I jumped in with my whole heart and continue to work with Future Hope because it gives hope to so many who don't otherwise have any.
Kevin moved to Haiti to establish a Christian Radio Station. Radio Vision Globale, 96.7, Mirebalais is now continuing bringing the good news of Jesus to the people of Haiti! Kevin continues to mentor and minister to the men and women who serve the radio station and in turn, the people of Haiti.
I choose to work for Future Hope because the vision encompasses all that the Lord has called me and my family to do. Through Future Hope, families receive spiritual nourishment while having their physical, educational & financial needs met.
But what makes this ministry truly unique is that rather than skipping through Haiti giving handouts, we build deep, ongoing relationships that weave through the fabric of just one community. Through these relationships, I believe we are making a meaningful difference in the town of Fedja that will ultimately aid the health of all Haiti.
My favorite part of FH is building relationships with new believers and witnessing how they grow in their faith. I am encouraged by seeing people with little, through hard work and determination, accomplish great things. I believe in Future Hope because I have seen the opportunities God has provided and how He has worked through our mission.
bringing hope for the future
to individuals and families in haiti.
Our core values of faithful work, loving deeds, and enduring hope because of our LORD Jesus Christ define not only who we desire to become, but also motivate and inspire us to do what we do.
Future hope haiti
3019 N Covington Court
Wichita, KS 67205
Route 3, the street before the Wozo Plaza, Mirebalais