Millionaire Eugene Land was featured character in Parade Magazine. He was asked to speak to a class of 6th graders in the Harlem School District of IL. How will he inspire these students, most of whom, statistically, would drop out of school? He wondered how he could get these mostly minority children to even look and listen to him. Scrapping his notes, he decided to speak from his heart… “Stay in school,” he admonished, “and I’ll help pay the college tuition for every one of you!”

At that moment the lives of these students changed. For the first time they had hope. Said one student:“I had something to look forward to, something waiting for me. It was a golden feeling!” 90 percent of that batch of 6th graders went on to graduate from high school! That hope gave them the needed push!

Hope inspires perseverance – it makes one endure. Especially when trustworthy promises are made. God’s promises for us are great and glorious … they’re meant to make us look forward with joyful anticipation… especially for this New Year! Rest assured that He is faithful to fulfill!

Pastor Vino

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