The list of services provided by Heavenly Hope, a new Christian outreach program in Ste. Genevieve County, is lengthy and varied.

It includes everything from prayer and support to teaching life skills to clothing and hygiene products to prayer, which is listed at the beginning and end of Heavenly Hope’s flier because “you can never have too much prayer.”

Beth Giesler, one of the board members for the new organization, made a presentation last week to the Community Services Forum.

The organization was established on April 17, 2018, and its mission is to “bring hope to people by sharing God’s love, teaching life skills, and working hand in hand creating future goals to bring hope to any circumstance.”

Giesler said the organization can provide a safety net to help people get back on their feet.

“Sometimes in life, your life gets flipped upside down and you don’t know why it happens but it just happens,” Giesler said. “It could be a death in the family, a diagnosis of a medical condition. So when that happens, you still have to keep moving forward.”

She said going through a similar life event allowed her to reconnect with her faith.

“When God speaks to you, He speaks to you and that’s pretty clear,” she said. “This organization is amazing and it’s all part of God’s plan for our county.”

She said one of the primary goals of the organization “is to go out to the people,” because most of the resources for serving the large county are centered around the city of Ste. Genevieve. ...

She said she wants the organization to be “a hub for the county” and she plans to work with agencies to identify areas of need and also to identify solutions for those in need.

It currently has no location, though people seeking information my contact Heavenly Hope by phone (636-465-9178), its website (heavenlyhopefoundation.org), or e-mail (heavenlyhope19@gmail.com).

“We’re just going to continue listening to God and see what he says,” Giesler said. “If it’s meant to be, it’ll be.

“We can’t change what anybody is doing; only God can. So we are out teaching the Word and we are educating people and not enabling them.”

See complete story in the August 21 edition of the Herald.