At the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) 2019 Fall Leadership Conference held in Houston, TX in late November, The Hope Movement of Hot Springs, AR was announced as the recipient of the Fred E. Lietz Mission Project Award—an esteemed award given in honor of LCEF’s first president. The unique distinction provided an opportunity to share the story and highlight the powerful work being accomplished through this incredible ministry that calls the Mid-South District “home.”
The Hope Movement was established in 2014 as a ministry of the LCMS LakePointe City Church in Hot Springs. A residential program that ministers to up to seven women at any given time, The Hope Movement is focused on one objective: “to help women move forward from an addictive lifestyle to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus as they discover abundant life through Christ (John 10:10).” The ministry pursues its mission by providing a safe living environment, skills for gainful employment, life-skills training, Christ-centered counseling, and discipleship training to empower participants as they follow Jesus.
The Hope Movement was selected from among many LCMS ministries from across the Synod nominated for the Fred E. Lietz Mission Project Award. In addition to being a distinct honor, the award designated The Hope Movement as the recipient of the offering gathered at the Fall Conference closing worship service—an amount that exceeded $50,000 and was generously matched by LCEF! This financial blessing will go a long way in helping The Hope Movement take its next steps in ministry expansion, including acquiring a second residence to serve even more women overcoming addiction.
Congratulations to The Hope Movement on being selected to receive LCEF’s 2019 Fred E. Lietz Mission Award. We look forward to sharing more good news from this incredible ministry that is changing lives in the Hot Springs community through the love of Jesus.