What brings me hope

Making a difference for our children

Janar (left) with her children Tayla, Mya and Brian, Jr. with their grandmother Rosalind Tompkins on Mother’s Day.
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By Rosalind Tompkins
Special to the Outlook

In preparation for our Whole Hope Campaign, in 2018 Mothers In Crisis conducted a random in-person and online survey asking participants four questions: 

  1. What is hope? 
  2. What brings you hope or makes you feel hopeful? 
  3. What are some things that zap your hope or make you feel less hope or hopeless? 
  4. What do you experience when you are hopeful? 

Results of the survey revealed that most participants feel children bring hope. A high percentage of participants also feel that other people and their own faith in God bring them hope. Many people stated that negativity and negative people zap their hope. When asked about what people experience when they feel hopeful, answers varied from excitement and elation to peace and calm.

I’m in agreement with children bringing hope because when I had my daughter Janar who I call my baby of hope, she changed my life. In my poem, “My Baby Girl”, that I wrote for her there is a part that says, “When you came into my world, my life was a mess and you know that you showed up on the scene all sparkling and clean, you were just what I needed to help me really believe that it was time to take stock of my life.” 

She brought hope to my chaotic life, and I never used drugs again and that was over 30 years ago.

With yet another mass shooting in the America at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed. The mothers and fathers and family members of these precious children and teachers have lost their loved ones and in some cases their hope. Joe Garcia the husband of Irma Garcia one of the teachers who was killed, died of heartbreak after visiting his wife’s memorial. According to news reports, his nephew John Martinez said after coming home he just fell over. Garcia was only 50 years old.

Children bring hope because they are said to be our future and hope is future oriented. Most people want a brighter future for their children and many of the struggles, challenging work, and sacrifice is for them to have a better life. Well, what happens when they are gunned down and killed? Do we shake our heads and keep on going? No, we cannot. 

We are still here for a reason and that is to make this world a better place for all children. That is why what brings me hope is this, Dum Spero Spiro, Latin for “While I breathe, I hope.” I’m alive and therefore I have another chance to make a difference and try to prevent what happened to those precious souls, our hope, from happening to others.

Rosalind Tompkins, Ph.D. is author of “As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Still Hope,” and other inspirational books. Tompkins is also founder of Turning Point International Church, the Chapel of Mothers In Crisis. She’s also founder of Turning Point International Alliance with ministries and churches in Pakistan, Nepal, Eswatini, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, and St. Vincent in the West Indies. 


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