Oh the mall during the holidays: the sales, the shopping and the crowds! Let's be honest it's all those people who often raise our stress level, but not for one local man.
“Like most people, you find yourself here during the holidays and there was so many people here that I thought 'this would be a great place to interact with people, to engage with people’,” said Wayne Hume, Minister of Missions at Northeast Christian Church.
Hume, along with some 85 other volunteers have set up shop at a kiosk smack dab in the middle of Cherryvale mall. They’re selling only one thing, and it's free of charge: hope.
“We're just here to give some encouragement and prayer for anybody who needs it,” said Barbara Katoll-Koons, volunteer. Wednesday, volunteers also asked what stateliners think the world needs more of, and who inspires them. Both are simple ways to focus on the things that matter during the holiday season.
“We know that during the holidays people have a tendency to feel a little bit more discouraged or depressed if they're in a job loss situation, or if there's a relational conflict it's worse at the holidays,” said Hume.
While these volunteers aren't counselors, and they can't fix your problems, they are here to listen. But they want you to know, someone else already is.
“What we really want is for people to understand that God loves them, that he's crazy about them,“ said Hume. “We want them to understand that He is concerned and cares about them and that He is a solution to their problems.”
You can stop by the Hope Project kiosk through December 31st. Volunteers are there every day from 9 in the morning until 9 at night. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Volunteers will wrap up their day at 6pm.