“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matt 7:12)

The Golden Rule is at the heart of Fellowship of Hope Mentoring’s (FoHM) first mentor. Christina Johnson had thought about becoming a mentor a number of times over the years, but the timing just wasn’t ever right. But God kept pulling on her heartstrings to do more for those in need. So when she heard FoHM was focusing on the needy children in southwest Richardson, Texas, she knew it was time to answer the call.

She sums up her experience like this:

It was a little scary going to the first Meet and Greet, but I was excited too. I was worried I wouldn’t really “click” with any of the girls, that I might be too old to relate to them, or that our cultural differences might make it awkward. But, I just love kids and want to use my life to make a difference in their lives. I knew that if God was calling me to do this, He would make it all work out so I took a leap of faith.

And I am so glad that I did! My relationship with Rosa (my mentee) has been such a rewarding experience for me, and I believe it has been for Rosa, too. We have helped each other get out of our comfort zones. She has stretched me to meet her where she is spiritually and emotionally as I provide her with opportunities to experience God through attending church with me as well as other activities that she may otherwise not have experienced. I’ve also learned that just being there for her—giving her my time and attention—has a lot of value as well.

Over this past year, I’ve come to truly care for Rosa and I believe that we’ve created a bond of friendship that will last many years, and I hope maybe even forever. I look forward to watching her grow and develop into an amazing young woman and I feel privileged to be a small part of it.

Isaiah 58 speaks of a fast that is all about giving up our time, talents, and resources for those who are in need. Matthew 25 tells us that what we do for the least of these, we do for Christ Himself. Christina’s devotion to Rosa is a prime example of a fast that is pleasing to the Lord—a fast that leaves her heart full of gratitude for the selflessness of Christ who gave up His life as the sacrificial Lamb of God for sake of the world. As we learn to walk in the way of Christ, we learn to give of ourselves for those in need and offer the hope of a brighter future for those who come to know the love God has in store for them.