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Hear From Current Houseparents

Nate and Lindsay Bishop

 

Nate and Lindsay Bishop, boys’ houseparents in Dearman Cottage

What did you do before arriving at Homes of Hope for Children?

“I took courses at Moody Theological Seminary while working as a cook at Whole Food and a part time youth pastor at North Side Gospel center in Chicago. Lindsay was able to work from home as the director of operations for United Greenhouse Systems while also raising our first child.”

What attracted you to working at Homes of Hope for Children?

“Lindsay and I had been prayerfully seeking a ministry we could both engage in together for about three years prior to coming to Homes of Hope.”

What is the most fulfilling part of being houseparents?

“Certainly the most fulfilling part of the job is being able to watch relationships develop, with us, among each other, and ultimately with the Lord.”

 Nate and Lindsay Bishop from the Dearman Boys' Cottage.

How would you advise or encourage someone who is thinking about working here as a houseparent?

“Being a houseparent at HOHFC, with likely long term care, provides a unique opportunity to invest long-term in the lives of children, through both sharing and demonstrating the love of Christ in all situations. Being a houseparent also provides a unique opportunity to work alongside your spouse and immediate family on a daily basis. The above may be common thoughts to any applicant, but one thing that has truly been wonderful about working at HOHFC is the passion, involvement, teamwork, and community family atmosphere within the staff.”

 

Billy and Tisha Weller

 

Billy and Tisha Weller, Relief Houseparents

Billy and Tisha Weller, Relief Houseparents in Dearman Cottage and Hope Haven Cottage

What did you do before arriving at Homes of Hope for Children?

“In 2009, the Lord called us into the Children’s Home ministry. We ministered in two Alabama children’s homes before being blessed to begin serving at Homes of Hope for Children.”

Before working at their first children’s home, Billy worked at a Satellite Service business and Tisha worked in HeadStart.

What attracted you to working here?

“We were initially drawn to this ministry because of Dr. Garrett’s testimony and vision. After visiting the homes and talking with staff, we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit on campus. We were excited to see the staff’s commitment to Christ and their commitment to teach these children about Christ.”

What is the most fulfilling part of being houseparents?

Billy: “It’s such a blessing to watch the children grow spiritually. I enjoy leading daily devotions with them and watching the Word become real in their lives. I am thankful that God allows us to be a part of His plan to teach these children about Him.”

Tisha: “It is a sweet experience to form bonds and relationships with these children. It’s heartwarming for me to watch these children change, grow, and mature as they put the things we have taught them into action. It is powerful to watch God’s plan for these children to learn about Him unfold in front of my eyes.”

How would you advise or encourage someone who is thinking about working here as a houseparent?

“First of all, our advice would be to pray and seek God’s will. This is not a job. It’s a ministry and it’s a family. We are very fortunate that Homes of Hope for Children has a unity within the staff on campus. We love having other Christian staff that encourages each other so we can grow closer to God together. We are blessed to have administration that has a personal relationship with the Lord, looks to Him for direction and guidance, and gives Him all the honor and glory.”