By: Emily Hays
“Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; And in His name all oppression shall CEASE.” ~“O Holy Night”
It was a night where restoration began. The Son of God entered into a broken world and for the first time, HOPE appeared. It was a holy night, indeed. The unclean, the unworthy, the lonely, the wounded, the oppressed and the outcast now had the opportunity to embrace the ultimate restorer of hope. Chains would be broken and hope would be restored.
Thousands of years later, nadege, inc gets to be a part of this restoration, oppression-ceasing process. We are so thankful for the way God has set this project into motion. In 9 short months, we have become a 501(c)(3) stateside and a special organization in Haiti. We’ve raised upwards of $50K and located a plot of land that will one day house the women of nadege. God is moving and working in BIG ways to make this dream of hope a reality.
As with any new start-up, the task list is never ending, making it easy to forget about why we’re doing this in the first place. Last night, as I sang “O Holy Night” at church, tears streamed down my face -- images of the women in Haiti came to mind as I shouted the words of this very familiar Christmas hymn. These women who lack hope and live in fear of sexual and physical abuse will be oppressed no more. These beautiful daughters of God will be rescued and restored by the ultimate restorer of HOPE. We believe this wholeheartedly at nadege. It is the why behind our what, and we cannot wait to watch it all unfold.
This Christmas we want you to know how thankful we are for your generosity, your time, your encouragement and most importantly, your prayers. Many of you may never travel to Haiti or meet a woman of nadege face-to-face, but God is still using you to cease oppression there. Thank YOU for making this mission of HOPE possible.
Merry Christmas from the nadege team!
“His name will be the HOPE of all the world.” –Matthew 12:21