How did GFH begin? What brought about this movement? It was God. In the summer of 2010, after reading The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, and Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the protective “bubble of safety” in which I was living was burst wide open and I knew in my heart that I had to do something for my sisters in need around the world.
God first asked me to be a voice for women and girls suffering from fistula. He was very specific that I do this with a group of women, not on my own. I was also called to give of myself, not just my finances. Since fistula is a hope-destroying condition, I felt led to call this initial ministry Circle of Hope. As of January 2012, this group was established as a non-profit organization under the name Hope for Our Sisters, Inc. For more information, you can visit our web page at www.hopeforoursisters.org.
As excited as I was to accept my calling, I began to feel more and more isolated. I would share the stories of fistula and people would be touched but no one offered to walk alongside me. It was not their path. My path started to feel overwhelming, as I had never done anything like this before. One day, Cynthia, our Pastor of Women and Service, offered to help. That was the olive branch I needed. It was the water I needed to nourish my dry roots. As she listened to my story, she encouraged me to bring together mature Christian women to hear my calling and help me discern how I may go about living it out.
This initial meeting was held in October of 2010 and as it came to end I felt it had been a failure, as I had no specific answers for these women. I could only tell them what God was asking me to do, but I had no details as to how I was going to carry it out.
As a complete and wonderful surprise, God had another idea in mind for this group. As the meeting ended, every woman in attendance wanted to meet again. Every woman present felt led to do something for those living under the weight of oppression and injustice around the world. GFH was born! Realizing that God was up to something, I agreed to lead this ministry and named it Gathering for Hope, as that is what we are about. It is my prayer and hope that women who attend GFH will never feel isolated as they step out in faith to serve others through Him.
Please see the Testimonials page for quotes from GFH members regarding why they joined the GFH movement and why they serve those living under oppression and injustice.
Brooke Sulahian, Founder