Have you ever experienced or learned of something and just knew from the very beginning it was laid in your lap by God? Three years ago, Alice Noblin, the Courtesy Chair for Virginia’s Christian Women Connection entered the doors of New River Valley Orthotics & Prosthetics in Blacksburg, VA. She had no idea what was about to occur. She had gone there with her husband, Charles to purchase a pair of compression stockings to help him recover from his broken leg. During the course of this visit she saw something that captured her interest and her heart, Hope to Walk. She asked Philip Johnson, the CPO about this program and discovered he was making artificial legs for $100.00 each and providing them at no cost to recipients in Honduras. He further explained that artificial legs made for us in the United States could cost over $5 to $6 thousand dollars, but if you had insurance, most of the cost would be covered.
In Honduras, the people are not so fortunate to have any type of insurance. The more they spoke, the more she was amazed with Phil’s story of how they flew to Honduras and fitted 5 to 6 persons a visit. He encouraged her to watch the Hope to Walk videos and see the work they were doing. Upon leaving, she asked for a business card and wrote their website on the back so she would remember the name. Not only was she amazed this charity was occurring not more than four miles from her home, but she had never heard of it. After talking with Phil, she watched the videos of recipients in Honduras receiving prosthetics from Hope to Walk. Alice could not get the image of grown men with tears streaming down their faces walking and running for the first time in years; a young teenage mother hobbling with a board covered in rags to protect under her arm and working for pennies a day to feed her young child; and also the images of a grandmother who cried, laughed and smiled at having her despair disappear in being able to take care of her family once again, and story after story.
April 20-21, 2018
Roanoke First Church of God, Roanoke, VA
Hope to Walk will share at this convention
Virginia CWC/WCG State President