Hands of Favor Offers Haircuts and Much More!

on Thursday, November 14, 2013 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network, Health & Wellness

Through a small ad in a local newspaper printed years ago, God planted a seed in Derek Thompson. The ad was seeking volunteer hairstylists and barbers to volunteer to give free haircuts to underprivileged children at the Salvation Army in Portland. Derek answered the ad, unaware of what God had in store.

He found nearly 50 children waiting in line. It was evident that these children were from impoverished homes. Some were very shy and had very low self-esteem, perhaps because of the clothes they wore, or the fact they were looked down upon and neglected by their peers.

But, they all had one thing in common: the need for hope.

After serving a few of the children and sending them back to their parents, Derek called the next child in line to come over and have a seat his chair. The boy was about 8 years old, very shy and withdrawn. Derek greeted him and attempted to make him comfortable. He spoke quietly and never lifted up his head, as though he was ashamed. The boy wouldn't say how he wanted his hair cut, so his mother told Derek to just do what he thought would look best.

When Derek was finished grooming him, he gave him a mirror and the most amazing thing happened...the boy's demeanor instantly changed! His eyes lit up, he lifted his head and leaped from my chair and ran to his Mom and hugged her and ran around the room!!!! He was happy....not just because he got a haircut, but because he looked like the other kids! He now fit in! Even Derek's eyes filled with tears of joy as he watched that boy and his mom.

Derek says that was the day HANDS OF FAVOR was born in his heart. By serving kids and their families, relationships can be built that God can use to help change lives. If interested in more information please contact:

Derek Thompson, Executive Director - HANDS OF FAVOR

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