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I started Help Overcoming Painful Experiences (H.O.P.E.) in 2002 in response to God’s calling on my life to minister to those who are hurting.  The name was chosen as an acrostic to reflect what we represent; Help Overcoming Painful Experiences. 

My passion in this area comes from my own experiences with emotional pain (involving decades of anger and depression) and the desire to give back to others the Biblically based support and help I have received.

I am particularly grateful to Bob Poskitt, who befriended me during my divorce proceedings in 1996 (the lowest time in my life).  In addition to my divorce, I experienced a series of painful events that year that caused me to struggle mightily with my anger and depression. As I had previously done in my life, I again made many unhealthy choices and I wanted to give up and end it all.

I wasted too much time being mad at God and felt as if He abandoned me.  I would read the Bible, put it down, and then ask God why all the promises I had just read held true for everyone but me. 

But during this difficult time, Bob assisted me and other men in my situation by mirroring Jesus as he wisely, diligently, truthfully and lovingly helped me to overcome decades of emotional pain.  I found a safe place where I could express my true feelings and receive the support of others who knew what it felt like to be me.  That support, combined with Bob replacing the lies in my mind with the truth of God’s Word, resulted in a change taking place inside me.  It definitely did not happen overnight, but this change was initiated slowly and steadily.  I started to see my situation in a different light, the light of God’s truth.  Bob’s godly influence in my life is the primary reason that I am still here today because his group literally changed my life.

One of the most impactful things I learned during this time was how much God truly cares about me.  God actually went to some very specific and very amazing lengths to make that extremely clear to me. Not only that, I also began to see that there was actually a reason why all this pain came into my life.  God had a plan.  The plan included not getting angry about my pain, or getting depressed about it, but learning how to embrace it and deal with it head on in a positive, truthful and healthy way.  God’s plan began to unfold over the next several years, which included meeting and marrying my wife Tiffany, followed by us moving to the Chicago area in 2001. 

One aspect of God’s plan involved teaching me through my experiences that He is in the business of change.  God also taught me that He never wastes a hurt and that our greatest pain can produce our greatest opportunities to minster (if we will only allow God to work His plan in our lives).  I learned that as a result of my experiences, opportunities were created to minister to others who were hurting.  I had earned the right to be heard.  Therefore, it was through my own experiences with emotional pain, combined with my involvement in a Christ-centered support group, that the Lord prepared me for service in this area. 

H.O.P.E. began as an attempt to meet the needs of people who were struggling with painful experiences in my church and in my community.  As our ministry grew, God impressed upon me the need to more aggressively promote H.O.P.E. in a way that can penetrate and transform our entire world.  I followed God’s calling and direction and incorporated H.O.P.E. as a non-profit organization in the state of Illinois in 2005, of which I am the CEO. 

I continued to follow God’s calling in my life to “do more” and created the program and the Three Level Transformation Model we now use in H.O.P.E.  In 2006, I published the two primary books in our program, Doorway to H.O.P.E. and Names of H.O.P.E.  These books were written using everything I have learned from my mentor Bob Poskitt, everything I have learned from my experiences and a number of other principles from God’s Word that I have learned along the way. 

Continuing to follow God’s calling to grow and reach more people who are lost and hurting, we received our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a non-profit organization in 2007.  In 2008, I published a companion book for our program called The Spiritual & Emotional Coach’s Guide, which was designed to empower the Spiritual and Emotional Coaches (SPECs) our members utilize in our program.  We also want to equip those people with the knowledge needed to effectively function as a SPEC, thereby helping them help others.  People who have been through our program often make ideal SPECs.

In 2008, our Board of Directors also approved the appointment of my brother, James C. Grimm, as our President.  Jim joins H.O.P.E. with a deep passion for seeing the vision of this ministry come to fruition. Like me, his passion to help those who are hurting was born out of his own struggles with emotional pain and the help he received from H.O.P.E.  Jim also brings over 20 years experience in management to our ministry. Therefore, I am (and we are) very excited to have Jim in a leadership role in H.O.P.E.

In 2009, we hosted our first conference which has quickly become one of our primary areas of emphasis and has since been incorporated into our threefold vision to hosting conferences, developing H.O.P.E. Centers, and developing affiliated locations. 

We are continuing to aggressively pursue the purpose and vision God has birthed in us.  We are following the leading of the Holy Spirit and standing in faith that what God started in H.O.P.E., He will bring to completion and fulfillment for the glory of His Name. 

Sincerely,
Dr. David R. Grimm
Founder and Author

Help Overcoming Painful Experiences


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