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“The Hope Center is incredible. They are literally doing the work of God.”
Aishah Parham thought she’d never be a Christian.
Growing up in a Muslim home, she remembers adamantly opposing Christianity for years. As a teenager Aishah would get excited to debate Christians because not many students knew their Bibles. During one debate, Aishah’s friends invited her to church due to their inability to respond to her rebuttals.
Aishah accepted the church invitation and her life would never be the same. In what she refers to as a “Paul-like conversion,” Aishah recalls an irresistible urge to respond to the call of salvation during a visit to Macedonia Baptist Church (one of The Hope Center’s partner churches).
Like the apostle Paul, Aishah devoured God’s Word after accepting Christ and grew in her faith so quickly that she soon began teaching Christian apologetics to other believers.
Today, Aishah is celebrating 12 years of marriage to her godly husband, Dr. Wes Parham, and they have three beautiful children. The Parhams connected to The Hope Center approximately 4 years ago and they absolutely love THC. Their daughters are currently enrolled in the S.A.Y. Yes! and Character In Training programs.
“The Hope Center bridges culture and Christianity in a way that many Christian organizations miss. THC teaches the students to see the glory of God in their cultural identity and value who God made them to be. At THC they are surrounded by people who look like them and have pride in their culture. Pictures and stories of African Americans are on the walls all throughout the year. This is beautiful and very important developmentally.”
Aishah will obtain a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Kansas next May. Wes holds a P.H.D in Organizational Leadership and serves as the Executive Director of a similar non-profit organization in Wyandotte County called the Urban Scholastic Center.
The Hope Center frequently reinforces what the Parhams are teaching their girls at home. “The kids absolutely love, love, love their leaders and THC events. When the girls experience conflict they will go to their Hope Center leaders to seek advice. We are grateful for this because it takes a village.”
Aishah also discussed the girl's excitement for scripture memorization. “We give the girls memory verses at home, but they also have memory verses at S.A.Y. Yes!.” Aishah loves seeing the girls grab their notebooks and excitedly prepare to recite scripture at The Hope Center.
“The Hope Center has a great group of strong Christian leaders with high energy. They are building leaders of high moral conduct who know their Bibles. They also throw the best parties. Parents love coming to every event. When we pick the kids up from The Hope Center, we love to catch up with people whom we love, admire and consider to be family.”