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A Nativity, Coconut & Smelly Shepherd

Published December 18, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, Uncategorized

I have this cute little nativity set on my coffee table, reminding me of so many good things surrounding this season. I look at the little baby Jesus, and I’m reminded of a great act of God’s redemptive plan as He sent his Son to earth. I look at the wise men, and see rich rulers who came to the same humble stable as some smelly shepherds, suddenly on the same plane – longing to pay homage to a child who would change the world. And I look at the simpleness of this nativity, made from a coconut, each little image wrapped in banana leaf, and I am reminded too that no matter where our nativity sets are from, the story is the same.


Welcoming Home

Published December 15, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

This week, we welcome 24 children home. 


24 vulnerable children who have been abused, rejected, abandoned, orphaned and forgotten are going to walk into a Home of Hope and leave those words and that identity of hopelessness behind. Because in this home, they are going to hear different words from their new mom and dad: words like acceptance, love, family, hope… future.


Give with Meaning this Christmas

Published December 10, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

“No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Maya Angelou

I love Christmas. I love the spirit of giving and love that follows everyone. I love the presence of family and friends. There are so many warm memories for me wrapped up in the holiday dinners and twinkling lights. And because I’m so blessed, I think often about how I can give back.


I imagine there’s a few of you who consider the same thing, looking for ways to be meaningful and intentional throughout the holidays. This Christmas, we’re excited about several new ways we can help you spread that love to vulnerable children!


What Would Adoption or Foster Care Look like for my Family?

Published December 4, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, Uncategorized

What does it look like when you open up your life to a vulnerable child? How might that change your family’s dynamics? What are some ethics and potential issues that you should consider before hand? We compiled some great articles this week covering everything from racial issues in adoption to how to care for your foster care workers. Would love to hear what connects with you or other great articles like this you’ve found or written. Share with us in the comments!



A Place to Call Home

Published November 25, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM, Uncategorized

“The ache for home lives in all of us – the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou

We all long for the intimacy of a family – the stability of a place to call home. Some of us have that, and it evokes warm and tender emotions when we think of those we love, and places we gather. Others only dream of such a time.

Home is a vague word nine-year-old named Elise* only dreams of. Her father left when she was very young and died not long after that. She can’t remember what he even looks like. She lived in squalor with her mother, who struggled to find food for them. Life was hard. And then two years ago, Elise’s mother died. She’s nine years old and has never been to school. Scars cover her face and leg – and I wonder how many more scars are left inside?


Prisoners of Hope

Published November 21, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Haiti

I’ve been thinking about our Home of Hope parents in Haiti who have brought 12 girls or boys into their lives. Their joy is evident, though I know it’s not easy. And it makes me wonder… on those dark nights when one of their children is crying in fear because of past pain, what keeps them going? When the kids aren’t obeying and they’re running in five directions, what gives them strength?


Katie Davis, who is an adoptive mother and advocate in Uganda, writes a beautiful answer that I think our parents understand and live out well. She writes of a discouraging time with one of her daughters when the pain from the past was threatening to overwhelm. It was there that God provided a beautiful picture of WHY we serve the orphan, of why we persevere, of why we give grace and live with hope.


Perspectives in Adoption

Published November 18, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

November is National Adoption Month. As we consider the many facets and ways people can be involved in adoption, we wanted to share some different perspectives of the adoption journey and life experience.


Donate Hope

Published November 8, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM, News, Uncategorized

Want to join something really fun and help spread a life-changing message? We’re so excited about a new campaign called Donate Hope that’s spreading across social media starting today! 


What it Takes To Change A Story

Published November 5, 2014 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

What does it take to live a meaningful life? Is having your basic needs met enough? Having friends and family that love you? What would be on your list?


Orphan Sunday

Published October 29, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM, News, Uncategorized

This Sunday (November 2) is a globally recognized day for one very special reason: the orphan.

Where it all started:

A local pastor in a poor rural village in Zambia asked his struggling members to joyfully give to care for the orphans in their community. That day, an visiting American watched as those people gave what they could – a little money, a bit of food, even their own shoes. That day not only changed that American’s life, but would transform many more to come.


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