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VBS Day 3 & 4

Published August 16, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, Uncategorized

We’re ending the 4th day at VBS. It’s been an incredible time so far with many good memories.

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VBS Day 2

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

Part of the week at VBS is split into different speakers that come and share on a variety of different topics. It’s a fun way to communicate some important messages and bring in different, well-known faces. And so as we started the second day of VBS, we launched it with some great breakfast and a talk.

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VBS – Day 1

Published August 14, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, Uncategorized

There’s nothing like a long wait for something to build anticipation. The kids in the 16 Home of Hope families have been so excited for the games, food, bible contests and time to hang out with friends this week. But even beyond the kids, our staff’s anticipation has been growing the last few weeks and months as well!

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A Fresh Perspective on Haiti

Published August 13, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News, Uncategorized

Emily Wenger has joined me (Amber) on her first trip to Haiti to help with VBS this year. She is working on her Masters in Counseling at Lincoln Christian University in IL. She is passionate about what God’s doing in the world and excited to be a part of His work. I’m thrilled to have her join me on this trip – and asked her to share her first thoughts with LSM in Haiti:

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Excitement is Building!

Published August 12, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, Uncategorized

Our Home of Hope families look forward to VBS all year long. We’ve had a chance to visit some of the families over the last few days and watched the excitement build!

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Getting Ready for a Big Week in Haiti

Published August 5, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News, Uncategorized

Next week is our 6th annual VBS in Haiti running from August 13-18!  

Our annual week of VBS is full of laughter, love and poignant moments of growth. It’s a chance for all 16 Home of Hope families to come together with our Haitian staff – much like a big family reunion – and talk about the incredible things God’s doing in our lives. We cry, laugh and remember that we’re not alone in this journey… this specific journey of caring for formerly extremely vulnerable children. And as we look forward with great anticipation to this week, we want invite you to walk it with us!

We’ll be updating the blog and facebook throughout VBS and we’d love to have you follow what we’re up to. We’ll share some stories of the kids, some fun VBS moments and talk about what’s going on under the surface. It’s our prayer that this week will not only be an incredible blessing for our Home of Hope families, but for you as well!

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Gospel Sing Coming to Central IL!

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

If you love Southern Gospel, Bluegrass and great food you’re in for a treat! Join us August 23 for a Western Western Gospel Sing in Central IL.

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When a Child Stands in Front of You

Published July 25, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Uncategorized

Wes Stafford, in his book Just a Minute, says profoundly, “I have become convinced that if God stands a child before you, for even just a minute, it is a divine appointment.”

 

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In an Unforgiving City

Published July 23, 2014 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, LSM, Uncategorized

Anna* spent seven months working on the streets, enduring long nights in dark alleys and wishing there was something – anything better than the life she was living. This had never been the plan. But what hope did she have?

 

Growing up in a rural village in Southern Ethiopia, Anna knew of God. He was just not a big part of her life. She got a boyfriend and soon found out she was pregnant. The boyfriend was soon out of the picture and Anna felt very alone and ashamed of her life in the small village. After giving birth to a little boy, she decided to try and start a new life in Addis Ababa where she had some relatives she could stay with. When she got to the capital though, things didn’t go like she’d planned. After a particularly heavy disagreement with her aunt and uncle, Anna was forced to leave, and suddenly she found herself on the street in a strange city with her little boy, all alone.

 

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Putting Feet to Our Prayers

Published July 15, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM

“Many times we can substitute our prayers for action. When we pray for a better world, we should be taking actionable steps to make the world better…” – Ashley Walker, Live Justly Series

 

I read a great article called “Ten Simple Ways to Live Justly Today” and started thinking about this concept  that our faith should be prayer that is backed up by action. Too often, I know that I pray in a fleeting moment for the orphan, or even for a specific child, and move on. But what if I prayed – asked God to work – and then followed the Spirit in fulfilling that prayer?

 

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