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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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A Glimpse at our Staff in Haiti

Published August 26, 2014 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM, Uncategorized

We couldn’t say enough good things about the staff we have in Haiti. From our office staff, construction teams and Ranch workers to the counseling and pastoral roles others take on to care for all the needs of our families – there are big, incredibly challenging roles to fill. God has certainly blessed us with passionate, Godly people whose hearts are tuned to the work at hand.

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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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Dads Part 2

Published June 13, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

We talked about the importance of fathers in our lives earlier this week here. And as we celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, we want to send a big shout out to some amazing dads who are raising their kids to love Jesus.

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Dads Part 1

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

This week, as we look forward to Father’s Day this weekend, we want to celebrate and talk about one of the most important relationships we have in life – dads.

We believe that fathers are a foundational part of helping children become all they can be. It’s a core value that we hold as an organization, and we work hard to create and sustain families with a mom and dad present when at all possible because we know the sense of worth and example that dads bring to the family. It’s not hard to see the value and impact that a dad has in a child’s life. But what about the kids who don’t have that?

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Walk in Her Shoes

Published March 14, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

This video started making its way into my news feeds this week, and I am struck by a simple reality… we forget to walk in someone else’s shoes too often. We see responses of anger, and we want to make it stop. We see reactions of fear and we want to make it all better right now. But I invite you to walk in this little girl’s shoes for a while – shoes that represent so many broken stories of children around the world. 

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