Beautiful Things »

The world is full of breathtaking beauty. A quick scroll through an Instagram feed reveals image after image of posed perfection – carefully selected photos, cropped and filtered to present an enviable image. But, sometimes, true beauty can’t be captured within the confines of social media. It’s an inner quality – elusive, quiet and unfading.

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Threading the Needle »

The room was completely silent as Heidi demonstrated how to thread a needle. It was the first day of sewing lessons. A group of 16 children were gathered around Heidi, listening carefully to each word, committing her instructions to memory.

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Brother’s Keeper »

Next month marks five years since our firstborn girl broke into the world on a quiet December evening, turning our lives upside down in the best way possible.

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Steadfast Love »

If we knew everything was going to be alright tomorrow, would we take that adventurous leap more confidently today?

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The Color of Worship »

A cloud of colorful dust was rising from the crowd that was forming a conga line just outside the palapa hut.

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Courage to Take the First Step »

Startled by a loud noise, Maria Jose sat up in bed clutching her blanket. Her eyes were peeled wide
open as she tried to make out the dark shadows lining the corners of the room.

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Lay Down Your Weapons »

One morning, my friend was leading an orphan care training session. “You can lay down your weapons,” she urged us to tell the children. Children from difficult pasts use control and aggression as weapons to protect themselves, she explained. But when we care for children in a way that encourages healing, we are giving them new tools to navigate the world around them.

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Color My Heart »

There was complete silence as the children swirled paint brushes over paper, pouring out their feelings in vibrant yellows, purples and blues. It was a typical day at the Back2Back Community Center of Tres Reyes – where given the choice between play and paint – the children choose art every time. For children who struggle to express their feelings, art can be a beautiful tool to help them grow and heal.

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We are a Family »

Providing family-style care means Israel can confide in his house mom, Marlin, after a friend at school hurt his feelings. It means house parents, Joel and Viviana, can lead evening devotionals and pray with each boy before heading off to bed. Family-style care means dinners are no longer around a plastic table in a noisy cafeteria. Instead, the children gather around a wooden dinner table as a family and share about their day. Family-style care allows house parents to provide deeper care for each child as they navigate life’s challenges.

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Courage is the Byproduct of Faith »

Courage is not the opposite of fear. Courage is the byproduct of faith. It’s surrender and forward motion. It’s a release of control and a holy confidence in a plan bigger than the page you are on. It announces to those paying attention, you are a citizen of another place.

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