At age 13, Happy is the youngest girl at Bethany House, a Back2Back Hope House. When she first arrived, Ruth, the House Parent, noticed how much the little girl would eat. “At meal time she was always eating much more than she actually needed,” recalls Ruth. “If the other children had leftovers, Happy would eat… Read more
BlogBe inspired by stories of reckless faith from around the world. These stories encourage us to keep going, to never give up, until every child is known and loved.
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.
Tears streamed down 12-year-old Luis Gerardo’s face as he watched his parents drive away yet again. The scene was all too familiar—it happened every weekend.
These are just a few statements you might hear during a birthday celebration at the children’s homes we partner with in Haiti. Birthday celebrations are not commonly celebrated in Haiti.
Nehemiah tells the story of how the wall around the city of Jerusalem was re-built after a period of destruction and exile. It is a story of a bold plan, of divine provision, of hard work by people with different skill sets, of opposition, of perseverance and ultimately – of hope realized.
God is working in beautifully powerful ways. In May 2013, Aurora, age 12, and Elisa, age 10, came to live at the San Jose Children’s Home. Their mom, Wendi, had been struggling with depression and alcoholism. Wendi recognized she was no longer in a place where she could provide a safe, loving home to her girls so she brought them to San Jose.
Joshua sat quietly in Bible study for weeks, listening to Scripture about what God had done for so many people throughout history. At first, he was uncertain.