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January 21, 2017
This trip has been a whirlwind. Six days, five nights, two cities, hundreds of children and enough blessings to last a lifetime. At times it felt like the days flew by, other times, it seemed as though we’d been here forever. I leave Haiti with a new appreciation for the ‘creature comforts’ of home, and an even greater appreciation for the Haitian people. They are beautiful in every sense of the word. Sure, their country has its flaws and could absolutely use a complete makeover from the top down, but the Haitian people are resilient, hard-working and sincere in their love of God and their...Read more
January 14, 2017
Well, we’re here. Cap Haitien, Haiti……many would consider this a “4 th world” country, and judging by the drive from the airport to the hotel I’m not sure I’d disagree with that assessment. I knew coming to Haiti for the first time would open my eyes, but today was almost surreal. It felt a little bit like a movie as we drove through the crowded streets of Cap Haitien, studied carefully by every pair of eyes we met. I was warned about the smell before I came, but the smell is not the first thing that jumped out at me. It was really just the trash. It is everywhere; In the streets, on the...Read more
January 13, 2017
Two thumbs up!!! The parents at an Orphan’s Promise sponsored school in Vanuatu, South Pacific, are giving rave reviews. Mom of Andriana & Delphina: I thank the school for letting my girls use computer in school -- they won't have the chance if they go to other schools. Elsie, Mom with 4 children: My two older kids go to school a long way from here so I felt peace inside and full of gladness to have my younger kids walk (just) two minutes to school. Mike’s Dad: Mike loves to come to school and he seems to be happy. The South Pacific island where these families live is plagued with high...Read more
January 11, 2017
Khushi always had a desire to learn, but those around her did not value education. Instead of going to school, she stayed home to care for her siblings while her mother went to find work. The family lives in a slum community near the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in India. Most of the people there are uneducated and very poor. Khushi was 8 when finally her mother decided she could go to school. She was so excited… but that faded fast as she found terrible conditions and very little instruction at the local government school. Then a friend told her about an education center sponsored by...Read more
January 10, 2017
Holy Cow!! I’ve always wanted to legitimately open a blog with that. Let me set the scene. Mrgashat, Armenia -- We are walking from our Orphan’s Promise training center to a home we refurbished for a very poor family. Clang Clang Clang. On my right, a Cow with flowers on it’s head, and a bell around it’s neck… walking down the road with us. I have to laugh. It’s so absurd. This is a small farming village with mostly dirt streets, lots of old wooden structures, many homes in disrepair. It’s very beige . Then these colorful flowers. The Cow is a surprise gift we’ve bought for this very needy...Read more
January 01, 2017
Scott Pouncy is part of Rock Of Hope Ministries in Romania. We have been partnering with Rock of Hope for two years. Through our partnership, we are helping to provide transitional housing to vulnerable young women who age out of the orphanage and have nowhere to turn. In the apartment, they get to experience the love of a family, learn life skills, and be discipled as they grow in their relationship with Christ. When you work with young ladies from turbulent backgrounds like we do, you start to notice certain patterns in their stories. However, sometimes you hear one that surprises you...Read more
December 27, 2016
"What do you want to do after college," I asked her. I didn't know that simple question would lead to a moment that so deeply touched my heart. "I want to be a voice for justice for these kids." She was talking about the kids that were hanging out around us. We were walking through one of the worst slums in all of Nairobi. It's where she grew up and we were shooting her story. Her name is Jecinta and she is 20 years old. Amazingly she had risen above all the surrounding poverty because someone reached out to her and got her into school at age 4. In fact, she was one of the first 50 children...Read more
December 12, 2016
Popasnaya, UKRAINE - Nikita’s father died a few years ago. Then the war came. Bombings, worries about his family and then the sudden death of his mother brought terrible stress for the boy. He was crippled by exhaustion and constantly lived in fear. Nikita used to cry at night. He was afraid to sleep by himself, but in his dreams he would run far away from it all to a safe place where no one or no thing could hurt him. His 64 year old grandmother had to sit at her grandson’s bed all night long and calm down the panic attacks until he fell asleep. He never slept very well. Nikita felt tired...Read more
December 11, 2016
Vinnitsa, UKRAINE - Lyuda grew up with five siblings and loved her mother and father dearly. When she was only 8, however, Lyuda's mother passed away. Neighbors all said that her mother died from alcoholism, but the girl refused to believe that, and used to make up stories that her mother died from a serious illness. To make matters worse, Lyuda then lost her father at the age of 11. All the siblings were separated and sent to different orphanages. Lyuda missed her family and felt lost without her parents. One year after entering the orphanage, she was taken into foster care by a woman...Read more
November 22, 2016
November marks National Adoption Month and it also happened to coincide with our 4 th bi-annual Strengthening Families Conference for Foster and Adoptive Families in Ukraine. “I came here a broken and weary vessel, and am going home restored” were the words of Oksana, one of the adoptive mothers who attended the weekend event with her husband. For 3 days about 100 Ukrainian couples who are parenting a combined total of over 600 kids, were able to take a much-needed break and work on strengthening their own marital relationships and gain needed skills to better parent their children who have...Read more

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