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A Note from David...

Any ministry that cares about the "least of these" cares about children. According to Jesus, children are citizens of God's kingdom (see Matt. 18:3, 10; 19:14). Thus, it could well be true that more than 90% of all of those who fit Jesus' description of the "least of these"—which includes being members of His spiritual family—are children.

This special issue of our bi-monthly magazine focuses on some of Heaven's Family's work among that 90%. Through child sponsorship, orphan care, foster care, education, advocacy, food supplementation, water purification, micro-credit and more, we're making a difference in the lives of children all over the world, all because of the compassion of folks like you.

Rejoice as you read the good reports that follow! And please continue helping us serve those of whom Jesus said, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" (Luke 18:16). — David

This Month's Articles

Goodbye Mother, Hello Orphanage
Would 5-Year-Old Biak ever see her mother again?

"I'm sorry, but you must leave our home, our friends and our village. I can no longer afford to care for you." Those were the heartbreaking words that Ren Hawi dreaded to speak to her 5-year-old daughter, Biak Rem Sui. But the day came when she had to say them. With grief, Ren took Biak to an orphanage that was several hours from their home in a remote village of Myanmar. Then mother and little daughter tearfully said goodbye. Continue Reading...

Saving Stewart
Heaven's Family's Education Fund Joins Forces with Orphan's Tear

Stewart Ssegawa is an 11-year-old Ugandan boy who needs some love.

Stewart's father is dead, and his mother, who must support him and his 3 siblings, can barely afford to feed them. She tries her best, earning a pauper's income selling tomatoes and onions. But having enough money to send her children to school—to give them a chance at escaping a cycle of generational poverty—has been far beyond her dreams. Continue Reading...

Separated Siblings
A street kid's search for his lost family

"I will not give up until I've found my sisters and my brother!" After months of fruitless searching, 13-year-old Isaias was determined not to quit.

They were, originally, four siblings living under one roof, born to an alcoholic father among the indigenous people of Mexico's Sierra Madre: Isaias, the oldest, fraternal twin sisters Marisol and Matilde, and little brother Joel. When their mother died, their bedridden father parceled them out. Continue Reading...

The Prize of Enterprise
Can an Orphanage Become Self-Sufficient?

He speaks excellent English, as well as his native Burmese and Chin. He has a PhD in Christian Ministry, and he teaches in several Bible schools. He also directs an orphanage that Heaven's Family's Orphan's Tear Ministry has supported since 2007. Continue Reading...

This Month's Teaching

Tithing to the Local Church?
by David Servant

God knows I love pastors. I was a pastor, off and on, for about twenty years. I've spoken to thousands of pastors around the world and expended myself on their behalf. I know something about the challenges they face. But sometimes they say things that I'm certain they will one day regret. Continue Reading...

Strategic Stewardship

Have you included Heaven's Family in your will?
by David Warnock

Moses wrote in Psalm 90: "Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:1). As has been humorously said, "Studies show that ten out of ten people eventually die." Since none of us know the day that the Lord will call us home, it is always wise to prepare for the inevitable. Preparing a will or living trust can assure that your estate will be distributed according to your desires, so that you can leave a lasting testimony of your love for Jesus. Continue Reading...

Heaven's Family's Compassion Club: Are you a member yet?

Jesus so clearly described His true followers in Matthew 25:31-46. They are "sheep," whose love for Him is revealed by their sacrifices for the "least of these." The "sheep" are contrasted with the "goats," who may even call Him "Lord," but who don't really love Him, as revealed by their lack of compassion for those within whom He lives.

Jesus' true sheep are born again and transformed by the Holy Spirit. They want to serve Jesus every moment of their lives. They are filled with His love. They're not "Sunday Christians."

Heaven's Family's Compassion Club is a wonderful means for Christ's followers to demonstrate their love for Jesus every day through the very means He taught—by serving the "least of these."

Learn more at HeavensFamily.org/cc

Parting Shot: Insect Inside...

Eating insects is quite common in the developing regions of Latin America, Africa and Asia. Over 1,000 insect species are known to be eaten by at least 3,000 ethnic groups living in 80% of the world's nations. This little Kenyan girl didn't actually eat her suspended cockroach...at least not while the photographer, Jeff Trotter, was looking!

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