Hope for the Silenced

Representative picture of "Sarah" for Victims of Sexual Violence Ministry

Hope for the Silenced

The Victims of Sexual Violence Ministry works in many poor nations around the world to help those who have been sexually exploited and abused, but this kind of tragic victimization also happens right here in the US and other developed nations. So when the Lord recently opened a door for a partnership to be forged between the VOSV Ministry of Heaven's Family and the organization of longtime friend Julie Rigsby—right here in my native Texas—it immediately felt like the Lord's leading.

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Picture of Margaret, a widow in Haiti whom Heaven's Family helped

Picking Up After Matthew

Every leaf from every tree and shrub was stripped away—it looked like the work of a massive fire or bomb. Each day during my visit this month I'm hearing similar chilling descriptions from those who survived the 145-mph onslaught of Hurricane Matthew last fall in Haiti. Corrugated metal sheeting, flimsily tacked on poor, shack-like homes for roofing and sometimes walls, became razor-sharp projectiles that wounded and maimed those who couldn't find adequate shelter in time. About 1,000 died, estimates say, but no one knows how many were wounded.

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Hostile territory in Burma

The Trek of a Lifetime

Meet Jamie, an on-site Persecuted Christians Ministry partner working along the border of Burma and Thailand. She offers hope to thousands of impoverished refugee families living under the oppression of the Burmese army. Despite the incredible opposition she faces, many people are finding hope in Jesus Christ for the very first time through her efforts.

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Picture of Boaz, a young adult eager to serve the Lord

The Heart of Boaz

From time to time you come across an individual whose uncomplaining servanthood and cheerful disposition endears them to you as few others can. Boaz of Hyderabad, India, is one such person. For the past five years, he has worked alongside the Leprosy Ministry serving as many as three hundred children at a time through a modest Heaven's Family VBS bringing joy to children of families affected by leprosy in Hyderabad, India. 

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Picture of Fulani woman

From Scripture to Scripture

Imagine with me, for a moment, that you are a garibou—a young student of Islam in the West African country of Burkina Faso. You were sent to live with the local marabout (Islamic teacher) at a young age to spend your days memorizing the Quran in traditional Arabic, a language vastly different than your own. You continue learning until you are able to recite the Quran by heart, but much of its meaning and application to your life eludes you. But then, you get to hear the words of Jesus in your own language—just imagine the impact that would that have on your life!

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Picture of kids at the beach in the Philippines

Taking Jesus to the Beach

It's hot every day of the year in the Philippine city of Cebu, but few of the kids who live in its slum communities ever get to enjoy a day at the beach—even though beautiful tropical waters surround their island. So last fall when we visited Hope House, our partner in the Philippines who is helping us protect children from human trafficking, we decided to rent a bus and take as many as we could for a real treat!

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Picture of classroom

A Chance to Catch a Rising Star

In the world of humanitarian aid, sadly, the dignity and incentive of those who need our help is often inadvertently crushed, while irresponsibility, dependency and corruption are bred. Over the years, we’ve learned it is never wise to do for others what they can do for themselves.

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Picture of mother comforting her child before receiving dental care

Changing the World One Mouth at a Time

Most of us consider an aching tooth to be nothing more than an annoyance that we can take care of at the dentist in a day or two. But in impoverished villages located far from any such care, an infected tooth can become life threatening.

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