Nice Guy Loan Collector

Woman in Chin State
11Dec

Nice Guy Loan Collector

Micro-credit, when done properly, can be a huge blessing to very poor people who, with a small business loan, are given an opportunity they would never had otherwise to lift themselves from poverty. Heaven’s Family’s Micro-Loan Ministry, under the very capable directorship of Dan Steward, is the biggest thing Heaven’s Family is doing around the world. Dan and his team, consisting of his wife, Terry, Isaac and Sarah Smoak, and Jenna Liberati, are touching lives in 13 nations now, and one of those nations is Myanmar.

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Little girl in Chin State, Myanmar
04Dec

Home Where We Belong

Today I spent the entire day with Philip Barker, who directs our child reintegration program in Myanmar, and one of our Burmese social workers, Htoo Say, as we visited three children who formerly lived in a large orphanage that Heaven’s Family once supported. Now they are living in families.

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Poor couple in front of hut in chin state Myanmar
01Dec

A Great Story

Today at a Working Group meeting at the Heaven’s Family offices in Yangon, I heard a wonderful story about two brothers whom we’ve recently been able to help. Their names are Huang Maung and Huang Khui Shin. Eleven years ago, at ages 4 and 6, they were torn from their mother, other siblings, and their home and village in Chin State. At the time, their twice-widowed mother was struggling to care for them, and a pastor from Yangon promised her they would have better lives in a Yangon orphanage hundreds of miles away. So she let them go with him, and that was the last time she saw them.

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Pictures of Rebecca at Agape Child Care Center in Yangon, Myanmar
29Nov

Rebecca Grows Up

Greetings from Myanmar (still better known as Burma), where Heaven’s Family has been working since 2003. It was here that we launched Orphan’s Tear, what ultimately became a monthly child sponsorship program that served almost 1,000 children living in orphanages in seven nations, but predominantly in Myanmar.

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Ethiopian child holding kid goat
01Sep

Termite Technology

During two lovely days of this trip to Ethiopia, I’ve had the blessing of visiting very poor women who’ve received two or three goats from Heaven’s Family. The goats—always at least one male and one female—are absolutely free, but there’s a catch. The women have to agree to pay us back in kids.

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child drinking pure water from well in Ethiopia
30Aug

The Queen’s Camels

This afternoon I had the bittersweet blessing of dedicating a new water well funded by Heaven’s Family’s Safe Water Ministry. It was sweet because the beneficiaries, tribespeople from miles around, have been drinking unsafe, muddy water all their lies. Now, for the first time, they will have pure, safe water to drink. They will no longer be plagued by waterborne diseases.

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woman from Ethiopia's Borena tribe holding child
28Aug

The Holy Spirit’s First Name

Ethiopia runs on a biblical clock, starting with the sun's consistent rising around 6am (we're near the equator), which is considered the start of "the first hour of the day." Today (Sunday), church began at 10:00 on my watch, but at 4:00 Ethiopian time.

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30Jul

Special Report: Infiltrating North Korea

It’s happening yet again. North Korea’s despotic leader, Kim Jong Un, is breathing threats of annihilation against South Korea and the United States. The media loves reporting this all-too-usual story to audiences anxiously concerned about the risks of nuclear confrontation, because fear generates good ratings, and good ratings generate advertising dollars.

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Picture of classroom
04Apr

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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29Mar

Mobilizing Missionaries

Walking can only get you so far so fast. In many places around the world, missionaries are doing their best to reach distant villages and communities with the gospel by walking, riding worn-out bikes, or hiring costly taxis.

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