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When “Helping” Hurts Children

Picture of girl in front of orphanage in Myanmar
18Dec

When “Helping” Hurts Children

It is a basic principle of economics that supply always increases to meet demand. If there is a demand for widgets, more widgets will be manufactured, all due to the hope of profits. And that is generally a good thing. When there is demand for heroine, however, heroine supply will increase to meet the demand. The same is true for porn. And the same is true for pseudo-orphanages and pseudo-orphans.

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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 O’Connell, 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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Picture of boy gathering water
16Mar

Kangure’s Water

On our final day in Africa, Diane Scott and I traveled by car for a little over an hour outside of Nairobi to the village of Kangure. There, one of our Kenyan micro-bankers, a church-planter named David Gaita, has planted one of his churches. It is named, Emmanuel Joy Glorious Fellowship Church, and when we arrived, some of the saints were waiting for us.

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Picture of young sudanese woman
15Mar

Rescued Nuer and Dinka Beauties

Because I've been traveling in East Africa with Becky (my wife), Diane Scott, and Mel Miller, we've been focusing on projects related to our Safe Water Ministry, Food Ministry (both directed by Diane) and our Refugee Ministry (directed by Becky, and before too long to be directed by Mel). So, today we spent some hours at Cindi's Hope, a Christian boarding school in Naivasha, Kenya, whose 89 special students all have heart-breaking stories to tell.

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