Ending on a High Note [David’s 4th and Final Blog from Myanmar]

23Dec

Ending on a High Note [David’s 4th and Final Blog from Myanmar]

In all of the villages that we've visited on this trip, I've yet to see a child with a toy. This is not to say that I haven't seen children playing or having fun. The children we've encountered never lack entertainment, all generated by themselves.

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21Dec

The Human Amusement Park Ride [David’s 3rd Blog from Myanmar]

We started our journey in southern Chin State, and by the time we started heading north, I'd made deals with elders from 7 villages where Heaven's Family has never served, villages with names like Gangaw, Cheng, Khuhlu, Ung and Tingsi. All but one of those 7 villages is predominantly Christian. In all, I promised loans totaling close to $50,000 that will initially benefit at least 250 families. Lord willing, they will prosper through agro-businesses.

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17Dec

A Tradition We Hope to End [Jeff’s 1st Guest Blog from Myanmar]

The dreaded day is creeping closer for 2 families our team met today in the remote village of Shitkhua, Myanmar (Burma). That's because they both have daughters whom they are preparing to send to orphanages in faraway Burmese cities.

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14Dec

The Dirtiest Shirt [David’s 2nd Blog from Myanmar]

Our team is spending the first half of our trip visiting villages in which Heaven's Family has not yet established micro banks. We're making loan deals with village elders that thrill them, because our loans offer their villages opportunities that have previously only been dreams.

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09Dec

No diaper? No problem! [David’s First Blog from Myanmar]

Greetings from Chin State, Myanmar's poorest region, and home to some very interesting cultures and languages. Many of the people here live in primitive, remote villages that are only accesible by trails that snake through the mountainous terrain. For the most part, Chin State's people are slash and burn subsistence farmers.

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17Nov

Wrapped in Love

Our jeep alternately groaned and whined as it transported me and my Nepali partners up, up, up into the misty Himalayan foothills northeast of Kathmandu, winding through lush forests and an occasional village. Many of the homes and other buildings we passed looked as they did right after the earthquake—the owners still waiting for the government to help tear down the fragile, half-collapsed remains.

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06Oct

A Brief History of Israel [David’s 5th Blog from Israel]

The modern nation of Israel was birthed on May 14, 1948. We might like to imagine a handful of smiling Jews being handed a deed to their uninhabited ancient homeland by United Nations dignitaries on a sunny day. But that wouldn't be an accurate history. The birth of modern Israel was preceded by hundreds of years of birth pangs. And the birth itself was bloody, to put it mildly. Let me share a short history, because it would seem that, before we take sides on a political issue that has existed for hundreds of years, we ought to at least have a basic understanding of the issue.

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02Oct

The Regatherings of Israel [David’s 4th Blog from Israel]

I ended my previous blog asking a question: When the modern nation of Israel was birthed in 1948, did God return to the descendants of Israel the sovereign right to the land of Palestine that He gave to (and took away from) their ancient ancestors about 25 centuries ago?

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30Sep

Is God a Racist? [David’s 3rd Blog from Israel]

Is modern Israel a divinely-favored nation? For many Christians, the answer is yes. Most of us know the biblical history concerning God's calling of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the latter of whom became the father of Israel's twelve tribes.

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28Sep

“Is God the God of Jews only?” [David’s 2nd Blog from Israel]

Greetings once again from Israel. I promised in my last blog that I'd give you some more specifics about what Heaven's Family is doing here. But first, I'd like you to know that Heaven's Family's Board of Trustees has recently been working on fine-tuning our Mission Statement, which I believe it will help you understand why we're working here.

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