Luis on the left just a few days ago...on the right, Luis in July 2012 Luis is one of the several boys at Hope House who has been part of the Hope House family for quite a while. He is the oldest of three boys in his family, all of which are at Hope House. When Luis came to Hope House, he was only eight years old and was the “guardian" for his brothers. All three boys had their own challenges to overcome while adjusting to life at Hope House, each struggling to adapt. Luis
The little boys accompanied Hope House Director Annel to pick up the weekly meat donation. We got this note from our treasurer this morning. “This year is not starting well! Both Hope House Operational and Sponsor A Child’s donations are little more than half what they were this same time last year.” As you can imagine that was not the financial report that we had hoped to receive.
As always, Shepherd’s Heart remains committed to sharing the love of Christ with the less for
Waiting for our table outside under an umbrella in the rain - and enjoying a hot cup of coffee. Leaning over with a smile he asked me, “Are you Jesus people?” My wife and I were seated in a bustling, crowded restaurant enjoying a late breakfast. We had dutifully read the online reviews and decided that this would be a great place to celebrate our 23 years of marriage. In spite of the cold temperatures and rain we bundled up and headed out. The line was already out the door wh
Thanks to so many, the boys at Hope House were blessed with a wonderful Christmas. The traditions of opening presents, family dinner and marshmallows on an open fire keep the boys and staffs spirits joyous. We are grateful for everyone who hosted a Christmas party, sent gifts, prayed or gave financially to contribute to our Christmas blessings this year. For those who sponsor boys, thank you for taking time and resources to bless the boys and participate in the daily needs t
Every year we live through patterns that have the potential to fill our lives with meaning. But since our connection with the natural world is tempered by technology, our relationship to tradition is tenuous, and we are all-the-time busy—we are prone to miss out on the wonder of it. How can we allow the spirit of the Christmas season to more profoundly touch us? Nature is the first teacher. Since the beginning of summer, darkness has been steadily encroaching on the light. If
The last 6 months our family has experienced a constant wave of emotions. Cleaning out 16 years of life in Mexico, we packed anything that would fit into our van, sold items that could not make the trip, and threw out tons of miscellaneous junk that somehow crept into the nooks and crannies of our Mexican “home”. Midway into our one year sabbatical, we are continuing to clean out emotional clutter that had also crept in during the long season of missionary service. As we debr