An Unexpected Friendship

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina moved inland to Moss Point, MS leaving water and wind damage, death, destruction, and broken spirits. In the midst of blue tarps, water level marks, and hundreds of volunteers, Hurricane Katrina connected two men in what was to become a life-long friendship. Tim and Bishop’s journey began in March […]

 

Learning to Smile

Many of us have seen profile photos of children in sponsorship programs; they are often solemn, sad and sometimes down-right angry looking. I know I have thought at times, “Wow, that poor child must be so unhappy!” But then I come across a video from the same organization in which the children are playing and […]

 
 

AIDS Orphan Dreams of Being a Doctor

Imagine with me a child, seven years old, living in a garbage dump and watching both her mother and father slowly die of AIDS-related illnesses. This was reality for Erminia (pictured right) before she joined Forward Edge’s program for at-risk girls in Nicaragua called Villa Esperanza (Hope Village).

 
 
 

The Story of a Growing Family

Meet Dan and Mary Vahalla, a couple who has stepped out in faith to grow their “family.” This is their story: We’d like to share with you the amazing experience we’ve had sponsoring “our daughter” from Forward Edge’s program for at-risk girls in Managua, Nicaragua called Villa Esperanza (Hope Village). Iliana joined our family a […]

 

First Earth Block Home

Silvia Santiago, who works as a cook for our Trigo y Miel children’s feeding program, along with her husband, Felipe, and their six children had been living in an unsafe sheet-metal shack. That is before they were selected as the first family to be blessed with a brand-new earth block home! The first of many to be […]

 

God Trapped Us in Houston

What happens when a mission team meets a hurricane: “Life is full of unexpected occurrences. Nowhere was this more evident than the week I spent at the Hilton Garden Inn in Houston, Texas.” – Matt O’Brien, team member A mission team of 12 people representing several different Portland churches was headed down to Nicaragua to serve […]

 
One of the youngest Joseph granddaughters.

No to Slavery, Yes to Education in Haiti

In Haiti, public school is expensive, and countless mothers are faced with this decision: which of their children will have an education and a future, and which will not?