When Grown Men Cry

The first time I visited Alex's home, he had built only its block walls, but I was impressed by his choice of location:   a bluff overlooking Hope Mountain— in gratitude for what Hope did in his life.   Our group prayed with Alex, asking God to bless the house he was building—and the home that would one day be created there.     The next time Renaissance Man saw Alex, he learned of his engagement to Adriana (not her real name), and called me with the good news. You see, unlike Alex, Adriana has a rich heritage of family.   When their wedding day finally arrived, our missionary friend and Alex were tasked with picking up Adriana's parents. Before Adriana's father would leave his home, he ... Keep Reading...

BEAUTY FROM ASHES

A week ago, Renaissance Man and I arrived in Brazil. A day behind schedule already, we hit the ground running, not even slowing down to rest after our overnight flight.   So much packed into the first few hours . . . Re-connecting with old friends—and making new ones Rejoicing over campus improvements at the City of Youth Visiting the newest Hope Unlimited for Children thrift store Grieving with a friend who lost his wife very suddenly a few weeks ago (H1N1 flu? Test results not available for 90 days...) and rejoicing with a young staff couple over their precious 5-month-old son.  . . . My tired body grasping for a balance of emotions.   Early the next morning, we headed to the airport—again. And after ... Keep Reading...

UP, UP AND AWAY… Made it to Brazil!

Finally . . . Familiar sights (Some nicer than others.)     After a smooth (though delayed) overnight flight, we arrived in São Paulo, Brazil and rode almost two hours to the city of Campinas—and straight to the City of Youth where we were welcomed by children, staff, and board members of Hope Unlimited for Children. It's been two years since I was last here, and it's been a nice day of seeing campus improvements, familiar faces, and new faces of children who now have life-transforming hope.   The U.S. board and the Brazilian board met together this evening; joint efforts on behalf of children once abused, abandoned and neglected, often by the very ones who should have cared for them: their ... Keep Reading...