Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I will never be able to express my gratitude for the outpouring of support for the Boss Your Heart Birthday Benefit/toy drive for Village of Hope—Guatemala.  I am still astounded by the amount of toys purchased to bless the future kiddos at Village of Hope, in memory of Chrissie.  This Thanksgiving is a time for us to count our blessings and show gratefulness.  I have a fun opportunity that I’m sharing below, a way you can bless Village of Hope in Guatemala this Thanksgiving.


But for now, back to the toys.  All toy purchases via Amazon were all shipped to a friend of a friend where they were stored in her garage until they could be carefully and lovingly packed up and shipped to Guatemala.  Can I get a big shout out to my friend Gina and her friend who stored, packed, and arranged for shipping of the toys?



There were so many toys that it took six massive boxes to get them all packaged for shipping.  Gina’s a whiz at packing, too, so she got everything in the boxes as compactly and efficiently as possible.



Shipping from the US to Guatemala is EXPENSIVE.  God provided the funding to get all of the toys to Guatemala.  Jehovah Jireh always provides.


My friend Amy (the one who is serving as a missionary in Guatemala—starting up Village of Hope) promised to take photos of the toys once they arrive in Guatemala.  I’ll be sure to share them here.  Please pray for the children who will play with these toys.  They need someone to pray for them because they most likely don’t have a mommy or daddy or family to pray for them, and everyone can use prayers. 


Speaking of children and families, I’m sharing a message below with you so you can challenge your family and friends to GIVE to Village of Hope this Thanksgiving, out of our abundance.  There’s a generous donor who is matching the first $3,000 in purchased bricks. Donate today and help build homes for special needs orphans at Village of Hope in Guatemala.  You can even have a home named after you!!!  How awesome!!!


Here’s the info:


Living out a life of Thanksgiving…

(borrowed with permission from my friend Amy Block’s blog)

Without hesitation, when asked, people all over America this Thanksgiving will respond by saying the very thing they are most thankful for in their lives is their family.


Family… the very thing that literally millions of children face life without.

Here at Village of Hope we understand the importance of family and that is why we exist- to bring FAITH, FAMILY and a FUTURE to those who have none. We choose to do ‘family style’ homes for orphans instead of an institution because we understand that is what the Lord desires.

A Father to the Fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families. Psalm 68:5-6

There is simply no biblical model for institutional care - so while clothing, feeding and giving toys to a child are all wonderful things- the one thing a child truly needs- is a family to call their own. A mother and a father who are willing to invest in their future, help them discover their gifts and strengths- to care for them , encourage them and show them they have a purpose and they matter.

Because international adoptions are closed in Guatemala the orphans here have little hope of being adopted into a forever family. These children must face a bleak future- alone. We cannot stop but to ask ourselves-how will these children be able to one day function in a family unit? But even more- how can they have a clear view of their God who loves them if they don’t have an earthly father to model who He is?

We all know living in an institution isn’t what is best for a child- studies prove it- but more importantly we have seen it with our own eyes. The “fatherless” are the most vulnerable people in the world because they lack the very person God intended to protect and provide. But as the body of Christ we have a responsibility to live out James 1:27- to care for orphans. We are called to action.

At Village of Hope each child will be placed in a family- in a home- with a mother and father figure who will be the ones who tuck them in at night, pray with them, help them with their homework, cook dinner with them, counsel them and teach them.

This Thanksgiving we challenge you to gather your precious family around the table, enjoy the blessings the Lord has provided- and then give back out of that abundance. Encourage your family to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of the children in Guatemala. Thank Him through your obedience by caring for the orphan in a tangible way. Together your family, aunts, uncles, cousins truly can make a difference in the life of a child.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

To purchase a brick in your family’s name….

Give HOPE, brick by brick. Village of Hope - Guatemala from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.

We have been blessed by a generous donor who is matching the next $3,000 in bricks purchased! This means that each brick you buy, up to the first $3,000, will be DOUBLED… doesn’t get much better than that!

  • -Buy 10 bricks/$250 - Get a free VOH tshirt!
  • -Buy 20 bricks/$500 – Get a free VOH tshirt and VOH bag.
  • -Buy 40 bricks/$1,000 – Get a free VOH tshirt, VOH bag, and a necklace/earring set hand-made by a Guatemalan woman.
  • -Buy 100 bricks/$2,500 - An engraved plate (2" x 4") with your family name on the wall in one of the homes for children as a reminder of those that provided that wall and prayed for each of them.
  • -Buy 200 bricks/$5,000 - A plaque ( 12" x 10") with a photo and text (of your choice) will be hung in the home and the room will be named after your family (painted on the wall)
  • -Buy 1,200 bricks/$30,000 – Provide an entire HOME for a FAMILY! Get a free VOH tshirt, VOH bag, plaque (as described above), and family name on the outside of the home.


**As you reflect on all that you are thankful for, please consider giving toward one of the above options in honor or memory of a loved one! Though some of our family may not be on this earth any more, their legacy lives on and can bless the lives of those without a family!

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