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Day 3: World View

Today {Day 3: World View} we remember our beautiful girl Rakhelda we spounsor through World Vision. Three years ago we made in ornament with her picture on it and we hang it up on the tree and say a special prayer of bless on her and her family. It is also her birthday next month and today helps remind us to put her gift in the mail. We’ve been sponsoring Rakhelda since she was 5 or 6 (I was in college @ the time) and now she is turning 15 years old!!! She is a beautiful young lady now with dreams of becoming a teacher. She works so hard @ school and has a shinning smile that will light up your day.


We try to talk with the boys about her as much as we can. We have a flag with a push-pin to mark where Rakhelda lives on the map in the boys room. I hope to learn and teach the boy more about her and her culture over this next year.

Dear Rakhelda-

you are a beautiful addition to our family! We love to look at your picture and see how much you have grown and changed over the years. We are so very proud of you. We pray that God will pour down blessings on you and your family over this next year. We pray that you will hear and know the voice of God in your life and you will follow after it with all you heart soul and mind. We love you so much!

Love: Scott, Shannon, JC & Micah

Do you have a sponsored child? Do you have any special traditions you do with your kids to help them connect more with him/her? 

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Hungry Stomachs In Our Schools

At Tallula's Tearooms, Brighton, England.
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The alarming results show that 1 in 6 Americans is still food insecure and now more than 50 million Americans. This includes 1 in 4 children.Feeding America


and reflect on all the local kids that go to school hungry everyday. Ask your local public school if they have a program that provides breakfast for kids from low income families and how you can help. Or visit FeedAmerica.org to find out ways you can help.

Take it to the level – give up your breakfast for the whole week!

“Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.” – Matthew 9:37

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One Day Without Shoes!

As a family my husband, my 2 boys, and myself went barefoot today in collaboration with Toms Shoes to bring awareness to the children around the world (locally and globally) that go with shoes EVERYDAY.

We spent most of the day at the beach (an already planned trip), so I feel a little like we cheated, but my husband Scott did walk the whole wood pier – fish guts and all – to get us lunch.

It was easy to keep the traveling low for one day, but for those kids that Toms is working to help, it is an everyday reality. They don’t have the luxury of putting off walking for miles to get water.

As for our local kids that don’t have shoes. YES! you heard me right, there are kids even in the USA that need help from Toms too. In planning out our morning, my husband said, we’d better pack a lunch because we won’t be able to go into any restaurants without shoes. That made me think what it feels like to be one of these kids in the US without shoes. Feelings of shame, fear? Dehumanized? Have they been kicked out of places for not having shoes? Do kids tease them? Laugh at them. How does something that seems as simple as shoes, make or break how some of these kids are treated – how they live?

Powerful for me to think about today. We were only 4 of many.See what others are saying about their ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES experience.

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