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Nonprofit Supporters Send 100% of Donations to Haitian School

Christian friends Karen Stevenson, Marcia Fisher and Ludner St. Amour gathered recently with others in East Tennessee for an early Thanksgiving meal of sorts. While the aroma of food poured from the oven and they waiting on more friends to arrive, they shared what they’re doing to help the poorest children in Haiti overcome starvation […]

Continue Reading By on November 13, 2012 in education, encouragement, faith

Helping Haiti’s Schoolchildren

Floods and Hurricane Sandy have brought recent deaths to Haiti, the heavily impoverished island nation still recovering from a major earthquake in 2010.  Deforestation and dysfunction have long been hallmarks of Haiti. Yet, many residents are finding hope. The Christian School of New Vision in La Jeune educates 800 poor children, feeds them one meal […]

Continue Reading By on November 12, 2012 in education, faith, families

Blanket Bee Teaches and Connects Blanketeers

More than 250 blanket “hugs” are headed out to children in crisis after a successful Blanket Bee for Project Linus of East Tennessee.  Project Linus volunteers gathered on a warm October day at the famous Haley Farm in Clinton to share talents, techniques and their love of making blankets.  They used the beautiful indoor-outdoor chapel […]

Continue Reading By on October 19, 2012 in sewing

Easy Blanket Craft Warms Hearts

Special blankets are a favorite keepsake for both of my children.They’ve loved every last one that was hand quilted or knitted or bought from a store, gifted from various loved ones.  In the warmer months I’ve had to continually put them back up in the closet as they get out one after another and pile […]

Continue Reading By on August 8, 2012 in craft

Faith Communities Flock to Heifer Ranch

It’s typical to find the parking lot filled with church vans at Heifer Ranch.  Groups pay their way to experience lives of poverty in the Global Village.  They come from all over. They come from many different churches, not necessarily touting the same religious message. I asked assistant manager Diane Gunvalson why she thinks Heifer […]

Continue Reading By on April 19, 2012 in agriculture, faith, poverty

How Arkansas Livestock Became Ambassadors

Dog Protecting Sheep at Heifer Ranch More than 65 million people have been touched by the giving that continues today through Heifer International.  Founder Dan West helped organize the first shipment of heifers to Puerto Rico in 1944, after he’d been inspired doing relief work in the Spanish Civil War.  The Midwestern farm boy thought […]

Continue Reading By on April 18, 2012 in agriculture, farming, poverty

Daylight at Heifer Ranch

Hearing a rooster crow made me feel right at home when I woke up with my family in our modest room at the lodge.  I stretched my legs on the wooded nature trail, found a pretty flower garden, then headed toward the sound of that rooster! Various fowl meandered around an open air barn that also […]

Continue Reading By on April 16, 2012 in agriculture, rural

Handmade Laundry Soap Mission Touches Lives

When my dad sent the clipping from the local newspaper, I knew I had to cover this story. I was amazed at the way one woman had connected with hundreds of families by focusing on a mundane, everyday necessity:  laundry detergent. She realized the need was great, every week, for hundreds of families still awaiting […]

Continue Reading By on April 4, 2012 in faith, Midwest

Ministry for Joplin Tornado Victims Continues

It was not a particularly busy day for shoppers when I visited the Distribution Center behind College Heights Christian Church on the northern edge of Joplin, Missouri.  It was a busy day for staff and volunteers.  Shrink-wrapped goods were in the process of being organized, the phone was being answered at the area set up […]

Continue Reading By on April 3, 2012 in faith, Midwest