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posted by Tom Davis

The publisher of Scared is giving away free e-book downloads on November 1 & 2. Don’t miss this great deal. Download Scared today! Download your free Scared e-book! A Note from the Author: Tom Davis Scared is a work of fiction, but the world […]

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 3

posted by Tom Davis

In the final chapter of Alexandra’s story, she shares what happened when she boarded the plane for Swaziland with her teammates. This post is a little longer, but I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to put it down. Thank […]

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 2

posted by Tom Davis

When we left Alexandra, she was wondering how she was going to raise $3,411 to travel across the world with a group of Christians she didn’t know. She wasn’t a Christian and had no church. But she did feel deeply […]

Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 1

posted by Tom Davis

Sometimes there’s a lot more going on than we can see with our physical eyes. At least, that appears true in the case of Alexandra Warwick. I first introduced you to Alexandra in this post, Rejecting Slacktivism. I was intrigued […]

What do kids think about helping kids?

posted by Tom Davis

How would you help kids in need? Hosanna Lutheran Church asked their kids to answer this question as part of their “Kids Matter” sermon series, and shared the answers in this video. This weekend was important for HopeChest, because Hosanna the […]

A Week in Uganda

posted by Tom Davis

This week, a group of volunteers from “The Orphans of Teso” are visiting their two CarePoints in Uganda. To get a glimpse of what they’re doing, their leaders are posting a day-by-day journal of activities. Here are some highlights: The […]

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, Dies at 57

posted by Tom Davis

Today is was reported that the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, has died. With an American presidential election, you might miss this news unless you are tuned into to what’s happening in Africa. One of Ethioipa’s national leaders is gone. […]

100 Days Without Shoes

posted by Tom Davis

Millions of kids in the world are walking around without shoes on. Tim Lotz is just another kid in that crowd, walking to and from school with nothing to cover his feet from the elements. But Tim lives in Michigan […]

Sponsorship in 6 words

posted by Tom Davis

It was Abraham Lincoln who said (or perhaps wrote), “I’m sorry I wrote such a long letter. I did not have the time to write a short one.”  The discipline of brevity is not easily mastered. Distilling thoughts to their essence […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

posted by Tom Davis

It’s a question we ask kids all the time. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  The most popular answers? Astronaut, doctor, super hero, veterinarian,  pop star, race car driver, secret agent, athlete, firefighter, pilot, zookeeper, and President of the […]

They stared over the edge of “Execution Rock”

posted by Tom Davis

For the past year, HopeChest and AIM have partnered in creating the Swaziland Leadership Academy, a specific and intentional program designed to train Christian leaders from our CarePoints. Local leaders identify children from our CarePoints who qualify for this intensive […]

When dreams become realities

posted by Tom Davis

It was just a few months ago that HopeChest was busy selling t-shirts to benefit our sex trafficking prevention efforts in Moldova, and providing some needed support for Haiti. Tucked in there was the chance to win a free missions […]

Doing Justice

posted by Tom Davis

“He has showed you, O Man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 What does it mean to be […]

Making Change.

posted by Tom Davis

Many of us have a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of the poor. We want to make change.  Dissatisfied with the world as it is, we are restless to bring change. The kingdom of God is about […]

Why bother with education for girls?

posted by Tom Davis

Right now, a group of HopeChest partners are raising $125,000 to expand the school at Kind Hearts in Ethiopia. They want to wrap this project up before the start of the next term. You can read about their efforts here, […]

Time to make the doughnuts that fight poverty

posted by Tom Davis

While the idea of donuts fighting poverty sounds extremely American, it’s actually the topic  Nicholas Kristof’s latest column about a family in Malawi. Kristof follows the Nasoni family’s journey through poverty to entrepreneurship. Kristof makes some interesting observations: – Although the […]

Are you a bad listener?

posted by Tom Davis

Imagine pulling into a drive-thru at your favorite restaurant. As you pull up to the speaker box and begin looking at the menu, you expect to hear a familiar question. Something along the lines of: “Welcome to Chick-Fil-A, may I […]

Get $10 to spend at StoryCompany.com

posted by Tom Davis

StoryCompany.com has officially launched. To celebrate, you can get $10 to spend in the store. Use it now, or save it for later, but remember that some products are one of a kind. When they’re gone, they’re gone. To get […]

Help a boy in Uganda with cancer

posted by Tom Davis

Eleku Peter, a young boy who is served by the Oditel CarePoint in Uganda, was recently diagnosed with large cell lymphoma. As you can see in the picture, Peter’s neck became swollen and painful. CarePoint leaders took Peter for initial […]

“The course of my life was about to change…”

posted by Tom Davis

Today’s post comes from Caleb David, founder and executive director of One Child Campaign. One Child Campaign is a partner ministry of Children’s HopeChest. Thank you Caleb! At the end of this post, you’ll have an opportunity to join Caleb […]

I’m too young to be a Grandpa…again!

posted by Tom Davis

With Mother’s Day just 2 weeks from now, there’s a mom who is selling beautiful Mother’s Day cards that will help hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Ethiopia. You’re going to buy a card anyway, check these out and […]

Walking through Hell for Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

HopeChest gets pitched a lot of ideas for fundraising. One of the more interesting and fun projects we participated in was HELL WALK. Sounds cheery, right? Hell Walk is the creation of Josh Tate. Originally scribbled on a napkin at […]

Do you give what you have? Or what they need?

posted by Tom Davis

Taking your children on a mission trip is a fantastic and eye opening experience.  On one trip to Swaziland with my oldest son, Hayden, I noticed he was playing soccer in bare feet. You can imagine my thoughts were very […]

Student film brings claymation perspective to water crisis [VIDEO]

posted by Tom Davis

You’ve probably heard that 1 billion people lack access to clean water. But like all statistics, they lack a certain perspective. Statistics can de-humanize a problem, hurling it into the realm of mathematics and numbers. This short student film does […]

Rejecting “Slacktivism”

posted by Tom Davis

Slacktivism, “…usually considered a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction. The acts tend to require […]

Hey You! Give us your lunch money!

posted by Tom Davis

Today we want your lunch money. Not because we’re terrible bullies, but because we want to make today, Valentine’s Day, about something more than chocolate, flowers, and candy. A group of HopeChest sponsors led by Danielle Brower have organized a […]

Apologies, equations, and the end of poverty…

posted by Tom Davis

Apologies are never easy because they unmask our failings. I am not above recognizing my mistakes–and my organization’s mistakes–while trying to help lift people out of poverty. Sometimes our “help” has turned into hurt. Unintentional, perhaps prideful, mistakes have been […]

What causes change?

posted by Tom Davis

Muhammad Yunus–one of the earlier pioneers of microfinance in the developing world–gets right to the heart of the matter in less than two minutes. The current framework is completely broken … It focuses too much on money… We need businesses […]

Is Africa poor because of aid?

posted by Tom Davis

According to Dambisa Moyo, the answer is, “Yes.” The Zambian economist who has worked at Goldman Sachs favors a complete cut-off of foreign aid to African nations over a five-year timeframe.  Her primary complaints are that aid has fostered dependence, […]

We aren’t doing as much good as we think…

posted by Tom Davis

For 14 years, I’ve dealt with situations where people are utterly hopeless due to the desperation of their circumstances. People who need someone to come to their side and lend a helping hand. Today, HopeChest is serving over 11,500 orphans […]

You won’t turn into a pumpkin at midnight…

posted by Tom Davis

This is not your last chance to give to HopeChest. Time is not running out. You will not turn into a pumpkin at midnight. However, if you want a tax deduction for 2011, then yes, you need to give before […]

What does hope look like?

posted by Tom Davis

I want you to meet three special girls: Zinhle from Swaziland, Sasha from Russia, and Tulsi from India. You can read more about their stories here. For the past several months, we’ve shared the stories of these girls. With over […]

They were too hungry to learn…

posted by Tom Davis

Two years ago I led a vision trip to Ethiopia. One of the participants on that trip, Karen Wistrom, decided to take on two CarePoints–Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory–where almost 300 children live and attend school. At that time, […]

Tales from a Doctorate in Global Leadership Perspectives – Exit, Voice and Loyalty

posted by Tom Davis

I run a non-profit organization and often wonder why people stay with us and why they leave. What causes them to be loyal? What makes them feel betrayed or unheard and quietly slip out the back door never to be […]

On the Edge of Seventeen

posted by Tom Davis

No, I’m not blogging about Stevie Nicks. There is another young woman who is on the edge of seventeen…literally. Her seventeenth birthday is this Christmas. As in December 25, 2011.  Simone–who was born on Christmas–decided to give up some of […]

Give Anyway

posted by Tom Davis

This Christmas, I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to become  fatigued.  When we are motivated to action by some severe need we stand up and do something on behalf of the extremely poor. But the next time we […]

When Lucy Met MacGyver

posted by Tom Davis

The Adacar CarePoint has experienced dramatic transformation over the past two years because of the partnership of Southside Church and their many sponsors. There is no doubt that Southside has changed the story for hundreds of orphans in this community. […]

Gifts with a Purpose: My Interview with “Established Signs” Founder Karla Bates

posted by Tom Davis

Simple. Original. One-of-a-kind. Every Christmas gift should be as compelling as a personalized family sign from Established Signs. This Christmas, you can purchase an “Established Sign” for your family that includes your family’s name and the date it was established. Pretty simple […]

5 ways to make Christmas more meaningful this year

posted by Tom Davis

This Christmas, holiday sales are projected to top $465.6 billion.  Given all of the financial tumult, political gridlock, and job uncertainty, it looks as though this year Americans are going to spend a lot of money giving gifts to each […]

Haiti Update: Head of Haiti’s IBESR fired today

posted by Tom Davis

Madam Jeanne Bernard Pierre, Director of Haiti’s IBESR, was fired today. Just one week ago, the IBESR ordered the closure of the Son of God Orphanage for child neglect after receiving complaints from six U.S. organizations. Donations provided to the […]

Would you say a prayer for Haiti right now?

posted by Tom Davis

There are people in Haiti who need to hear your words of encouragement today…Would you leave a comment–in the form of a prayer and encouragement. Your encouragements will be passed along those volunteers  who are in Haiti. They are in […]

Making a Big Show of our Tiny Gifts

posted by Tom Davis

Do you ever ask yourself the question, “Am I doing enough?” I’m not talking about sheer busy-ness–but are you doing enough of what really matters? How would you know if you were? And can’t you always do a little bit […]

Good Aid vs. Bad Aid

posted by Tom Davis

Is something missing in how we help the poor? I believe there is. Despite an estimated $2.3 trillion in foreign aid dispensed from Western nations during the post-World War II Era, more than 2.5 billion people, approximately 40 percent of […]

Are We Guilty of Slumdog Tourism?

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve just returned from Kenya and this post in the New York Times has particular significance to me. As a non-profit leader, I’m constantly asking myself if what we are doing as an organization is truly helping the people we […]

The Ethiopian Church, His Holiness Abune Paulos, and Kind Hearts Orphanage

posted by Tom Davis

What a fascinating time we’ve experience here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s not every day you get the chance to meet with The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Abune Paulos. My Doctoral group from George Fox University […]

Get a life!

posted by Tom Davis

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you […]

When Your Heart Breaks and Hope is Almost Lost

posted by Tom Davis

Today a terrible tragedy occurred to one of our children in Africa. This is a harsh reminder of the battle we are in between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Why it’s important for us to continue […]

Ethiopia underestimating impact of drought

posted by Tom Davis

Ethiopia is locked in severe drought threatening tens of millions of people. Today Ethiopia’s government estimated they would need food for 4.5 million Ethiopians, an increase of 40 percent over last year. [Full Story below]. The story speaks for itself, […]

Young World Rising – Our Hope for Ending Poverty?

posted by Tom Davis

When you look at eradicating extreme poverty, there are many influences that combine to reduce issues such as preventable diseases, ie Malaria or Diarrhea, providing clean water, and caring for orphans, etc. But what is the hope for these issues […]

How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve just read a fascinating book by Thomas Oden on how Africa became the seedbed for western Christianity entitled, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind. Having just returned from Africa and going again this September, my interest was peaked about […]

Oops! The End of the World Has Been Moved to October 21, 2011

posted by Tom Davis

You now have an extra five months to prepare for the end of the world according to Harold Camping. Many news outlets are reporting this sudden new revelation of this erroneous preacher. October 21, 2011 is now the new day […]

Man Up for Orphans This Father’s Day

posted by Tom Davis

My Crazy Friend Kari Gibson wants you to Man Up for Father’s Day (and for orphans). Kari, among other wonderful things, is a mom, wife, advocate for orphans around the world, and leader of missions trips with Visiting Orphans. She […]

Free to Live // Opening Night in Louisville Highlight Video

posted by Tom Davis

Great opening night at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Louisville, KY. Get your free tickets here for Charlotte, Birmingham, and Huntsville!

Corrective Rape of Homosexuals Spreads in South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

A practice is sweeping through South Africa that is horrific. Anti-homosexual sentiment is on the rise and to cure lesbians, gangs of men are raping them at times, to their death. A search for corrective rape in Africa on the […]

Free to Live Tour: 10 Reasons you should go.

posted by Tom Davis

Free to Live kicks off one week from today in Louisville, KY. Then we’re off to Atlanta, Charlotte, Huntsville, and Birmingham. Here are the top 10 reasons you should be there. 10.  There’s a cool site we made just for […]

Free to Live Tour Launches May 11

posted by Tom Davis

Free to Live combines live worship and prayer with a compelling call to action to love and care for orphans. This free event features Tom Davis, CEO of HopeChest, along with the Desperation Band and Meredith Andrews–two of today’s up and […]

Swaziland Protests Are Met with Crackdowns By Government

posted by Tom Davis

It’s difficult to get clear information on exactly what’s happening in Swaziland regarding the protests. One thing is certain, the government is dealing with these protests harshly. A state of emergency has been declared and we know from our people […]

Protests Occuring in Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

Today, the Swazi people will rise up against the long regime of King Mswati III in protest against the government and this will continue for the next three days. They are demanding that the King and his cabinet step down […]

U.S. State Dept Confirms Ethiopia Adoption Cuts

posted by Tom Davis

Today the State Department posted an official notice confirming some of what we have heard this week–that Ethiopia was planning to cut their adoption program by 90%, approving only 5 cases per day, down from 50. The full statement is […]

Ethiopia Adoption Cuts: Rumors & Human Rights

posted by Tom Davis

No confirmed news today, but plenty of speculation. There are some indications that there is an internal conflict over what is seen as too heavy a workload. Driven by the popularity of the international adoption program, many offices are overwhelmed […]

Ethiopia’s Plan to Cut Adoptions: A Prayerful Response

posted by Tom Davis

Over the weekend I confirmed with some contacts in the adoption community that the processing of adoptions is slowing down in Ethiopia. Partners of Children’s HopeChest have been unable to process adoptions since mid-November. From what my sources are saying, […]

Ethiopia to cut international adoptions by 90%

posted by Tom Davis

The Voice of America Web site is reporting that Ethiopia is planning to cut adoptions by 90 percent, processing only 5 children per day instead of 50. According to the report, this is based on a directive from the Ethiopian […]

Earthquake Strikes ChristChurch New Zealand

posted by Tom Davis

Tragedy struck today in New Zealand when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch. The death toll at this point is 65 people. Reports of buildings caving in and people trapped underneath the rubble continue to pour in.  The earthquake struck right during […]

Planned Parenthood Funding in Jeopardy

posted by Tom Davis

House votes to overhaul health overhaul plan. The GOP dealt a huge blow to Planned Parenthood on Friday by voting to remove all funding from the organization – a total of 317 million dollars. This could have to do with the […]

Uganda Elections

posted by Tom Davis

The elections in Uganda are happening today amid great fear and great hope. Uganda’s current President, Yoweri Museveni, says he will not become the latest African leader to be unseated by popular unrest. Elections on Friday are predicted to fall […]

Prayer Vigil for Ugandan Elections

posted by Tom Davis

The current president, Museveni, seized power in 1986 through a military coup. At first he appeared to be a new breed of African ruler, but after ruling for 25 years he is running for his fourth term and corruption seems […]

Be Generous and Grateful this Valentine’s Day

posted by Tom Davis

Valentine’s Day is filled with candy, cards, flowers and dinner. All good things. This season here’s an idea to go beyond the normal and recreate Valentine’s Day into Generosity Day. Thanks to Brene Brown for this terrific idea. Let’s practice Generosity and […]

CEO Arrested in Child Prostitution Ring

posted by Tom Davis

The CEO of Sunflower Markets is Arrested for Child Prostitution. The internet, child prostitution, and another predator is arrested. Just in case you think this doesn’t happen in the United States, it does, too often. It’s good to see the […]

Wayne Rooney Goal vs Manchester City

posted by Tom Davis

Wayne Rooney has the goal of the year vs. Manchester City. An acrobatic effort from the middle of the City area saw the 5’9″ Rooney elevate and bring his right foot up for a Nani cross, putting his shot into the […]

Valentine Poems and Prayers for your Sweetheart

posted by Tom Davis

Poems, cards and prayers are the spirit of this holiday. Here are three great ideas to help you be a pure romantic on Valentine’s Day. Men are notorious for waiting until the last second on Valentine’s Day to plan something for the love of […]

Representative Chris Lee from New York Steps Down After Craigslist Scandal

posted by Tom Davis

Chris Lee has been caught in an online scandal. Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) announced early Wednesday evening that he will resign his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Huffington Post reports: Buffalo-based station YNN relays a statement from Lee, who has signaled that he […]

Apple Ipad 2

posted by Tom Davis

Are the rumors true? Today, reports are being released that the Apple Ipad 2 is now in production. According to Mashable Apple’s production partners are already hard at work on the new model of iPad, according to a report in the Wall Street […]

Guatemala

posted by Tom Davis

Family shot in Guatelmala today. There has been an escalation of gang violence recently in the country. According to the Herald Sun: AN unidentified gunmen shot and killed six family members in southwestern Guatemala, including three children. Five members of the […]

South Sudan Votes and Becomes Africa’s Newest Country

posted by Tom Davis

South Sudan votes to pave the way for a new nation. Nearly 99% of the southern Sudanese vote was in favor of secession. After years of persecution and war, those in southern Sudan will have the chance and rebuilding and […]

Darth Vader Commercial

posted by Tom Davis

The Darth Vader Commercial gets my vote for the best commercial of the Super Bowl. As a father of 7, I completely resonated with the heart of this father in the ad. In case you didn’t see it, here’s video of the Darth […]

What Time is the SuperBowl 2011

posted by Tom Davis

What time is The Super Bowl 2011 Kickoff?, The Dallas area has been set for the Super Bowl 2011, Sunday, with game time scheduled for launch time 6:25 Eastern, 5:25 CST, 4:25 MST, and 3:25 PST live from the Cowboys in […]

The Krispy Kreme Challenge

posted by Tom Davis

The Krispy Kreme Challenge takes place today in Raleigh, NC. There are 7,500 participants ready for this race and the money goes for a great cause. The race, a fundraiser for the N.C. Children’s Hospital, challenges participants to run two miles, […]

Planned Parenthood Video Helps Pimps and Traffickers

posted by Tom Davis

This is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen. A Planned Parenthood worker is shown in this video helping sex traffickers. You need to watch this. Over 300 million of our tax dollars go to support this organization and as […]

Turning Boiling Water into Snow

posted by Tom Davis

It was so cold last night in Colorado, -11 F, I decided to do an experiment. I’ve heard at the right temperature, you can throw boiling water into the air and it will turn to snow. Is it possible? Watch […]

You Can Find Hope in Troubled Times

posted by Tom Davis

Here’s an inspiring post from my friend Jim Daly at Focus on the Family. I was recently talking with a friend, and he began to draw a parallel between a mutual acquaintance of ours and my childhood. The person in question […]

George Clooney Battles Malaria

posted by Tom Davis

George Clooney battles Malaria. How did he contract the disease? George Clooney was on the continent of Africa in Sudan to help push for diplomacy and avoid another genocide in the country according to People Magazine. This is Clooney’s second bout with Malaria. I applaud […]

Woman Falls in Fountain

posted by Tom Davis

Just a little comic relief for your day. A woman falls in a fountain in a Pennsylvania mall while texting on her smart phone. This is a great lesson for anyone who is trying to text and walk at the same time! […]

Christian pro-life groups gather in Colorado

posted by Tom Davis

Christian pro-life and justice groups will promote Sanctity of Human Life Month during the Life and Justice Conference on Jan. 22 in Colorado Springs. I’ll be speaking at the conference, and I urge you to join us in person or […]

Randi Zuckerberg

posted by Tom Davis

Randi Zuckerberg, head of consumer marketing appeared on the Golden Globes Red Carpet talking about which movies from the Golden Globes Time were hot on Facebook. Her answer?  Randi Zuckerberg Randi (Mark’s real life sister) says the movie with the most buzz on Facebook right now […]

Ingrid Michaelson The Way I Am

posted by Tom Davis

Ingrid Michaelson, with her hit single “The Way I Am”, appeared on CBS Early show and Second Cup Cafe this morning.  Although she is not a Christian artist, Ingrid Michaelson is a very popular new artist with great lyrics and positive lyrics, something […]

Change Their Story raises $52,000+ to protect children from forced prostitution and poverty

posted by Tom Davis

On November 15, 2010, HopeChest launched Change Their Story–a campaign to empower our supporters to raise money from their friends and family during Christmas. Instead of buying more things, 75 families decided to join HopeChest in changing the story for […]

Is Your Iphone Alarm Not Working?

posted by Tom Davis

For the first two days of the year, neither is mine. Apple is promising to have it fixed by Monday, so make sure connect to the software update. Apple and the BBC said, “We’re aware of an issue related to […]

HGTV Dream Home 2011

posted by Tom Davis

How do you enter the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes? This year, HGTV is giving away a beautiful mountain home in Vermont and they’ve just launched the contest. Click here to go directly to the page where you can enter. It’s quick and […]

Black Eyed Peas Recipe

posted by Tom Davis

Growing up with my grandparents, they always served two things on New Years Day – black eyed peas for good luck and cabbage for prosperity! It’s funny how that tradition reminds me so much of their love and sacrifice for […]

Meet The Story Changers

posted by Tom Davis

This is how we change lives, together with partners from around the U.S. Kids, families, moms and dads…together we’re fighting for kids to have a fighting chance in our world. This video shows some of the story changers, and some […]

Christmas is our rescue

posted by Tom Davis

Merry Christmas! The day of Christ’s Advent is here, and I wish you and your family a happy, safe, and sacred Christmas day. Today, God begins His rescue mission. As the words of O Come, O Come Emmanuel say: O […]

The Holy Night Is Here

posted by Tom Davis

Tonight, Christians around the globe will celebrate the birth of Christ in holy candlelight vigils and ceremonies. One of the most beautiful Christmas hymns ever sung is O Holy Night. It’s not exactly a caroling song, but when you hear […]

Mary’s Perspective

posted by Tom Davis

Nine months pregnant and trudging toward Bethlehem…sounds like everyone’s perfect birth plan! Our veneration of Mary as the mother of the Savior would not have been shared by her culture. We forget that from the perspective of her society, Jesus […]

The Angels Sang to the Shepherds

posted by Tom Davis

The shepherds make an appearance in just about every Christmas carol, and they are usually paired up with the angels. It’s because the angels announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds first. I’ve put the whole story from Luke 2 below, […]

What Child is This?

posted by Tom Davis

I love the title of this song because this may be the most important question in the history of our world. It is certainly the most important question in my life. How you answer this question will change the course […]

They Followed a Star

posted by Tom Davis

Christmas songs. They are everywhere you go this week. Fun or profound, sacred or secular, Christmas music will ring throughout our land this week. Hiding in plain sight, the words of those songs define what we believe about Christ, his […]

How the Nightingale Learned to Sing

posted by Tom Davis

One of the Christmas legends I grew up with that I hear no more and fear is being lost is the story of how the Nightingale learned to sing. Here is how I remember it:   Deep inside the cave […]

Advent Day 20: Halfway

posted by Tom Davis

This week, HopeChest crossed the halfway point in raising funds for Change Their Story. Now, more than $27,000 has been contributed to protect and support children.

Advent Day 18: To Walk an Uncertain Path

posted by Tom Davis

Orphans walk an uncertain path toward adulthood. They live without the basic protection of a family. Add to that the lack of food, the dirty water, the constant fear of abuse and manipulation. The orphan’s path is one that is […]

Pat Boone All-American Meats to support food programs through Children’s HopeChest

posted by Tom Davis

This November, legendary singer and entertainer Pat Boone launched a new company called Pat Boone All-American Meats. Inspired by the philanthropy of his late friend Paul Newman and the success of the Newman’s Own brand, Pat Boone All-American Meats will […]

Advent Day 16: More Water in the Forecast

posted by Tom Davis

Last year, we provided clean water to over 22 communities in Swaziland and Uganda. There are more projects on the way. Help Change the Story by supporting someone who is raising funds for food and clean water through Change Their […]

Advent Day 15: Raped on the Walk to School

posted by Tom Davis

The report in this news article highlights the brutality, fear, and abuse faced by children. This is just one story, how many others are there? We are changing these stories one by one.

Advent Day 12: The Best Before and After Photo…ever

posted by Tom Davis

Sometimes people ask us if sponsorship makes a difference. It’s a legitimate question. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here is a picture of Adanu, one of the girls at the Trees of Glory orphanage. It was […]

Brewing Change in Your Morning Coffee

posted by Tom Davis

Coffee makes an excellent gift–and especially Saint’s Coffee that invests profits in feeding orphans. Get your Christmas gift coffee order in today! This morning, millions of Americans will brew or buy a cup of coffee. Tis the season for egg […]

Advent Day 10: Rise and Walk

posted by Tom Davis

Today let me share with you the story of Bosco, a boy in Uganda who lost the ability to walk because of an infection in his leg. Read the first part of his story here, as written by his U.S. […]

Advent Day 8: “Not fair!”

posted by Tom Davis

Ever get tired of hearing that phrase from your kids?  “But it’s not fair!” You know what isn’t fair? It isn’t fair that millions of children have only dirty, parasite-infected water to drink. Drink it and they die. Don’t drink […]

Advent Day 7: Seeing the Smoke Signals of Hope

posted by Tom Davis

We once asked our Swaziland director, Jumbo, how the kids knew when to come to the CarePoint? “I just sent up the smoke signals,” he replied. He was referring to the cloud of dust emanating from the back of our […]

Never underestimate the power of a letter (Part 2)

posted by Tom Davis

If you haven’t done your Christmas cards yet this year, consider this idea that just came to my attention from a Facebook friend: “When filling out your Christmas cards, take one and send it to: A Recovering American Soldierc/o Walter […]

Advent Day 6: Never underestimate the power of a letter…

posted by Tom Davis

One thing we underestimate is the power of a personal letter to a child who has been told by the world that they are of no value. Worthless. I have seen too many children who no longer believe they are […]

Advent Day 5: Changing the Story in Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

Growing up, you may have taken for granted those areas where you played as a child. Playgrounds and athletic fields blend into the surroundings of our everyday life. But in Swaziland, a playground rises from the desolation like a beacon […]

Project Hopeful and The Twietmeyer’s on CBS Evening News

posted by Tom Davis

I am honored to be friends with Kiel and Carolyn Twietmeyer. This family is an inspiration! They have 13 children (you heard right) and many of their adopted kids are HIV positive. They are normal, all-American people and yet God […]

Coldplay – Christmas Lights

posted by Tom Davis

I admit it – I love Coldplay. I’ve been waiting for this new song to come out for a looong time now. As of today, it’s live and it’s Christmas!!! This song is available on Itunes. Enjoy!  

Advent Day 4: Pray for those suffering from HIV/AIDS

posted by Tom Davis

The Face of AIDS: World AIDS Day 2010

posted by Tom Davis

Every December 1 marks World AIDS Day. Today, the world will pause to remember the over 25 million people who have died from AIDS during the past 30 years. AIDS is the most destructive epidemic of our time, and continues […]

Margaret is hungry…

posted by Tom Davis

Find out more about Change Their Story, a Christmas Campaign of Children’s HopeChest to raise $50,000 to help over 5,000 children overcome poverty, abandonment, and violence.

The Advent Story

posted by Tom Davis

The season of Advent, which begins today, is one of remembrance and anticipation. We remember the first coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world. Yet it is also a season of anticipation, as we […]

What is the greatest defense against poverty?

posted by Tom Davis

This Christmas, people from around the country are joining Change Their Story–a Christmas campaign that empowers you with an easy, simple, and effective way to raise money to benefit orphans. I wanted to feature some of those people, and today […]

Make Christmas Matter: Join Change Their Story Today!

posted by Tom Davis

Today I am announcing the launch of Change Their Story, a campaign to empower you to raise support for children in HopeChest programs around the world. There are millions of children who live in the grip of extreme poverty and […]

Speaking at a Writers Conference

posted by Tom Davis

I’m down at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM, speaking at the CLASS Christian Writers Conference. And just shared a van ride with the keynote speaker, Bruce Wilkinson, author of The Prayer of Jabez. This weekend, Christian writers from around the […]

Christmas Gift Ideas: These Presents Have Purpose

posted by Tom Davis

Here are two ideas for Christmas presents that have purpose, give back, and help those who are poor and suffering in our world. Either of these options will allow you to give two gifts–one to a friend and one to […]

Win a free mission trip from Visiting Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

From now until November 11, 2010, everyone who buys a “PURE RELIGION” shirt from Visiting Orphans will be entered to win a free mission trip to any one of the 13 countries where they work. Check out the information here: […]

Let’s take the “crazy” out of Christmas

posted by Tom Davis

Earlier this year, former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman broke political fundraising records by donating $119 million to her campaign to become California’s governor. Whitman may have spent up to $175 million on her campaign. She lost the election, proving that […]

Where do I vote? Election Day 2010

posted by Tom Davis

Today Americans will head to the polls to choose leaders at every level of government. If you are registered to vote, please head out today and cast your ballot. Christians should vote. Christians need to vote. Why would a Christian […]

Remembering Great Christian Saints On All Saints Day

posted by Tom Davis

Christianity. It is what it is today because of the sacrifice many great Christian saints have made – many with their lives. On All Saints Day, it is good for us to remember that sacrifice and thank God for those […]

Prayers for Halloween and All Saints Day

posted by Tom Davis

The Feast of All Saints is a holy day of the Church honoring all saints, known and unknown. Protestants don’t typically celebrate this day, but it is highly regarded in the Catholic and Orthodox tradition. This is much like the […]

Pictures from Safari and Kruger

posted by Tom Davis

On the next trip with Children’s HopeChest, you could see this too! Check out all visions trips to NINE countries for 2011 by Clicking here. We’d love to have you.

Lion Kill at Kruger National Park

posted by Tom Davis

This is a bit graphic so if you have a weak stomach, please don’t watch this. We came upon something at Kruger National Park that few people ever have the chance to witness. A pride of lions took down a […]

Free T-Shirt & Mission Trip Giveaway TODAY

posted by Tom Davis

My friend Kari Gibson is just fabulous at getting people fired up about orphan care and missions on her blog, My Crazy Adoption. She’s already given away two free missions trips to Ethiopia, and now she’s working on the third […]

Swaziland: Gifts, Good Naps, and Gangrene

posted by Tom Davis

Another amazing day here in Swaziland with our team. We spent time visiting CarePoints where HopeChest has funded wells, classroom construction, and new kitchen projects. We had the chace to hand out some of our gifts, and spend time in […]

Pros & Cons: Lausanne Congress 2010

posted by Tom Davis

Last week I posted on the Lausanne Congress being held in Cape Town, South Africa right now. My good friend Mary DeMuth gave her viewpoint in this excellent post. Mary is in Cape Town for Lausanne, and is experiencing the […]

Swaziland Update in Photos

posted by Tom Davis

Here is the first batch of photos. It was a busy day, although not as hot as it had been a few weeks ago. Jumbo told me it was over 115 degrees one day. Today we delivered food to some […]

On the Ground in Swaziland: Ask Your Questions!

posted by Tom Davis

I’m back in Swaziland today. Swaziland is a tiny kingdom inside of South Africa. Actually, I’m about 1,000 miles from Cape Town, the site of the 2010 Lausanne Congress. As that meeting unfolds and focuses on the challenge of world […]

Malaria vs. Swine Flu in the Media [video]

posted by Tom Davis

Remember the swine flu? Take a look at this breakdown of media coverage, comparing the number of stories devoted to the swine flu vs. malaria during the same time period. Imagine for a moment that all of those media stories […]

Does Africa need more Coke?

posted by Tom Davis

Coke is everywhere. In all my travels throughout the world, I can tell you that a Coke product is easy to find. Recently at the TEDxChange event, Melinda Gates made this same observation, and offered three areas where international development […]

Want to Win a Free Trip to Ethiopia?! Your Chances are Good!

posted by Tom Davis

My wonderful friend Kari Gibson, is giving away a trip. Here are the details? To enter go to Kari’s Crazy Adoption Store. {My Crazy Adoption Giveaway} You may have dreamed of going on a missions trip, but raising money, resources, time, and maybe […]

Coffee that Fights Poverty

posted by Tom Davis

Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner?! Soon our tables will be filled with turkeys, hams, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. My favorite time of year. A time when I really want to do something to help […]

UNICEF gathers ministry leaders to discuss orphan care

posted by Tom Davis

Back in July, I was invited to attend a roundtable event hosted by UNICEF. Recognizing the ever-increasing role of faith-based-organizations in responding to the global orphan crisis, UNICEF reached out to several leading Christian organizations–including Children’s HopeChest–to participate in this […]

Ministry Team Leaving for Ethiopia

posted by Tom Davis

Next week, HopeChest is sending a team of 16 volunteer travelers to Ethiopia to bring the tangible Gospel into the lives of thousands of orphans. They’ve been preparing for months, and will soon be about the work of building school […]

Could you teach this many kids? [Picture]

posted by Tom Davis

This Fall there are two trips headed over to Ethiopia with Children’s HopeChest. In Ethiopia, we are working amongst very poor and orphaned children who are often attending very crowded classrooms, like the one in this picture from Awassa, Ethiopia, […]

24 Children Among Hundreds Raped in the Congo

posted by Tom Davis

I’m broken hearted as a read this article on CNN international. At least 24 children were among the hundreds that were recently raped in the Congo.  “Attackers blocked roads and prevented villagers from reaching outside communications. Many homes were also looted.Many […]

An Atheist Says Africa Needs God

posted by Tom Davis

The Times in the UK posted an excellent article that merits much thought regarding some of our recent conversation about Jesus Christ and the Bible. I’m thankful for all of you who are atheists or agnostics and have chosen to […]

Pastor Scholarships Available for HopeChest Ethiopia Trip

posted by Tom Davis

HopeChest has just announced two pastor scholarships are now available for our September 2010 mission & vision trip to Ethiopia. If you are a pastor who would like to connect your church to a community of orphans overseas for the […]

Treasure Hunting in the Kingdom of God

posted by Tom Davis

Today we give thanks to God for moving great mountains. Yesterday, HopeChest received an unexpected $6,500 to make the India Rescue Operation happen. And then last night, some supporters called the “Warrior Girls” hatched a plan to match that $6,500 […]

World Cup Reflections: Why is the world evil?

posted by Tom Davis

Now that the 2010 World Cup is over and Spain has taken the top prize, I wanted to reflect a little bit on my experience. These thoughts were recorded on June 25, 2010… On the one hand, South Africans have […]

The Bolshoi Theater and Priceless

posted by Tom Davis

A brand new, behind the scenes video on my new book Priceless. Enjoy! Priceless Behind the Scenes – Bolshoi Theater from Tom Davis on Vimeo.

If You’ve Ever Thought Your Living Conditions Were Bad…

posted by Tom Davis

Kuymandi Community Project from Tom Davis on Vimeo. One of the gorgeous places on earth, along with some beautiful kids. A stark contrast to the reality of life in Capetown. In this community, there were also dead rats laying around. […]

World Cup Transformation

posted by Tom Davis

I didn’t realize the depth of the universality of soccer. In other worldwide sporting events–like the Olympics–you are there to root for the home country. And with few exceptions that cheering is done enthusiastically–but not what I could call “fanatical.” […]

What Does 143 Million Orphans Look Like?

posted by Tom Davis

Earlier this week I blogged about how we tend to approach poverty in the aggregate, using abstract and enormous statistics. [Original Post] Last month, one of our staff members visited a classroom of 170 orphans and vulnerable children. So many […]

Are you defined by adversity or opportunity?

posted by Tom Davis

The Cape of Good Hope is one of the southernmost, and most beautiful, places in all of South Africa. From there  you can look out upon the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. You are standing on the edge […]

World Cup Orphan Focus: What’s better than food?

posted by Tom Davis

There are approximately 3.8 million children in South Africa who have lost one or both parents in South Africa. Today I want you to meet about 200 of those children who are attending Holiday Camp at Kwa-Ngcolosi. Watch the video […]

How to Eradicate Poverty: Extreme Makeover Style

posted by Tom Davis

Unfortunately, we tend to look at poverty in aggregate, worldwide terms. We are conditioned to statistics that tell us about the 1 billion people who do not have access to clean drinking water (which is the source of 80% of […]

Hunting the “Big 5″ Child Killers

posted by Tom Davis

We spent the day in Kruger National Park in search of the “Big 5.” We saw them all except the leopard. These days are always relaxing and a little adventurous, especially for the boys. But whenever I come close natures […]

The World Cup Defies Explanation

posted by Tom Davis

Today we watched Chile win an impressive victory over Honduras. And although I have never been to either country–I found myself caught up in the excitement and cheering along with 50,000 other soccer fans. The scope of this tournament defies […]

How Many Orphans Live in South Africa?

posted by Tom Davis

3.8 million. Although South Africa is the most developed nation on the African continent, nearly 60% of the population lives on less than $1.25 each day. Here are some of the faces of those 3.8 million children that Children’s HopeChest […]

Mpaka: Before & After

posted by Tom Davis

The Heartwork/Desperation Band partnership has significantly impacted and improved the opportunities for ministry that we have here on the ground.  I am so excited about the work that has been done through the grant we have received.  Phase one of […]

Beyond the Game

posted by Tom Davis

While in South Africa, I’m launching new blog series called “Beyond the Game.” I’ll report from South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on social justice issues impacting orphans and vulnerable children. Very soon, we’re launching a “Beyond the […]

Apprehensions About South Africa and The World Cup

posted by Tom Davis

Allright, so I know many of you are not huge soccer fans and you don’t have five kids in soccer like I do! However, you can’t deny that this event is the biggest thing happening in the world right now. […]

Inspiring World Cup Video

posted by Tom Davis

On Monday evening, twenty-three of us are heading to the biggest event on the planet – the FIFA World Cup. We have a stop over in England then fly direct to Johannesburg. The day we land we will be attending […]

Trafficked Girls Rescued at the World Cup

posted by Tom Davis

On Monday I’m leaving with Hayden and Gideon to do ministry in South Africa and attend a few World Cup games. Children’s HopeChest is supporting several orphanage carepoints there and we’re looking at helping victims of human trafficking. Girls are being trafficked […]

The World Cup and South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

In one week, I’m leaving with my two boys and twenty others for The World Cup. U.S. fans are buzzing with excitement after USA’s 3-1 win over Australia yesterday. All five of my children play soccer so this will be a huge […]

Hello Beliefnet

posted by Tom Davis

In August 27, 2006, I penned my very first blog entry. Over the past four years, so much has changed. I went back to my first post, and thought it would be fitting to start my Beliefnet blogging experience with […]

Pack your stuff, this blog’s moving

posted by Tom Davis

Within the week, I am moving the Tom Davis blog to Beliefnet. I'll be joining the likes of Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed blog on one of the largest Web sites in the world for matters of faith and spirituality. Find […]

A Sex Crazed Culture at the World Cup

posted by Tom Davis

There are a lot of things heading to South Africa for the World Cup this summer. For starters, I'll be going with my two boys and 21 other people. We'll be doing ministry in Johannesburg and Capetown and catching a […]

The Blessing of Serving Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

Micah Pattisall and the team from Salem Chapel are on the ground in Swaziland, ministering to the kids there. Here's a little of what he had to report on his blog: I shot a picture today of a kid. He […]

On Being Blessed

posted by Tom Davis

Boreham on Being Blessed The blessed of the Beatitudes is suggestive of natural fruitfulness; it stands related to the roses round my lawn, to the corn in yonder valleys and to the autumnal harvest of the orchard. It has to […]

Ministry Center Rescues Girl from Forced Prostitution

posted by Tom Davis

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Many of you have asked what can be done to stop sex-trafficking before it begins. In a country like Moldova, there is little happening in regards to stopping sex-traffickers. We […]

When Love Goes Around…

posted by Tom Davis

Another great day with young ladies in our  Young Mothers Program here in Kostroma, Russia. We spent the afternoon talking to these courageous young ladies in HopeChest's Young Mothers Program. I presented each mother with a HopeChest Love Goes Around […]

Pizza Place in Moldova

posted by Tom Davis

After 4 planes and 24 hours of travel, we have arrived in the capital of Moldova – Chisinau. The stories we are already hearing about are unbelievable. Here's a quick video of us at Pizza shop. We were told the […]

Raising Orphans to New Life this Easter

posted by Tom Davis

     As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, I want to thank you for raising orphans to new life around the globe. Your partnership with HopeChest provides life-saving services to over 10,000 children suffering from abandonment, poverty, and violence.       […]

Win Free Tickets to Steve Curtis Chapman Concert.

posted by Tom Davis

Today I'm pleased to welcome back my friend Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) who is guest blogging today. On April 29-30, 2010, CAFO will hold Summit VI, the premier gathering of orphan care advocates and […]

Join me at SUMMIT VI

posted by Tom Davis

Register TODAY for the Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit VI. HopeChest is giving away 2 FRONT ROW tickets to Steven Curtis Chapman's Summit VI Concert NEXT WEEK. Only those registered can win! More information next week at http://cthomasdavis.com

Get your “Man Up” Orphans T-Shirt Today!

posted by Tom Davis

My friend Kari Gibson is back at it. Last month, she sold 800 shirts to buy shirts and shoes for children in Ethiopia. Now, she's selling shirts for one very special Ethiopian child: the one she and her family are […]

If You Guessed “Priceless” You’re in the Book!

posted by Tom Davis

My next novel, Priceless, comes out in about two months. I can't wait for you to read it!  In this post you all had the opportunity to help me name this novel. The deal was if the title you suggested won, your […]

Love Mercy

posted by Tom Davis

Award winning author Lisa Samson has a new book out called Love Mercy: A Mother and Daughter's Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God - and you have to read it! Lisa and her daughter, Ty, came with me on a […]

Going to the World Cup? So are 40,000 Prostitutes

posted by Tom Davis

I will be taking my boys, along with 20 others, to the World Cup this June. Yes, we will participate in the fanfare, but are also seeing some great ministry sites. This report is disturbing to me for a number […]

80 Reported Kids Raped in Swaziland Since January

posted by Tom Davis

This just kills me. This means there are a lot more cases unreported. Please, please pray with us and send this to your friends to pray too. There's still so much work to do in Swaziland. This comes from our Country […]

Ethiopian Donations Stolen by Rebels

posted by Tom Davis

This is sad: "Fresh controversy over aid to Ethiopia erupted today after an investigation concluded that millions intended for victims of the 1984 famine was diverted to anti-government rebel leaders – including the current Ethiopian Prime Minister. The allegations, made […]

Through an Orphan’s Eyes: “My Dreams Were Shattered.”

posted by Tom Davis

I'd like you to meet on of the children who we have selected to receive a scholarship. This young student needs your help to stay in school. I wanted you to see education through the eyes of an orphan. Take […]

Swazi girls with no education are 4X more likely to have sex before age 18

posted by Tom Davis

It's all in the headline today. According to data provided by UNAIDS, the longer a girl in Swaziland stays in school, the less likely she is to have sex before age 18. How likely? Girls who make it to university […]

Ethiopia Vision Trip Details

posted by Tom Davis

The deadline is quickly approaching for our next vision trip to Ethiopia. This is a great opportunity to get your church involved in caring for orphans with Children's HopeChest. All the details are below. E-mail us soon to get your […]

Scared Education Fund: $150,000 to change the future for 30 kids in Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

Today I am announcing the official start of the Scared Education Campaign–a long-term goal to invest in the education of 30 talented orphans in Swaziland. In Swaziland, secondary education levels are among the lowest in the world. Less than 40 […]

What is Your Holy Passion?

posted by Tom Davis

On Sunday at Vanguard Church, I posed this question to the congregation: "What is your holy discontent?" We all have areas of "holy discontent" that eventually lead to a "holy passion." My friend Melodie wrote the following blog post as […]

Haiti Opportunities

posted by Tom Davis

The table below includes a complete listing of all ECFA member organizations who are engaged in responding to Haiti’s earthquake. This listing was compiled from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability’s Web site. All links will take you to the […]

I’m Speaking at Vanguard Church Tomorrow Morning

posted by Tom Davis

For all my Colorado friends, FYI: I'll be speaking at both services at Vanguard Church tomorrow morning. The services are at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. This is a brand new message on Isaiah 58 so don't sleep in, come say hello! […]

A Crazy Thank You from Kari

posted by Tom Davis

Kari Gibson posted this behind the scenes look our Shirts for Shoes production line…straight from her dining room. Thanks Kari for this great update and the final tally…over 800 shirts. Thanks to each of you who participated by purchasing a […]

Final Count: 782 Shirts. PLUS: Check out the New HopeChest.org

posted by Tom Davis

Amazing. When we started, we thought we'd sell about 400 shirts and help all of the younger orphans in our programs. When we passed 400 with a week left, we thought maybe we'd get to 600 and could help some […]

UPDATE: 700 Orphans Helped by Shirts for Shoes! Campaign Ends at Noon Today

posted by Tom Davis

Two weeks and 700 shirts later, today is the last day you can order an exclusive HopeChest T-Shirt as a Valentines Day gift. At 12 noon, central time,  the “Shirts for Shoes” Valentines Day campaign will officially end.   We […]

Kari Gibson: My “Crazy” Friend

posted by Tom Davis

Kari Gibson is crazy. She and her family have turned their home into the Shirts for Shoes campaign headquarters. In two weeks we've sold over 584 HopeChest T-Shirts. (And time is running out to get your shirt, get over to […]

Shirts for Shoes: 2 Days Left to Get Your T-Shirt

posted by Tom Davis

Shirts for Shoes has passed our goal of helping 400 orphans…in fact we're now up to around 500 and we're still going strong. These are exclusive HopeChest t-shirts for this year's Shirts for Shoes promotion. The sale ends February 1. […]

Pictures from South Africa and Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

  So excited to see what Children's HopeChest is accomplishing across Africa. New Pictures up from this trip on my Facebook Account. Click here to see. This is Riaan Heynes and Barry Huggins. Riaan is the Missions pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. They just […]

First Available Orphanage Sponsorship in South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

First Available Orphanage Sponsorship in South Africa from Tom Davis on Vimeo.

Meet the President of Focus on the Family Africa

posted by Tom Davis

Introduction to the President of Focus on the Family South Africa from Tom Davis on Vimeo.

Haiti’s Orphan Aftershock

posted by Tom Davis

Children's HopeChest is sending this to our ministry partners this morning and I wanted to share this with you as well. Thank you for your continued prayers for Haiti. Dear Ministry Partners, Haiti's devastating earthquake may triple the number of […]

Durban, South Africa – Partnership with Children’s HopeChest and Focus on the Family

posted by Tom Davis

Children's Hopechest & Focus on the Family South Africa from Tom Davis on Vimeo.

Shirts for Shoes: Be an Orphan’s Valentine

posted by Tom Davis

Before I get on the plane to South Africa, I wanted to announce the launch of "Shirts for Shoes," our Valentines Day campaign. In partnership with Kari Gibson's Simply Love project, we have created exclusive and limited edition T-shirts for […]

Exciting News – Opening a New Country in Africa

posted by Tom Davis

On Saturday morning I'm leaving for South Africa. This country is #1 in the number of AIDS orphans in the world with over 1.4 million. The total number of orphans is 3.4 million, a massive amount of children trying to survive […]

They had too many girls already…

posted by Tom Davis

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. We'll pause and give more thought to the phenomenon of modern day slavery, but there's still a child forced into sex slavery every 2 minutes.  Explore the issue more with our friends at iEmpathize. […]

A Simple Thanks & Encouragement

posted by Tom Davis

Thank you for helping to protect, defend, and care for orphans with HopeChest. Together, our supporters have helped us exceed our giving and ministry goals for our work in Russia, Swaziland, Uganda, and Ethiopia. As a quick snapshot, our year […]

Counting Down to Midnight

posted by Tom Davis

Tomorrow I will be posting the most important thing I've ever done to help me realize my dreams and passions for a new year. There's a call on your life to make a difference only you can make. Stay tuned!  […]

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