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URGENT NEED: Forumla Needed for Malnourished Babies in Ethiopia

posted by Tom Davis

UPDATE: YOU DID IT! We raised all $12,500 as of this morning. Thanks to everyone who made this happen. We'll keep this post up for now and send you additional details on this project. Thank you Thank you! We can […]

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ZOIE SENAIT: Tiny Miracle

posted by Tom Davis

We met Zoie Senait for the first time on July 7, 2008 in Addis Ababa at the AWAA Transitional Home. We had been told by many staff and families that had traveled to Ethiopia before us that our daughter was […]

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MOST COMMON QUESTION ANSWERED

posted by Tom Davis

QUESTION: Have we contacted the company that sells Nutramigen to see if they would donate any of the formula ANSWER: (courtesy of Cindy Foote): “The answer is yes. Unfortunately Mead Johnson will not donate the formula (even to another non-profit) […]

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CALEB: Before & After

posted by Tom Davis

From Caleb’s parents’ blog: This photo was taken as soon as Caleb was brought into the orphanage after being found abandoned. DONATE NOW TO SEND FORMULA TO ETHIOPIA (put “Ethiopia Formula” in the note section) While Zack and I were […]

Benaiah’s Story: “Skinny, Skinny Guy”

posted by Tom Davis

Benaiah’s Story: from JAM & Cheese, Baby!   DONATE NOW TO SEND FORMULA TO ETHIOPIA(put “Ethiopia Formula” in the note) In the May 4 entry, Duni who was our family coordinator, tells Tom the sad facts about how the babies end […]

CALEB: Before & After

posted by Tom Davis

From Caleb's parents' blog: This photo was taken as soon as Caleb was brought into the orphanage after being found abandoned. DONATE NOW TO SEND FORMULA TO ETHIOPIA (put "Ethiopia Formula" in the note section) While Zack and I were […]

Formula Drive Blog Buttons

posted by Tom Davis

Copy and paste the HTML code below to your blog or Web page. This links directly to the main post on my blog about the Ethiopian Formula Drive. A special thanks to two moms–Alisa and Kari–for sharing photos of their […]

Micah: Before & After

posted by Tom Davis

MICAH’S STORYWe met our sweet son, Micah Yoseph, on November 25, 2008 – a 4-month old boy from southern Ethiopia.  Micah appeared healthy, but was very small.  His big, brown eyes and story stole our hearts immediately, and we never […]

Read Excerpts from David C. Cook summer releases including SCARED

posted by Tom Davis

My publisher has released chapters and previews of their summer releases on Scribd.com. You can read up to 40 pages and choose from 14 books by clicking here. Two chapters of Scared are available for you to review or download.  There are some great […]

Amazing Uganda Photo Update

posted by Tom Davis

A special thanks to Ria, an amazing photographer on CHC's Uganda trip right now, for posting some wonderful pictures over on her blog. She's captured so much emotion in her photos…go to her blog to check out the latest.

Behind the Scenes in Uganda

posted by Tom Davis

Early this morning, our Uganda trip leader, Brandi McElheny, sent us another update on the progress of their trip. I wanted  you to see this "behind the scenes" look at what's going on right now in the ministry…  In March […]

Uganda Updates

posted by Tom Davis

Right now we have a team in Uganda being led by Brandi McElheny. You can follow their team at any of the following blogs/Twitter feeds: Brandi M – www.BrandisThoughts.com or Twitter: @BrandiM Ria from MN – www.rialeephotography.com/blog Anne from FL […]

Featured Author and Top Book Pick

posted by Tom Davis

Michelle Sutton, edition of Christian Fiction online Magazine, has chosen Scared as this month's top book pick. You can see the review and ad here. I am very excited about the good reports my first novel is getting. Hope you all enjoy it. […]

Slum Capital of the World

posted by Tom Davis

Answer: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A shocking 99.4% of those living in Addis live in slums according to Mike Davis in his book, Planet of Slums. Sure there are more cities just as bad, but this ranks right at the top.  This […]

Back from Africa – More Pictures Up

posted by Tom Davis

It's 4am, and the jet-lag is getting the best of me. I thought I would make the best use of my time by uploading some more pictures to Facebook. Day 5 can be found by clicking here. They're shots of Compassion […]

A Hope and a Future

posted by Tom Davis

Today I met a girl who represents hope and future to me. One of the passages we are fond of is Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper and not to harm you, […]

The Poorest of the Poor

posted by Tom Davis

Today our team had the privilege of being with some of the poorest people in Addis Ababa. Mother Teresa used to say that by serving the poor she could be with Jesus all the time. That's what today felt like. […]

Photo Update

posted by Tom Davis

100 new photos from Days 3 and 4 of the trip. Check them out here.

“The Mighty One Has Done Great Things for Me.”

posted by Tom Davis

I met an orphan girl named Mary today. As I was thinking about her story after we left the orphanage, this scripture came to mind on Mary's Magnificat. One of the most passionate love songs to God reverberates in the […]

Photos on Blog Now

posted by Tom Davis

I got the photos from our first two days on the blog…see the photo album on right that says "Ethiopia April 2009" or just click to get those pictures. Pictures are always on Facebook first…another post coming soon. Thanks for […]

My heart is full.

posted by Tom Davis

We've just returned from visiting two orphanage sites called Hope for the Hopeless. I can't remember the last time I've been overwhelmed with so many things at once – love received from the kids, stories that broke my heart, joy […]

Photos Up on Facebook

posted by Tom Davis

Check out the latest albums from the trip on Facebook.

Scared Video Trailer – How You Can Help

posted by Tom Davis

We have finished the video trailer for my first novel Scared. People have asked how to help get the word out, so here are a few suggestions: 1. Watch the trailer and tell me what you think. You can watch a […]

PRICELESS: The new book by Tom Davis

posted by Tom Davis

Purchase Priceless from these fine online retailers: Barnes & Noble Amazon Books-A-Million Borders CBD Parable LifeWay Family Christian Stores

Celtic Breastplate Prayer

posted by Tom Davis

I was genuinely moved by this Celtic "Breastplate Prayer" from Fursa of Ireland, 7th century, that Len Sweet posted on his twitter yesterday. A breastplate prayer is a prayer that asks for God's protection. On the day before Easter I felt […]

Book, Family & Life Update

posted by Tom Davis

Sporadic blogs come from lots of travel! I've been out for two weeks speaking in North Carolina, Seattle, and Orlando. Events with pastors, men's breakfasts, churches, conferences; if it was a Christian event, I spoke at it. The good news […]

Chapter 1 – Scared

posted by Tom Davis

This chapter introduces the second character in the book, Stuart Daniels, a New York Times award winning photo journalist. Warning: it's quite different than the prologue. Chapter One Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa, 1998 Ten years ago I was […]

A Note from the Publisher

posted by Tom Davis

My publishing company has decided it would put a 'warning' in the front of Scared to let the reader know what they are in for. This book is somewhat ground-breaking in the Christian market (CBA market) due to the fact that they […]

Breaking News: Every Child at Rapha Sponsored

posted by Tom Davis

The official sponsorship of Rapha orphanage in Uganda launched this weekend at Westwood Church in Florida. Today, every child at Rapha was sponsored and there's a waiting list of over 20 people! Thank you, Lord!

First Review of Scared – A Novel on the Edge of the World

posted by Tom Davis

Thanks so much to Michelle Sutton of Christian Fiction Online Magazine. About the book:  Stuart Daniels has hit bottom. Once a celebrated and award-winning photojournalist, he is reeling from debt, a broken marriage, and crippling depression. The source of Stuart's grief […]

Orcas Island

posted by Tom Davis

After speaking at the Northwest Ministry Conference in Seattle (btw you can see a video I did from Ethiopia on the website), my family flew up from Colorado for a little vacation. It's been spring break for us and good timing. They […]

Pastors Breakfast in North Carolina

posted by Tom Davis

I've been in North Carolina with some great friends speaking today. Three times at three different events: one at 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 7:00 pm. Here's a bit about the pastors breakfast. Thanks to Jason Kovacs of Abba Fund for this […]

The Least of These – Jesus Creed

posted by Tom Davis

Scot McKnight recently wrote a post about this passage of scripture and tied it into my life and books. I strongly encourage you to check out his blog here and jump into the discussion on this passage. There are over 25 comments […]

Rapha: We got what we got.

posted by Tom Davis

At just over $11,000 received by Children's HopeChest, we're going to wrap up this phase of fundraising. Right now we're meeting to determine how best to spend the funds we have received to meet the needs of as many children […]

Rescue for Rapha: We’re Over HalfwayThere!

posted by Tom Davis

As of this morning, Children’s HopeChest has $10,209 in commitments to Rescue for Rapha. The gifts are coming in and we’re now just $8,000 from our goal! You can push us over the top. PLEASE MAKE A GIFT TO RAPHA […]

Rescue for Rapha: We’re Making Progress

posted by Tom Davis

Thank you friends for contributing over $3,500 to the Rescue for Rapha project. We're about 1/6 of the way toward our goal of providing emergency food and education to 357 Ugandan children. CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO RESCUE FOR RAPHA […]

Rescue for Rapha: From the Kids

posted by Tom Davis

As we join together to raise money for the Rapha school and orphanage, I wanted you to hear directly from the children who have been impacted by Rapha's founder (Ruth) and the ministry there: My parents both died, leaving me […]

URGENT NEED: Rescue for Rapha

posted by Tom Davis

We've just received confirmation from our new Uganda staff director, Joseph, that 357 children in the Rapha community are out of food and at-risk for losing their school placements (due to inability to pay school fees). You guys have proven […]

Jesus Creed – Scot McKnight

posted by Tom Davis

I want to direct you over to Scot McKnight's blog – Jesus Creed. Not only is he a great author, he is a deep thinker. Specifically on what it means to follow Jesus in our day and age. I just got […]

One of the Most Incredible Stories about Faith and Giving I’ve Heard

posted by Tom Davis

I am so inspired by this story, I don't know what to say. Read it, I know you're faith will be ignited! And remember, it's not the amount that matters, it's the gift from the heart. $5 or $10 means […]

Article in Relevant Magazine

posted by Tom Davis

Relevant magazine just published an article I wrote some time back. Here's a short sample. Please Click Here to read the entire article and express your thoughts in the comment section. Already lively interactions going on. The devil is roaring throughout […]

February Food Drive: Update

posted by Tom Davis

UPDATE –  Your gifts are on their way to 120,000 meals to children in Ethiopia and Swaziland.  The first shipment has arrived in Ethiopia and is in customs, due to be released the first week of March. As far as […]

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family Retires

posted by Tom Davis

Colorado Springs, CO (LifeNews.com) — Dr. James Dobson publicly announced on Friday that he is retiring as the chairman of the board of directors of Focus on the Family, one of the nation's biggest pro-life groups. Dobson will continue to […]

A Beautiful Adoption Story

posted by Tom Davis

DelRay and Joy are incredible people. They have eight children of their own, including four special needs children they adopted. Their story will bring hope and inspire you to be even more courageous for the fatherless. This is chapter four […]

Poverty and Justice Bible

posted by Tom Davis

When I was in England, my friend Ian gave me a copy of the Poverty and Justice Bible by American Bible Society. It's amazing with over 2000 verses outlined regarding poverty and justice. If you have a heart for helping the poor […]

Begin a Season of Reflection

posted by Tom Davis

Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the season of Lent – 40 days of preparation before Easter. I didn't come from a Christian tradition that celebrated the church calendar, but I have found practices like this deeply spiritual. It's a […]

FBI Recovers 48 Juveniles in Prostitution Raid

posted by Tom Davis

I'm currently writing and researching for my second novel, Sacred. The book focuses on the child sex-slave industry centered in Eastern Europe and Russia that stretches all over the world. One of the 'myths' I have stumbled upon is the […]

Fields of the Fatherless DVD up on YouTube

posted by Tom Davis

We've been working on a DVD for Fields of the Fatherless  to help introduce each chapter for everyone doing individual or group studies. Here's the introduction. These are 5-7 minute intros of me talking about why I wrote the chapter. Click here for […]

Orphanage Sponsorship Launch Weekend – Russia and Ethiopia

posted by Tom Davis

This weekend, Children’s HopeChest will launch two new orphanage sponsorships. I will head to Fargo, North Dakota to kick off Olivet Lutheran Church’s sponsorship of the Kolfe orphanage in Ethiopia. The video below was produced by Olivet to help launch […]

Novels with a Conscience

posted by Tom Davis

A taste of Scared. My first novel, Scared – A Novel on the Edge of the World, releases June 1st. It is available for pre-order right now on Amazon. The branding for the series is fantastic! It's classified under a new category for […]

Online Communities Caring for Orphan Communities.

posted by Tom Davis

ONLINE COMMUNITIES are now sponsoring entire orphanages in Africa and Russia. You can too, or you can be a part of helping a community that's already sponsoring. Please read this post from  Deb Gangemi  about how you can help the […]

February Food Drive: Mission Accomplished

posted by Tom Davis

You did it. In just four days, you provided 120,000 meals to children in Ethiopia and Swaziland. We've received at least $13,125 toward this project, and we are so extraordinarily grateful for your generous response. You did it! Mission Accomplished! […]

February Food Drive: Update and Pictures

posted by Tom Davis

As of this afternoon we have received $10,695 for the February Food Drive Project! Thank you for your gifts toward this important project. I'm also happy to report that one of our planes has already left for Ethiopia (pictures below). […]

February Food Drive: Day 2

posted by Tom Davis

Yesterday we received $8,005 toward the February Food Drive for Ethiopia and Swaziland. Thank you friends! The cargo plane is ready to take off and deliver 120,000 meals to orphans we serve. Thank you! We still have $5,120 to go […]

URGENT! Help Feed Hungry Kids in Ethiopia and Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

Friends, I need your help this month to deliver 120,000 meals to Ethiopia and Swaziland. The food situation in both countries is dire, and I'm asking you to help today with a gift. Last month, Children's HopeChest walked right into […]

Home for a Day, Now Off to Canada

posted by Tom Davis

I knew this month was going to be brutal, but this is getting ridiculous! I've had a great day and a half home with the kids, but I'm off to Edmonton to speak at Breakforth. I'll be taking Gracie, my […]

Swazliand Day 5 – Servant Leaders

posted by Tom Davis

Nothing describes our trip more than this picture. The more we came face to face with the needs of the children in Swaziland, the more we realized the need to be servants. If we could "give a cup of cold […]

Swaziland Day 4 Photos.

posted by Tom Davis

  Photos from day four are up on Facebook, and here in my blog photo album.

Swaziland Day 3

posted by Tom Davis

What an amazing day today! We found another brand new care point called, Mhobile. A wonderful place filled with 90 vulnerable children and orphans mostly under the age of 12. The first kids I met were a precious family of […]

Swazi Trip Photos Posted

posted by Tom Davis

Click here or on the photo below to see pictures from my Swazi trip. Thank you again for your support and prayers.

Arrived Safely in South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

A huge African bug just landed on my neck as I'm typing on this outdoor cabana! We are just outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. Everyone's luggage arrived and their were no flight delays! Early tomorrow morning we will head to […]

Official U2 Cover

posted by Tom Davis

I'm a huge fan, I can't help it. Today, U2.com, released the official album cover and the track listing for the new album. The other site was close, but no cigar. The first single, "Get On Your Boots," will be available […]

New U2 Album Cover?

posted by Tom Davis

A quick cultural departure…U2's new album releases on March 3rd. The title is, "No Line on the Horizon." Needless to say, I'm extremely excited! Word on the street is that one of Hiroshi Sugimoto's images will be used as the […]

Clean Water for Africa

posted by Tom Davis

Great news to report on some of our water projects in Swaziland. We have hit water for two carepoints! This is unbelievable news because now, the orphans and people we serve in these villages will have clean water to depend […]

Begin the New Year Right

posted by Tom Davis

Every new year I make the decision to take a few minutes to review the last year and look forward to the current year. This has been one of the most valuable things I have done to inspire Vision in […]

Christmas Pictures of the Davis’

posted by Tom Davis

Are up on Facebook. Click here to see them.

Hoe je hart je boodschap kleurt

posted by Tom Davis

That means "Living a Faith that Bleeds" in Dutch. I just received several copies of Red Letters printed in Dutch from my publisher, Uitgeverij Medema. Needless to say I'm tremendously excited! Who would have thought?

Ethiopia Trip April 15th-25th

posted by Tom Davis

Good news! We have our Ethiopia trip set for April 15th-25th, 2009 with a possible extension trip to Lalibela and Axom the 25th-28th.  Here's what I need from you: if you are interested in going, email Nicole Irwin, nirwin@hopechest.org asap. […]

Be a Saint this Christmas

posted by Tom Davis

It's that time of year when our minds turn toward giving gifts to those we love. This year Saint's Coffee is offering several special coffee blends and Christmas packages for the holiday season. This reasonably priced, fair trade and organic […]

U2 – I Believe in Father Christmas

posted by Tom Davis

RedWire is live and promoting HIV/AIDS awareness around the world. U2 has recorded a brand new song called, "I Believe in Father Christmas" you can view here. Enjoy!

Please Pray

posted by Tom Davis

Some very good friends of ours, Craig and Teddi Domann who are NFL agents, just let us know that two of their nephews were just in a very serious car accident. Jacob is in critical condition and one of the […]

Video of Kebebtsehay

posted by Tom Davis

Kebebtsehay orphanage in Ethiopia is now fully sponsored with over 100 committed sponsorships. We know have three other orphanages in the process of being sponsored by online communities who are passionate about doing something significant to help the life of […]

CHC Ethiopia Video World Premiere!

posted by Tom Davis

We went all the way to Ethiopia to get this footage of just a few of Ethiopia's 4.8 million orphaned children. As you can see, each is precious…each in need of a loving sponsor family. Tonight at our annual dinner, […]

I Need Your Help – Plus Win a Free Trip to Africa!

posted by Tom Davis

Friends and Bloggers: This is very IMPORTANT! My friend Patton Dodd of BeliefNet.com and I have linked our respective organizations for the month of November to raise money for orphans, generate conversation about poverty, and give away a trip to […]

New Scared Cover

posted by Tom Davis

I had to pull the last cover of Scared, my first novel that will release in May of 2009. The publisher wanted to make some changes, now here they are. This series will be marketed under the tag, "Novels with […]

It’s Too Early for Snow!

posted by Tom Davis

I’m getting Facebook and Twitter messages from my friends saying they’re not sure they believe me about the 3 inches of snow we received last night. Here’s some pictures to prove it! There was also a sheet of ice for […]

Ethiopia Orphanage Sponsorship

posted by Tom Davis

I'm still getting my head screwed on right after being home from Ethiopia. Jet-lag takes a toll on you but so does the adjustment of being around children who are desperate, hungry, and without much hope. Slowly, I'm getting back […]

Picture Album from Ethiopia

posted by Tom Davis

I tried to upload a photo album to my blog, but Facebook proved to be much easier. Click here: Ethiopia Photo Album to view the photos from the trip. Can't wait until we're there together in the Spring!

Headed Home

posted by Tom Davis

By noon on Saturday I'll be home…hopefully in enough time to catch some of my boys' soccer games! Can't wait to post more pictures and stories for you! Thanks for your prayers!

How You Can Help

posted by Tom Davis

The most frequently asked question I get is: How can I help? As you head into the weekend, here are 5 things you can do…modeled after 5 for 50. 1. PRAY…you've read the posts, seen the photos, and watched the […]

Expansion Criteria

posted by Tom Davis

As we’re in the midst of this exciting launch in Ethiopia, I wanted to share with you some of the factors that we use at Children’s HopeChestin deciding how to expand. As you can tell from my previous posts, not […]

Ethiopia Day 4 – I think

posted by Tom Davis

Tomorrow morning I'm heading to Lalibela, Ethiopia and will likely be out of pocket from the internet for a few days. This is the home to some of the oldest churches in the world and has been called, The Eighth […]

Thoughts on Opening a New Country

posted by Tom Davis

We’re about halfway into the trip, and things are going mostly as we expected. Back in the home office, we look for all sorts of criteria before we expand, but when you hit the ground, you find that what’s on […]

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

posted by Tom Davis

Here is just a brief snapshot of the beautiful children from Kechene. I’d like to get this orphanage sponsored ASAP.  Our team is taking pictures and gathering information in anticipation of a rapid sponsorship.

Call to Prayer

posted by Tom Davis

The call to prayer here in Addis Ababa sounded very early this morning, waking me up. Muslim and Orthodox alike went to prayer. And they’ll be called again throughout the day to offer prayers. Not being accustomed to the call, […]

Out the Door to Africa

posted by Tom Davis

I’m leaving in 5 minutes for the airport – Denver to DC to Rome to Addis. Our team will arrive around 7:00 pm. I will be able to Twitter, which also updates my Facebook status. So pay attention to the […]

Sex Trade Industry in Southeast Asia

posted by Tom Davis

As I continue to do research on the sex trade industry and how Children’s HopeChest can be involved, I’m horrified by stories. Read this post from Seth’s blog. I didn’t ask to be challenged by the sex trade in Southeast […]

Crazy Love

posted by Tom Davis

Francis Chan is a fellow David C. Cook author who has written a fantastic book I highly recommend. It’s entitled, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed with a Relentless God. Below is a review from my colleague, Daniel Clark. Pick it up as […]

Sex Trafficking in Russia…

posted by Tom Davis

A friend of mine is planning a fundraiser for Children’s HopeChest for the fall 2008. She specifically asked me about sex trafficking in Russia, since that’s something I’m researching for my upcoming book. You can check out some of the […]

Ending Russia’s Orphan Sex Trade

posted by Tom Davis

On my recent trip to Russia, I shared with you the story of two girls–one who chose to live at a Children’s HopeChest Family Center, and another who did not. The girl who chose to go her own was found […]

Hope at a Russian McDonalds

posted by Tom Davis

Natasha Luzina grew up in the Sharia orphanage in the eastern part of Kostroma. It’s pretty remote, and far away from the main city of Kostroma. After she graduated, she went to one of the worst Tech Schools in the […]

Images of Russia

posted by Tom Davis

Just a few photos from the trip I wanted to share… This is me and some of the graduates from Ivanovo region. I stopped in at the Ministry Center in Ivanovo to meet with some of the older kids. While […]

Throwing a Russian Pizza Party

posted by Tom Davis

Tonight we had an amazing pizza party at the Kostroma Ministry Center. If you’ve ever had a Russian pizza party, you know that you can often end up with mayonnaise, peas, and ketchup thrown into the mix! I had a […]

Two Girls, Two Choices, Two Roads

posted by Tom Davis

Tonight, Katya Celenina, CHC’s National Director in Russia told me the story of two girls, two choices, and two roads. It’s unfortunately a very familiar story. Lida and Sasha were graduates of the same orphanage in Russia. As they left […]

Arrived in Russia Safely

posted by Tom Davis

I made it to Russia. I was picked up at the airport by our Russia Finance Director, Marina Bodrova, and our Russia National Program Manager, Yelena Kharitoniva. I’ve known these wonderful women since my first trip to Russia in 1997. […]

Going to Russia…Please pray

posted by Tom Davis

The end of summer came pretty quickly here in Colorado and those first few cold nights in the mountains are back. The kids are back in school, and I’m focused on meeting CHC’s year-end goals and helping us finish this […]

Back from Tennessee

posted by Tom Davis

It’s late on Friday night and I’ve just arrived back home in Monument. It was a great trip to Chattanooga and I met quite a few new friends who all have tremendous hearts for the poor. One particular highlight was […]

Crumbs from Your Table

posted by Tom Davis

NeueMinistry.com is a brand ‘neue’ ministry of Relevant magazine. I’m privileged to be part of a group writing articles for their launch. Specifically, I will be focusing on articles they are doing in partnership with The ONE Campaign. Here’s the […]

Life Today

posted by Tom Davis

Today, I’m on James and Betty Robison’s show, Life Today. This is the second of a two part series, the first aired yesterday on my book, Confessions of a Good Christian Guy. You can also pick up Confessions of a […]

The Death of a Young Missionary

posted by Tom Davis

Craig was in my home. He danced with my daughter. He was a wonderful man of God. But he was killed a few days ago. This post was taken from Seth’s Blog. It’s been a season of sorrow in my […]

Follow me on Twitter

posted by Tom Davis

Yes, fellow Twitterites, I finally swallowed the Twitter Kool-Aid. You can follow me here, my username is @cthomasdavis. Mike Todd, who was responsible for getting me on Facebook, told me about this months ago. Honestly, I thought it was ridiculous. […]

Swaziland Video Blogs

posted by Tom Davis

Tom and the Team in Refilwe Pizza and Bananas at Thulwane Pastor Walter: Harsh Realities The Girl in the Wheelchair What is a Carepoint? Thank You and Goodbye from Swaziland

Zoecarnate – Mike Morrell

posted by Tom Davis

My friend Mike Morrell has just put up a phenomenal post on the article I wrote for Beliefnet entitled, “Why Christians S**K.” Mike is part of team over at The Ooze and has helped launched books such as The Shack. […]

Why Christians Suck

posted by Tom Davis

When I was approached to write this article, I wasn’t sure how it would go over. So many people are provocative just to make other people angry. I didn’t want to write another over-the-top, attention-getting article. Instead, I sat down […]

Article in Today’s Christian

posted by Tom Davis

My friend, Laura Christianson, has written a nice article profiling me and Children’s HopeChest in Christianity Today’s magazine, Today’s Christian.. Following is a brief excerpt. Click below to read it all. Father to the Fatherless Tom Davis believes every child […]

China Riots – 16 year old girl raped and murdered

posted by Tom Davis

China has worked hard to make the world think all is well before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. But all is not well in Communist China as this disturbing CNN video proves: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/06/30/florcruz.china.rioting.cnn

Cherrio Mate!

posted by Tom Davis

Back home from England and recouping from a tad of jet lag. It’s not bad though, we had a direct flight from London to Denver and that helped a ton. The Christian climate of England could be the climate here […]

Pictures from the UK

posted by Tom Davis

Me, Brian McLaren and Gideon The 90,000 Seat Wembley Soccer Stadium The London Eye Westminster Abbey

Hello from the UK

posted by Tom Davis

So far, England has lived up to all I thought it would be. An amazing place really, filled with homes from the 1600’s, windy country lanes, rolling hills filled with trees and sheep, and lovely people who are eager to […]

Andrew Shearman – What Happens When You Hit Bottom?

posted by Tom Davis

At times we all hit rock bottom. It seems like everyone and everything is against you. Perhaps you even wonder if God has given up on you. What do you do to sustain yourself? Andrew teaches us who to “incarnate […]

Shearman: “What does Die or be Killed Mean?”

posted by Tom Davis

This is a great video from one of my heroes, Andrew Shearman. This came from a conversation about our dream to raise up a generation of radicals who are passionate about the poor, orphans, and laying their lives down from […]

“As thin as a man’s thumb…”

posted by Tom Davis

Today, Ethiopia is facing a food crisis that is threatening millions of people. According to this report by the BBC (article and video), the situation is worse than a similar famine in 2003. Late rains and the high cost of […]

I Don’t Even Know What to Say About This

posted by Tom Davis

Please Pray for the Steven Curtis Chapman Family

posted by Tom Davis

A terrible tragedy occurred today in the life of my friend, Steven Curtis Chapman. My heart in sharing this with you is to beg for your prayers on behalf of his entire family, I’m weeping for them right now. None […]

Launching Ethiopia Conference Call

posted by Tom Davis

Ethiopia is a beautiful country with a rich history.  It’s the land of the Queen of Sheba.  It is also a place filled with need.  Nearly half of Ethiopia’s 78 million people live in absolute poverty.  The life expectancy is […]

Pray for Myanmar

posted by Tom Davis

After 10 days, a massive spike in deaths will occur if aid does not reach the people in Myanmar suffering from the after-math of the storm. Cholera outbreaks are already being reported. This site has up-to-date videos on the crisis. […]

Why Red Letters Campaign?

posted by Tom Davis

At Children’s HopeChest, we are so excited when we can partner with people who are filled with energy, compassion, and generosity for orphaned children.  We’ve become great friends with a group of people in Houston: Russ and Angel Weir and […]

The Red Letters Campaign – Official Launch

posted by Tom Davis

The ultimate networking connection to end extreme poverty. Watch this video, then go to The Red Letters Campaign website to find out more.

Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living

posted by Tom Davis

Today Mr. Federal Express man delivered two boxes of the brand new Fields of the Fatherless. This is the first published edition, the previous Fields was self-published. It looks great, has a new cover, study guide, and new chapters including […]

WHAT I HAVE

posted by Tom Davis

May 11 is The Day of Pentecost. It is 50 days after Easter Sunday and 10 days after Ascension Thursday. It is the day when the Church around the world celebrates the Holy Spirit coming in power so that we […]

ADL – Catch Up

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve been traveling so much, I can’t keep up with myself! Ethiopia people, an update is at the end of this blog. Last week I was hosted on the Lesea Broadcasting Network’s, The Harvest Show. A wonderful group of people […]

ADL – Washington DC

posted by Tom Davis

A Day in the Life (heretofore: ADL) took me to Washington DC on Thursday and Friday. Daniel Clark, outreach director for Children’s HopeChest and I met with Senator James Inhofe of Okalahoma. We were supposed to spend just ten minutes […]

A Day in the Life – Colorado

posted by Tom Davis

Today was a home day – thank God! I’m desperately trying to finish my fiction book. After rewriting, editing, etc., it’s still 300 typed pages. That’s a ton of work by the way. It should be completely done by Monday […]

A Day in the Life – North Carolina

posted by Tom Davis

First of all, I forgot my camera so no pictures. Sorry about that. The golf tournament was a huge success raising money for scholarships through The Ruckus House. Ruckus House is the vision of Mike Minter (check out his website, […]

Headed to North Carolina – A Day in the Life

posted by Tom Davis

Today, I leave for a flight that gets me into Charlotte at midnight. I’m going with my good friend and NFL agent, Craig Domann, of Domann and Pittman Agency. We’re golfing in a tournament hosted by former Carolina Panther Safety, […]

A Day in the Life

posted by Tom Davis

Many of my friends have asked what life looks like for me from day to day. So, starting Monday, I’m doing a “Day in the Life” for the next 10 days or so to give you a fly on the […]

In Washington DC

posted by Tom Davis

If you’re in the DC area, it would be great to see you! Here’s the info: 205 F. St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Jesus the Renegade

posted by Tom Davis

I’m doing some research for a new book project and couldn’t help but share this quote with you by Richard Rohr. It comes from a book titled, Adam’s Return: “Most of the time we see Jesus operating outside official sacred […]

Who Mourns the Death of an Orphan?

posted by Tom Davis

A few days ago, I I wrote about the death of one of our orphans, Sergei Adveev. It caused me to think about who mourns the death of an orphan? Who cares about their life? Who loved them? Who will […]

AIDS is claiming Russian orphans as victims

posted by Tom Davis

100 every day.  100!  This is the number of new HIV/AIDS infections in Russia every day.  Not only does Russia have the highest infection rate in Europe (read the story), but it has among the fastest growing AIDS epidemics in […]

David Tyree’s Miracle Superbowl Catch

posted by Tom Davis

In case you didn’t think NY Giant’s, David Tyree’s catch was enough, check out his testimony. He recently spoke for Teen Mania’s Battle Cry event in New York. Show this to your friends, and your kids so they know what […]

Back from Africa

posted by Tom Davis

Just a few rambling thoughts about the trip from a jet-lagged mind at 3:00 am: Nobody should have to die because they don’t have enough food to eat. To quote Bono, “Where you live should not decide whether you live […]

Capetown, South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

In the center of the curse of aparteid and visiting a carepoint tomorrow we hope to work with. I’m uploading a few pictures from the trip. Hope you enjoy them! Ugh! They won’t upload. But, go to my Facebook account […]

Hello Again from Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

It took me twenty minutes to load my blog page, but I am determined! Hello to everyone and thanks for the many prayers and inquires from all of you – it is appreciated more than you know. Obviously, my heart […]

The Suffering Jesus

posted by Tom Davis

Today, I saw Jesus suffering in the eyes of an orphan named Nothando living in extreme poverty. She’s also malnourished, uneducated, and has little hope of a future. Then, I saw the face of Christ in a man who is […]

Heading to Africa

posted by Tom Davis

The last week has been BRUTAL. A car accident, I threw my lower back out, I missed my book contract deadline, there are problems everywhere I look, I’m tired, angry, and border-line depressed. Just a typical week before I leave […]

Real Life Red Letters

posted by Tom Davis

A good friend of mine, Amanda Clark, with America World Adoption Agency, just sent this to her staff. It’s an incredible story of how God interrupted her Christmas and brought the Red Letters of Jesus to life. Enjoy! I wanted […]

Bringing Hope to Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

Daniel Clark is a friend, co-worker, songwriter, philospher, and fellow blogger. At Children’s HopeChest, he’s a madman at recruiting new churches into our orphanage sponsorship program. This summer, we sent his family to Russia for 9 weeks to lead summer […]

Jesus in Disguise

posted by Tom Davis

Another video post here before the end of the year. One of the things I discovered while writing Red Letters is that Jesus is often found in the most unexpected places–and almost always amidst the poor and brokenhearted. That’s the […]

Day 6: Christmas in Mozambique

posted by Tom Davis

The ministry of Children’s Cup also works in Swaziland, and that’s how we met their leadership. We’ve partnered on a number of projects, including food distribution. This Christmas, we helped 200 children celebrate Christmas in Mozambique with Children’s Cup. Below […]

Happy Holidays from Children’s HopeChest

posted by Tom Davis

This Christmas, I had the opportunity to inverview George Steiner, the CEO and founder of Children’s HopeChest. It was about 14 years ago when God spoke to George, calling him in to orphan ministry. I later met George when my […]

Day 5: Romania

posted by Tom Davis

Through the fantastic ministry of Claudia and Leandru–friends from Romania–we were able to support a Christmas concert outreach for 70+ orphans. Over the past several years, Romania has aggressively moved orphans into foster care and group home settings. Right now, […]

12 Days of Christmas: Day 4 Namibia

posted by Tom Davis

Just up the road from our office is Castle Rock, CO–best known for it’s distinctive rock formations, great outlet shopping malls, and Hope’s Promise. Hope’s Promise is an adoption agency and orphan care ministry and one of their projects is […]

It’s Not Too Late

posted by Tom Davis

We just took gift boxes of Saints Coffee to all the kids teachers at school. A mug, the Christmas blend, and the new Cinnamon Sticky Bun. They loved getting this kind of a Christmas gift because of the card inside […]

Day 3: Christmas In Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

We just got this report from our team in Swaziland about Christmas Celebrations in Swaziland…we’ll post more information as they send it to us. This short report is from Kriek Gerber: Total chaos! About 400 – 450 children showed up […]

Day 2. Christmas on the Beach in South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

This past month, Children’s HopeChest sent Samantha Kerr on a 3-week trip to Uganda, Swaziland, and South Africa. She was able to attend a Christmas celebration with Pastor Frank Harawa and the orphans of the Luganda Community in Durban. We […]

Be a Saint This Christmas

posted by Tom Davis

Are you looking for a gift that ‘gives back’ this Christmas? Saint’s Coffee, has gift packs for the holidays with new, double lined stainless steel tumblers. Not only are your friends getting great coffee, they’re also feeding orphans in Africa! […]

Day 1. Merry Christmas Ethiopia!

posted by Tom Davis

The twelve days of Christmas is here. Our first stop is Ethiopia, one of the oldest countries on the planet. It is unique in that it has never been colonized by outside powers (except a short attempt by the Italians). […]

5 for 50 is on the Move.

posted by Tom Davis

This October, a container of 243,000 meals arrived in Swaziland received by our staff. They loaded up the truck with boxes of fortified rice and soy protein and headed out to the carepoints.   The photos here are just a […]

The 12 Days of Christmas…

posted by Tom Davis

This Christmas, 5 for 50 is going around the world, giving away $1,000 a day to 12 different orphan care outreaches around the globe. We’re doing this because 5 for 50 has been an enormous success. Our first shipment of […]

HIV Cases Rise in Europe

posted by Tom Davis

Very interesting article here. FYI, Estonia is the new capital of the Rave and club scene. People travel there from all over the world to dance all night and "hook up" with members of the same sex, opposite sex, and […]

Live Out Those Red Words in Your Bible

posted by Tom Davis

Crosswalk has written a great article on Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds. Thought you might enjoy it: Editor’s Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Tom Davis‘ new book, Red Letters: Living a Faith […]

Pastor Walter Video

posted by Tom Davis

Pastor Walter is one of our partners in Swaziland. In this 12-minute video, he explains the impact that HIV/AIDS has on his community, and shares some of his dreams for orphans in Swaziland. Walter is an amazing man who responded […]

Pastor Frank and the Orphan Crisis in South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

This past week, I met an amazing pastor from South Africa, Frank Harawa. His church works with orphans and the poor just outside of Durban. Right now he has several foster home for orphans that he runs and two schools […]

Red Letter Review from China

posted by Tom Davis

Some friends of mine in China managed to get a copy of Red Letters and reviewed it. Dan and Sara are great people of faith and have moved their whole family to be involved in some incredible things. Here’s the […]

Where is Jesus?

posted by Tom Davis

Where can we find Jesus? For me, it was on a cold "spring" night in Russia in the eyes of a little boy. In this video post, I explore some of the themes of the first chapter of Red Letters.

Relevant Magazine Front Page Review

posted by Tom Davis

Thanks to my friend, Jeff Goins, (who rocks by the way!) Relevant Magazine has posted a front page review of Red Letters and another book by some guy named Bill Clinton. Click here to read the review.

Canada’s Bureaucratic Injustice

posted by Tom Davis

I didn’t get to enter Canada. Why? A DUI charge on my record from almost 20 years ago, plus another interesting incident when I was 19. If you’re really interested, you can find all my dirty laundry in my new […]

Why did I start Red Letters with an Apology?

posted by Tom Davis

Watch this first in a series of video blogs about Red Letters. In this first episode, I answer some important questions about why I chose to start the book with an "apology" and some interesting interview questions.

URGENT: News from Canada

posted by Tom Davis

I’m guest blogging for Tom who is right now sitting in the Vancouver airport. I wish I had better news to report. He was scheduled to keynote the Unite in Worship conference this weekend–but he was not permitted to enter […]

Two E-mails, One Prayer

posted by Tom Davis

This morning, I received two e-mails from Russia. The first spoke of horrible news: a car crash where two fantastic caregivers were seriously injured and in the hospital. The second, ironically (or perhaps not), was a video of a short […]

Unite Conference – Vancouver

posted by Tom Davis

I’m headed out in the morning to speak The Unite Conference in Canada. I’m really excited about seeing some good friends I’ve made there this past spring. Emily is going with me for two days and we’re staying the night […]

Want to be in my next book?

posted by Tom Davis

What is your story?   Each year, Children’s HopeChest sends close to 1,000 volunteers to minister to orphans around the world. And after every trip, I am always amazed at the creative ways that God uses each of us to […]

Last day to register for the FREE TRIP contest

posted by Tom Davis

Today is the LAST DAY to register to win a free missions trip with Children’s HopeChest through the EMI/HearItFirst.com promotion. They’ve already had TRIPLE the normal response for people signing up to win this trip. It’s an all-expenses-paid missions trip […]

An Author’s Blog

posted by Tom Davis

For all of you interested in being published: A book, an article, a short story, or a poem. I’ve started a new blog on the writing life called, An Author’s Blog. Here, I hope to speak transparently about the ins […]

Buying Red Letters Feeds Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

After I submitted the final manuscript of Red Letters to my publisher, we were able to work out a deal where a portion of the book sales are invested in feeding orphans. In fact, there’s a sticker on the front […]

AIDS and Poverty Video

posted by Tom Davis

This video premiered at the Awakening Fest back in September, and now it’s part of the Red Letters book tour this fall.

K2 – The Church

posted by Tom Davis

In the picture on my blog, I’m wearing a hat from K2 The Church from Salt Lake City. Back in August, I had the privilege of speaking at their weekend services. Here’s the video of my Red Letters message. Hope […]

Trade Movie Trailer

posted by Tom Davis

There is a new movie coming out this fall called Trade, and it explores the world of sex trafficking. I watched this powerful trailer today, and wanted to share it with you. Like me, you might think that sex trafficking […]

Hello from Vacation

posted by Tom Davis

Fall…my favorite time of the year. A stranger comes to town. Ousting the heat of summer and brandishing a crisp, sharp, cool breeze that rustles the golden, auburn, leaves in swirls through the streets. Ah, there’s nothing like it!  There’s […]

Personally Reflecting

posted by Tom Davis

So, I’m sipping a cuppa of some Saints Coffee. My favorite blend, St. George the Dragon Slayer and musing a bit on life. My 37th birthday is tomorrow, which is also Yom Kippur (a Jewish holiday were the focus is […]

Encouraging Ezine for You

posted by Tom Davis

For all of you who have a heart for the widow, the poor, those suffering from AIDS, missions, compassion,  or who just want to live a radical life of faith, I’ve got just the thing for you! Subscribe to a […]

Pictures from Awakening Festival

posted by Tom Davis

We had an incredible time down in Virginia with our new friends at The Awakening Festival. My two boys, Hayden and Gideon, had back stage passes so they were busy making friends with Toby Mac and The Beautiful Republic. A […]

Blog Tour Continues

posted by Tom Davis

Don’t forget to sign up for 5 for 50 today! Elysa, who was a former missionary to Swaziland, posted the campaign on her blog. Matthew Paul Turner posted this review on his blog:I met Tom Davis in Atlanta this past […]

Saint’s Coffee

posted by Tom Davis

Buy a pound of coffee and feed an orphan for a month! Go to www.saintscoffee.com and order online.Besides being an awesome concept, here are some other pluses: Only the top 3% of coffee in the world is good enough for […]

FaceBook

posted by Tom Davis

I finally made it to Facebook. Click HERE to view my profile. If you’re on, invite me as a friend!

Music Festival and Five for 50

posted by Tom Davis

It’s great to see that the Awakening Festival  is promoting Five for 50. If you haven’t signed up, make sure to add your name to the list and support the almost 50 million people suffering with HIV/AIDS. We are excited […]

Gay Nigerians face Sharia death

posted by Tom Davis

What are your thoughts about these Gay Nigerian men? How do you feel about the stoning? What would it be like to live in a society where certain sins are punishable by death or flogging? What do you really think […]

Five for 50

posted by Tom Davis

Great news. The Five for 50 site is live! Please go to Fivefor50.com to register and join the global fight against extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS. There are 5 easy ways you can help support those who are suffering with HIV. […]

Swazi Purses are Back

posted by Tom Davis

After my March 2007 trip to Swaziland, we sold handmade purses made by Swazi widows here on the blog.  That was such a great success, I wanted to bring back even more purses when I was there in June. (See […]

Back from Atlanta

posted by Tom Davis

I am back from an incredible trip to ICRS. My schedule was so busy, I didn’t even have time to pick up the newest books – Bummer! But, I did get to see many incredible friends and that was the […]

ICRS Book Signing Photo

posted by Tom Davis

Here’s another photo from the book signing. I’m off for another day of publicity.

Today at the ICRS

posted by Tom Davis

Hello from Atlanta and the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS)! The publisher of Red Letters (David C. Cook) has pulled out all the stops this year, and I’ve been going all day with interviews and meetings about promoting Red Letters. […]

ICRS Schedule

posted by Tom Davis

Tomorrow I am off to Atlanta to the ICRS Convention, formally known as CBA. I’m posting my schedule in hopes that you would remember to pray for me to clearly communicate God’s heart for poor in the radio and TV […]

Red Letters Endorsement

posted by Tom Davis

I am honored to receive an endorsement for Red Letters from someone I highly admire – In fact, he is a hero to me.  Bishop John Rucyahana is an Anglican priest and The Bishop of Rwanda – which is also […]

Back in the US!

posted by Tom Davis

After about 27 hours of air travel, we all arrived home safely this afternoon! Totally exhausted and each of us with a tale to tell about being in Africa for a month. Over the next few days I will be […]

Tobile and the Power of God

posted by Tom Davis

This is Tobile, a girl who is head of her household. Both parents dead from AIDS and she is raising her 4 sisters by herself. This is amazing what she says in here. We brought them a bunch of food […]

A Sponsored Carepoint

posted by Tom Davis

Here is a video tour of the carepoint sponsored by Capo Beach Calvary Chapel. From the previous videos, you can see that most carepoints start with nothing. Here is the difference that’s being made, and a picture of how you […]

95 Orphans…

posted by Tom Davis

Before we arrived, these 95 children–orphans–had not eaten in 21 days. This video shares some of their stories and our ministry to them.

Battle at Kruger

posted by Tom Davis

This weekend, we’re taking a retreat to Kruger National Park in South Africa. Check out this amazing video (not taken by me unfortunately) of the wildlife inside the park. Hopefully our trip won’t be THIS exciting.

A New Carepoint is Born

posted by Tom Davis

Turn up the volume on this one too. Through our friendship with Pastor Temba, we visited a local community and helped rebuild the home of one of the widows who cares for orphaned kids. It was a powerful day, and […]

She hasn’t eaten in 2 months

posted by Tom Davis

You’ll have to turn the volume up on this one because the camera microphone didn’t do a great job of picking up the sound.  Toward the end, you’ll see the interview I told you about in an earlier post. This […]

More Family Ministry in Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

Sorry to have not posted a video in a while. This is the first of three new ones I’ll put up over the next few days.

Family Ministry in Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

There is so much going on each day, it’s hard to capture it in just 3 minutes of video. One of our goals as a family was to minister together as a family while we were in Swaziland. Each member […]

On Safari with the Family

posted by Tom Davis

After seven full days of ministry, we decided to take our families on a safari in a local game park in Swaizland. It was a needed break from the pace we’ve been going. Enjoy the video, and thank you all […]

Swazi Photo Album

posted by Tom Davis

Here are a few photos to go along with the video we’ve been posting from the last week.

Visiting an AIDS Hospital, Feeding a Hungry Family

posted by Tom Davis

As you’ll see in the video, we started the day at an AIDS hospital visiting sick children. Then, we met up with a local pastor to deliver food to a needy family. You’ll see the grandmother who takes care of […]

Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds

posted by Tom Davis

Watch the Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds promo and download FREE copies of the first chapter. Download the electronic version of first chapter of Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds. Order a copy of Red Letters from […]

Scenes from a Carepoint

posted by Tom Davis

Here are a few clips of what we’re doing at the carepoints in Swaziland.

Unite Productions

posted by Tom Davis

I’m off to Toronto, Canada, today to speak at a conference called, Unite in Worship. I’ll be speaking three times, on topics such as "Pure and Undefiled Worship," and "Seeing Eternity through the Eyes of the Outcast." You can see […]

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