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Tom Davis currently serves as CEO of Children's HopeChest (www.hopechest.org), a global orphan care ministry headquartered in Colorado Springs. A tireless advocate for fatherless children, Davis has spent most of his adult life calling U.S. believers to become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to the 143 million orphans living around the world. Through those connections, thousands of orphans now have the bright and hopeful future--one that is filled with opportunities and the love of the one true Father. Davis speaks hundreds of times each year at churches and conferences, mobilizing the church to action on behalf of the poor. He is the author of four books. His most recent novel, SCARED is a fictionalized account of his first-hand experiencing living and working with orphans in Swaziland, Africa. Davis' blog is the premier resource for the latest developments in Christian orphan ministry. Davis also currently teaches courses as adjunct professor at George Fox University in Newberg, OR.

When not traveling the globe, Davis resides in the mountains of Colorado in the small community of Palmer Lake. He and his wife Emily have seven children, including two adopted daughters from Russia.

Martin Luther King Quotes

posted by Tom Davis

Martin Luther King I Have a Dream, MLK Quotes, Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech Today we celebrate the life of one of the most famous men in history. A man who stood against the injustice of his day and […]

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How Can We Really Help the Poor?

posted by Tom Davis

Bryant Myers, professor of Transformational Development at Fuller Theological Seminary has written an insightful book called, Walking with the Poor – Principles and Practices of Transformational Develpment. I would describe this book not as a ‘how to’ but more as a holistic, long-term […]

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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 […]

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Teresa Scanlan Miss America 2011

posted by Tom Davis

Miss Nebraska Crowned Miss America 2011 – Teresa Scanlan, only 17 years old, becomes Miss America 2011. After being homeschooled through her junior year, this young lady has become the youngest Miss America ever. Teresa Scanlan is a Christian an hopes to inspire good morals and honesty in […]

Martin Luther King I Have a Dream

posted by Tom Davis

Today is Martin Luther King Jr‘s official birthday. Crowds are celebrating Dr. King’s life all over the United States. His life was an inspiration to millions and changed the course of a generation.Here is Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech on video. Watch, remember, and be inspired. .At an […]

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 […]

New Zodiac Signs for 2011: Did yours change?

posted by Tom Davis

New zodiac signs 2011, new astrological dates, and the 13th zodiac sign Ophiuchus bring horoscope changes. This morning the Web is abuzz with searches for “Ophiuchus” and “new zodiac signs.” The 1/3 of Americans who consult horoscopes and believe in […]

Beatification

posted by Tom Davis

For Catholics, beatification is a wonderful part of their faith. For evangelicals, it is difficult to understand. Pope Benedict XVI has made a move to make the former Pope John Paul II one step closer to sainthood by setting a date for his […]

Sarah Palin “Blood Libel” Claim: What does it mean?

posted by Tom Davis

What is blood libel? The Sarah Palin blood libel statement comes in the middle of Sarah Palin’s response to the Tucson shootings in this video. More below… After the Tucson shootings in Arizona that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed […]

Ted Williams Arrested

posted by Tom Davis

Ted Williams the homeless man with the golden voice has been arrested. Apparently, his new found fame has gotten the best of him and his alcoholism has regained its footing. Now, instead of cheap bottles of vodka, he’s drinking the best […]

A Year After the Haitian Earthquake

posted by Tom Davis

Today is the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. A year ago, one of modern times’ worst natural disasters struck one of the poorest nations. In seconds, roughly 10% of this capital’s population was killed or mortally wounded in a […]

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

posted by Tom Davis

Today is January 11th, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Don’t forget to order a copy of Priceless – A Novel on the Edge of the World, my book about about sex trafficking that takes place in Eastern Europe and Russia. Clicke here to […]

Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at 9-year-old Christina Green’s Funeral

posted by Tom Davis

How to build angel wings for the Westboro funeral counter-protest Westboro Baptist Church has made headlines again. Infamous for tacky protests and hate-filled messages, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket the funerals of Tucson shooting victims, […]

Michael Dyer Gets Up Keeps Running Sets up Auburn BCS National Championship

posted by Tom Davis

Auburn football player Michael Dyer, a freshman, looked like he was down on a short but uneventful 4th quarter run in the 2011 BCS Championship Game. But then, Michael Dyer kept running. The Michael Dyer run play set up the […]

Moment of Silence

posted by Tom Davis

President Obama led the nation in a moment of silence today for the victims of the shooting rampage that took place in Tucson, Arizona The Wall Street Journal reports.  About 300 members of the White House staff, including Mr. Obama’s top aides, were […]

Christina Taylor Green, 9-year-old girl shot and killed in Tucson shootings

posted by Tom Davis

Little girl shot and killed in Tucson Christina Green, shot and killed by Jared Lee Loughner on a sunny Saturday morning in Tucson. Christina Taylor Green was at Safeway in Tucson to meet Rep. Gabrielle Giffords because she was elected […]

Daniel Hernandez, Congressional Intern, Credited for Helping Rep. Gabrielle Giffords After Shooting

posted by Tom Davis

They are saying he ran toward the sound of the guns. Yesterday’s deadly shootings in Tucson, Ariz. have left 6 dead, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition. The alleged shooter killed not only a federal judge, but a nine-year-old […]

Is Facebook Really Shutting Down on March 15?

posted by Tom Davis

Facebook is shutting down. Facebook is going to delete all of your photos and information. Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has had enough and thinks the 500 million Facebook users should go get a life–and some friends in the real world. […]

Twitter Subpoenaed by U.S. Government for WikiLeaks Accounts: What would you do?

posted by Tom Davis

The ongoing drama of WikiLeaks continues today with the news from WikiLeaks that a “secret U.S. grand jury” is seeking the Twitter data of Julian Assange and three other WikiLeaks supporters. After publishing the 250,000+ WikiLeaks cables, U.S. intelligence and […]

Target, Starbucks, and Jesus Drop Names from Logos

posted by Tom Davis

Target and Starbucks recently dropped their names from their logos. The Starbucks logo change reflects their belief that they are big enough to not need the name. They’ve transcended the need for letters–it’s so 20th century. Although many reactions to […]

Ted Williams YouTube Star and the Homeless Man with the Golden Voice

posted by Tom Davis

It seems that everyone knows the story of one homeless man in Ohio. Ted Williams is now known as the homeless man with the golden voice. The first YouTube star of 2011, Williams is a homeless man with an amazing […]

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 […]

What if you were the Mega Millions Winner?

posted by Tom Davis

$355 million is the jackpot at stake in this week’s Mega Millions lottery played in 40+ states. It’s one of the largest jackpots in the history of US lottery.  “Did anyone win the Mega Millions?” Yup. At least two people […]

What’s Happening in Haiti?

posted by Tom Davis

That’s the question I’m hoping to answer while on this trip. We landed this morning in Miami at 5:15 am EST which is 3:15 am Colorado time. At noon we will take a flight Puerto Plato, Dominican Republic, stay the […]

Dead Birds and Fish in Arkansas

posted by Tom Davis

This just gets weirder and weirder. The post I wrote yesterday reported that 2,000 birds had fallen out of the sky dead as a door nail. Now, the report is over 5,000 birds and now that the autopsies are in, they definitely died from […]

The Desperation Band, Meredith Andrews and Haiti

posted by Tom Davis

Today, I’m leaving for Haiti with a few of my good friends, Jon Egan who is the lead singer for the Desperation Band and Meredith Andrews a popular Christian singer. What do we all have in common? We love orphans.  We’ll be flying into the Dominican […]

Birds Fall From Sky

posted by Tom Davis

We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme, “Chicken Little” where the main character is crying out that the sky is falling. Well, a real-life chicken little event occurred on Friday night, December 31, 2010. In Beebe, Arkansas, outside of Little Rock, […]

What Will Change for You in 2011?

posted by Tom Davis

I take a pilgrimage every year back through the previous year as I look forward to the new one. This is by far the most important thing I do the first week of every January. Success and failure have everything […]

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 […]

Auld Lang Syne Lyrics

posted by Tom Davis

Every year people around the world sing Auld Lang Syne. We’ll be singing it as a family at midnight and would love for your voices to join the chorus. In case you don’t know the lyrics, here they are along […]

Happy New Year from the Davis Family!

posted by Tom Davis

Happy New Year from the Davis family. All our love to each of you and may God bless you with an amazing 2011! Click here to subscribe to Red Letters. Click here to follow Tom Davis on Twitter.

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 22: A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of Life

posted by Tom Davis

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12 This verse always brings orphans to my mind. If there are any people in the world who have “deferred hope” it is […]

Advent Day 21: Standing at the Door…

posted by Tom Davis

There is a famous verse in the Bible that says (my paraphrase), “I stand at the door and knock. Whoever opens the door I will come in and dine with them.” It is a metaphor for Jesus knocking at the […]

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.

The Great Emergence – Is there such a Thing?

posted by Tom Davis

Phyllis Tickle wrote a book called, The Great Emergence – How Christianity is Changing and Why that we read for my doctoral course. I think Phyllis is an incredible brilliant and talented woman. All that to say, I don’t agree with her on […]

Did A NY Times Reporter Actually Buy Two Girls’ Freedom from Traffickers?

posted by Tom Davis

Yesterday, I told the story of how NY Times reporter, Nicholas Kristof, had a personal encounter with under age girls who had been trafficked. He had the opportunity to buy their freedom. Would he do it? In his words: “The first purchase, […]

Advent Day 19: Visiting Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

Every year we send hundreds of volunteers across land and ocean to visit their sponsored children. Many of the kids ask why. Why would someone fly all the way from America just to visit me? I think that’s a picture […]

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 […]

Girls for Sale – How Much Would You Pay for a Girl’s Freedom?

posted by Tom Davis

A man or woman can walk into many countries a pay to free a young girl, many times a minor, from the horrific life of being a sex slave. How much you ask? It depends. It could be, $50, $150, […]

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 17: Rescue

posted by Tom Davis

HopeChest’s partner, Indian Rescue Mission, successfully rescued one girl from forced prostitution today. According to the report: “During the rescue, our team member who was sent as decoy customer was beaten and then robbed off his cell phone and cash. […]

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 14: Letters Make a Difference

posted by Tom Davis

Today’s picture and caption says more than I could say or add…

Advent Day 13: Orphans Aren’t Supposed to Graduate from University

posted by Tom Davis

Several years ago, Children’s HopeChest had the honor to sponsor Natasha to attend university in Moscow.  Natasha came from Kostroma, and one of the roughest orphanages around. With those odds, she should not have made it through tech school…let alone […]

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 11: Mothers & Children

posted by Tom Davis

Children’s HopeChest operates one of the most effective programs at stopping the cycle of orphans in Russia. It’s called the Young Mother’s Program and it exclusively serves Russian orphans in their teens and twenties who are pregnant and have small […]

Mumbai Rescue Frees 3 Minors from Sex Trafficking

posted by Tom Davis

I received confirmation from India that more girls were rescued from forced prostitution in India. 3 of the girls were minors. By using a decoy customer, the rescue operatives were able to gain access to the brothel and it’s owners. […]

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. […]

Leadership and the New Science

posted by Tom Davis

What really makes Leadership work in our lives and in organizations? Not what we’ve believed for 2000 years says Margaret Wheatley, author of the book.  “For many years, I’ve been interested in seeing the world differently. I’ve wanted to see beyond […]

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!  

Rosa Parks Changed The Story

posted by Tom Davis

55 years ago today, Rosa Parks was arrested for trying to change the story for African Americans. On December 1, 1955, Parks famously refused to give up her front-of-the-bus seat to a white rider. Parks was arrested, and a year-long […]

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 […]

Christmas begins with a mother’s prayer…

posted by Tom Davis

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a “young mother.” Yet, Mary’s prayer after discovering that she’ll be the mother of the Messiah is full of wisdom beyond her years. In Russia there are other young mothers being taken care of […]

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.

Taking Jesus to the Web on Cyber Monday

posted by Tom Davis

This Friday, millions of Americans will hit the malls, superstores, and shops for the door-buster deals of Black Friday and then again on Cyber Monday. It’s the beginning of the $447 billion spending extravaganza this Christmas season. Did you shop […]

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 […]

The Holy Spirit and the Worldwide Church of God

posted by Tom Davis

No, I’m not talking about a cult. When I lived in east Texas, one of my neighbors was Garner Ted Armtrong whose father founded a cult, The Worldwide Church of God. He use to cuss like a sailor at us on the golf course […]

What is the Church?

posted by Tom Davis

The book our cohort has just read for my Doctorate at George Fox University is entitled, Introduction to Ecclesiology by Veli-Matti Karkkainnen. Ecclesiology is a fancy word for ‘the study of the church.’ This is not a subject that’s typically at the top of my […]

Thanksgiving Prayers

posted by Tom Davis

Today is likely one of the most important days of the entire year. Why? Because it focuses on a very important characteristic that is missing in our culture: Gratitude.  Gratitude helps us to focus on what has the most value […]

Orphan Hope – The Idea Camp

posted by Tom Davis

I’ll be speaking at The Idea Camp with a great group of my friends including Chris Marlow and Nicole Wick. We’ll be meeting in Northwest Arkansas on February 25th & 26th. I would love for all of you to join us. If you care about the needs […]

Could you ignore a tragedy?

posted by Tom Davis

It all started at Together for Adoption, a conference I spoke at earlier this year. My topic was sex trafficking, and I began to tell the stories of girls trapped in forced prostitution and the “rape-for-profit” business. At the end […]

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 […]

How to have a “Mary” Christmas

posted by Tom Davis

The first Christmas was announced by the angel Gabriel to Mary. He told her of God’s favor upon her because God would bring his Son into the world through her humble body. The Son of the Most High God, in […]

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 […]

99 Pimps Arrested in Child Prostitution Crackdown

posted by Tom Davis

CNN Reports: “A three-day federal crackdown on child prostitution rings across the country has resulted in the recovery of 69 children and the arrest of 884 people, including 99 pimps, federal authorities said Monday.” [full story] The 40-city operation rescued […]

The Dawn of the Golden Age of Evangelicalism

posted by Tom Davis

“Evangelical.” This name has been the triumphant success of Christianity for some and the bastion of hate and hypocrisy for others. Evangelical names include Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, and George Whitfield in its beginning during the eighteenth century, and modern […]

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 […]

Best Inspirational Novel 2010

posted by Tom Davis

My novel, Priceless, about a young Russian girl who leaves an orphanage and gets caught up in the sex trade, has been nominated for a second award. The Romantic Times has given their highest rating, 4 1/2 stars to Priceless and nominated it for Best […]

A Russian Adoption Success Story

posted by Tom Davis

There are so many stories of Russian adoptions that have been difficult and deemed “unsuccessful.” Ours is not one of those. I ran across this very heartwarming story about a Russian girl who was adopted in Ireland. Her story starts […]

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 […]

How Do You Rescue Girls from the Sex Trade? Here’s how:

posted by Tom Davis

After the news of the successful rescue last week, I wanted our partners in India to give you a much more detailed look as to what goes into a rescue operation. First, thank you again for your support of this […]

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 […]

My Life – What Shall I Do With It?

posted by Tom Davis

It is a great moment when a person stands, not over a log of cedar, or a drop of ink, or a bag of gold, but with his very life in his hand, saying to himself, ‘What shall I do […]

Why Christians Should be Involved in Halloween

posted by Tom Davis

One of my friends in Twitterspace put me on to a blog that has an excellent post about Halloween from Dr. Mark Young, President of Denver Theological Seminary. I believe this is the heart every Christian should have when it comes to choosing how […]

Success! 4 Girls Rescued from Sex Slavery

posted by Tom Davis

We’ve just received word that one of the rescues funded by Children’s HopeChest supporters was a success! Here’s the direct-from-the-field report: In a Joint Operation done by Indian Rescue Mission with Maharastra State Police on October 28, 2010 rescued 4 […]

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

posted by Tom Davis

It’s that time of year again – the second most popular holiday behind Christmas. There are many names given for this season: “Halloween,” “All Saints Day,” “The Devils Day,” “Hallelujah Night,” and “Fall Festival.” The origins of this go back to […]

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 […]

Free Orphan Sunday Resources

posted by Tom Davis

Did you know that Orphan Sunday is November 7, 2010? On this day, churches across America will unite in worship, prayer, and action on behalf of orphaned children in the U.S. and around the world. As a member of the […]

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 […]

A Gift that Brings True Meaning to Your Life

posted by Tom Davis

As we all discuss and share ideas about life, theology, consumerism, hope, poverty, Christianity, Stephen Hawking’s new book, and other similar matters on this blog, I felt like this Ted Talk cut through topics and dove deeply into the heart of the […]

Lausanne Congress Cape Town, South Africa 2010 – Poverty and Wealth

posted by Tom Davis

One of the biggest events for World Evangelization is just kicking off in Cape Town. I’m hoping to shed some light on the conference, let you know of some resources and how to participate, and ask some tough questions like, […]

Are Americans and Western Christians Consumeristic Swine?

posted by Tom Davis

Western Christianity has had its fair share of criticism. We’re too this and not enough of that. There’s always room for constructive criticism, but no matter how hard Christians try, they will always be criticized on this earth. But one […]

Charlotte, NC Home of Teen Sex Traffickers

posted by Tom Davis

These stories are becoming disheartening. It seems that every time I turn around there is another news article about traffickers luring girls into the sex trade in the major cities of the US. Next city? Charlotte, North Carolina.  This is […]

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 […]

It May Not Change the World but it Will Change Me

posted by Tom Davis

Final post here on To Change the World by James Hunter. One good thing about doing a Doctorate is that it forces you to read challenging books. Remember, you can follow my cohort at www.dmingml.com. The last essay in this book is the […]

You Will Not Believe What Happened

posted by Tom Davis

Updated: December 7, 2011 This is one of my absolute favorite stories of the past few years. A group of people stood up and acted to stop sex trafficking. Out of this, another couple joined Change Their Story 2010 and […]

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 […]

A Seventh Grade Girl Is Trafficked for Sex in the United States

posted by Tom Davis

We are starting to hear more and more about the number of girls being trafficked in the US – as young as seventh grade. How can this be going on you ask? Because traffickers are proactively seeking vulnerable girls with […]

ReThinking Power in Light of Jesus and the Poor

posted by Tom Davis

I dare you to read this post on how we use the power we’ve been given and compare it to how Jesus taught us to use power. This brings us back to the question addressed in my last post, How We […]

The Girl in the Cage, the Lion, and the Lamb

posted by Tom Davis

Scot McKnight posted an intriguing post on trafficking and justice and trafficking. A slight warning, this is real and raw. Be careful as you read. This piece was written by: Professor David Opderbeck. Somewhere in America right now, there is a little […]

What It Means To Be An Image Bearer

posted by Tom Davis

For those of us who are doing what we can to make the world a better place, this is a short, remarkable video by N.T. Wright about reflecting God’s image in the world. Let this be an encouragement to all […]

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 […]

Can You Change the World?

posted by Tom Davis

Most of you know that I’m pursuing my Doctorate at George Fox University. Love the school, the profs, the peeps. For my dissertation I will be writing a few books from my research on caring for the poor, ministering to orphans, and […]

I Need Some Deep Theology – Meet Christoph Blumhardt

posted by Tom Davis

While doing a little Doctoral research, I’ve found a little known theologian that I’ve fallen in love with. His name is Cristoph Blumhardt (1842-1919) and he was born in Germany. His teaching influenced great minds such as Karl Barth, Dietrich […]

Child Prostitution on Craigslist

posted by Tom Davis

I want to help my friends at change.org get the word out about Criagslist and sex trafficking. There are specific things you can do now, so please take action.  You probably know Craigslist.org as a place to buy concert tickets or a […]

Virgins for Sale – $231,300

posted by Tom Davis

CNN is reporting today on a British prostitution ring sentenced to less than 3 years in prison for trafficking underage girls. From the report: “This is a sad and harrowing case that involved the main defendants effectively selling the virginity […]

National Radio Show Today on Sex Trafficking

posted by Tom Davis

Today from 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Standard Time, I will be the guest on Moody Radio Network with Chris Fabry. This event will be live and the focus will be on sex trafficking around the world, in the U.S., and what […]

An Inconvenient Truth

posted by Tom Davis

What happens when we are confronted with reality in way that forces us to make a decision to change? What do we do? There are two options: Ignore it and hope it goes away.  Change a decision or our behavior.  […]

A Prayer for Our Enemies

posted by Tom Davis

A difficult thing for me to do is pray for my enemies. Today, on September 11th,  I’m reminded of the evil in the world and how many enemies all of us have. What is our response? In Matthew 5:44 Jesus […]

9 11 Memorial

posted by Tom Davis

Today marks one of the worst tragedies in United States history. We will never forget. Today, we pray for the victims of 9/11, the peace and unity of our world and country, and in the words of Jesus, we pray […]

Burning the Koran vs. Jesus Gospel of Love

posted by Tom Davis

File this under, “What are you thinking?” Terry Jones, a pastor of a church in Gainesville, FL made national headlines by hatching a plan to burn 200 copies of the most holy book in Islam, the Koran. Book burning evokes […]

Stephen Hawking says There Is No God in His New Book

posted by Tom Davis

And he has lost his mind.  In his new book, “The Grand Design,” famous scientist and physicist, Stephen Hawking says God is not necessary to exist for the universe to have formed because of gravity. Seems a bit ironic to me that […]

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, […]

Prince Charles criticized for $80,000 train ride.

posted by Tom Davis

Apparently Prince Charles took a 5-day tour on the Royal Train throughout Britain. He wanted to raise awareness about sustainability. The price tag for British taxpayers? About $80,000. You can read about Charles’ opulent eco-tour, the luxury of the Royal […]

Boycotts and Lawsuits Against Craigslist Payoff

posted by Tom Davis

Earlier in the year I wrote this post about shutting down Craigslist’s adult ads which were responsible for online prostitution and child trafficking. At that time, there were many heated debates regarding the right approach for bringing attention to this, including boycotting the site. […]

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 […]

Oxford in Photos

posted by Tom Davis

Just a sampling of what I saw while in Oxford this week.

Deep Thought Thursday #3

posted by Tom Davis

Malcolm Muggeridge was a fascinating Englishman. And while in Muggeridge’s homeland, I thought it fitting to bring you a deep thought from him. (Actually, there are two Englishmen in today’s deep thought, one building upon the observation of another…) Muggeridge […]

Video – The Wonder of the English Countryside and Ripon College

posted by Tom Davis

Whenever I come to a different country, I take these short video to help you transport you to the spot. My hope is that you’ll see the beauty of the English countryside and majesty of old building and come visit […]

Seeing What God Sees

posted by Tom Davis

This August, I kicked off the AWAKEN series at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs. Here is the video from that message. I gave this message in conjunction with a week-long showing of “In Their Shoes: An Orphan Experience.” Designed […]

Walking in the Footsteps of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

posted by Tom Davis

When you first arrive in Oxford, England, what’s the first thing you do?!

Does your life demand explanation?

posted by Tom Davis

Every one of us possess the desire to be unique, and to become more than we are today. In God’s kingdom, we sacrifice those selfish desires for God’s glory. Entering the kingdom and accepting the calling that God has placed […]

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, A Doctorate and Turning 40

posted by Tom Davis

In three short weeks I will turn 40. This creates a number of internal dilemmas for me the least of which is the fact that I always thought 40 was old. Now I’m rethinking my whole idea of what “old” […]

The Inspiration of C.S. Lewis

posted by Tom Davis

Since I leave for Oxford on Monday, I felt that reading a few inspirational quotes from C.S. Lewis to start a Saturday was fitting. I’ll also by at Magdalen College mentioned in this first quote. Lots of pictures to come, […]

How a Three Year Old Turns Into a Sex Slave – True Story

posted by Tom Davis

By Melissa Banas What do you see when you look at this picture?  Obviously there are four feet, two from an adult and two precious little ones from a toddler.  I bet that you would never see or assume the […]

Celebrating Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech

posted by Tom Davis

Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Delivered from the steps of Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial, King spoke of a world in which his children would be judged by the content of their […]

Modern Day Salem Witch Trials Kill Children in Africa

posted by Tom Davis

If this doesn’t convince you that evil is alive and well in our world, I don’t know what will. In 1692, nineteen people were convicted of witchcraft and hung in Salem, Massachusetts. What’s happening in Africa makes that look a […]

Deep Thought Thursday: #2

posted by Tom Davis

Emerging from times of great evil rise stories of great courage and inspiration. I was reminded of this truth last night while watching a movie with my wife entitled, Defiance about two brothers who selflessly save over 1,000 Jews from the Nazi’s […]

How to Love with Encouragement

posted by Tom Davis

Encourage literally means “to put in courage.” It was C.S. Lewis who said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” Lewis links courage to our other virtues–like honesty and […]

Difficult Love: A Clarification

posted by Tom Davis

This morning I posted on a CNN article that described a vicious attack and rape of over 150 women in a Congolese village. Based on feedback from regular blog readers and friends, it is clear that my initial post failed […]

Contest Winner

posted by Tom Davis

With now over 100 comments on the post 100 Ways to Love Like Christ, we have a winner. Commenter “Regina” was selected at random to receive a free book. Regina wrote: Ways to show Jesus Christ’s love, to me, would […]

Excerpt from Red Letters – Living a Faith that Bleeds

posted by Tom Davis

“Picture Jesus walking down the streets of Jerusalem. What kinds of things moved his heart? Where was His compassion revealed? I think we can all see where his compassion wasn’t aroused. For example, when people had turned His Father’s house […]

Christians Don’t Care About the Sex Trade, Do They?

posted by Tom Davis

Last week, I shared a couple of posts on apologetics and atheism, which may have given some readers the wrong impression. Let me be clear: I am not an apologist. I have the utmost respect for apologetics, but it is […]

Love in Action: Matt’s Story

posted by Tom Davis

This past June, Woodmen Valley Chapel sent a team of volunteers to serve and love the children of the Mstyora orphanage in Russia. This story of Love in Action demonstrates how God’s love works through us to love and serve […]

Deep Thought Thursday: #1

posted by Tom Davis

For the first Deep Thought Thursday entry, I wanted to bring you a little bit of writing from Rainer Maria Rilke, an early 20th century poet and writer. In one of his letters to a younger writer experiencing great fear […]

100 Ways to Love Like Christ + Free Book Contest

posted by Tom Davis

Since we are discussing “how” Christlike love works, I want to host an open forum to gather the BEST ideas for how to love those around us.  Building off yesterday’s post, I want everyone who reads this post to leave […]

Brian McLaren talks about Being a Heretic with Scot McKnight

posted by Tom Davis

I know both of these men well. Glad they are appearing together for this. Please watch the video. They both talk about issues of poverty and orphans. Thanks to my buddy, Matthew Turner for the Video   Q | Conversations on Being […]

Love is like jumpstarting a car

posted by Tom Davis

A friend of mine took her three kids to the doctor’s office. While in the waiting room, she met a young mother with her newborn baby. The new mom looked dog-tired. She recognized that look from the early days of […]

The Love Habit

posted by Tom Davis

We don’t want our Christian life to be a ritual, a chore, or a duty. And certainly we would not want love to become a chore–like making your bed or brushing your teeth. Or do we? This weekend, Sam Bradford […]

F. W. Boreham

posted by Tom Davis

One of my favorite authors in the world was a man named F. W. Boreham. I’ve often described him as an “artist with words.” Here are a few inspiring quotes and stories that come from the 55 books he wrote. There […]

Orphan Sunday

posted by Tom Davis

Here’s your chance to be involved on Orphan’s Sunday! CHRISTIANS MAKE ADOPTION & ORPHAN CARE DEFINING ISSUE FOR 2010   From Christianity Today <http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/july/11.23.html>  to Catalyst <http://www.catalystspace.com/content/read/june10_love_for_orphans_transforms/> , the biblical call to “defend the cause of the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) […]

To Live as Love

posted by Tom Davis

Jesus commands us to live as love–to be “living love.” Love that breathes, walks, talks, and acts. And Jesus speaks of a particular kind of love. A love that is exhausts “self” for the betterment of “others.” I love that […]

Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds

posted by Tom Davis

Today I was going to continue exploring the “how to” of the love we see in Jesus’ Gospels. But instead I want to pause and re-center. To do that, I want to post the introduction to my book Red Letters: […]

Love: It’s what makes the Gospel, the Gospel

posted by Tom Davis

There’s a great Subaru ad campaign right now with the slogan, Love. It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.  Click the ad to see all the awesome stuff you can do with a Subaru. I am one of the 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 […]

Is C.S. Lewis an Irrelevant Apologist?

posted by Tom Davis

A short post today as I am out the door very early on a trip. I just wanted to make some quick observations and comments and suggestions: 1. The posts criticizing Christianity and have drawn nearly 10 times the comments […]

What’s so great about Christianity?

posted by Tom Davis

Two words: Red Letters. In older versions of the Bible it was customary for the publisher to offset the words of Christ in a red font. This way, the reader could easily see the recorded words of Jesus. Upon reading […]

Is the Bible Really the Word of God?

posted by Tom Davis

Frank Schaeffer doesn’t think so. I must say, I was disturbed when I read this article in the Huffington post. Frank’s father, Francis Schaeffer, was one of the great theologians I grew up reading and wrote books such as: The God Who Is […]

What do Jesus and Harry Potter have in common?

posted by Tom Davis

Confession time. While researching what elements go into a great novel, I became a huge fan of Harry Potter and the magical world woven together by author JK Rowling. And while Christians are certainly “disputatious” about what the books mean […]

I Am a Christian Who Doesn’t Believe in Christianity as I Used To

posted by Tom Davis

Truly, Anne Rice’s comments on ‘quitting Christianity’ have stirred a great debate. I’m thankful for every comment left on my blog and Facebook yesterday. Personally, it’s helped me gain perspective. Hopefully is has caused each us to examine our lives, think about […]

I quit Christianity too.

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve deliberately waited to respond on this topic, as I wanted to see what would bubble out of the blogosphere after Anne Rice’s announcement that she “quit Christianity.” What Rice describes is a set of behaviors that she observes in […]

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 […]

What Are You Grateful For?

posted by Tom Davis

Perspective. Today’s post really got me thinking about my life vs. the rest of the world. I thought I would make a top 10 list of the things I’m grateful for that most of the world doesn’t have access to. It’s helping […]

Share the Love: Drink some pool water

posted by Tom Davis

Bringing you another Share the Love post, this time I am guest blogging for Kari Gibson at My Crazy Adoption. Watch this video [disclaimer, there’s one bad word in there]. Then head over to Kari’s blog for the rest of […]

Jesus, Us, and “The World.”

posted by Tom Davis

Following up on yesterday’s post, I want to dive into the topic of “the world”–a phrase that Jesus uses often in opposition to “the Kingdom of God.” Jesus talks about Kingdom values and ethics–which typically center on repentance, obedience, love, […]

What’s Wrong With Christians?

posted by Tom Davis

My first article for Beliefnet was a little piece titled, “Why Christians Suck.” I made the case that our faith is largely disconnected from our actions. In short, we suck because we do not do what Jesus commands us to […]

Helping Young People to Dream Again

posted by Tom Davis

As a father of seven, I know how challenging it can be to keep your kids inspired and focused on something greater than themselves. There are so many competing voices in our culture pulling them in a million different directions. […]

The $2,000 Tortilla Chip

posted by Tom Davis

When I heard about the $2,000 tortilla chip, I wanted to share this story on my blog about the intersection of our perspective on our resources when life happens to us. This is part of an occasional feature I will do […]

A Prayer for the Captive – Something We All Can Do

posted by Tom Davis

We’ve come off a week of talking about difficult issues relating to human enslavement. I thought we would end the week by praying a prayer together on behalf of the millions who are enslaved around the world. Please join me: […]

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 […]

What would you sell to stop a child from being raped?

posted by Tom Davis

More precisely, what personal possessions would you sell in order to stop a little girl from being raped for profit? Ponder that for a moment while I give a big thank you to my readers…. *UPDATE* Children’s HopeChest has raised […]

How to make a profit selling virgins for sex

posted by Tom Davis

*UPDATE* Children’s HopeChest has raised the full amount needed for this project. If you are still motivated to give, we will use your donation for similar projects within our ministry.* It’s apparently very simple. First, you establish yourself as a […]

Do you walk in unfamiliar places?

posted by Tom Davis

Last month, my friend Vince Giordano led a HopeChest mission trip to India. While there, he met with women trapped in brothels who graciously offered to buy soda for their guests while they chatted about life. He walked down constricted […]

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

posted by Tom Davis

Mark Twain liked to say there were three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Let’s look at three well-cited statistics… 27 million slaves 145 million orphans 1.1 billion without clean drinking water These statistics are paradoxically important and […]

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 […]

Bombs Rip Through Uganda as People Watch World Cup Game

posted by Tom Davis

This is simply heartbreaking. Our prayers are with the families of those who have lost ones through this act of terror, including Nate Henn who worked with Invisible Children. As an organization, we have suspended travel until after the elections. It’s hard […]

Win a Free Copy of Priceless

posted by Tom Davis

Don’t you love free stuff?! The SheReads promotion had 400 entries to win a copy of Priceless – on this one, I think your chances will be a bit better. My publisher, David C. Cook, is running a little contest. All you have to […]

Christianity Today – Why Every Christian Should Care for Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

The July edition of Christianity Today is focused on the needs of orphans around the world. It’s about time! The lead article is written by Dr. Russell Moore entitled, “Abba Changes Everything – Why Every Christian is Called to Rescue Orphans.” A special thanks […]

The Women Get It

posted by Tom Davis

Back in 2008, U2’s Bono spoke at the Women’s Conference in California, and gave a passionate plea for America not to put another man or woman on the moon, but to “bring humanity back to earth.“ He also had this […]

Priceless Behind the Scenes – Ismailova Street

posted by Tom Davis

The final Priceless footage filmed on location in Russia. Check out all the “Behind the Scenes” footage of priceless by clicking here: Priceless videos. Also, don’t forget to check out the website for the book here, SheisPriceless.com where you will find stories of what’s happening to girls […]

4th of July, BBQ, Destiny Foods and Helping Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

BBQ, The 4th of July, Destiny Foods, and Helping Orphans from Tom Davis on Vimeo.

How much food does America waste?

posted by Tom Davis

Americans throw away around 120 pounds of food each month. Besides being an enormous waste of food, this reflects our general lack of understanding that most of the world’s people barely eat one meal a day. Those with no access […]

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.

Underage Russian Model Hopefuls Being Lured Into Underground Sex Trade

posted by Tom Davis

This is happening across the globe. Fox News just released this report: “Russian supermodels are at a record high — but some hopeful young models in the former Soviet Union were being pushed into underage sex and escort work, Sky News reported […]

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 […]

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