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Download SCARED for free on Nov. 1 & 2!

posted by Tom Davis

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

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 3

posted by Tom Davis

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

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 2

posted by Tom Davis

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

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 1

posted by Tom Davis

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

Sponsorship in 6 words

posted by Tom Davis

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

Empty Jesus

posted by Tom Davis

One of the most fascinating passages in the New Testament is found in Philippians 2. There, Paul says that Jesus, although God, “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in […]

Doing Justice

posted by Tom Davis

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

Why bother with education for girls?

posted by Tom Davis

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

Are you a bad listener?

posted by Tom Davis

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

Matt Heard Video Journal #2

posted by Tom Davis

By age 16, most children are forced to leave the orphanage. The vast majority struggle to adapt and survive as adults. Scared, confused, and alone, it is no wonder that these impressionable children have difficulty making the transition. In the […]

Why this Ferrari Owner Wants More

posted by Tom Davis

  Owning one of the world’s most expensive luxury cars was not enough for Carey Brown. He wanted just a little bit more out of his Ferarri Testarossa.  “I wanted it to do more,” said Brown of the 12 cylinder […]

Matt Heard Video Journal #1

posted by Tom Davis

There were many things I hoped would be memorable for Matt Heard’s first trip to the Mstyora orphanage. After all, this was the first visit by a Woodmen Valley Chapel senior pastor in the entire 15 years of ministry. What […]

Entrusting orphans with hope.

posted by Tom Davis

It’s been a whirlwind here in Russia. We had hoped to post more frequently, but have encountered a lack of internet that has made transferring videos nearly impossible. They are coming soon! As we arrived in Moscow, we spent the […]

The Real Russia: The Journey Starts

posted by Tom Davis

It’s a day 15 years in the making. Woodmen Valley Chapel pioneered orphan care ministry with Children’s HopeChest. They’ve sent hundreds of members to work in the Mstyora orphanage. They’ve funded dozens of projects, piloted new programs, and expanded their […]

Help a boy in Uganda with cancer

posted by Tom Davis

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

Killing Goliath: 3 Proven Ways to Man Up for Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

A growing movement of Christian men are stepping up their response to the global orphan crisis. The idea of Man Up for orphans started with Roger Gibson, but soon spread to others including Caleb David of the One Child Campaign, […]

Man Up and Go to Moldova and Russia

posted by Tom Davis

“What can I do to prevent sex trafficking?” It’s a question I get every time after speaking about sex trafficking. This year, HopeChest is offering a first-ever sex trafficking prevention mission trip through our partners One Child Campaign and Man […]

Walking through Hell for Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

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

What happened after Artyom was returned to Russia?

posted by Tom Davis

Two years ago, Artyom Savelyev was “returned” to Russia by his adoptive mother. Placed on a plane with a note and a one-way ticket, Artyom was sent back to Russia. Shock, anger, and outrage do not adequately describe the reactions […]

Last chance to get your HopeChest T-Shirt

posted by Tom Davis

This weekend is your last chance to get a HopeChest T-Shirt. We’re down to the final hours and want to make sure that you don’t miss this opportunity. [BUY YOUR SHIRT TODAY] HopeChest t-shirts make great gifts for Easter, graduation, […]

Rejecting “Slacktivism”

posted by Tom Davis

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

You could win a free mission trip

posted by Tom Davis

HopeChest T-shirts are back! Buy your exclusive, limited edition t-shirt from Children’s HopeChest today in our online store. We don’t do this very often, so if you want a shirt: don’t wait. Your t-shirt purchase helps orphans in Haiti, supports […]

Win a Free Mission Trip with Children’s HopeChest

posted by Tom Davis

The Simply Love and Man Up T-shirts are here. Our store opened today, and you can purchase your limited edition shirt right now. [VISIT THE STORE] Every person who purchases a shirt will receive one entry to win a FREE […]

Hey You! Give us your lunch money!

posted by Tom Davis

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

The New Aristocrats

posted by Tom Davis

For a fascinating and entertaining look at aristocratic life, look no further than the PBS show, Downton Abbey. Set in the early part of the twentieth century when the old European aristocratic life was on the decline, Downton offers a […]

You won’t turn into a pumpkin at midnight…

posted by Tom Davis

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

What does hope look like?

posted by Tom Davis

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

They were too hungry to learn…

posted by Tom Davis

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

Stories don’t change by accident.

posted by Tom Davis

Her story started here… Tulsi is a seven-year old girl from India. Both of her parents died of tuberculosis. She lived alone for three days until her grandmother came to get her. Now, she lives with seven other relatives in […]

On the Edge of Seventeen

posted by Tom Davis

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

Give Anyway

posted by Tom Davis

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

When Lucy Met MacGyver

posted by Tom Davis

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

Discover true extravagance this Christmas

posted by Tom Davis

Based on last week’s record-breaking Black Friday sales numbers, it looks like we’re on our way to an extravagant Christmas season. Retailers took in $7 billion more than last year for a total of $52.4 billion this weekend. Yet, all […]

Are you prepared for Christmas?

posted by Tom Davis

I’m guessing you are thinking of presents, food, travel plans, Christmas parties, out of town company, and everything else that consumes our busy American Christmas season. But I said are you prepared for Christmas…Not “Giftmas” as one national retailer termed […]

5 ways to make Christmas more meaningful this year

posted by Tom Davis

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

Make Christmas Matter: Change Their Story 2011 Launches Today

posted by Tom Davis

Today, Children’s HopeChest launches Change Their Story 2011 and I am inviting you to join our team of “HopeRaisers” from across the country. A HopeRaiser is a person who decides that instead of asking for Christmas presents, they will ask […]

What if you could give the gift of change this Christmas?

posted by Tom Davis

Children’s HopeChest empowers you to change the story for a child trapped by extreme poverty or abandonment or violence. The idea behind Change Their Story is deliberately simple and easy to understand. We’ve opened pre-registration for Change Their Story…just click […]

LAST DAY!! Vote Now for HopeChest to win $50,000 grant!

posted by Tom Davis

Today is the Last Day to Vote for Children’s HopeChest to win a $50,000 grant from Giving of Life. Click Here to Vote Now. Well, this is it. Today is the final day of voting for the $50,000 grant at […]

Vote for Children’s HopeChest to win a $50,000 grant

posted by Tom Davis

This is the final week of voting at GIVING OF LIFE. The top 20 organizations have a shot at a $50,000 grant. We have just over 800 votes, and we need your help to get that number over 3,000 by […]

Haiti Update: Head of Haiti’s IBESR fired today

posted by Tom Davis

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

Haiti Update: “I was scared until you got here.”

posted by Tom Davis

Tiffany Cherry just returned from Haiti, having spent time with the kids relocated from Son of God Orphanage, and bringing the latest update and prayer needs. — Driving to the girls house where some of the girls were moved to, […]

Son of God orphans relocated to questionable facility

posted by Tom Davis

ORGANIZATIONS ON GROUND IN HAITI SKEPTICAL OF ORPHAN RELOCATION FACILITIES Boys Relocated to Questionable Facility Following Gruesome Situation at Son of God Orphanage Following the news of relocation for the children at Son of God Orphanage, many relief organization members […]

Haiti closes orphanage for neglect while campaign for wider investigation continues

posted by Tom Davis

Your voice has been heard. The government of Haiti acted swiftly yesterday as police moved on the Son of God orphanage in Haiti, blocked off the streets, and permanently closed the Son of God orphanage. Haitian authorities loaded children onto […]

Son of God Orphanage closed, more details to follow

posted by Tom Davis

An official statement is forthcoming… This type of change is impossible without your voice and the voice of thousands. Over 10,000 voices joined together on behalf of the children of the Son of God orphanage. The government has acted to […]

10,000 people sign petition to expose Son of God Orphanage

posted by Tom Davis

I was contacted by CNN investigative journalist, Amber Lyon, who reaffirmed her passion for helping Haiti and ending child trafficking by sending this story directly to her producers at CNN. And, we’ve been fielding calls from other major US news […]

Six Organizations Call for the Closing of Orphanage

posted by Tom Davis

Haitian Orphanage Accused of Abuse, Trafficking Children After continued visits to the Son of God Orphanage in Carrefour, Haiti, six charitable organizations (Adventures in Missions, Bridgeway Church, Timberline Church, Children’s HopeChest, Journey Community Church, and Respire Haiti) have challenged the […]

Haiti Human Trafficking: It’s easier to look away.

posted by Tom Davis

In less than 24 hours, close to 3,000 people have signed our Change.org petition urging CNN and investigative journalist Amber Lyon to bring international media attention to the current human trafficking at Son of God orphanage in Haiti. Please sign […]

Tell CNN to expose ongoing human trafficking of orphans in Haiti

posted by Tom Davis

Corrupt government officials in Haiti involved in Human Trafficking at Son of God orphanage outside Port-au-Prince.   The time has come to share the results of a 15-month investigation into suspected human trafficking at the Son of God orphanage in […]

Together for Adoption Conference Book Giveaway

posted by Tom Davis

On October 21, I will be speaking at a special luncheon at the Together for Adoption conference in Phoenix, AZ. If you are involved in orphan ministry in any way, this is a truly valuable experience. (Keep reading to find […]

Can your beard change the world?

posted by Tom Davis

Andy Campbell’s can. Andy is the founder of “Beards for Hope.” A few months ago I got an e-mail from Andy, who said: “I’m blessed with the super-manly ability to grow facial hair. I often style it when I’m bored. […]

Protect Girls in Russia from Forced Prostitution

posted by Tom Davis

Welcome to all the listeners visiting from the Frank Pastore Radio Show! Here’s a bit more in depth about how Children’s HopeChest is helping to prevent the sex trafficking and forced prostitution of orphans in Russia. Click to Make a Gift to […]

Ethiopia Adoption Cuts: Rumors & Human Rights

posted by Tom Davis

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

2,000 Haitian Orphans Sold as Sex Slaves

posted by Tom Davis

With all the talk about the return of Jean Claude Duvalier, Haiti’s former dictator, to his former country, Haiti is back in the news. The country is still devastated from the earthquake and only 5% of the buildings have been rebuilt.  But the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 20: Halfway

posted by Tom Davis

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

Advent Day 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 Sex Trafficking Focus: 4-year-old girl kidnapped

posted by Tom Davis

We heard this story of a four-year-old girl who was kidnapped from the bus driver who brought us to our game. Trafficking of women and children is so prevalent right now, it comes up almost everywhere we go. Trafficking and […]

How to Eradicate Poverty: Extreme Makeover Style

posted by Tom Davis

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

Hunting the “Big 5″ Child Killers

posted by Tom Davis

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

The World Cup Defies Explanation

posted by Tom Davis

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

How Many Orphans Live in South Africa?

posted by Tom Davis

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

How to Pray for the Victims of Sex Trafficking

posted by Tom Davis

Friends, we sorely underestimate the value and importance of prayer. Apart from God we can do nothing–nothing at all–to roll back the violence and oppression in our world. Whenever I am tempted to think that I accomplish anything in my […]

Crazy Giveaway: Win a Free Copy of Priceless

posted by Tom Davis

We all like some free stuff. This week, Kari Gibson is running a contest to give away 10 copies of my new book Priceless and 10 pounds of Saints Coffee. If you like winning free stuff, hit her blog today. […]

Beyond the Game

posted by Tom Davis

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

Russia, Red Square, Orthodoxy and Human Trafficking

posted by Tom Davis

This is my favorite behind the scenes video of my new book Priceless which focuses on an orphan who is swept into the evil sex trade industry. In chapter four Stuart runs into an Orthodox church on the corner of Red Square in Moscow, Russia called Our […]

LOST & The Kingdom of God

posted by Tom Davis

I'm not a fan of LOST, and don't have much time for TV in general. Now that the series is over, many look back in wonder at how a show that tackled science fiction, spirituality, adventure, and romance won such […]

Hello Beliefnet

posted by Tom Davis

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

Too Many Children in our World Suffer Appalling Abuse

posted by Tom Davis

Today, the UN outlawed abuses inflicted on children including prostitution, pornography, and the sale of children. I don't know why this took so long, but good for them. It's good to see world leadership stepping up and doing their part […]

Absolutely Shocking – You Must Read This Article

posted by Tom Davis

As we go about our normal lives, the global problem of child prostitution has come to roost right in our cities. This is clearly the most disturbing piece I have read about what is happening in the United States. Dan […]

A Sex Crazed Culture at the World Cup

posted by Tom Davis

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

She Is Priceless – The New Web Site + Free Stuff

posted by Tom Davis

Today marks the launch SheisPriceless.com a new Web site devoted to the release of Priceless and a resource center for prayer, learning, and action on behalf of the victims of sex trafficking around the world. We are calling this campaign […]

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

posted by Tom Davis

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

Exciting News – Opening a New Country in Africa

posted by Tom Davis

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

Breaking News – New Study Says Christians Give Poor People the Shaft

posted by Tom Davis

Please take a look at this new study. I know this can induce controversy, but it is reality and something we need to wrestle with. The post is from my friend Anne Jackson. Anne and I will be going to Moldova and […]

What’s It Like Arriving at an Orphanage?

posted by Tom Davis

Going into an Orphanage from Tom Davis on Vimeo.

An Orphan’s Faith

posted by Tom Davis

We have a great team in Uganda right now, led by Greg McElheny and Vince Giordano.  I just received an email from one of our team members, Ben Savage, from Cincinnati Ohio. I had to share it with you.  Please […]

The African Boy in the Picture

posted by Tom Davis

Many people have asked me about the little boy I’m holding in the picture you see on the blog. I ran across my journal from the day I met this little boy when the picture was taken. So much has […]

The Death of Orphan Sergei Adveev

posted by Tom Davis

Dear friends, We have some very sad and tragic news to share with you about Sergei Avdeev. As you probably recall, Sergei is a graduate of Fominki orphanage (that Wave Church used to sponsor) who sustained serious spinal injuries after […]

Christmas in India

posted by Tom Davis

Thanks to all of your who participated in our 12 Days of Christmas Campaign. We just received this report from our partners in India describing what they did with the money. Enjoy, and thanks for your generousity toward the orphans […]

Amazing Story About a 5 Year Old and Orphans

posted by Tom Davis

I received this email last week and the faith of this 5 year old greatly encouraged me. I know it will encourage you too! Dear Tom, Last year I was looking for a ministry to give to that worked with […]

Orphanage Sponsorship

posted by Tom Davis

The key to how we help orphans and orphanages is to have them sponsored by churches and Christian companies. I’m in Augusta, Georgia, home of The Masters golf tournament speaking and launching their sponsorship program. I’m excited to say that […]

Run For One

posted by Tom Davis

This Labor Day weekend 2007, Children’s HopeChest will be hosting our first ever 1/2 marathon to support orphans around the world in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This event is called, Run for One and athletes who run will be running to […]

AIDS Documentary in Chinese City Wins Oscar

posted by Tom Davis

HEFEI, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) — AIDS prevention officials and activists in the Yingzhou district in Fuyang, east China’s Anhui province have expressed hopes that more people will come to care orphans of AIDS victims, after the AIDS-theme "The Blood of […]

Responsibility to the Poor

posted by Tom Davis

In trying to figure out what I can do to provide justice to the weak, here’s what I’ve come up with. My heart is to mobilize others to help the widow, the orphan and the poor. In an attempt to […]

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