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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 […]

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A eulogy for Kolya

posted by Tom Davis

Too often we hear that one of the children in our programs has died. This week, we received news that Kolya died. In a particularly moving tribute, one of his sponsors–Craig Wood–wrote about what Kolya meant to him, and how […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Does sponsorship work? One child’s story… [VIDEO]

posted by Tom Davis

Russia was the place where my heart was broken for orphans. In 1997, I took my wife and eight-month-old son to run a camp for 150 orphans in the Vladimir region. I was never the same after that experience. We […]

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posted by Tom Davis

For nearly 15 years, Woodmen Valley Chapel has supported the children of the Mstyora orphanage in Russia. One of the very first pioneering churches to get involved in orphan care ministry, they truly understand how to walk alongside local leadership […]

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 […]

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 […]

Looking both ways…

posted by Tom Davis

We teach our kids to look both ways before we cross the street. It’s automatic and everyone does it. How do we measure the success of that? Just because we can’t, doesn’t mean we don’t teach them to be prepared […]

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 […]

Never Forget to Wipe Your Sword

posted by Tom Davis

Like Peter of the Narnia books, we are called and knighted to serve a great master and to protect the weak and defenseless. This is our calling.  We are in a battle without neutral ground. It is the Kingdom of […]

Join the Epic

posted by Tom Davis

There are few tools more powerful than a well-told story. And C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia are some of the best out there. Like Lewis, I have written fiction and nonfiction books, and I can tell you that moving between the […]

The Grip of Winter

posted by Tom Davis

For me, winter isn’t so bad. Colorado gets its share of frost and snow, but that means skiing, snowboarding, hot chocolate. Winter is the anticipation of Christmas, the gathering of friends, the snow-capped mountains that never get old. Sometimes it […]

Through The Winter

posted by Tom Davis

“Aslan is on the move.” That is one of my favorite lines from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Those fivesimple words inspire the inhabitants of Narnia. They know the true King has returned to break the power […]

Celebrating the Vision

posted by Tom Davis

In the early 1990s, a group of visionaries met face-to-face with children who were quite literally perishing in Russian orphanages. Their vision brought Children’s HopeChest and our Russian ministry partner, Nadezdha Fund, into existence. This year, we celebrate 15 years of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Priceless Is Available Online

posted by Tom Davis

I just discovered that my new book, Priceless, is now available online. Of course, I always prefer that you go to your local bookstore and purchase the book, but if you just can't wait, you can purchase it now at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, and CBD.com. […]

Stop Sex-Trafficking Before It Begins

posted by Tom Davis

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

Broken Places

posted by Tom Davis

I am out the door for Moldova and Russia. I can't help but think the Resurrection when I go to places like this. Moldova – one of the poorest countries in the world and the highest rate of sex-trafficked girls. […]

Pictures from Russia

posted by Tom Davis

It’s been a crazy week at home after my trip from Russia. I’ve come back to economic markets collapsing and $700 billion bailout packages. I know these things are important, but it’s a further reminder to me about the truth […]

Ministry in Russia

posted by Tom Davis

My life was completely transformed by a trip to Russia in the late 90’s. It’s a fascinating country with beautiful people and a rich heritage. Many things have changed over the years but one thing hasn’t changed: It’s still extremely […]

A Haiku for a Dead Orphan

posted by Tom Davis

You may remember the tragic passing of one of our beloved orphans, Sergei Adveev in February. Alan Pretre wrote these words as a tribute to Sergei along with a Haiku. “It is hard to see how God works sometimes. I […]

Ex-Soviet Leader Gorbachev Admits He’s a Christian

posted by Tom Davis

For all of you who love Russia, this article will be an encouragement to you. Every time I travel to Moscow (over 50 times now), the words of Leo Tolstoy ring in my ear, “Moscow is a city filled with […]

Our “Daughter” Is Getting Married!

posted by Tom Davis

Many of you know that we have two Russian adopted daughters. Lena has been in the United States for a year and a half and is marrying Greg Winn on May 4th. We are all so excited at what God […]

Russia and AIDS

posted by Tom Davis

Russia is gaining in economic prosperity, but they are losing control of AIDS epidemic. This is a country that cannot afford to loose people since their birth rate is among the lowest in the world. To give you an idea, […]

Report from Russia – Zoya and Misha

posted by Tom Davis

Thanks again to everyone who helped Zoya and Misha. We have raised $2,120 to take care of their medical needs. You guys are awesome! Read the original post here. This is an update from Olga: "Zoya’s condition is stable, yet […]

Misha and Zoya Update from Russia

posted by Tom Davis

More details on Zoya and Misha are below. Please consider making a gift toward their medical expenses by clicking here. Please note "Lakinsk Medical Fund" in  the notes. Thank you, Tom. Many of you have asked the status of Misha […]

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