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posted by Tom Davis

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

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 3

posted by Tom Davis

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

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Making Change.

posted by Tom Davis

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

Are you a bad listener?

posted by Tom Davis

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

Get $10 to spend at StoryCompany.com

posted by Tom Davis

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

Student film brings claymation perspective to water crisis [VIDEO]

posted by Tom Davis

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

The Story Co. Preview Video and Early Invitations!

posted by Tom Davis

After trillions of dollars of aid, nearly half the world’s population still lives on less than $2/day. But what if you could change someone’s story? What would it look like to create new routes of trade and commerce for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Good Aid vs. Bad Aid

posted by Tom Davis

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

Headed to India to find the Good Samaritan

posted by Tom Davis

Today I leave for India. As I was preparing to leave, I came across this little bit of travel advice, “Many Americans think they have experienced extreme heat, but even they are unprepared for the intense heat of India.”  It […]

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 […]

Groundhog Day 2011: How much winter is left?

posted by Tom Davis

Groundhog Day 2011 is tomorrow, February 2. Today the high in Colorado is about zero, so I am hoping Punxsutawney Phil does NOT see his shadow and give us six more weeks of winter weather. Tomorrow is the 125th anniversary […]

The Issues of Poverty are Spiritual and Relational

posted by Tom Davis

In the last post addressing a different way to think about poverty, Can We Really Help the Poor, I left stating that the nature of poverty is fundamentally spiritual and relational. These ideas come from Bryant Myers book, Walking with the Poor, this post […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s In Your ____? My Article in Relevant Magazine

posted by Tom Davis

Like me, you might wake up some days and think, “I’m going to do better at ________________.” Perhaps your [blank] is something like personal spiritual disciplines. Or maybe it’s a secret sin you’re facing. Or the way you spend money. […]

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 […]

Pictures from South Africa and Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

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

Jesus Creed Sponsors Orphan Community in Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

You can too! Community to community sponsorship is one of the most powerful tools available to redeem orphans. It's a program that allows anyone's community, (blog, family, church, small group, school, etc.), to sponsor a group of orphans on the […]

Why Christmas Should be About Orphans Like Hiatt

posted by Tom Davis

[Updated December 2011] This little girl absolutely melted my heart. Her orphanage, Kolmbocha, is far from the capital city in Ethiopia. I asked the director, “When was the last time you had any visitors?” His answer? Eight years. My hope […]

Ethiopia Pictures Day 4 and 5

posted by Tom Davis

Being in Ethiopia is a life-changing experience for all of us. So wish those of you reading this could be here! Here are some more pictures to share with you. Thanks for your love and prayers! Click here to see […]

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 […]

Thinking Differently About Orphan Care

posted by Tom Davis

I’m loving these lively discussions! Since the topic of ‘solving the orphan crisis’ is coming to the surface over and over in the comments, I think it’s important to define a few terms. Russ made the comment that “orphan care […]

Make Poverty History

posted by Tom Davis

Dear Tom , Every morning 77 million children don’t go to school, and not because they don’t want to. 77 million children go without school because neither their families nor their governments have the resources to provide them with a […]

The Poorest of the Poor are Always Marginalized

posted by Tom Davis

Whenever I read a story about the poor, they are typically abused over and over. Some of this is intentional, some of it not. But the very fact that the poor are poor, puts them in danger of being mistreated […]

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 3
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