Living intentionally in a broken world . . .

I left you here three evenings ago with a story of chaos and danger . . . and a request for prayer for our children and staff in Vitoria, Brazil. A prayer that they would be kept safe through the night—and the days and nights to follow.   Thank you to everyone who prayed for them! Thank you for your emails and texts and comments.   I heard late yesterday that the police and government officials had reached an agreement. And today I am thankful to report that we've received an "all clear" from our staff. In fact, a group visiting our southern campus is being cleared to also visit Vitoria later this week. At last count, there were over 130 documented murders, but the death toll is sure increase as order is restored and ... Keep Reading...

SAFELY THROUGH THE NIGHT . . . A prayer in the midst of chaos

It was early morning when I last flew into Vitoria, Brazil.   Making my way immediately to Hope Mountain, the northern campus of Hope Unlimited for Children, I was met by lots of activity, learning, beauty . . .     . . . and lots of color.   There's no way I'd go there today.   Five days ago—last Saturday—police in Vitoria went on strike. Anarchy erupted. You may have read about it in the newspaper.   I knew nothing about the situation until late Monday night when Hope's CEO-founder/missionary-on-the-ground, Philip Smith, called to ask for prayers.   There was gunfire on our 100-acre campus.   By morning I learned more: Bandits are taking control ... Keep Reading...

SALVAGED TREASURES: New old finds for our Finally Farmhouse

Happy new week to all! Before catching you up on the Finally Farmhouse, I must say THANK YOU to everyone who's shown such wonderful support for the Valentine Project I posted about last week. You simply have no idea how the little gift of a Valentine can make such a difference in a young girl's future! If you missed it, click the link and check it out. Go ahead. I'll wait.   Transformation. Restoration. Second chances.   I'm a big fan.   Since my last post focused on the life transformation of precious young girls, today's focus isn't even in the same league—but it's a whole lot of fun!   Renaissance Man and I have been salvaging treasures for our in-the-works farmhouse.     This ... Keep Reading...