Building Beautiful Families

Building Beautiful Families

Beyond the tragedy, ruins, and shelters in Haiti stands Operation Love The Children Of Haiti (OLTCH). Established three years ago by Jasmine and Greg, a couple from the United States, the OLTCH orphanage is home to 46 Haitian children. Many EFCA churches have been sending short-term teams to Haiti in the wake of the earthquake [...]

Just Like Me

Just Like Me

On the inside, Tamie felt trapped under a nagging sense of inadequacy. On the short-term mission trip to Peru, she saw qualities and gifts in her teammates that eluded her. “I’ll never be like them,” she thought. “I’m not book smart.” On the outside, though, Tamie was cheerful, not inhibited by expectations for the trip [...]

Ten New Sounds from Haiti

Ten New Sounds from Haiti

No Facebook, email, text messages, Twitter, smart phones, or computers. Pastor Steve had asked that we “de-clutter” our lives while in Haiti. Before our short-term team of 12 (from Compass Church in Naperville, IL) boarded the plane, Haiti-bound, he issued the challenge. Give up all electronic devices and communication during our mission trip. The only exception [...]

Have They Been Forgotten?

Have They Been Forgotten?

With no work available, Paula cooks empanadas and sells what she can to scrape by. "I go to bed each night exhausted, wondering how I'm going to get through the next day," she confided as she shared her story with me last week. We were talking in a small group at a displaced people's camp [...]

Expecting Tomas

Expecting Tomas

Expectations.  We all have them every day whether we know it or not. We expect the coffee to be hot, we expect the iced tea to be cold, we expect the car to start, and we expect our kids to be "good." At the end of October and beginning of November 2010, we [EFCA TouchGlobal/ReachGlobal [...]

One Year Later: Unrest, Epidemic and Renewed Mercies in Haiti

One Year Later: Unrest, Epidemic and Renewed Mercies in Haiti

One year ago a disaster struck that drew the gaze of an entire planet. On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. Millions gave, and watched, and wondered who would respond.  EFCA TouchGlobal Crisis Response answered the call as one piece of a collaborated effort of the global church, humanitarian organizations and the generosity of givers [...]