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A Chinese New Year Celebration

January 27, 2017

Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival,” is a traditional and widely celebrated holiday in China. Streets and shops are adorned with colorful decorations. Firecrackers can be heard all across cities as people gather together for food and festivities. For the children and staff at Maria’s Big House of Hope, it’s a time […]

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Using Social Media For Good

December 5, 2016

We’re a technology obsessed society. Americans spend 4.7 hours a day on their phones, which is one-third of the time we are awake. And, lest we jump to conclusions, this isn’t just a young person problem. The highest average time spent glued to a phone is seen in people ages 25-54. This is an all-of-us […]

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Spotlight Child: Milla

September 16, 2016

In the spring of 2014, a sweet girl named Milla was welcomed to Maria’s Big House of Hope when she was 6 weeks old. Upon her arrival, she was diagnosed with visual impairments. Now 2 years old, Milla is a delightful, cheerful girl. Watching her grow has been an honor and a great joy. Several months […]


Broken and Beautiful

September 7, 2016

We try to avoid sad things. This is a basic fact about people. We spend a lot of time trying to be happy. We try dodge sadness, anxiety, and the tough parts of life. It’s a natural and completely understandable drive. However, it is a tendency we have to fight against, especially when we are […]

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Child Spotlight: Jackson and Hope

August 18, 2016

Jackson and Hope are sweet friends who enjoy spending time with each other at Maria’s Big House of Hope. In addition to staying in the same room, the two also get to go to preschool together every day. They enjoy going to class, and they both love bubbles, balloons, and making music. Craft time is a favorite for them. […]

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July Prayer Focus: Kellan

July 1, 2016

In the summer of 2012, a baby boy named Kellan was welcomed to Maria’s Big House of Hope. Kellan is 4 years old now. He’s such a sweet, caring little boy. He loves to spend time with his friends and make sure they’re feeling okay. If they’re sad, he tries to brighten their day by […]

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Pool Day At Maria’s

June 29, 2016

Summer is finally here! That means one of everyone’s favorite activities, pool day, has arrived for the children at Maria’s Big House of Hope. The day started early with staff filling up the two inflatable pools of warm water outside of Maria’s. Many of the children at pool day this year had never been swimming […]


God’s Heart For Children

May 27, 2016

Jesus’ radical life of love is the clearest glimpse we have into the heart of God. Everywhere Jesus went he broke down barriers in order to welcome in life and love. His message of forgiveness and mercy offered hope to the disenfranchised, broken-hearted, and hurting. Today, he continues to call each of us to himself […]