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Valentine’s Day Celebration at Maria’s Big House of Hope

It’s Valentine’s Day at Maria’s Big House of Hope. The children celebrated in style with red and pink heart-shaped sunglasses on their faces and decorations galore. The kids had so much fun decorating heart-shaped sugar cookies, which they made during preschool earlier in the day. The staff and nannies praised their creativity as they piled…

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Why the Empowered to Connect Conference Matters to my Family

A message from Elizabeth Occhipinti, the Co-Founder and President of Miriam’s Heart in New Jersey, as well as mother to five children. Miriam’s Heart will be hosting the Empowered to Connect Simulcast for the third time in 2017. In my conversations with others, it is clear that most of us have stuff we need to work…

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A Lasting Resolution

As January comes to a close and New Year festivities fade into 2017 responsibilities, the initial buzz surrounding our New Year’s resolutions may be waning. Resolutions, despite all of the jokes surrounding them, are still made by most people. Many of us resolve to eat better, to exercise more, to read more, or maybe to…

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4 Things the Bible Says About Orphans

Early in the Old Testament, we see how essential the care of children who have been orphaned is to God, and from the establishment of his Church in the New Testament, that priority remains evident. For your personal study, family devotional time, or small group, the following outlines specific references to what the Bible says…

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A Chinese New Year Celebration

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

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

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…

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God’s Heart For Children

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…

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May Spotlight: Oakley

Oakley was welcomed to Maria’s Big House of Hope when he was 10 months old. When he arrived, he was quite sick with a nervous system condition, but was able to receive a surgery in time to save his life. He is now 3 years old and has made great progress under our care! He can…

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The Spencer Family Adoption Journey

From before we got married, Lindsey and I discussed the possibility of adopting someday. After our son Luke was born, we knew we wanted another child. We discussed, prayed, and bit our fingernails over the possibility of adoption. By June 2014, we decided the Lord was indeed leading us to adopt. When we began, we…

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