04 Jan Street Children: A Global Epidemic

It is clear that street children in Brazil are at a mortal risk, and every member of Hope Unlimited is aware of the emergency nature of this issue and is working towards changing it. However, the issue is not exclusive to Brazil. When analyzing data...

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14 Dec The Meaning of Dirty Faith

When I first looked at the large title on the cover of David Z. Nowell’s book, the startling juxtaposition of these two words initially left me confused. How could faith be dirty? Why would someone want to practice a type of faith which is described...

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12 Oct We Believe in the Power of Prayer

Okay, I’ll admit it: I have never been one to sit still and pray for great lengths of time. I have always preferred the short bullet-point prayers shooting upward about some urgent need, or extreme gratefulness, because He has answered some undeserved plea. But there have...

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25 Sep Where it all Began:  A Story of Struggle and Hope

Brazil, a country commonly associated with beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and wealthy cities, has a less pleasant side to it that the government prefers to keep confidential. Over two decades ago, in the 1980’s, due to harsh economic circumstances and families breaking apart, millions of...

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17 Sep What Does it Mean to be an Orphan?

Many would consider the question to have a straightforward answer, but the reality of what these orphans experience reveals that the question is much more complex. Although many recognize an orphan as simply a child with no parents, orphans can actually be quantified into two...

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05 May Mortal-risk children and residential care

AUTHOR: David Z. Nowell Eventually, eventually, the story gets okay, but it has a lot of twists and turns to get there—and along the way an important lesson about thoughtful care for mortal-risk children. I’ll also introduce you to a debate that impacts the lives of...

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05 May Five Contexts Where Residential Care Works

AUTHOR: David Z. Nowell A lot of folks are not going to like this post—but these things have to be said. Residential care works. Not for every child, not in every situation, and certainly not when it is no more than the warehousing of children. But, done right,...

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05 May Fences

AUTHOR:  David Z. Nowell I've spent a significant amount of time lately thinking about fences. Far too much, actually. Susan and I have a few acres outside of town, and it’s just about time to put fall calves on the pasture. So most weekends—and many evenings—for the...

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