Somebody’s Child

By Herbert Miller, Public Relations Coordinator Dear Friends & Supporters of Shining Light, I would like for you to pause for a moment and listen to the cry of the many children in this world that have no loving Daddy and Mama to care for them, no loving arms to hold them tight when they…

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The Opportunity to Give

By Vanessa Kornelsen, SLCH Caregiver On March 31, 2021, my dream of working at a Children’s Home became a reality! I made a commitment to be here for three months, serving as a general assistant. Little did I know that in only twelve days, I would be asked to take five children, (four sisters, ages…

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The Lord Stood With Me

By Faith Villeneuve, SLCH Caregiver Mexico…I don’t seem to know how to put my time there into words, but I will try. I originally applied as a floater; it was a good way to get into the groove of things. But after a month, everything changed. One day, Shana told me that DIF had called…

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House Parent Blessings

Dedicated to current, past, and future house parents Since the beginning of SLCH, we have heavily depended on our houseparents to create a safe and secure environment for the abandoned children we serve, as well as the rest of the staff who so unselfishly give of themselves year after year. It’s been my observation that…

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The Armor of God

After many hours of practice, the school students nervously sat down in the evening sunlight and watched the visitors file in and fill the seats in the tent. Songs, memory verses, and memorized lines for a skit flashed through their minds as they hoped they wouldn’t forget their parts. The theme of the year-end program…

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Sandra’s Story

Years ago in northern Guatemala on a Mayan Indian reservation, a baby girl was born. She was named Dora Hilda Tuluk Chitai. Her family was very poor and they had to work hard simply to survive. Alcoholism and poverty were rampant, competent and safe health care was scarce, and the government of Guatemala did very…

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Who is Next?

As I reflect over the last 15 years at SLCH I can’t help but stop and ponder in awe at the years of sacrificial serving by the list of house parents. These couples/families have poured countless hours into what may seem like thankless work of serving the childcare workers and their children. These couples/families have…

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A Day in the Life of a House Parent

The Housemom You know, the life of a mom. A little bit hard to write in one essay. A little bit hard to explain all the emotions and feelings and the responsibility, the overwhelming responsibility. Well, the day as housemom…it’s like a mom. The alarm rings and you know there’s a schoolboy. Cook a protein-filled…

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Restoration

The prophet Jeremiah had beautiful, prophetic words of restoration in these verses for Israel. The vision was so completely lost that NO MAN was seeking Zion any more. Jeremiah 30 17  For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast,…

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Thanksgiving Day

A windy chilly day brought the church and children’s home together to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. With many American staff and church members who live far away from their families, celebrating together takes away some of the homesickness. It also gives us the opportunity to get our fill of turkey and traditional foods. Children and…

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