A Caregiver’s Loss

Below is a poem by one of our former caregivers, expressing the loss that comes with leaving. We would like to give recognition to all the former caregivers who have felt God lead them on a different path. The pain of leaving behind vulnerable children affects both the caregiver and the child. We thank each…

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Building for Eternity: Equipping Young Men

Greetings in Jesus’ name our Savior, who makes us overcomers. I am Uryas Apuy, from Costa Rica. Seven years ago I came to Shining Light to work as a caregiver of boys ages 10-12. Now I’m married to Leanna and we have two baby girls, Ashlynn and Astrid. We also have four boys in our…

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Praise for Protection

On June 10th, a normal Sunday afternoon, some of the youth smelled something burning and soon discovered an electrical fire in one of the children’s bedrooms. Guido, trained in fire evacuation and protocol, quickly and efficiently evacuated everyone. He and other staff members with fire training quickly stopped the fire with fire extinguishers and water.…

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Building for Eternity

By Leland Ulrich, Board Chairman What would you do differently if you had to build something to last for fourteen generations? This is a question I often ask myself when faced with meaningful decisions. It greatly impacts the response or answers we give when we think long-term. Fourteen generations is a long time; however, eternity…

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Beauty in the Midst of the Ordinary

By Ruth Domenica Smith My service at Shining Light Children’s Home began in the fall of 2019 when I served as a caregiver for four girls. I quickly fell in love with the children, Spanish language, and Mexican culture. After several months, I transitioned to work as a kitchen manager due to some changing circumstances.…

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Shining Light Memories

Written by Alfredo Beltran Segura I came to Shining Light in July 2008, when I was 4 years old. I have one younger brother, Angel Gabriel, and an older sister, Kiara. I remember that Greivin, the administrator, picked us up at the DIF office and brought us to the children’s home. This is my earliest…

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Give Until it Hurts

My name is Amy Schrock. I am from Kansas and I currently serve as a child caregiver at SLCH. How did I end up here? As a teen, I had always been interested in SLCH and I felt led to serve there. I did not have any connection with anyone who knew anything of this…

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Boys’ Home Building Project

For some time, we have keenly felt the need to establish separate living quarters for the young boys at Shining Light Children’s Home. We believe this effort will advance the vision we have of providing a better family environment for the boys. In recent years, we have improvised and made do with facilities available both…

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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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