Elsie Harbison, Author at Legacy of Hope Foundation
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Author: Elsie Harbison

Legacy of Hope started out with just one family caring for children in their home, but it has quickly turned into multiple ministry buildings and foster homes, many employees and a great number of children loved and cared for. Throughout that time there have been just a few people here from the beginning to witness God's glory through each transition. One of those amazing people is Miss Susy....

Education should be one of the cornerstones of any childcare program, and here we make sure to provide educational opportunities for each child to grow. One of those opportunities is the preschool and early intervention program....

The following story is told by Madison Frank December 13th started with a phone call, as most of Legacy of Hope’s kid's stories often do. It was our friend who works in the hospital notifying us that there was a little boy who was extremely malnourished and had been brought in with no clothing or anyone to care for him....

Psalms 139:13-15 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!...

Wonderful news! Building has begun on the Casa Segura and Casa Segura Jr building. Once it was purchased by the Hovde Foundation (along with the Transition House which includes our offices), volunteer Sophia Fitzgibbon moved into the current building with her 4 foster girls until construction began. The new second floor will be Casa Segura, while the current lower level will become Casa Segura Jr....

My baby was abandoned in a trashcan. Before being placed in my arms, my foster baby had experienced trauma. Probably before ever even being born, he had experienced trauma. All I knew at the time was that he had been found in the trash of a gas station bathroom by the  employees. Whenever I would hear stories like these, they were always on the news but never something that personally effected me. I had never been confronted with what it meant to deal with all the feelings that followed. I was thinking about this poor baby, but I was also consumed with thoughts of the mother. What could cause this mother to abandon her child in this way? Situations that I have seen in my time at Legacy of Hope gave me plenty of options to think about… Maybe the mother was mentally incapable of caring for her child. Maybe her...

Helping to change the perspective toward orphan care in Honduras has been a struggle.  For decades the Western church as answered the cry of the orphan by building large residential centers and orphanages.  Over time, this well-intentioned response has caused the local population to feel that it is not their responsibility to care for the fatherless and sadly, even paved the way for child abandonment in some cases when loving parents believe they are choosing a better life for their child by leaving them at an orphanage.   However, at Legacy of Hope we are working to change that perspective by empowering the local church to understand and accept their responsibility to care for the orphan and the oppressed. We do that by modeling the role of a foster family and encouraging families and individuals to use their gifts and talents be the difference in the life of a child.  Although...

If you’ve heard about Honduras, chances are the things you’ve heard are either bad or related to your cruise stop in Roatán. But probably mostly bad. It’s true that Honduras as a whole is known as the most dangerous country in the world because it has the highest murder rate per capita. When you look more specifically at the most dangerous cities in the world, its two biggest cities sit at numbers 3 and 4, beat only by Caracas and Acapulco. Backpackers avoid it on their travels through Central America, airports often force you to have a return ticket at the ready, and mothers worry for their children that move there (sorry mom ;)). But this outlook is only the smallest piece of what makes up the reality of Honduras. After a decade in which the country spiraled into a whirlwind of terrible violence, Honduras has definitely begun an upward journey. This...

"Okay, kids," directed Ashlyn in her usual boss-of-everyone role, "It's time to say your prayers and go to bed." The others willingly complied, as they are familiar with these daily life events. Ashlyn instructed them in folding their hands and closing their eyes, and led them in a little prayer. "Okay, now it's time for high-fives and kisses," she said as she went around to the four other toddlers to cover them in a blanket as they lay "sleeping" on the living room floor. As I watched what had just transpired, my eyes welled up (as they do a lot these days). They were modeling a family. Each member had an important role to play whether it was putting the little ones to bed, making the dinner or keeping the general peace for the sake of the longevity of their game. They were internalizing what they were seeing everyday--a healthy family...

Claudia sat with her in the kitchen of Casa Segura, the crisis care center, as she was struggling to learn how to breast feed her newborn baby. This young teenager cast her glance to the ground and didn’t take her eyes from that place as we walked in. All around us were sounds of a full house- toddler boys running from one room to the next, young girls doing crafts in the activity room, another teenager playing with young ones on the floor of the living room. So much was going on, and in the midst of it was a young girl learning how to be a mother.  This situation and many others like it are common occurrences when you’re serving such a wide range of children. Casa Segura is a safe, family-style environment (hence “casa segura”) for infants to 18 years of age that have no where else to...