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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! It was January 2017 at the strategic planning retreat that Legacy of Hope talked more in-depth about the dream of opening pregnant teenager services as the natural progression of care we provide. We were already caring for abandoned babies in families and children in crisis in our Casa Segura (previously Centro de Paso), but there were always special cases...

Just days after Thanksgiving we celebrated as our first Honduran couple signed their paperwork to become a Legacy of Hope foster family. Dra Maria and her husband, Lennar, joined our growing registry of foster families as they accepted a placement from our transition home.  Sweet Karina who had been waiting over 3 months for a foster family took one step closer to permanency. Little Karina came to us the second week in August. Her mother who suffers from mental illness was unable to care for her, and Karina had been living for more than a year being passed around to various neighbors, each doing what they could to care for her but none able to provide her with permanency.  When children and youth services became involved, they removed Karina and placed her in our crisis care center while they began an investigation. When she arrived, Karina could sit and crawl but was...

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. Tyler Harbison, our property manager, completed the initial plans for the addition in June. The months since then have been spent getting quotes from different Honduran contractors and finalizing each part to make sure the space will perfectly carry out it's purpose--to provide a safe place for children coming from crisis situations. This expansion will allow us to better care for special cases like younger children, sibling groups, or children with special needs. Right now they are setting up the rebar frames for the concrete and will soon...

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...

Who is Liliana? Liliana is a two and a half year old who is full of life and spunk! She loves to be a ballerina, but also loves to horseplay. She loves to be the baby when the kids are playing house and have her sister carry her around. She keeps me busy and well-snuggled. How did Liliana come to live at Legacy of Hope? Lili's biological mother is mentally-ill. She gave birth on a toilet in the public hospital and left her on the floor. Due to the unsanitary conditions of her birth, she had medical problems from the start. A couple hours after they released her to us she had a febrile seizure and had to return the the hospital. She was diagnosed with a septic infection and stayed a few more weeks in the hospital. She was released to us a second time and stayed with the Spangler family for...

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...

Ericka has worked with Legacy of Hope Foundation now for about three years, and it has been amazing to watch her grow as an employee and as a person. When I first came to Legacy of Hope foundation, Ericka was working at the Spangler’s house as a foster mom to Kaleb and also as an employee within Legacy of Hope. I remember watching her run from place to place, making sure everyone was doing what they needed to be doing, playing with the kids, and loving Kaleb with everything she had in her. I left Legacy of Hope in the summer of 2015 and returned soon after in January of 2016. Ericka was still here at Legacy of Hope, but now working as a Transition House  employee with Rachel Roberts and continuing her role as foster mom. I remember being amazed at her flexibility to change positions within the work place...

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...

The honor and privilege of caring for children who were once orphaned, abandoned, or vulnerable comes with the responsibility of competently caring for their unique needs amidst the tremendous joys and great challenges that accompany day-to-day life.  Trauma has the potential to profoundly impact a child’s development in all areas, altering the child’s biology, beliefs, and behavior.  In order to equip those in caregiving roles to stand in the gap between hurt and healing, the staff and volunteers at Legacy of Hope Foundation spent the month of July learning together how to promote healing and restoration in the lives of the children we are serving. Back2Back Ministries developed the training called “Becoming a Trauma Competent Caregiver (TCC).”  TCC provides caregivers with the tools they need to be more than just compassionate for the children they are serving.  Caregivers are equipped with tools that allow them to serve as competently compassionate caregivers....

Last month, Marianne penned a beautiful narrative about our experience hosting the First Lady of Honduras, a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The reason for hosting her was because we were publicly signing an agreement to provide crisis care services to children in an official capacity, and with that agreement comes grant money. Marianne also mentioned in that article that we didn’t just start providing those services that day, but had been doing so in an unofficial capacity for almost 2 years. In many ways, the crisis care center has grown into our flagship program, having now cared for over 200 children over that time. But back when we started, we had no idea of the impact or even where all of the funds would come from. And herein lies the quandary that every leader of a faith-based nonprofit, especially those based abroad, faces. Everyday, you probably ask yourself a specific question within...