Category Archives: Love-Ops

Love Opportunities, ways to show you care.

Safe Families LOVE OP


safe famlies LOVE OP

Today I want to introduce you to Safe Families. I love what Safe Families does. They step in and allow parents in crisis to willingly place their children in Safe Family Host homes before they are removed by child services. Safe Families use a team approach to helping not only the parents in crisis but also the host family.

One of the things I like most is the effectiveness of Safe Families.  Since 2002 they have place more than 20,000 in Host Family homes in the US, the majority of those children are under 5.  93% of those children return to their parent or relative who is now able to care for them.

From their site.

How Safe Families Works

Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) provides breathing room and support for parents in crisis, giving them time to get back on their feet while their children are cared for in a safe and loving environment.

Volunteers who host children and support parents are known as Host Families and are recruited from a large network of faith communities. Parents in crisis, called the Placing Family, willingly place their children with a safe, loving, and thoroughly screened volunteer Host Family for a short period of time. They can reunite with their children at any time. Both the Placing Family and the Host Family participate voluntarily, with no compensation or expectation of adoption.

The trust built between the Placing Family and Host Family is central to the Safe Families program; it’s at the heart of creating a safe haven for children and a support network for the Placing Family. After the hosting arrangement ends, Safe Families’ goal is for the two families to remain in contact, further reducing social isolation and providing ongoing support.

Key Components
*We host children of at-risk families in approved volunteer homes for an average of 6 weeks.
*We provide families in crisis with a support network. Our volunteers provide needed resources and services (e.g., mentoring and help securing employment).
*We engage faith communities to recruit and support volunteers and reach out to Placing Parents.

One of the things I like most is the effectiveness of Safe Families.  Since 2002 they have place more than 20,000 in Host Family homes in the US, the majority of those children are under 5.  93% of those children return to their parent or relative who is now able to care for them.


  • Become a host family  by opening your home to a child in need you can make a huge difference. 
  • Be a Family Friend Family Friends offer support to at-risk families but also to host families. If you are an advocate at heart this is the job for you.
  • Become a Resource Friend this is a great job for the person who is a connector. Connectors are good a matching needs with those who can fix the need by donating a good or a service.
  • Be a Family Coach Family coaches visit the home within 48 hours of the children returning home. They provide listening ears and support as parents practice new skills.

Summer Camp Love Op

How many of you have fond memories of summer camp? Playing outside, learning new things, making new friends, crafts and swimming.horses Do you remember feeling free to just be a kid? How about your exhaustion by the end of the week? You played so hard and you were finally ready to go home to the family that was waiting for you. What about the cost? Do you remember how much it cost? $100, $200, $300? Now think about what life would have been like without camp and without the family to go home to.

Today I want to introduce you to Camp Lela Odessa. Camp Lela Odessa exists to allow Ukrainian orphans to have a camp experience. A place where they can just be a kid, make friends and learn new things. One of the the most important things they want these kids to learn is about Jesus and his love for them. This summer Camp Lela Odessa hopes to give this opportunity to over 800 children!

Here is what Camp Lela Odessa has to say about themselves.

Camp LELA is a ministry of Nasledie Heritage Foundation that seeks to minister to orphans and children from troubled homes. Our goal and heart’s desire is that each child from the orphanages that we work in would have at the chance to come and spend a week to ten days in our camp in the summer. Volunteers demonstrate Christ’s love for the children and help to provide an environment that is unique and different giving the children a great life experience. We want each child to feel loved and to hear about God’s love for them. We also want them to have a great time! We spend months planning for these camps and seek to provide a program that is spiritual and entertaining. It includes Bible lessons, all camp games, swimming, campfires, singing, crafts, sports activities, horseback riding, and much more.


I am so excited to bring this opportunity to all the Love One Child supporters. You have the opportunity to Love One Child by sending them to camp! For only $60! That’s right just $60 for ten days of camp, that’s just $6 a day! Good gracious, that would have been a great price even when I went to camp (way back when)! If you can’t afford to pay for a whole 10 days then pay for a day or two days. Together we can help send these kids to camp where they can learn about Jesus and just be normal kids.

If you would like to donate online click here.

Or you can send a check or money order to

A Family for Every Orphan

P.O. Box 34628 #37939

Seattle, WA 98124-1628

Compassion International LOVE OP



Compassion International

Copassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.

Compassion’s work has grown from modest beginnings in South Korea in 1952 when American evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today it is a worldwide ministry where millions of children are now reaping the benefits of one man’s clear, God-given vision.”



Compassion makes it easy to “Love One Child” through sponsorship. On their sponsorship page you will find photos of children available for sponsorship. You can sort the kiddos by age, birthday and length of time waiting for a sponsor. The pictures are also marked by symbols showing if the child lives in area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse, an AIDS-affected area or if they have been waiting over 6 months for a sponsor. When you sign up to sponsor a child you will receive a packet with your chosen child’s picture and personal story. You will also receive information on the area where they live.

One of the things I like most about Compassion’s sponsorship program is the many ways you can interact with your sponsored child. You and your chosen child can write letters back and forth, you can send gifts to your child and Compassion will even facilitate a visit with your child. 

Sponsorship is just $38 month. This helps with;

  • Medical checkups, which might not otherwise be available.
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to disaster relief and surgeries
  • Mentoring
  • They will learn about the love Jesus Christ has for them  




Help Compassion with your Amazon purchases. It’s easy. Simply go to

from the menu choose Compassion International and then shop as you normally would.


Compassion attends 1000’s of big name concerts for speakers and musicians every year. They also attend smaller local gatherings. At each of these events volunteers tell attendees about Compassion and help match attendees with a child in need of sponsorship.  Compassion will provide all the training you need.


Compassion Sunday is a nationwide event. If you have  heart for children in poverty and want to share that passion with others, this event is for you. Compassion will provide the training and materials that you will need. This years official Compassion Sunday is April 26, 2016 but you can choose any Sunday that works for you.



“For children living in poverty, there is often no safety net. Hunger, disease and disaster are often pressing in.

That’s why prayer matters so much.

When faced with the challenges posed by poverty, prayer is a lifeline. Every month, our staff around the world sends us prayer requests on behalf of the children we serve. The requests are for children who are sick, for families that are fractured, for the lost to be found — for miracles.”

If you follow the link in header for this section you can sign up for monthly calendar that will give you daily prayer requests from around the world.



Many bright young people are not able to achieve what they are capable of because they don’t have the means to attend further education. Through Compassion’s Develop a Future Leader program you can help a promising young person attain a degree in their chosen field. With this degree in hand they can give back to their community and impact lives.


For me this is really important. Before I donate my time and money I want to know that it will be used well. As I have watched Compassion over the years they have proven themselves very trustworthy.

“At Compassion, we take your trust in our ministry very seriously. We know how valuable your confidence is…without it our mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name can’t be accomplished.

Compassion consistently receives high ratings for financial accountability and integrity. Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating — four stars — for financial stewardship and transparency.”

Sole Hope


Sole Hope

Sole Hope

A group of passionate, committed people who are putting closed toed shoes on African children, one pair at a time. We are also holding medical clinics, providing education, and jobs for and with the beautiful souls in Uganda. Along the way, we realized we could not only help African children live lives free from jiggers, but we could help African men and women by teaching them a trade—how to make shoes. And so we began. We now have a plan, a vision, and core values. We also have an amazing team of high-energy, crazy folks that love God, people, fun, and making an impact one vulnerable person at a time.

What are jiggers?

Here are ways you can “Love One Child” through Sole Hope.

Make a donation or sponsor shoes

For $10 you can sponsor a pair of shoes or you could donate enough for a whole family to receive new shoes! Sole Hope makes it easy to donate. You can mail a check or donations directly to them, or you can donate online using the link below.

Hold a collection

Sole Hope is need of the following items. If you ship them to Sole Hope (or have Amazon do it) they will get it to Uganda with the next traveling team.

  • large safety pins
  • medical gloves
  • band-aids
  • alcohol wipes
  • gauze wrap
  • triple antibiotic/Neosporin cream
  • child strength pain medication
  • medical tape
  • stickers for children
  • coloring books & crayons
  • donations for basins, soap, & other supplies to be bought in country

Please send donations to:

605 East Innes St. #3263
Salisbury, NC 28145

tel. 855.516.HOPE (4673)

Questions? Please email

Send Sole Hope “stuff” from Amazon

All you Amazon lovers out there will be thrilled to know that you can donate directly from Amazon. Simply choose what you want to donate and have it shipped directly to Sole Hope. How easy is that.

Become an advocate for Sole Hope

If you are an advocate at heart or even if you just love what Sole Hope does they can use you to help further their cause. They have an Advocate Kit that will  help you get started.

Stay at the Sole Hope Guest House

Sole Hope runs a guesthouse in Jinja, Uganda, by staying at their guest house you will help pay their workers and further the work of their Outreach House.

Visit Sole Hope

Uganda is an amazing place to visit. If you make it there consider dropping by so you can see first hand what they do. Better yet, plan a volunteering trip to Sole Hope.

Host a shoe cutting party

Hosting a party is easy. Sole Hope provides a list of things that are needed, patterns and how to’s. Once the party is over you simply mail them the results.

Our family has been hosting a weekly cutting party at our homeschool co-op. It has been a great way to introduce people to Sole Hope and as a side benefit we have cut out a LOT of shoes this semester. You can host a one time party or do it on an ongoing basis like we are.

Sole Hope, Love Op