"People are like candles. At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it."

- Unknown

 

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Dec 12, 2013

Welcome '2013 Celebrating the Journey' guests. Thanks for visiting.

Our personal story begins with 'What Happened?' From there you can follow our personal journey through my wife's writings. Don't have much time we recommend, 'When Christians asks why' and 'Is God Good?'.

Why Tiny Hands International? Mattias was so little, not even two. Many children face darkness, sadness and sickness. At the funeral home the connection fit perfectly.


Beauty for Ashes: Can God use two hapless, grieving parents for His good? Yes He can! With no clue about fundraising, public speaking and not worthy of this work, God can give Beauty for Ashes.


Tiggy's House Community: Tiggy's House is a blessing. Families have secured their homes against common dangers, held their loved one's closer and helped adults overcome grief after many, many years. We have never shied away from our struggles. In 2012 we sat, 'At the Easel of the Master Painter' and asked 'Where is God when it hurts?'. In 2013 we remember that 'The Anchor is Secure' and ultimately that God is Good!


 (All apologies for my mug on these videos. The wife declared, 'I write, you speak :))

Tiny Hands International: We can never thank THI and their staff enough for the role they played in our grief journey.



God bless.

Welcome, thanks for visiting

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Nov 19, 2013

There are many street children in the world, each with a story, each with secret hopes and dreams, each one is precious; please help them. - Tiny Hands International
God called us to Nepal. Your calling is most likely different:
God may send you to your town, your state, your country or a foreign land.

God will use your compassion for the street children, the elderly, or the homeless, whatever your interest...to help those in need.

He'll do it through your ability to provide food, housing, clothing, discipleship, or one of the many gifts He has endowed you with....,

and God will use your unique talents problem solving, creativity, perserverance, or exuberance etc...to accomplish His purpose. 

If He's calling 'go' for we are 'many members, yet but one body (1 Corinthians 12:21)'. Encourage one another for the world needs the Gospel message and the love it works in us for others. It's a big world, much to do.

Street children of Nepal

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Jul 22, 2013

What does the humble apple pie have to do with Human Trafficking? For me it provided this thought, a connection, and a  reminder that our daily doings go far beyond what we could ever imagine.

Last Friday Dana and I were able to attend the Brenden Stai Gold Classic in support of Tiny Hands, focusing on their Border Monitoring and related efforts. During the silent auction we successfully bid on an apple pie.

We decided that the apple pie would be a thank you gift to our babysitter because without them we could never have attended. The babysitter decided since she was having our girls over it would be a good opportunity to have a 'girls night.' Others were invited, mothers and daughters, enjoying fellowship together over nail polish, make-up, and other girly stuff.

My heart is filled with joy as I think of this.

Sure our family is recognized because of Tiggy's House. We put our names out there and lead the charge but in reality we're the least. It was all of you who are the real heroes. The supporters, the givers, the babysitters, and the welcoming.

As we moved through our journey we saw many great happenings. In Texas, people whose paths would have otherwise never crossed became friends. In Nebraska mothers and daughters grew their relationships. People inspired to pursue their ministries with renewed vigor. Parents held their children that much closer.

As we've said it before: Tiggy's House is so much more than a building. It's so much more than us. It's relational; it's you!

Our family loves you all.


Then the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!" And he added, "These are the true words of God." Revelation 19:9

Apple Pie

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Jul 15, 2013

From the Tiny Hands newsletter:

The joy of moving time

Holy Home and Paradise Home at the Dream Center

It is looking more and more like the first two homes on the Dream Center land will be ready to move into within the next couple of weeks.  Holy Home and Paradise Homes are ready to pack up and move out of their existing homes and head to the Dream Center.  We are so excited that these two homes will be able to experience, on a daily basis, the wonders and blessings that their new environment will provide them.  Just this week I was visiting with one of the girls from Holy Home (Shristy) on Facebook, and she was sharing with me the excitement all of the kids were feeling about their impending move to the Dream Center!  The very thing that was but a distant dream five years ago has now turned into a reality!  Praise God for His untold blessings!! 

Roadblocks
The difficult path allows one to appreciate the destination!


Sometimes I think people get the idea that if you are involved in kingdom building work, it's pretty much smooth sailing. I'm here to tell you...NOT SO MUCH!  I know we shouldn't expect this work to be, for the most part, problem free.  After all, the enemy is still alive and well "seeking those whom he may devour."  The battle rages, and it rages right in the place where he could do the most damage.

You see, in Nepal you need to re-register the projects you are working on annually. For us, that means the children's homes, border-monitoring work, Dream Center, etc. Normally the process is fairly easy and uneventful.  Not for us...not now.  Without going into all the details, let me just say that there is strong opposition in parts of the Nepali government toward most Christian organizations.  Tiny Hands is one of those that seems to have been singled out for special scrutiny.  Part of it, I'm convinced, is the unbelievable way God has blessed our children's home ministry.  There is some strong government push back against our children's homes due to the fact that we proclaim the gospel to the children often and directly.  In fact, that seems to be the most significant roadblock to our re-registration.  We heard that several people from the government agency that oversees NGO (non government organizations) registrations visited one of our homes recently.  It was interesting that the timing of their visit coincided perfectly with the home's worship time. 

We are hopeful that these issues will ultimately get resolved and allow us to be able to renew the registration of our projects but, at this time, that isn't guaranteed.  To say it's been a difficult and anxious few months would be an understatement.  Again, God continues to remind us that Tiny Hands is HIS ministry and HE will make provision for that which is HIS.  To trust God in the easy times is well, pretty  easy, but to trust Him during the times where it looks like all might be lost is an exercise in dependence and faith building.  And if we are going to be an impactful Kingdom-building ministry, these are lessons we desperately need to learn!

I know many of you have prayed for us faithfully during this time and we are extremely grateful for your willingness to stand in the gap for us!  We are asking you to faithfully continue to do so!!  You prayers are a continual blessing to us!

You can travel to Nepal with Tiny Hands through their 'Vision Exploration Team' programs.  This initiative allows  an individual the opportunity to work with Tiny Hands on the ground in Nepal. The 2013 Vision Team has landed and that's why Kaity's in Nepal. You can experience this journey through her blog 'Hephzibah':

This summer I have the JOY and DELIGHT and HONOR of serving with a Christian Non-profit called Tiny Hands International. I will be joining their six-week VisionTeam that will be heading to Nepal in June, 2013! I would love for you to follow along with me and God as He weaves his dreams for my life and His dreams for those who are suffering from oppression in Nepal! - Kaity

If you are interested in joining a Vision/Exploration Team check these links for more information.
 
View the online VisionTeam Introduction Packet for additional details regarding the trips

Important Deadline and 2014 VisionTeam/Exploration Team Trip Dates:
  • The application deadline for the 2014 Spring/Summer teams is February 1, 2014.
  • The dates of the six week Summer VisionTeam are June 9th through July 21st
  • The dates of the Summer II Exploration Team are July 24th through August 7th
 Click here to request more information about joining a VisionTeam Trip

Kaity in Nepal

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Jun 24, 2013

Time to promote one of Tiny Hands signature fundraising events: The Brenden Stai Golf Classic. Come join us.

2013 Brenden Stai Golf Classic

Join Brenden Stai, former Cornhusker and Pittsburg Steeler and other Husker Legends at HiMark Golf Course for the 2013 Brenden Stai Golf Classic, benefiting Tiny Hands International. This year’s golf classic will again support the efforts of Tiny Hands as they fight against the trafficking of innocent children from Nepal into the sex trade industry.

Friday, July 12th

Grand Manse, 9th & P St.
Doors open at 6:00pm (Dinner Served at 6:30)
Dinner Gala
Live and Silent Auction
$50 per person


Key Note Speaker: Tommie Frazier
Tommie James Frazier, Jr considered to be one of the best players in the history of college footballl, who led his team to consecutive national championships in 1994 and 1995 and selected in 1999 by Sports Illustrated as a back-up quarterback in their "NCAA Football All-Century Team." Also in 2004 CollegeFootballNews.com named Frazier as the #33 player on their Top 100 Greatest College Football Players of All-Time.
Saturday, July 13th

HiMark Golf Course
8:30am Player Registration
10:00am Shotgun Start
Awards Party to follow
$150 per golfer or $600 for golf foursome
Price includes:
Eight ticket to the Dinner Gala on Friday night
All Green Fees
Two Carts
Four gift bags
Lunch and Beverages
Eight Tickets to Awards Bash

Brenden Stai Gold Classic

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Jun 10, 2013

Tiggy's House is excited to announce our new total. After generous donations received in April and May, $52767.50, has been raised. This means that not only is construction paid for, the house is fully furnished and there's a good jump start on operational costs. Our family thanks you all once again.


More than bricks and mortar

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May 13, 2013

This is the last post from Doug Dworak, THI Director, as he prepares to leave Nepal to return to the United States.

Last night in Pokhara, John’s wife Aksha and I went to visit Bethany Home.  This is one of our newest homes comprised of 13 children.  13 of the most precious children you would ever have the privilege of spending time.  After watching a moving dance presentation choreographed by the older children and helpers of the home, we gathered together in a circle with the whole home family present.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but over the next several minutes…one by one, from the youngest to the oldest…nothing rehearsed or demanded…each child stood and greeted Aksha and me with the traditional Nepali Christian greeting “Jaimashi”.


Then each proceeded to thank us, in the sweetest and most tender way, for giving them the opportunity to be in this home.  They were thankful for loving parents; brothers and sisters to play with; food to eat; clothes to wear; a bed to sleep in and for Jesus, the author of it all.  They continued to thank us and thank all of those in the U.S. who helped make it possible for them to be in their home because, to them, it was an abundance!  Isn’t that just like God…not only does He supply our need but He does it in abundance!!  And yes…I cried.  I cried as each precious child expressed his or her thankfulness and I cried as I tried to pray at the end of our time together.  God moved my heart as He does so often when it concerns His amazing grace, goodness and provision.






As the children of Bethany Home expressed their gratitude and thanks. we at Tiggy's House are humbled and extremely thankful for all of the support we received in our fundraising efforts. It is your generosity that will make the construction of Tiggy's House a reality.

Jaimashi - Overflowing Abundance

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Apr 19, 2013

Doug Dworak, Director Tiny Hands, is in Nepal and here is some of his observations (with photos).

Regarding construction:

There was also great anticipation amongst us all to see the progress of the first two homes. Thinking they were nearing completion we were a little taken back when we discovered there still is a couple more months of work before the first two homes can move in! Disappointing! However the homes are beautiful and will, one day, be a wonderful blessing to the children who will live in them. Patience! What takes 5 months to build in American takes more than a year to do in Nepal.


Regarding the children:

As I survey the land there are two things I observe most often when the children are present.  First, there is a tenderness that exists between the older and younger children.  Not just between the children of their own homes but between all of the homes.  The older children will watch out and care for the younger ones.  And it never appears to be a duty but always something that flows out of genuine love.  Second, no matter how much activity goes on in this place there is a peace that flows throughout.  It’s almost like you can sense the very presence of God.



Patience!

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Apr 8, 2013

After these homes are complete the next two begin and after that the last two homes which will include Tiggy's House.




Construction photos

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Mar 25, 2013

This video was published on February 27th, 2013 by Tiny Hands. It is a new video to us, we haven't seen it before, and shows the Dream Center property and some of the children who will one day live there. Construction is further along than this video shows. Once the first two homes are complete the next two will start. After their completion Tiggy's House will begin construction. The anticipation is mounting.



For years many of us at Tiny Hands have envisioned forming a Tiny Hands community. Our idea, which we have been calling the "Dream Center", is a community of children's homes, a school, and a vision center, where volunteers and friends of Tiny Hands could come and participate in an active, thriving community of believers who live and learn together as followers of Christ.

And for years this has been only an idea - but finally, we are taking steps to make this a reality. Land has been purchased outside of Pokhara, Nepal, where we are beginnig to build the first homes.

The principles and practical considerations are:

Community: We plan to build 6 or more children's homes, similar to our current homes, on this land. Each will be separate and discreet family units who will live as friends and neighbors.

Education: An on-site school will be built for the children of Tiny Hands that will also be open for children in the greater community. Our goal will be to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders in Nepal through novel educational methods rarely found in Nepal. The teachers and administrators will be a combination of Nepalis and expatriates who desire excellence in education that goes beyond the rote memorization that plagues many schools in South Asia.

Outreach: Our goal is not to create a community insulated from its surroundings, but rather one that seeks to serve its neighbors. As a an organization of Christians, our goal is to exemplify the humble and sacrificial love of Christ to the suffering and broken.

Vision and Beauty: Beauty inspires vision, and we hope that the Dream Center will be a place not only of rest and reflection, but one that stimulates individuals, children and visitors alike, to find their calling. The Vision Center will be a building that will have housing for volunteers, a small chapel, a center for outreach, and most importantly a space where passionate people can share ideas, music, and art.

Sustainability: While we are raising money for the land and buildings, our hope is that the center will someday be self-sustaining through the use of income-generation projects including the school, which will be open to area children. If such a center could achieve self-sustainability it could be replicated across the region. Other income-generation projects may include aquaponics (the symbiotic cultivation of plants and fish for the purpose of increasing land production), and livestock.

The anticipation is mounting

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Mar 18, 2013

I've noticed one of our supporters has already liked this photo at the Tiny Hands Facebook page :) So here is the latest photo from the Dream Center construction. We're hoping to get more.


And I just found a really cool new video about the Dream Center. That's for next time.

Newest photo, hoping for more

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Mar 13, 2013

Tiggy's House has a story to tell. We can tell about the loss of a child and life thereafter. We can tell about undertaking a major fundraising effort. We can tell about the ministry of Tiny Hands International. What you want the topic to be, we can tell. We can tell that despite the rocks and ledges, 'We are a Happy Family.' We can tell small groups, large groups, churches or meetings. We can tell in person, or via the internet. Dana can tell, John can tell or we both can tell.

So if you would like us to share the inspiring and encouraging story of Tiggy's House, please drop us a line.



We have a story to tell

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Mar 4, 2013

Since Tiggy's House was funded our family has encountered, may I say, intense spiritual warfare. Both physically and mentally:

  • Buckle fracture
  • Fractured humerus (not at all funny :)
  • Influenza B
  • Bronchitis
  • Stolen debit card number
  • Death of a family pet
  • Emergency room visit
  • Marital disharmony (major)
  • Etc....etc
Dana say's, "this has been happening all along." Over the last month, to remain sane, I've reminded myself constantly, "it could be worse." We could relive that fateful evening all over again with any of our children. We don't need to go there. The memories, and the emotions are still vivid, alive and present. In a very real sense we're stuck in that basement. Dana, especially!. How can I explain it? I don't know. What can a husband do when your wife tells you,

" I see him all the time. I see him in my arms on the basement floor, covered in blood. It was the last time I held my baby alive?"

To be frank, Tiggy's House delayed our grief somewhat. As we worked with Tiny Hands we were distracted to an extent. Don't be mistaken. The fundraising efforts brought us much healing, comfort and joy and we wouldn't change a thing. Now that it's over though, it has revealed that our family, as a total unit, needs help.

Today would have been Tiggy's fourth birthday and we request that you pray a selfish prayer for our family:

Pray that our family may find rest. Find rest in the Lord! Find rest for husband and wife! Find rest for parent to child! Find rest for child to child! Find rest for the individual! Find rest for relationships! Find rest for healing!
Pray! Please!

These struggles are natural and expected. In no way does it diminish what God has done through Tiggy's House. We've always wanted good to come from Mattias' passing and the Lord has been faithful. As difficult as our journey has been the truth remains, 'He will give beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3).'

We have heard numeropus stories, seen glimpses, of the beauty of God's work, but only God knows all the help that has gone out to others since 12/12/10. Through our story, warts and all, in this dark and troubled world, be encouraged and gird yourself with hope:


Though we are hard pressed we take courage against the roaring lion who devours. We know we will see our little one again because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. Praise Him in the storm, for Jesus is the real hope:

Our Family Today

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Feb 23, 2013

Received an email today from;

The email stated we've been members of their community for a year.  Huh?, was the first reaction and then came the, 'oh yeah!' Who can believe that one year ago Tiggy's House made its first road trip?

Stopping first in Oklahoma City followed by several stops in Texas all went well with our accommodations except when daddy, cutting children's fingernails, clipped Mookie's skin. We thought we'd miss our presentation because the flow would not stop. Thirty minutes later everything turned out all right and after some in-home settings we gave our first public presentation.


Fortunately, on our second road trip in October 2012, there was no bodily injuries. Our big mishap on that occasion was changing the clock on the car, on the phones and on the wristwatch. But while waiting to leave the hotel we noticed almost too late the computer clock hadn't changed from CST to EST. We almost missed that presentation.

To learn more about Tiny Hands International please visit their website.

A year ago, our first roadtrip

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Feb 19, 2013


Synopsis:

This "Must See" video is an incredibly emotional, inspiring, and powerful interview with Doug Dowark, the Executive Director of Tiny Hands, and Bryan Olesen, the lead singer/songwriter of VOTA!

See how these two incredible men have teamed up to impact and change lives halfway around the globe by intercepting young girls who are being sold into the sex trafficking and trade organizations in Nepal.

Hear their inspirational stories, the struggles & successes they encountered, and how they grew throughout it all. Ultimately to team up in a powerful way to use their passions & gifts to serve others.

For more info and to receive VOTA's latest album go to: www.lovefoundme.org

For more info about Tiny Hands International go to: www.tinyhandsinternational.org

We were so excited to announce the $40,000 total had been raised I believe we never told everyone the exact total. Well, after January's donation our total is:

$42,477.66

Once again our heartfelt thanks to everyone.

To let you know

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Feb 12, 2013

Recently at Bethany Home,

"We just celebrated the 8th birthday of one of our tiny ones.... It was her first time getting to celebrate her birthday with a party! Praise God for her life! - THI"

A glimpse into the future once Tiggy's House is built.

A glimpse into the future

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Feb 5, 2013

Several years ago I was watching the Super Bowl with my daughter. It became uncomfortable to the point I could not watch it in good conscience, nor have I since. The advertisements constant demeaning of women coupled with the senselessness of men and beer was too much.

Companies spend a lot of money to buy the airtime and I found the commercials distressing. As a father in no way would I want anyone to treat my daughter so flippantly. As a father I would not want my daughter influenced to such a degree that she would view herself only as an object for the gratification of others.

The following is an excerpt from, 'Why is sex trafficking at the Super Bowl?' by Justin Holcomb.

The Super Bowl and other large sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup are increasingly being recognized as magnets for sex trafficking and child prostitution. The 2010 Super Bowl saw an estimated 10,000 sex workers brought in to Miami, while the 2011 event resulted in 133 prostitution-related arrests in Dallas....


What is driving this horrible exploitation, and why are such seemingly innocuous gatherings as sports events attracting the abuse of women and girls? The key is that demand increases as men flood into a city for a weekend of fun. Without an eager market willing to pay to enjoy the exploitation of women, sex trafficking and child prostitution would have no reason to exist. Yes, organized crime takes advantage of the disadvantaged and the vulnerable. And yes, our hyper-sexualized culture makes it seem normal and acceptable for sex to be treated as a commodity to be bought and sold. Yes, porn fuels the sex trade by teaching its consumers that women exist for the pleasure of men and that their purpose is to be degraded and dehumanized for men’s excitement.

Read full article here....
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8