Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch

Currently: December 2017

Current book Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. I’m about halfway through¬†and really enjoying it. It’s neat to have an inside look at the Bush twins’ life. Also reading II Peter during my devotion time!

Current mood Relaxed. Jimmy and I both took two days off of work to have a staycation together and it’s amazing. I slept until 8:30 am yesterday!

Current indulgence Naps snuggled up with Malcolm. And wearing clothes that don’t match whatsoever ūüėČ

Girl sleeping with black cat

Current need¬†Texting gloves. It’s getting cold here in Pittsburgh, so I’m always wearing mittens or gloves when I walk dogs. The only problem is that I need to be able to take pictures and text my clients without freezing my hands off (dramatic, I know).

Current blessing Jimmy and I had a family from our church over for lunch in late November and it was such a lovely time with Christian friends.

Current beauty product Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat. I’ve been trying to paint my nails once a week, and this top coat works wonders for two reasons: it drys super fast and really protects the polish underneath from chipping.

Coffee in catfinated mug from Kirkland's

Yay for non-chipped nail polish!

Current procrastination Getting my hair trimmed. I keep trimming it myself to save time. I know it’d be good to have a professional do it for once.

Current goal Getting our house decorated for Christmas this weekend. It’s going to be an interesting holiday season with trying to keep Mavis and Malcolm from destroying our Christmas tree ūüėČ

Current obsession Dove milk chocolates. I love having these after a meal for something sweet. Yum!

Dove milk chocolates

Current craving Meeting mine and Jimmy’s cousins’ son. They just adopted a ten-year-old boy from China and I cannot wait to meet him!

Current food We’re getting a HomeChef delivery today! We are continuing to test out all the different meal kit delivery services. I’ll report back soon ūüôā

Current excitement I photographed a gorgeous property for my family’s real estate business. It’s a huge horse stable facility (I feel like there’s a more official name for that?!) with acres and acres of land for horseback riding. It was so peaceful.

Brown and white horse overlooking field

Current drink Coffee! Really enjoying the Organic Honduras Whole Bean Coffee from Aldi.

Current prayer Jimmy and I do a lot of communicating and working with a family at Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch, which is a safehaven for abused and neglected children. The homeparents told us that this time of year can be especially hard for the children living with them, as it can bring up memories of trauma. We’re doing a lot of praying that this holiday season would be a great one for the children living there.

Current confession I love this picture of my brother and Mavis napping together in my dad’s truck. I’m also a little jealous she actually napped with him. Mavis is usually looking out the window when she rides on my lap!

Man and puppy sleeping together

Current question What are you doing this weekend?

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Some of my favorite missions

It’s the season of giving, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Christian mission organizations. All of the below organizations are supported by my church, and are very near and dear to my heart. I have been personally involved with a few of these wonderful missions¬†for years now, so I’m really excited to share what they’re all about!

Missions

To not make these posts super long, I’ve decided to split them up into a few different¬†posts. Be on the lookout for the second post later this month!

1. Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch

Shiloh

I’ve blogged about Shiloh once before, when I first became involved with this awesome mission. Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch is a non-profit mission that provides Christian homes for abused and neglected children in Kahoka and Clarence, Missouri. The ranch has six sets of “home parents” who live in houses on the ranch and take in children to live with them. Some of the families are big (up to ten children), and have kids from age 0-18, and other families include the home parents’ biological children along with abused children.

The focus of Shiloh is to meet the¬†spiritual, emotional, social, and physical needs of each child they take in. The kids are exposed to a stable family environment, and have the opportunity to take care of farm animals, learn how to cook, and get involved with the local church.¬†There’s also an on-site Christian school at the Kahoka location and everything is absolutely free for the kids taken in at Shiloh.

A few years ago, a representative from Shiloh visited my church and told the congregation about a young, grade school-aged girl they had taken in from a rough living situation. He said that he took her to the dentist for the first time and almost all of her teeth had cavities. They got everything taken care of, and he said the girl was a trooper through all of the dental work, but the story just broke. my. heart. It made me realize that so many people in the U.S. are suffering, and for children to be able to experience the love of Christ at such a young age can really make in impact on their lives.

The youth group from our church went on a trip to visit and serve at Shiloh two summers ago, and the kids from our church made deep bonds with the kids at Shiloh. They still tell stories from their time on the ranch. Each year, our church youth group¬†goes Christmas shopping for the families, and we have a blast picking out gifts that the kids want, but would otherwise never receive. It’s always such a special day. You can read more about how I’m involved with Shiloh in this post.¬†There are a lot of ways to support and become involved with Shiloh, including volunteering, becoming a home parent, and¬†donating needed items¬†or money.

2. International Disaster Emergency Services (I.D.E.S.)

IDES1

I.D.E.S. is a Christian organization that meets the needs of people throughout the world that have experienced some type of disaster situation. I.D.E.S. is based in Noblesville, Indiana, and has been helping people since the 1970s. The amazing thing about I.D.E.S. is that 100% of the money donated to the organization goes directly to helping people in need. This is amazing because, unfortunately, organizations like the Red Cross, use around nine cents of every dollar for administrative fees. This sounds minuscule, but it really adds up. If a company were to donate one million dollars to the Red Cross, $90,000 of it would be used towards administrative fees (you can read an article on that here).

I.D.E.S. has many programs, including mission trips, disaster relief, medical services, hunger relief, youth programs, and more. As an example of some of the work I.D.E.S does, I took a screen shot from its website.

IDES

A lot of I.D.E.S.’ work is abroad, but it also helps here in the U.S., most recently with relief and repair of homes in South Carolina after flooding, fire relief in California, and more. You can read about the work I.D.E.S. is doing here.

3. Ninos De Mexico

Ninos De Mexico

Ni√Īos de Mexico is a mission organization in Mexico City, Mexico that is supported by churches and individuals throughout the United States. Mexico City is one of the largest urban areas in the world, and there are hundreds of thousands of “street children” throughout the area. Some of these children have been orphaned, abandoned, and/or abused.¬†Ni√Īos de Mexico focuses on showing these children the love of Jesus. This is done by actively sharing in Jesus with the children and people of Mexico through¬†Ni√Īos de Mexico’s children’s homes, Christian school, medical outreach, and church plants.

Ni√Īos de Mexico operates four children‚Äôs homes in the Mexico City area:¬†Casa¬†G√©nesis, Casa Bethel, Casa √Āgape, and¬†Casa Esperanza.¬†Each home is designed to function as a family,¬†with¬†Christian house parents, their kids, and 11-19 children. The homes at¬†Ni√Īos are loving and caring places for the children of Mexico to¬†grow and learn the love of Jesus.

Bethel
The fourteen boys who live in Casa Bethel on the east side of Mexico City.

There are quite a few ways to get involved with¬†Ni√Īos, and you can check them out here.

What are some of your favorite mission organizations?