30
Nov

Celebrating The Light In December…It’s Not What You Think!

1 It’s Time For A Different Kind of Celebration! December is the season of celebration for people from many faiths and walks of life. While your thoughts might have immediately jumped to Christmas, there are a lot of people in the King’s Ransom family that celebrate Chanukah. And frankly, if you’re a believer in Yeshua (Jesus’ …

21
Nov

GivingTuesday And The Race To The $5 Million Finish Line

1 You’ve heard of Thanksgiving. You’ve heard of “Black Friday.” You may have even heard of “Cyber Monday.” But now there’s this thing called “#GivingTuesday.” Over the last several years, people have started to realize that spending money they don’t have to buy gifts for people who really don’t need anything isn’t as fulfilling as …

30
Oct

Does HOW You Pray REALLY Matter?!

Let me start with a simple question today: HOW do you pray? Are you a down-on-your-knees person…or a vocal, hands-outstretched-to-Heaven supplicant… or, possibly, someone who’s a “desperate-in-the-moment” pleading beggar? And, more importantly, does it even make a difference? Now, this is just my opinion, but I firmly believe there is NO “wrong” way to pray! And, …

10
Sep

THESE Teachers Instill Both Knowledge AND Love!

1 Think back to your school days. When you were growing up, did you have a favorite teacher — one you looked forward to seeing every day? When I was in fifth grade, Mrs. Fowler made me feel like I could do anything and become anyone I wanted to be. Coming off my parents’ divorce, …

25
Jul

Make YOUR Workplace More Than Just “Work”…Help It Change The WORLD!

1 Do you remember that first moment you decided to dedicate part of your income to help the poor? Maybe you heard about Audelis, a single mom living in a garbage dump in Nicaragua, who could only provide for her children by picking through the garbage for edible food or items she could clean-up and …

20
Jul

How To Take Your Prayer Life From “I Should” To “I Can’t Wait!”

Have you ever felt like your prayer life was dry and stale? Is prayer one of those things, like exercise, where you know you SHOULD and it would be GOOD for you, but you just can’t find the motivation? Do you ever feel guilty because your prayer life is nothing but a “Honey-Do List” for …

9
Jul

Meet XTina…A BEAUTY Who’s A (Child Rescuing) BEAST!

The world is filled with beautiful people… successful businesspeople… people who can inspire and motivate others… people who care for the poor… people who just want to make a meaningful difference in the world. However, you don’t often find someone who embodies ALL of these traits. That’s why King’s Ransom Foundation is so honored to …

3
Jul

You’re Actually SHAPING The News In Gaza – In REAL-TIME!

It’s been in the news for weeks. You’ve seen it. Once AGAIN, Israel and the Gaza Strip are under attack from their neighbors… just as they have been since the days of Abraham. It’s the same fight – with the same unrelenting enemy – just “modernized” with a NEW weapon: the kite bomb! I’m mentioning …

28
Jun

Are YOU A Web Designer? We Need Your HELP!

Have you ever noticed, King’s Ransom Foundation doesn’t flood your mailbox, month-after-month, with glossy, full-color mailers pleading for your donations? Wonder why? Those mailers are expensive! And, honestly, we would MUCH rather use your donations to actually DO the work we say we do – feeding the orphaned and the widowed around the world, building homes for …

20
Jun

In The Shadow Of Death & Violence…YOU Grow LIFE!

The news coming out of Nicaragua is as grim as the conditions imposed by its government… as dictator Daniel Ortega terrorizes his OWN people! People who resist his ruthless regime, experience his violence first-hand, being shot in the streets or simply become counted among “the missing.” A nation wracked by generations of poverty, NOW finds …

12
Jun

Let’s Celebrate A MAJOR Victory – 1000 HOMES For The Poor In Nicaragua

1 When we started raising the funds – just three-and-a-half years ago – in January of 2015, it seemed like a ridiculous, outrageous dream! C’mon… build 1,000 homes in Nicaragua for the poorest of the world’s poor?! Honestly, couldn’t we just start with 100… or maybe 10? But our Father’s mandate was clear and overwhelming: …

6
Jun

Choose Your Dream Carefully – It Just MAY Come True!

1 Have you ever had a wild, outlandish, impossible dream? You know, a notion that just pops into your head and literally makes you laugh out loud? Totally insane, right? Who would even CONSIDER such an insane thing? C’mon… we couldn’t POSSIBLY… or COULD we?!? The “Impossible” Dream Some ideas are just SOOOO far off-the-rails, they …

30
May

Has Everything “Old” Become “New” AGAIN In Nicaragua?!?

As I spent time absorbing last week’s post about Nicaragua, I experienced an eerie sense of déjà vu… and NOT in the “pleasant-nostalgia” kind of way. But ironically, the FIRST thing that came to mind, was – no joke – FASHION. Just go with me, here, a minute! We’ve all heard the adage: “History repeats itself.” …

24
May

Watch What Happens When Leadership Moves From “Theory” To ACTION!

1 Let me ask you a question: “What does real leadership look like?” I was at a leadership conference in Orlando last weekend, and I actually SAW it play-out – in real time! During a session on vision, goals and purpose, the speaker began to describe the violence erupting in Nicaragua, and the brave people …

1
May

Something Arrived At OUR Office – For YOU!

Something Arrived At OUR Office – For YOU! 1 Something Arrived At OUR Office – For YOU!They were abused, rejected, and abandoned… left to fend for themselves – or starve on the streets – by parents who wouldn’t take care of them. They were hopeless… until you came along. For many years, King’s Ransom Foundation …

17
Apr

Hundreds Of Orphan Boys In India Escape Hellish Circumstances…And Find Heavenly Hope!

Hundreds Of Boys Rise From Poverty In India…To Hope 1 Take a moment and think back to your childhood. Everything in the big world outside of your little circle seemed large and unfamiliar. But as long as you were home, with your parents, you felt SAFE. Innocence Destroyed Now, imagine one dark night as you and …

5
Apr

The “Dark Secret” About Tithing NO ONE Talks About!

If you’ve been in a church at least ONCE in your life, you’ve probably heard someone talk about tithing – the principle behind giving one-tenth of your income to the local church. And while some churches have moved away from the word “tithe” and just call it “giving,” the principle remains the same. It’s how …

20
Feb

YOU Brought More Hope To Nicaragua – And It’s LITERALLY “Growing” Daily!

WHEREVER you have deep, pervasive poverty – on the level we see daily in Nicaragua – you can be sure malnutrition also figures into the equation. Honestly, using a bland, technical word like “malnutrition” somehow removes the raw, human, factor from its harsh reality. See, unless you have actually experienced it in your OWN body, …

13
Feb

Slavery IS Alive Today – And We’re On A Mission To STOP It!

If you’ve ever raised children, chances are you wanted to be a good parent. You wanted to give them an idyllic childhood, in a safe neighborhood with good schools. You guided them to learn positive values and social skills. You did everything to give them nice things, in a nice home. More than anything, you …

15
Jan

How You Are Helping To Rescue Abused Girls In Israel

Everyday, children around the world are being abused, abandoned, and trafficked. At King’s Ransom Foundation, caring for children is one of our highest priorities. That’s why we were so delighted to learn about a very special home in Israel that provides unique care for some very vulnerable young women. We recently received a letter from the home manager …

26
Dec

WHY Are We “Boxing” The Day After CHRISTMAS?!?

Okay… let’s get REAL! Although we do genuinely love our family and friends, the holidays can bring out both the best – and often, THE WORST – in everyone. So, it’s not uncommon to associate a bit of “fighting” with these holiday gatherings. However, we’re not putting on the gloves to go a few rounds with guests …

19
Dec

Heavenly “Angels” Aren’t The ONLY Ones Who Bring Joy To The World

Let’s start with a little “thought question” – Do you believe in angels? I’m not necessarily talking about those little cherubic beings we usually picture with fluffy wings, hovering around us… although I do believe in God’s biblical messengers! But for our purposes today, let’s focus on those earthly angels who seem to float into …

12
Dec

Waiting For The OTHER Shoe To Drop!

Have you ever noticed, seasons – not unlike people – seem to project certain emotions? For instance, Summer could be easily seen as “carefree,” while many feel Spring embodies “hopefulness.” However, if you had to pick just one “emotion” which dominates THIS particular time of year, without a doubt, it would be ANTICIPATION! Consider everything going on …

5
Dec

“Do You FEEL What *I* Feel”…Or Just THINK You Do?!

Remember either telling a story or listening to someone recount their experience… and finally, it all ends with “Well, you just had to BE there!“? We can all IMAGINE something, but to genuinely “feel” what someone may be experiencing, is a horse of a COMPLETELY different color! See, true empathy can be a tricky thing. …

14
Nov

Finding Your OWN “Attitude Of Gratitude”

Last week, we touched on the idea of a “Blessings Journal” in observation of this “Thanksgiving Month.” We’ve all heard about the whole “attitude of gratitude” thing… but we also understand “gratitude” may not always come easily. And while the idea of keeping such a journal may sound good, some days just FINDING anything to be …

27
Nov

“Yeah…But What’s In It For ME?!?”

Okay, you’ve located your faithful “post-Thanksgiving” sweat pants, the dust has settled on “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” and you might have patronized your local shops for “Small Business Saturday.” AND it’s over, right?! Ummm… not exactly. In response to all the naked consumerism which seems to have overtaken Thanksgiving weekend, a few years ago …

21
Nov

Remembering WHY We Give Thanks

By now, your Thanksgiving preparations are probably well underway… turkey thawing, pies baking, EVERY square inch of your pantry, refrigerator and counters filled to overflowing with feast fixin’s! Surveying the bounty definitely makes it easier to be thankful as we approach the “big day” this Thursday. We plan, we prep, we gorge, we collapse – sound …

7
Nov

CAN We Find Hope In A “Hopeless” World?!

Honestly, I struggled to write my thoughts this week. Sometimes you get so many emotions battling inside, it’s just easier to wave the white flag of surrender and let them run rampant. And that’s exactly where I found myself this weekend. Relaxing in my home, reading an entertaining novel, doing a few loads of laundry, …

24
Oct

Is Halloween REALLY Worth It?!

I’ll be the first to admit, I absolutely LOVE autumn… the cool snap in the air, nature’s endless spectrum of colors, a cozy fire, snuggly sweaters – what’s NOT to love?!? But, it also signals the beginning of BIG holiday spending. No matter how much we may fight it, once Labor Day rolls around, so does …

31
Oct

You’re Known By Your ACTIONS – So What Do YOURS Say About You?!

Let’s start with a few quick questions today: Do you know the name of every Kardashian? Are you seriously invested in a Fantasy sports team? Or maybe, does the highlight of your week revolve around those handy folks on HGTV?  Okay… right about now, you’ve GOT to wonder what in the world all these things have …

17
Oct

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Recently, while a friend and I chatted, our conversation veered WAAAAAY off-course… and ended up on the subject of compassion. Along the way, we reminisced about our respective childhoods and upbringings, specifically noting the culture of those times. We discussed those nostalgic and “throw-back” social media memories – whether saddle shoes and sock hops, flower power …

10
Oct

“Fear Not”…Easier SAID, Than DONE In Today’s World?!

DOOM & GLOOM… DISASTER… TRAGEDY… it makes you want to simply say, “ENOUGH!” With everything going on in the world around us, sometimes we might just be tempted to find a hole and hide! Honestly, how are we supposed to live in such a culture of fear? But fear is nothing new, as President Franklin …

3
Oct

“Frugal” Doesn’t Equal “No Fun” – “Frugal” Actually Gives Life MEANING!

Have you noticed, some perfectly normal words have gotten a “bad” reputation? Words like “comfortable” – honestly, what’s WRONG with being comfortable?! Most of us LIVE to be “comfortable!” And, how about “fine”?! Put it together with almost anything, and it becomes elevated: fine wine, fine features, fine fabrics. But all ALONE, it’s a terse …

26
Sep

In A Dark World…Shine YOUR Light!

No matter where we turn, these days we can easily feel overwhelmed with news of one disaster after another… hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes. The images of total devastation, despair and dejection, might leave us feeling depressed and hopeless – wondering what we can do, amid all the darkness. One suggestion? Shine a light! At first, this might …

19
Sep

“Grace Under Fire”…Either You Got It, Or NEED It!

We throw around a lot of cliché phrases: “YOLO”… “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again”… “Man cannot live by bread alone”… and, an old favorite… “grace under fire.” First, don’t EVEN get me started on the whole idea of “clichés”; they’ve withstood the test of time and trials – that’s WHY they’ve …

12
Sep

Will Your Legacy Be “Legendary”…Or Non-Existent?!

This past weekend, we celebrated Grandparents Day… admittedly, one of the “newer” holidays, only recognized since the late 1970s. However, it DID make me think about the whole idea of the legacy my grandparents left me! My Mama, Nana and Granny made SURE we learned good manners, proper respect and how to represent our family …

6
Sep

What IS A “Servant’s Heart”?

Frequently – sometimes too often – we’re asked to “step-up”… “serve”… “give of yourself.” And, we’re probably AMONG them! But today, I’m stepping a bit outside of my “writer” role and speaking from a “personal” place. As mentioned last week, I’m actually FROM the Gulf Coast and have LIVED through disasters, so it IS personal for me! …

29
Aug

Can ANY Bystander Be An “Innocent Bystander”?!

Just last week, we talked about exactly how far WE – or OTHERS – would willing go to aid someone in need. And, just as we pondered this question, Mother Nature raised her voice… in a BIG way, with Hurricane Harvey! In the past few days, not only have we seen countless photos, videos and …

22
Aug

What Would YOU Risk To “Make A Difference”?!

While I prefer to keep the focus on the vital work we do at King’s Ransom Foundation – and God – this week let me take a brief detour to highlight something we may not consider, when discussing humanitarian efforts. You see, this past week reminded me of a time, when just doing my job, ALSO involved …

15
Aug

If 1(000) Is GOOD…MORE Are BETTER!

We’ve all heard the saying, “If one is good, MORE is better”… and, in this case, we couldn’t agree MORE! If you follow us on social media, via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or PikMobile, then you’ve had the opportunity to see the modern-day MIRACLES you made possible in Santa Pancha, Nicaragua – so, why should we stop NOW?! The …

8
Aug

Which Apostle Are YOU?!

When we last visited, you had a chance to gain a little more insight into WHO the Apostles actually were – as people. And, we left you with a little “teaser” about how their individual characteristics may actually relate to YOU! So, let me ask you… are you a “Matthew,” “Mark,” “Luke” or “John”? Believe …

25
Jul

“But, What Can Just ONE Person Do?!?”

Frequently we talk about “making a difference” and how we can impact the world. And, if you HONESTLY think about that idea of “changing the world,” it can be overwhelming… especially if you consider doing it alone! When you let that sink in, ANY rational person might think, “What can just ONE person REALLY do?” …

1
Aug

Dinner For 5000+…NOW?! What Do YOU Do?

As we continue to catalog the abundance of blessings, flowing through Nicaragua last week – all evidence of His power working through thousands like you – let’s continue our discussion about “perspective.” And, add another “p” word into the mix… PROVISION! Remember that elephant and those “big picture” perspective thoughts? Just as this parable began thousands of …

18
Jul

What “Elephant” Do YOU See?

At some point, most children hear the ancient parable of blind men describing an elephant. But, in case you’ve either forgotten this little tale – or never heard it – let’s briefly recap: “A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to their town, but none of them were …

11
Jul

“Upon This Rock”…We Build OUR Foundation

“Hang in there”… “Keeps going and going and going”… “Think different”… “The relentless pursuit of perfection”… “Just do it”… “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”… “Built tough”… slogans, inspirational mottoes, corporate creeds and even promises. And these represent just the tip of the “cliché” iceberg! But, have you ever given any thought …

4
Jul

“Happiness”…What A Remarkable Thing To Celebrate!

Happy Independence Day! And while we DO realize this holiday is not celebrated worldwide, we did want to take advantage of this opportunity to use it as a handy springboard. Here, in the United States, at some point in school nearly every child must face those dreaded “memorization” assignments. YOU remember the ones: the Gettysburg …

27
Jun

What A “Waste”

We all have different ways of “unwinding”… for some, a leisurely walk fills the bill or an endorphin-pumping workout at the gym; for others, it may be getting lost in a novel or finding an outlet in cooking. I even have friends who clean like mad fiends! But, for me, it’s escaping into a great …

20
Jun

“1000+” Words…AND A “Once-In-A-Lifetime” Chance For YOU!

An old adage wisely notes: “One picture is worth 1000 words” – and we wholeheartedly agree! But, as emotional, feeling, caring human beings, we also like to hear those words sometimes. “Good job!”… “You are AMAZING!”… “WOW! You blow me away!”… “I’d be absolutely LOST without you!” Admit it – you liked hearing every one …

13
Jun

“Waste Not, Want Not” Applies To MORE Than Those “Distasteful” Veggies!

Coded into our very DNA, we have certain instincts… survival, shelter, food, safety. And for parents, these kick into overdrive, when our children are involved. That said, most parents want MORE than these “bare minimums” for our kids – to provide a better existence, an better lifestyle. And, my parents were no exception. However, they …

6
Jun

“Just As You Have Done It For OTHERS, You Do It For ME!”…GOD

We all should be familiar with the Good Samaritan story, and each of us draws individual lessons from this tried-and-true parable. Reading or hearing it, we each see it through our own particular lenses… just as the actual participants did! And that’s where it gets REALLY interesting. Admit it, although 2000+ years have passed, we still …