Can 4 weeks change the trajectory of a life?

It’s great to discover an opportunity to make what may be a lasting difference in the life of a person who really needs to catch a break. We’ve found one, and we’d like to share it with Riga, Latviayou.

Through an agency that specializes in providing glimmers of hope to children truly mired in hopelessness, Debbie, Payton, Kia and I are hosting a 13-year old girl from a Latvia orphanage the 4 weeks surrounding Christmas.

Latvia is one of Baltic States released from 50 years under the Soviet boot, but still slogging through the muck and grimy residue of communism and godless cruelty.  Orphans are among those  suffering the most. The worst prospects—young orphan girls, 60% of whom end up in prostitution or caught in the web of human trafficking.

We can’t bring this crisis to an end. But for one girl, for four weeks, we’ll make every effort to light a fire of hope, and at very least show her the joy, comfort and love of a family who cares; to teach her about God’s deep love for her.

Perhaps it will lead to a lifelong relationships and a future that bucks the odds.

We’re excited about this opportunity. Can you help? We are raising funds to bring this Latvian girl to our county for an unforgettable Christmas. The organization we are working through, New Horizon’s for Children, has set up a fund-raising page for us. Donations are tax-deductible if sent through this donation page, and every donation through this page will go directly to this child’s expenses. Here’s the link:

Make a difference. Thank you and Merry Christmas!


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group ( Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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