A Home for Children in Haiti


Raising money for ministries that serve the fatherless is so important, yet sometimes it’s hard work for a small return.  My friend, Tom Vanderwall, wrote me recently about an opportunity that is so amazing, I offered to share it here on my blog – I told him to keep it short, and he did, so please take a moment to read this.

I don’t know how I first “met” Russ and Lisa (even though we haven’t actually met) but I was almost instantly drawn in by her writing.  Here’s someone who is struggling daily with the scars that her children bear and is writing about it so eloquently, compassionately and in a way that others (present company included) feel like, “Oh good, I’m not the only one.”


Lisa and I have had the opportunity to talk a few times and I’m honored to have this opportunity to “talk” with you about a really cool opportunity.   Let me explain.   I work for God’s Littlest Angels (www.glahaiti.org) doing fundraising and donor awareness.   God’s Littlest Angels is the orphanage in Haiti that my wife and I adopted our two youngest children from almost 10 years ago.

We’ve been presented with an incredible opportunity.   Family Christian Stores (www.familychristian.com) is donating 100% of their profits from both in store and online sales on Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1.   That’s right, Black Friday weekend.   They are hoping to raise $500,000 to help us build new facilities so that our kids can have a better place to live while they wait for their families.

Listen to Karen Kingsbury explain it better than I ever could.

Will you do us a favor?   Whether you have a store nearby or not, can you do some of your Christmas shopping at Family Christian Stores on Black Friday or some time that weekend?   There are orphans in Haiti who will thank you.

Tom Vanderwell is a father of 5 children (2 adopted from Haiti) and is married to his high school sweetheart.  After spending 20 years in the banking world, three years ago he took the plunge and began working on behalf of the orphans in Haiti.  You can read more of his writing at Make a Difference.

Do some shopping – help the children in Haiti.



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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Stephanie
    December 2, 2013

    How did the weekend go for Haiti? I am so glad to see this partnership with God's Littlest Angels orphanage. I pray for them weekly. Thanks Tom, for sending out the news updates and prayer requests for this orphanage. Dixie does a wonderful work of love in Haiti with these babies.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 2, 2013

      I haven't heard yet; I'll watch for an update from Tom. Thanks for asking, Stephanie.


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