Our relationship with Family Christian Stores (formerly known as the James Fund) started with a baby boy, named B. who needed a family. He was the cutest baby in our nursery! One of my favorite photos of all time is one of him peaking over the top of his bed just as the photo was taken. That photo stayed on our website until just last week.
Back in 2009, we received a dossier for a family wanting to adopt a baby. I never like to know what the husband and wife do for a living. I do not want to be influenced by those things when praying over the dossier and the children. They can be a doctor, a lawyer, or a movie star, and I would still want the child proposed to them to be the one GOD wanted them to have in their family - not me.
So when I proposed B. to his prospective parents – Kevin and Catherine Downes - I did not know that Kevin was an actor, writer producer, and director! He and his older brother, Bobby,make mainly faith-based Christian films through Downes Brother Entertainment. They were working on producing a movie at the time called Like Dandelion Dust, which was based on a book written by Karen Kingsbury about adoption and Haiti. Their movie was sold at Family Christian Stores and GLA was fortunate to have received an amount of the proceeds from that movie.
Then on the 12th of January 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. A few days later, B. was evacuated to Miami where his new mother and father were waiting for him with open arms!
Ever since, we have had a growing and rewarding relationship with the Downes’ and Family Christian Stores through Kevin’s connections with them. The company started bringing teams of volunteers to Haiti to help out at the mission and have become regular visitors. What a blessing they have been to God's Littlest Angels!
They have built houses, cleaned, hugged children, and picked up trash, and way too many other activities to write about them here! They come to Haiti with open hearts and willing hands. They have supported us in difficult times and been an organization that gives with a generosity that has brought me to tears quite a few times!
Family Christian Stores' Foundation, The James Fund, is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of orphans and widows around the world. God's direction and purpose for this mission is defined in scripture: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1:27 (NIV)
Family Christian Stores is the world's largest Christian-focused retailer, and is located in the United States. The retail chain offers a variety of Christian-themed merchandise. The owners have pledged that 100% of store profits would go towards ministries serving widows and orphans.
During Thanksgiving weekend, November 29 – December 1st, you have the opportunity to buy wonderful Christmas presents both online and through their stores with ALL proceeds going to God's Littlest Angels! These funds will answer our prayers allowing us to build an orphanage with a NICU for the babies to be located at Fort Jacques.
Please take a moment and go online and look at their store. Family Christian Stores
If you are fortunate to have a Family Christian Store close to where you live, take a few minutes on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and go in a browse through the store. I think you will be surprised at all of the wonderful music CD's, Movies, books, Bibles, and gifts you will find!
And remember, while you are buying for yourself or loved one, you are helping the orphans at God's Littlest Angels in Haiti!
Our sincerest gratitude to Family Christian Stores for this unbelievable opportunity and many thanks in advance to our loyal supporters who choose to be a part of this incredible venture. Happy shopping!
Posted on Thu, November 21, 2013
by Dixie Bickel filed under