One of the greatest gifts that God has given to man is the ability to choose.  However that gift comes the responsibility of making good choices or dealing with the consequences of a bad choice. The behavior model that we have developed over 20 years of caring for hurting children  in various settings of family foster care, adoption, group homes, international orphanages, rescue ministries and even in-home services for birth families is called CHOICES. The title comes from a phrase from the apostle Paul writing to the converts in Philippians Chapter 1 vs 10. Paul is defining the purpose of his prayer by saying, And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more. . . then follows with result that you may approve the things that are excellent. The original word translated approve could be expanded to read “test and approve the very best.” It is used in other writings to describe the process by which a coin is determined to be genuine. Today it would be the process when a marker is used to determine a $20 bill is genuine.  Another translation reads, “I want you to understand what really matters.” This is our prayer for the children we serve.   Help them to develop cognitively and emotionally to the point they can make life choices about the things that are excellent, things that really matter. This month we have dedicated to recovering from the expenses of Hurricane Irma. Thank you for your support and for allowing us to speak hope of better choices into the lives of our children.

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