For more than 30 years, S.K.I.P. (Save Children of Incarcerated Parents) Incorporated has been advocating for children of incarcerated parents and their families. S.K.I.P.’s research and experience have indicated that the highest achieving students are those who are supported by their families, schools and communities. S.K.I.P. Incorporated’s vision is that children across the United States have the opportunity to become self-reliant, strong and healthy adults.

As a young mom, I thought Mother’s Day should be all about me.  Surely I deserved recognition for my never-ending sacrifices as a mom and stepmom to five children, right?  However, after driving away from my parents’ home recently with tears spilling down my cheeks, I sensed God asking me to honor my mom with the time we have left. Unable to deny that Alzheimer’s is consuming Mom’s every fiber, Mother’s Day carries an overwhelming sadness, as she no longer knows me as her daughter.

Monday, 08 May 2017 15:18

Connecting with Your Children

Written by Kent Hughes

Do you feel the pressure and obligation to raise Godly children in a godless society? We place our children in private schools. We home school them. We involve them in church youth groups. We parent them with Christian values and do our best to train, protect, and guide them through the maze of childhood and adolescence. All these decisions are an attempt to give them what they need to face this culture and take a stand for what is right. I would like to suggest one other priority that will empower your children into a healthy adulthood.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:03

2017 River Region Easter Events

Written by Staff

2017 River Region Easter Events

“I didn’t want to start a missions organization that looked like existing ones. I wanted to set myself apart from everyone else.”

In 1999, after 15 years of being a Youth Pastor, Shawn Doss took his students on a short-term mission trip. It was this first-ever mission trip that inspired Shawn to continue taking these trips, and eventually spearhead his own missions organization.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:28

7 Ways to Experience Christ's Love This Easter

Written by Gena Hill

Don't let this Easter season pass you by without taking time to reflect on the Risen Christ.  Here are seven ways to truly savor the Savior.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:15

Addiction and Your Loved One: The Toll it Takes

Written by Barbara B.

One Sunday, as my husband and I were leaving church, we drove by a well-dressed couple walking down the sidewalk to their car.  Though I tried not to stare, something about them caught my eye as we drove by slowly.   After we passed them, I turned to my husband and said, “I believe that man is an alcoholic.”   He quickly looked in the rearview mirror at the man and then asked, “How in the world can you tell?”  I said, “Because I looked at his wife.”  I saw it on her face.  I saw it in her eyes.  I’ve seen that same look many times on the faces of friends, family, and strangers.  I know the look all too well.  I have had that same look many times in the past.  It is a look of desperation... often a look of hopelessness.   Many months after that Sunday, I met that lady and learned my assumption was right.   Addiction had taken a big toll on her.

Friday, 10 March 2017 12:34

Beating Bitterness

Written by Victor Parachin

Recently a convicted felon wrote advice an columnist lamenting he was “on a one-way trip down a road that leads nowhere.” The man said he felt hopeless about his future behind bars and signed his name “Inmate on a Dead End.” A few weeks later another reader of the column wrote to say: “I want ‘Inmate’ to know that one is never beyond hope. Prison may be the best thing that ever happened to him - it was for my husband.” She signed off as “Proud Wife in New Jersey.”

In 2013, HE-man Ministries founder Todd Carmichael felt like it was time to leave his restaurant career and pursue international and domestic missions, ultimately leading to the creation of HE-man Ministries. 

Friday, 03 February 2017 11:27

How to be a Better Friend

Written by Victor M. Parachin

Just before the Christmas holidays, Lesley Dormen’s phone rang. The voice at the other end was so frail and frightened she had a hard time recognizing that it was Toni, her former college roommate. Though they had been close in school, they didn’t speak often nor did they see each other much as both lived in different cities. “What’s wrong?” asked Lesley. “I have cancer,” Toni replied. She was anxious because it was a recurrence of the breast cancer she’d been treated for 10 years earlier and had now spread to her stomach and ribs. Unmarried and living alone, Toni had recently experienced her first three rounds of chemotherapy. Extremely weary and discouraged, she phoned her college friend who listened compassionately. When the conversation was over, Lesley immediately called an airline and made a reservation. Next she phoned her husband at work to let him know that they would have to cancel all their weekend plans. Finally, she called Toni back saying “I am coming over this very weekend.”

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:25

When Jesus says, "I Love You"

Written by Greg Morse

Often, those who have injured us the most have been love’s greatest spokesmen.

The unfaithful husband sang, “My bride, my jewel, I love you!” — only to kiss

her cheek and depart to his mistress’s bed. A seemingly faithful friend swore, “Brother, I love you!” — only to leave the dagger in your back after his embrace. The co-dependent mother muttered, “It’s only because I love you my child!”

as she devoured him like a black widow.

Michael Coleman had a vision in which chronically unemployed men and women could learn to find and sustain employment without judgement. In January of 2012, he brought this vision to life.

Michael is now the Executive Director of Hope Inspired Ministries, a ministry that takes the jobless, the undereducated and the unequipped and provides them with the tools they need to become self-sufficient citizens with self worth and dignity. His dream is that “anyone who desires to go to work, provide for his or her family, break the destructive cycle of dependency, and become a productive citizen in the community will have the means to do so.”

The need for strong marriages and families will never go away. The legacy left by service men and women will affect their children and future generations for years to come. Lisa and Mike Conn, founders of Family Teams for Life, have been called to offer timeless instruction to those serving the United States to create and maintain strong families--for life.

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