What I’ve Learned from Our Dog Max

I have grown to have a fond appreciation, some might even equate it to Love, for our dog, Max.

Anyone who knows me well, knows how monumental this admission is for me to make. It’s not that I don’t like dogs, they’re just a pain sometimes.

Max as a Puppy

When we were on our adoption journey with Hope, our son Reagan and daughter Katelyn were begging for a dog. I was able to use the excuse that we don’t know if Hope likes dogs, so we need to wait until she comes home to live with us. It was a given when both kids prayed each night before bed, to hear, “Please God, help Hope like dogs.”

The first thing Reagan and Katelyn asked Hope when we arrived back at the airport from China was, “Hope, do you like dogs?” Of course she didn’t understand a word they were saying, but their faithful prayers would ultimately be answered.

Max Knows and Loves His Family

Our family travels a fair amount in our work with Faces With Names. Max starts to get noticeably nervous when he sees the suitcases coming out and being packed. He has stayed with a couple different dog sitters during our travels.

The first one Max stayed at was close to our house; he broke out and made his way back home, and was found sitting at our front door after a couple hours search.

The next dog sitter has worked out great. But after the first visit, Max came home with a few war wounds. He is a little snippy around other dogs. I think there was a Great Dane that ultimately was annoyed by our little ankle biter.

If Our Dog Feels this Level of Trauma, How Much More Do Kids?

I don’t pretend to know how dogs feel or think, but it is visibly noticeable how Max’s demeanor changes when he senses he is not going to be with his family.

What I’ve learned from our dog, Max, is the trauma orphan and vulnerable children must experience when they are separated or removed from their families must be unbearable.

Faces With Names exists so Orphans and Vulnerable Children Will Know the Love of a Family

All is well with Max when he knows he is loved, cared for and with his family. Will you help us make this a reality for orphans and vulnerable children, who right now, at this very moment are feeling the trauma of not knowing there is a family to love and care for them?

Your year-end gift helps us help orphans and vulnerable children know the love of a family. Your online giving must be completed by Midnight on December 31st to get a 2017 tax deductible receipt.

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Attention: No medical bills will be paid for heart attacks from me admitting I love our dog.

Wishing You a Happy & Blessed 2018,

Eric Mills

www.faceswithnames.org

Meet our New Board

I could not be more excited about our new Board of Directors, who will be leading Faces With Names into our new season of ministry.

About six months ago, I began working with a consultant to bring more clarity to the mission, vision and message of Faces With Names. In some of our early conversations, the topic of Faces With Names becoming it’s own 501c3, Non-Profit Organization was discussed.

We began to pray and discuss if this was the right next step for Faces With Names. During this same time period, at various times and occasions, I believe God put the names of people on my mind as possible board members. Each time, I wrote these individuals names in the note section of my phone, under prospective board members.

Faces With Names is blessed to have such talented and gifted leaders as members of our new Board of Directors.

Once we made the decision to pursue our own 501c3, I began to reach out to the people on my list. In many ways, I could see how God was putting the puzzle pieces together with each new board members gifts and talents. My prayer has been for the exact right people to say yes to becoming a board member for this season.

We have reached a defining moment for, Faces With Names.

I believe we have assembled a leadership team that can help take our ministry efforts to a new level. We not only have the experience and expertise of great business and ministry leaders, we have people who are passionate and have personal experience with Foster Care, Adoption and Global Orphan Care.

Will You Help Us, So Orphans and Vulnerable Children will Know the Love of a Family?

The reality for every organization trying to make a difference in this world is, the reliance on generous people to make their mission and vision possible.

As we have just experienced Christmas Day, where families go to great lengths to spend time together, will you help Faces With Names with our mission and vision, so more orphans and vulnerable children will get to experience the love of a family next Christmas?

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It is now my distinct honor and privilege to introduce you to our new Faces With Names, Board of Directors

Cheering You On In Christ,

Eric Mills

 

Meet Our New Board Of Directors

Rena Gainey – Manager: Leadership Development, Global Talent Development, Leadership Development Solutions for John Deere

Rena currently trains the top 100 leaders, including the CEO and his Executive Team at John Deere. She is a certified John Maxwell Coach and Trainer. Rena has traveled to over 30 countries through her job and on mission trips. Her heart has been captured by the country of Burma, where she and her husband adopted an orphanage just outside of Yangon and now are the proud US parents of 41 wonderful kids in Burma. She has made a life-long commitment to these children by pouring into them financially, emotionally and spiritually.

Kathy Hoeck – Owner – KLH Grant Services, LLC

Kathy’s KLH Grant Services team, offers strategies for developing and implementing a successful grants program. Her team is passionate about working with nonprofit organizations who are committed to meeting the spiritual, physical, and economic needs of those suffering around the world. Kathy’s team has helped clients raise millions of dollars–enhancing the mission and service they offer their constituents. Kathy is an adoptive mom and a grandmother to adopted grandchildren.

Randy Johnson – Realtor – Addison & Maxwell Real Estate Brokerage

Randy is also a Co-Founding Member of JFour Partners, LLC. A California-based, commercial development company. Specializing in acquisition, development, management and sale of commercial projects. JFour acts on behalf of land owners, developers and investors to manage all aspects of development.

Josh Keltner – Owner / President – Concrete Solutions Inc.

Concrete Solutions, Inc. is a full-service concrete company in all aspects of commercial concrete applications. Concrete Solutions has been serving clients in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas for over 14 years. Along with Josh’s leadership role at Concrete Solutions, he is also a real estate investor, home builder and a serial entrepreneur. He is passionate about helping others grow and build businesses.

Mark Kochner – Chief Operating Officer – Premier Consulting Partners

Mark has served in executive roles of growing mid-sized organizations as well as numerous roles in an organization ranked as the 5th largest privately held company according to Forbes magazine. Mark is passionate about equipping individuals and organizations with the necessary tools that will allow them to thrive in and through cycles of change. Mark is an adoptive dad.

Eric Mills – Co-Founder / President – Faces With Names

Eric is an ordained pastor and obtained his M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. Through his role in ministry, Eric has traveled to over 30 countries working with strategic partners to spread the Gospel. Through Eric & his wife Susan’s own adoption journey, which brought their daughter home from China in 2012, a passion and calling for church orphan care ministry began. Through Eric’s work with orphans and vulnerable children around the world, Faces With Names was started.

Reneé Terrill – Global Impact Coordinator – Westside Family Church

Reneé manages the relational and communication components for global partnerships for One Life —an orphan care ministry of Westside Family Church, in Shawnee, KS. This ministry currently serves orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa, India, Laos and Thailand. Her role includes program evaluation and assessment at all their sites in SE Asia and South Africa. Reneé also coordinates global travel for team trips and serves as a liaison between US and global partners for their Adopt A Village program.

Scott Turner – Lead Pastor – City Church

Pastor Scott, along with his wife Mary, are the Lead Pastors of City Church in Bartlesville, OK. Scott has over 20 years of church planting and pastoring experience. Scott is passionate about reaching people with the message of the Gospel and equipping people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.