Archive | April, 2012


26 Apr

I came across a paper my son wrote about Compassion.  There are so many papers always on our table that I am surprised I even saw this, but I did and I am so touched by my son’s words.  He is listening and he understands where my heart is.

“Compassion is caring enough to want to change something.  If you really cared about something you wouldn’t go along talking about it or learning about it; you would go out there and make it better.  My mom has started to learn more about orphans around the world and now she wants to change those children’s life to give them a brighter future.  My mom has that drive to make the world a better place so much that she is going out to Africa this summer to feed and care for the orphans there.  Alot of people are donating for children like these and yes that is very helpful but if you really cared enough you would go out to the heart of the problem and actually help them.”

Tina Millican
“This Light of Mine”

I hope to come to you!

24 Apr

Tina Millican
“This Light of Mine”

Africa, July 2012!

23 Apr

What a happy day! I am on a wait list to go to Africa with “Visiting Orphans” July 28 – August 10th! The chances are pretty good as I am the only one on the list! If I don’t go then, it will likely be in October! Woohoo! So exciting!

My only worry is leaving my family for two weeks! Sarah thinks it’s great that I am going so that helps! Maverick is more reserved in his thoughts. God give me comfort and strength!

Tina Millican
“This Light of Mine”

Ordinary Lives; Amazing Results

16 Apr

Over the past two weeks I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet several new friends who are currently doing work in Africa or have done work in the US that has impacted this starving and mostly impoverished continent.  Their stories shed new light on the culture, struggles and everyday living in Africa.  I have read a tremendous amount about the various countries but never really grasped the myriad of horrific challenges that Africa as a whole faces. While these stories sadden my heart, I am not discouraged but rather have a strengthened conviction in my calling to transform and positively impact the lives of vulnerable children and struggling mothers and women.  Big or small, locally or abroad there are so many ways for each of us to make a difference. Our ordinary lives can produce and influence such amazing results.

I have been touched by the work of both ministries and individuals who have given so much to help impact poverty, abandoned orphans, hopelessness, disease, maternal care and hunger. They are my inspiration to continue on my journey and inspire others to join in on their own unique journey.  There is so much work to do!

Christ has no body on earth but yours,

no hands but yours,

no feet but yours.

Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out;

yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good;

and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”

 ~ Saint Teresa of Avila

What is your heart telling you?  Are you willing to open your heart to God’s will for your life? Everyone has a little light to share in an increasingly dark world!

Thank you Tay for sharing your heart and vision!  Thank you Jannekah and Martin for taking time out of your busy schedule and limited time in the States to share your stories, knowledge and passion.   Thank you Visiting Orphans, Katie Davis, Christian Ministries in Africa, World Vision and Eastside FourSquare Church for your tremendous collection of experiences and actions you are taking to help change the world. I will follow in your amazing steps, vision and work.  And finally thank you to my dear friends who are so supportive and encouraging.  You are my rock in this journey.

Let’s light our candle together and really illuminate this world by giving hope, spreading love and creating peace.

Tina Millican

“This Light of Mine”

Things are happening!

4 Apr

Boy! The saying is true “Ask and you shall receive”! Several potential trips to Africa have recently been placed in front of me. As to not let fear and uncertainty gulp up my passion, I am forging ahead letting those dark demons take a different road while I skip along the enlightening road.

One opportunity on this road is a trip to Kenya in early June. The other is a trip to Uganda in July or the Fall.

Both will require me to do some heavy fundraising which I already have some ideas looming inside my head. If you have any thoughts I would love to hear them. My goal is to raise $4,000. This is a little less than the full price of the June trip which will be about $4,500 (dependent on air prices).

I am also learning about setting up “This Light of Mine” to be a non-profit entity. Boy the IRS does not make this easy to figure out. If you know of an attorney that may want to help me out pro-bono, I could sure use some guidance right now!

Things are really happening and I know I am on the right track and will soon be helping to support and promote the long-term well-being of orphaned children. If I can create light in their darkness, I will feel I have done what I am intended to do!

Thanks for your continued support!

Tina Millican
“This Light of Mine”