How We Began

Leaving the Pit Behind began when an individual with a servant’s heart discovered that there was a need that was not being met.

Art Adams was that individual. He presented lectures to numerous congregations for several years and discovered a discouraging pattern. Members would come to worship services hurting, but would also leave still hurting.

In 2015 Art Adams met with Dan Barker, and together they formed a partnership called Leaving The Pit. The named is based on the passage Psalm 40:1-3 where the biblical character David describes being in a slimy pit. Likewise, our brethren get into slimy pits of anxiety, depression, and addictive habits and need assistance. The leadership of congregations are asked difficult questions about mental and addiction issues and struggle with providing answers. Art and Dan wanted to provide them with tools to answer these difficult questions.

Today with the help of many volunteers with dedicated hearts, seminars and retreats on numerous topics have been presented in eight states in the US. Brethren from various states have traveled to these seminars and retreats to gain the knowledge to help their brethren back home. Leaving the Pit Behind has traveled and provided services to Cullman, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; and Houston, Texas and hope to travel to other locations to serve Christians.

Scott Helping Children

SHC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service learning organization honoring the impactful legacy of Scott Sean Walski. The focus of SHC Foundation develops inspiring life skills that strengthen academic environments through early education programs that demonstrate future civic responsibility and promote service learning for young people from kindergarten to high school. Seeking to create a sustainable role in learning and the community, SHC Foundation embraces leadership through unique vision and individual values that promote a higher level of thinking and lifelong learning beyond the classroom.

Children Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to Arizona families battling childhood cancer. Established in 2004, Children’s Cancer Network strives to support children and families throughout their cancer journey with programs designed to provide financial assistance, promote education, encourage healthy lifestyles, build self-esteem, and create awareness of the issues they face related to childhood cancer. Children’s Cancer Network is committed to helping children and families dealing with the stressful and uncertain times that begin with initial diagnosis and often continue for years thereafter. We address the highest priority needs at the time when they are needed most. Our intention is for each family to realize they are not alone in their fight against cancer. Giving hope to children and families is our goal.

Housing for the Poor

TCF has worked with Habitat for Humanity since 2004 in Cambodia and have been instrumental in creating the revolving fund that HFHC is using for housing loans to poor people in the settlements outside Phnom Penh. From 2014 TCF is now supporting Habitat for Humanity in Nepal to implement a Community Development Project around the same Save and Build scheme that is at the core of Habitat for Humanity’s approach.

Nepal has a population of 30 million and is among the poorest countries in the world, ranking 157 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. One of the most deprived segments of the rural population are the Tharu, an indigenous group from the western lowlands. Under the Kamaiya system, tens of thousands of Tharu worked as bonded labourers (without remuneration) to repay debts owed by their ancestors. The Kamaiya system was declared illegal in 2000, which saw thousands of Tharu households receive allocations of land from the government, but little other support.

While most households now have land, the majority lack access to basic facilities such as clean water and toilets, and houses are generally small, unhygienic and not durable. As an ethnic minority the Tharu face significant discrimination and limited access to opportunities. Alongside the Tharu, there are significant numbers of working poor families living in the Western lowlands in Nepal.

Under the Ghorahi Community Development Project, Habitat for Humanity Nepal seeks to improve living conditions for 270 Tharu ex-Kamaiya households and other poor households in Ghorahi Municipality, Dang District.

They will provide housing loans to 270 ex-Kamaiya and other poor households in the project area, allowing them to build new or to upgrade existing houses. Community wells will be provided where existing water supply is inadequate, alongside sanitation loans and hygiene training. Households will participate in Appropriate Construction Technology (ACT) training, aimed at teaching basic building techniques using locally available materials to ensure quality and durability of housing, and make provision for any ongoing maintenance. Loan repayments will go into a revolving fund, making loans to even more families possible.

The health clinic

Funded by a UK Rotary club, the health clinic was built in late 2014 and gives medical facilities for the school and wider community. It is at the front of the school so it shares the school’s solar electricity, the water, broadband and night time security. Equipped with 2 consulting rooms, a recovery room and a reception, it can also be used for minor operations. Using a school classroom, it is also used for educating the community about health issues.
Consultations at the health clinic are heavily subsidised, with a typical visit to the doctor or nurse costing 50 Kshs (about £0.35, $0.50). The difference between the actual cost and the subsidised cost is made up by Osiligi. It typically costs around £330 or $500 per month to subsidise the clinic. We are aiming to have the clinic self funding by around 2019.
We are keen to encourage specialist doctors, surgeons, dentists etc. to visit and help the children and community. If you have suitable skills, please contact us.

Hope Kids

We are a HOPE organization. Our mission, our focus, and our programs are truly unique. We offer an ongoing program of highly-­anticipated events and activities open to all families who have a child with a life-­threatening medical condition.

We work to build a uniquely powerful, support community to encourage and support each other.

Everything we do is about hope. It is about surrounding these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope is a powerful medicine and that we will come alongside them to walk through this together. It is our heart. It is our message. It is our mission.


One of the most powerful aspects of our work is our HopeDay Program. Each month, we schedule a variety of sporting events, theater shows, concerts, museum visits or other types of fun activities for the whole family. We strive to keep kids focused on the future, looking forward to the next fun event around the corner, rather than dwelling on what they are dealing with in the present. All of our events are focused on the whole family to prevent siblings from being unintentionally overlooked, bring families together who understand their journey, and are offered at no cost to families.


Support, love, and encouragement are all necessary for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-­threatening medical condition. Our community of children and their families get to know each other, encourage, and support each other. We have children who are newly diagnosed, children who are in the midst of difficult treatment, and children who are healed and now healthy.

One of the most inspiring moments is when a child who has just been diagnosed with a particular condition meets a child who has been healed from that same condition. You can almost see their hope restored as they realize that this battle is one they can win.

Aid for Education

Trustees from Aid for Education will be giving a talk on their work in Rwanda. The organisation works with a local charity, supporting children who are unable to access education or medical treatment, building houses and helping families earn an income through their goat rearing project and farming co-operative. The co-operative is their most recent project whose aim is to enable women to earn an income that will benefit their families and increase food security & nutritional variety for the community.

Pantara Charity Project

Spend some time in the great outdoors with these kids from Al-Andalusia Among various activities that we did, there was this one particular activity where the kids had to write and/or illustrate our dreams (where we wanted to go in life, etc) in this so-called “dream board” Even though you might not be able to see it clearly in the picture, it was really refreshing to read what they wrote/illustrated, from simply wanting to go to Seaworld to see the fishes, to climbing Mount Semeru, visiting the Eiffel Tower and – what most of them wrote – being able to take their parents to Mecca to visit the holy Kaaba, So inspired by how selfless yet motivated and driven these kids are!

Future for Kids

Future for KIDS Mission is to provide mentor driven out-of-school time programs and camps that focus on academics, athletics, and ethics to improve the lives of youth who face adversity.

Future for KIDS is an organization recognized for excellence and innovation committed to creating brighter futures for our community’s most vulnerable youth.

Run The Runway 2016

Take off for a morning run at the annual Run the Runway 5k/10k and Kids 1 Mile Mascot Dash (featuring your Arizona Sports Team Mascots that may include; Sun’s Gorilla, Coyote’s Howler, Cardinal’s Big Red, Sun Devil’s Sparky and Diamondback’s Baxter), benefiting Playworks Arizona.
Participants will run on the Scottsdale Airport runway while being surrounded by beautiful planes and entertainment along this one of a kind route. Post-race festival will include bounce inflatables, DJ, vendors, interactive activities for kids, photo opportunities with planes, awards, and much more!