There’s still time!
December 29, 2015


Good news… You still have time to give!

What an unforgettable year 2015 has been for Not Forgotten! Here’s a quick overview of some of the most exciting things that God has done and we have celebrated:

  • We received our national accreditation and opened our children’s home, Las Lomas!
  • We have welcomed and cared for 19 children overall. Five of those have been reunified with their birth families; fourteen remain with us, in our care.
  • We have purchased transportation for our children and completed our driveway.
  • We have witnessed our first baptism in the lake at Las Lomas!
  • Our house parents, Isaac & Ruth, welcomed their baby girl, Alexia Abigail!
  • Our night guard, Alex, and our cook, Licet, were officially married!

Thank you for your essential support this year that has helped to advance the Gospel and make these things happen.


Would you consider supporting us with a year-end gift?

We are grateful for how we have seen God faithfully guide us and provide for us over the past year. We cannot wait to see all He has in store for 2016 and we want to invite you to be a part of that. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in the new year and join us as we stand amazed at the mighty hand of our great God.

Every vote counts!
December 12, 2015

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Friends, please continue voting for Not Forgotten in the 2015 Project for Awesome competition. Votes in this contest translate into significant financial support for our kids. When you click on the link to the P4A website, scroll down and search for Not Forgotten as one of the featured charities. The video you’re looking for is pictured above. The video tells the story and is worth five minutes.

Vote on every device you have, as frequently as it will allow you to do so. Please also share on social media with all your friends! Spread the word and help us raise funds to better serve our children. Every vote and view matters. Thank you!!!

P4A 2015
December 11, 2015


Project for Awesome begins today! Not Forgotten’s video will be going up soon on the P4A website, Be on the lookout for it and please begin voting and sharing about it every way possible on social media as soon as you can! Please ask all your friends to do the same.

We believe you can vote once from each device you have as well as from different servers (Google chrome, Safari, etc.), but please just try to vote as much as you want/can/it will let you! It might be that you can vote in each of these ways each day of the competition, as well.

What is Project for Awesome? Community members from around the world make videos about a charity that is particularly meaningful for them. These are uploaded to the Project for Awesome website, but also should be shared around the internet and viewed, discussed, commented upon, etc. You can vote on your favorite video (Not Forgotten, clearly) 🙂 on the P4A site from noon TODAY, Dec. 11, until noon on SUNDAY, Dec. 13. The videos with the most votes, receive a percentage of the donations that come in to the competition as a whole, so the number of votes we get directly impacts our chances of receiving funding.

This has been a huge source of funding for NF over the past 3 years; we have received between $25,000 and $50,000 annually from this competition. Please help us continue that! People who watch our video ALSO have the option of donating directly to NF, so the more people that see this video, the better the outcome for the children we are serving! 

Thank you for your partnership and your help! We need you and we are so thankful for you!

Project for Awesome 2015
December 9, 2015

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Get ready…

It’s that time of year again! No, not quite Christmas yet – Project for Awesome is coming your way again in just a couple of days! With YOUR help spreading the word, voting for our videos, and donating your resources, Not Forgotten has received between $25,000 and $50,000 annually for the past three years through the Project for Awesome competition. That does not even include the financial gifts from those who watch our video and choose to donate to us directly. So… start warming up and get ready to share, like, vote, and donate! We’ve got a feeling this could be our best year yet – please help us make it so!

Shop AmazonSmile this Cyber Monday
November 30, 2015

Awesome news: now, when you do your online shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Not Forgotten! Support us every time you shop, but especially as you are knocking out your Christmas shopping today, this Cyber Monday 2015! The link is It’s easy… and SO appreciated! Thank you!

15 days to go…
November 16, 2015

The countdown to #GivingTuesday 2015 has started!


Maybe you remember this from last year… There’s a day designated for giving thanks. There are two set apart for getting deals. Now, there’s #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, people around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

The concept is simple. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together and give – we ask that you’d especially consider giving to Not Forgotten. Then share with others about this day set aside for giving. Join us in this global celebration of generosity!


Reflections from a Summer Team Member
September 2, 2015

Seth Graves participated in NF’s August trip to Peru. Seth is Spanish speaker, a UAB Graduate Student, and a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham. He is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with children. Seth is from Decatur, Alabama and his home church is First Baptist Church Decatur. We are grateful to Seth for his willingness to share with us about his experience in Peru this summer…

I went to Iquitos, Peru with an organization called Not Forgotten from August 1 through August 9. The goal of our trip was to help with any construction and also to meet the boys and love them like Christ does.

We arrived Sunday and were able to have dinner with the kids in their homes before retiring for an early night. We ate each meal with the kids in their homes and would swap between the two homes at our discretion. I loved the meal times because they would sing a song thanking God for the food and then one of the kids would pray before anyone started eating. Each night before dinner, they would have a devotion where they would sing some songs and one of the house parents would tell a Bible story. My favorite was acting out Jonah and the big fish because I got to be the fish and “eat” one of the kids.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday were all very similar. We ate breakfast with the kids before starting on construction. The project for this week was pouring cement for a new driveway. We worked for 3 hours in the morning before taking a break for lunch, and then we worked about another 3 hours in the afternoon. I did the math and we put approximately 616 buckets of sand into the concrete mixer while we were there. After finishing for the day, we had free time. I would normally go swim in the lake that they have on the property and then play a game of soccer with the local staff on their sand soccer field. After freshening up, we would have dinner with the kids and then head back to the hotel for a team debrief.

Wednesday was different. We took a break in the middle of the week and went on a trip with all of the school-aged kids. The trip was to a national reserve in the jungle where we were going to hike. To get there we drove 31 people in a 17-passenger van to a nearby town where we got on a very cramped boat. It took us about 4-5 hours to get there by boat because we had to stop and register at the reserve office. We hiked in the jungle, but the best part was stopping at a little beach area on the way back and swimming in the river with the kids. It was a 14 hour trip in total, but it was worth it getting to spend some time with the kids.

Saturday was also different because we left that night for the airport. That morning we took the kids to a zoo in Iquitos to see different animals. There is also a public beach area there where we played sand volleyball and got to swim in a lake. We dropped the kids off at the homes before going to Iquitos for a nicer dinner and then heading to the airport.

I work with kids in Alabama, and I knew that I would love meeting these kids; however, it’s hard to put into words the kind of impact these kids had on me. They have very little and come from very hard situations, yet they almost always have a smile on their faces. They are content playing with a stick in the grass for 30 minutes while I can’t even stand to wait 10 minutes in the drive-thru. The kids I work with in Alabama have so much more and can still whine and complain when they don’t get something. God really showed me how I can be the same way. It hit me like a brick this past week when I was telling the kids at the after-school program that the things of this world are NOTHING compared to the hope and joy we get from knowing that one day we will be with God. God used these kids to show me what true contentment in Him looks like – a reminder that I think we need every day. It was very difficult leaving these kids after even spending just a week with them, but I believe that God will give me another opportunity to return (and hopefully many more!)

This trip was exhausting with all the construction in the heat and then playing with the kids right after, but I would do it again without a doubt. I also can’t tell you how many times I made monkey and chicken noises after the kids figured out I was pretty good at it, but it was worth it seeing the smiles on their faces. Three of the kids are sons of one set of house parents, but the other 14 are children from 3 to 11 years old that aren’t with their parents for some reason. Regardless, these 14 kids have a real home where they are loved and where they can have the care that they need while learning about God who cares for them so much more. The kids all know that God loves them and that he cares for them thanks to what He has led Not Forgotten to do. It was sad leaving them, but it makes it better knowing that they are getting the food, shelter, education and love that they need all while learning about Jesus who loves them. I am incredibly thankful that I was able to go on this trip. I would like to thank those who helped me raise funds, and I thank God for what he is doing in the nations and in the hearts of the kids being cared for by Not Forgotten.

-Seth Graves


Do Something!
August 1, 2015

Back in April of this year, Not Forgotten was privileged to be the guest speaker for the MIT (Missionaries In Training) Retreat for Shades Mountain Baptist Church’s 1st-5th graders. Approximately 60 children and 30 adults attended the retreat. We had a great evening charging the kids with “Operation: Orphan Care” and the mission objectives of 1) Define Orphan, 2) Know Why We Should Care, and 3) Do Something! We encouraged those in attendance to use their gifts to bring glory to God by considering others. We gave some examples of practical things kids can do to make a difference by serving God and loving His people.

As a result of that night, our little friend, third-grader Sydney Allen, decided that she wanted to take pretty immediate action. For Sydney’s upcoming birthday, she decided to ask her friends to collect band-aids, flip flops, toothpaste, and toothbrushes for the children with whom Not Forgotten works. Sydney’s friends chipped in and the final count included 2 boxes of band-aids, 14 toothbrushes, 13 tubes of toothpaste, and 9 pairs of flip flops!

It is never too early (or too late) to start using your time, talents, interests, creativity, money, and your very life to care for others and glorify our Father! Remember it all belongs to Him anyway… “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). Let’s work to continually loosen our grip on what He has given us, surrendering it to Him to use for His {always better} purposes!

On Obedience
April 27, 2015

Over the years that I have participated in ministry directed toward vulnerable populations, I have fallen into the temptation to measure “my” work by human standards: numbers and results. You see, these things are attractive to us… they are concrete, we understand them, we can see them, we can count them, we can quote them, we can attempt to control them. But this is not how our God works. The Lord of the harvest allows some to plant, some to water, but HE is the one who brings about the growth – in His time, in His way, according to His plan.

Therefore, we cannot allow ourselves to become distracted or preoccupied, bogged down or discouraged with our “production” in this ministry to children in need. We cannot “produce” anything anyway. That is God’s responsibility. Our only job is to be obedient. This should bring great freedom to you, brothers and sisters! We are called to be obedient whether or not we ever see “results” this side of heaven. If change happens in the life of ONE child, it is all worth it. I take that back… if NO change is ever seen in anyone, BUT the truth has been proclaimed and Christ the King has been honored in word and deed, it is all worth it. He promises that His Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

Obedience is what our Lord desires. If all He wanted was efficient results, He would do all of the work on His own and not bother with bringing us into the equation. (We tend to make a sloppy mess of things, right?) But He is such a good Father that He wants a relationship with us, for us to learn to be dependent upon Him, for us to have to trust His plans (which are higher and better than ours – Isaiah 55:8-9)… because He knows that is what is BEST for us! Participating in this trusting relationship with Him is in our best interest. He is committed to His work in each of our hearts!

The great hope and freedom for us when we labor in this field of ministry (which is incredibly difficult, by the way) lies in this: the change that God works through us to bring about will happen not because of our successes and in spite of our failures. He will not allow one heart that He has predestined to capture for Himself to hang in the balance or be lost because of my disobedience or misreading of His call. I am just not that important! How dare I be so prideful to think that someone’s eternal destiny or even the accomplishing of God’s plan for their earthly life is contingent upon me!

Therefore, it is imperative that we do not respond to needs, but that we respond to the person of Jesus Christ. There will always be needs around us, so we must learn to listen to His direction regarding where and with whom He wants us to spend our time and talents that He has given us. He may intend to use you in ways you would least expect.

I urge you to follow Jesus’ model and go deep with a few. Look at His life… He spent 3 years pouring into 12 men… and those 12 turned the world upside down. Do not fall into the temptation to overvalue numbers and breadth and undervalue discipleship and commitment. This is our heart for Not Forgotten. Join us as we strive to imitate Christ. Let’s be obedient and trust the truth that He is always working!


Dear SMBC and FBC…
March 20, 2015

NF's booth at Shades Mountain Baptist Church
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” ~Philippians 1:3-5

The end of February and beginning of March has been such a rich time of blessing for Not Forgotten! We had the immeasurable privilege of attending two nearby missions conferences:  Shades Mountain Baptist Church’s “Global Impact Celebration” in Birmingham, Alabama and First Bible Church’s missions conference in Decatur, Alabama. Both of these churches have been wonderful partners for us over the years and we are extremely grateful to them for their continuous support and encouragement. It is such an honor to be able to share the story of Not Forgotten and the journey on which the Lord has us… not only with individuals who stop by our booth, but also congregations, Sunday school classes, and small groups of people who are attentive, moved by, and excited about all God is doing in and through NF.

NF Founder & President, Tyler Fuqua, speaking at First Bible ChurchAdditionally, WHAT A JOY for us to learn from and fellowship with other missionaries, to be poured into by these precious bodies of believers, to feel rejuvenated in our calling, to be reminded of God’s faithfulness and provision, and to receive love and encouragement beyond belief! We are filled to the brim and ready to pour out again – largely due to the faithfulness and community found in these fellow laborers for the sake of the Gospel, who are passionate about telling others – next door and around the world – about Jesus Christ. These two churches sure know how to love on some missionaries and they do it selflessly and so very well. From the bottom of our full hearts and the depths of our refreshed spirits, we tell you, SMBC, and you, FBC, two little words that fall very short, but we mean sincerely: THANK YOU. Not Forgotten loves you dearly.



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