Tweten’s Both Hands Story

The video above is from one of our earliest Both Hands projects by Tim and Carrie Tweten. In October of 2009, the Tweten family completed a project, serving Ms. Francis in Franklin, TN. At the same time, the team sent letters to raise sponsorship for the service project (similar to a 5k race or golf charity event) with all donations going to help cover the Tweten’s adoption costs.

Tim and Carrie felt called to adopt a sibling group from Russia, and they were matched with sweet Sam and Ellie (At the conclusion of their adoption in 2010, they were just able to bring home Sam). As they began to fundraise for their adoption expenses, the Twetens wanted to do more than simply ask for donations; they wanted to do something that would benefit the community as well. The Twetens heard about Both Hands and were moved by the simultaneous service to both a widow and an orphan, completing God’s call in James 1:27. During the Both Hands project, seventy junior high students and friends came to pick up trash, paint, install lights, and pressure wash Ms. Francis’ home.


In 2004, Ms. Francis’ husband passed away from lung cancer, leaving Ms. Francis alone to upkeep the house that they built together. Then, in 2005, Ms. Francis was diagnosed with cancer herself and could no longer take care of her precious home. On the day of the project, Ms. Francis was overwhelmed with gratitude as she witnessed the team “give her home back to her” and bless her beyond belief. Sweet Francis says, “By the grace of God, these folks have come out here and painted my house. It has just been an incredible blessing that they have taken their time and their energy to do something for me, and I so appreciate it.”

The Twetens and Ms. Francis’ story makes a beautiful collision of God’s message to serve widows and orphans. We are so thankful to know that their story is one of the hundreds impacted through a Both Hands project.

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...

James 1:27 (NIV)