by Joanne Viola, The Lulu Tree Treasurer When you follow The Lulu Tree for years, since the beginning of its formation, a mystery takes place in your spirit. The people, the faces, the growth all become personal as the mystery of an attachment begins to root deeply in your heart. A sense of family begins…

By Mommy Emily Outside the church building, morning glories rise, white petals lifted like pale faces to receive the sun. We pile out of Pastor Sonnel’s van on our visit of 14 villages and the churches we partner with through the microloan program here in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Our necks and feet are red…

By Mommy Emily I’m doing dishes at the kitchen sink, autumn leaves skipping like giggling children across the yard. I’ve been home for five days now — having led a team of four (three board members and a social media director) to Sierra Leone, West Africa — and my three-year-old daughter’s making pretend alphabet soup…

By Erica Hale, VP of The Lulu Tree He weeps as he speaks of the struggles his people face, and I can see the way he carries the weight of Sierra Leone on his broad shoulders—the way his heart breaks open a little wider every day, making room for the flock he shepherds there. The…

By Haley Simmons, Social Media Director When I share of my time in Africa, it will not sound like your normal mission trip. We did not go to Sierra Leone to help build houses, play with children, nor provide for the local people. Rather, we went to witness what God was doing, and to bring…

Post by Joanne Viola, treasurer of The Lulu Tree The words are before me in the devotional book describing Roman society in biblical days as antagonistic, doing anything to climb the ladder of success and be widely recognized in their world. Is the description really any different than our world today? We define ourselves by…

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