How to Care for the Jajjas By Mommy Emily   “The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help…” ~ 1 Timothy 5:5   We almost miss her, a whisper of a silhouette leaning against…

Solomon Shepherd, and a Mass Wedding in Massaralie Village by Erica Hale “I’m going to start calling you Solomon Shepherd,” I tell Pastor Sonnel as we eat breakfast around the farmhouse table in the village of Massaralie. “Because you have the wisdom of Solomon, and the heart of a shepherd.”  We’re eating eggs, plantains and…

Hope in a Hospital Ward The ward is long and narrow with shafts of bright Ugandan sun falling on the beds of men and women stretched out in pain. It smells faintly of lye and unwashed skin. Outside under a mango tree are dozens of colorful woven grass mats where loved ones sleep as they…

by Mommy Emily Pastor Santos was born somewhere out in the bush under an actual lulu tree — the shea nut tree that grows in the villages of South Sudan. His mother went into labor while gathering firewood and couldn’t make it home. “I don’t remember how I got back to the village,” he says…

A Smile as Long as the Nile (Heading to South Sudan’s Camps) By Mommy Emily “In Christ we who are many are one body, and each member belongs to one another…” Romans 12:4 As I write, a cool breeze carries the purr of a neighbor’s lawn mower, the smell of laundry on the line, and…

Robins, Finances, and Lessons on Waiting   It was a beautiful morning with the sun brightly shining, the trees budding, and the robins busily hopping about on the front lawn. I watched as a robin carefully took teeny pieces of twigs and flew away. A few minutes later, she returned for another piece of twig,…

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