by Mommy Emily *thanks to World Help for photos from my first trip to Uganda/Rwanda in 2014 Nearly six years ago now, emptied by a recent miscarriage and swollen with a writer’s pride, I stepped off the plane in Uganda, Africa, on a blogger’s trip, to be immediately humbled and filled.  I was humbled by…

ebenezer noun eb·​e·​ne·​zer | \ ˌebə¦nēzə(r)\ plural -s Definition of ebenezer 1usually capitalized : a commemoration of divine assistance One of the greatest things we can do as Christians on this long journey home is to “raise our Ebenezers” — that is, to mark, as the Israelites did, through stone memorials, God’s faithfulness to us along earth’s road to heaven. Over the…

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…

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…

Sometimes life is a holy begotten moment.  Like everything around you pauses — all the humdrum of everyday living — and the glory of God drops like a microphone and everything you struggle to believe is not only plausible but the realest thing you could ever know.  This happens in a forest in Jinja, Uganda,…

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…

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