The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s Trip, Part 3) By Mommy Emily   I wouldn’t have noticed them if I hadn’t turned my head. A flash of color, and then we’d passed by. These two tiny children whose arms were like matchsticks.     I was in western Africa, in a country called Liberia,…

Distributors Not Manufacturers by Joanne Viola, Treasurer “Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people.” (John 6:11, NLT) He climbed up the hill and sat down with His disciples. No matter where He went, a crowd followed Him. They wanted to see His next miracle. That day was…

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…

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,…

By Mommy Emily I’ve been meditating on the sacred holding places. The places which held Jesus on earth. Mary’s womb, which first made space for the holding of the divine conception. The manger, a rough-hewn wooden cradle, holding the King’s infant skin; the wilderness, holding Jesus’ stomach hollowed by 40 days of hunger; the stone…

Post by Joanne Viola, treasurer of The Lulu Tree The photos come in on my phone of men and women – my brothers and sisters – in South Sudan. They labor so hard to construct churches, sanctuaries for the people to come and worship, and hear God’s Word. They are simple structures consisting of open…

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