The Long Winding Roads of Africa – (Emily’s Trip, Part 5) By Mommy Emily Our days are spent under the leafy Tamarind tree, there in the church compound of Nimule, South Sudan. It’s a sanctuary of its own, this tree, providing refuge from the mango-colored tropical sun. Mothers spread woven blankets beneath its shade and…

The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s Trip, Part 4) By Mommy Emily   It’s night in Kamassaralie Village, and the ants are crawling up my legs. They’re tiny and red, and apparently they like white skin. I discreetly try to rub them off my calves while sitting on the front porch of the farmhouse…

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,…

The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s trip part 2) by Mommy Emily   It hits me at random times, this living with my heart in two worlds. It hits me as the plane slices through grey clouds touching down in Canada, and all I see is the white of snow like one long lonely…

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…

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,…

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