What God Is Doing Through COVID, Here & In Africa By Mommy Emily I receive a prayer request in the middle of a fall day when the air smells like tomato soup and the crisp crunch of leaf is underfoot. “Please pray our trees don’t fall on our house,” a board member writes. “The soil…

Mothers Mobilizing Pastors in Africa — and Beyond By Mommy Emily   The sun is unforgiving as I wait for my friend here in rural Alberta, Canada, seated on a blue bench in a school park across from the church. A tractor rumbles somewhere in the distance, and the earth seems embarrassed under the unrelenting…

When Different is Merely Different and When it Isn’t by Jeanne Damoff, Secretary of The Lulu Tree NA Board   Our son, Luke, moved to Ivory Coast shortly after college graduation. He’d made a one-year commitment to serve with a mission agency as a health intern, and his primary assignment was to assist two single…

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…

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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