HOW IT ALL BEGAN But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9 Seven years ago, this month, I took my first plane ride to Uganda. Seven years ago,…

by Tricia Simmons, Director of the Lulu Storyteller Team When it’s time for me to create a social media post for The Lulu Tree, my training in marketing kicks in. I want the post to convey an encouraging message, move hearts, and kindle a desire to learn more about who we are and what we…

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,…

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…

By Tricia Simmons Have you ever had the privilege of ministering to children? If not, just know it is the hardest and sweetest thing one is called to do.  It is like parenting.  You pray for the children in your care, you prepare lessons for them, then you share the lesson… and sometimes you wonder…

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