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…

The Planting of the Lord: Training Up New Branches of The Lulu Tree By Jeanne Damoff A tree is a living thing. It can be trained to take a certain shape through careful, wise pruning, but its Creator makes it thrive. And He alone fully knows the plans He has — the height it will…

It’s been a dream of mine, this bringing of my husband and children to a land I fell for five years ago, head over stumbling heels. A land of fresh avocado and shoe-less children, of wide smiles and giggling babies and mothers that can’t sleep for their hunger. A land of sweet jasmine flowers and…

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