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,…

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 Mommy Emily We arrive in the evening, after 24 hours of flight. We arrive to the roar of a motorboat taking us across the waters to the mainland of this west African country founded by former slaves. We’re ushered into the country by boys who scramble to assist with our bags for a few “Leones”, …

I’m the first white to sleep in this village. I lie under a cloud of mosquito net, an open window behind my head and the sound of men’s voices speaking Krio, the hum of ancient men and young boys, cracking nuts and seated on stumps, singing through the screen-less opening. I’m 36 but there are…

In Sierra Leone, work on the Bethel Home continues! Pastor Sonnel has been faithfully laboring to finish the home and make it move-in ready. He’s done beautiful tile-work on the floors, as well as installing graceful leaded-glass windows throughout the house. The ceilings on the first floor are being finished and have lovely crown molding….

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