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 Dearest Prayer Warriors and Partners with The Lulu Tree… How can I thank you for standing in the gap? For holding up my hands as I held the hands of our brothers and sisters? For carrying my children in your prayers as I carried other mothers’ babies in my arms? It will…

By Mommy Emily It’s dusk when the news hits my phone. The church we worked so hard to build for Pastor Santos last month in the South Sudan camps has been destroyed overnight — along with countless other churches and homes and businesses — by a vicious cyclone that went on to strike Mozambique, Malawi…

I’m seated with dozens of other mothers under a pink jasmine tree in the Pearl of Africa. The air is sweet and sticky, like toffee melted in the 95 degree sun, and we’re hunting shade by the long wall that circles this two acres of school dorms. Pink feathered chickens peck dirt with their chicks…

By Erica Hale, VP of The Lulu Tree He weeps as he speaks of the struggles his people face, and I can see the way he carries the weight of Sierra Leone on his broad shoulders—the way his heart breaks open a little wider every day, making room for the flock he shepherds there. The…

No pastor is perfect. No church is perfect. I’m not here to bash churches and I’m not here to exalt pastors. I’m here to get real with you about why God called a very sinful woman (me) who ran for years from the institutionalized church, to found an organization which trains pastors and churches. I…

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