By Haley Heisch, Co-Director of Social Media “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the…

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…

Solomon Shepherd, and a Mass Wedding in Massaralie Village by Erica Hale “I’m going to start calling you Solomon Shepherd,” I tell Pastor Sonnel as we eat breakfast around the farmhouse table in the village of Massaralie. “Because you have the wisdom of Solomon, and the heart of a shepherd.”  We’re eating eggs, plantains and…

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…

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