On the Issue of Culture by Erica Hale, VP of The Lulu Tree Sometimes I feel like I live in two worlds, with one foot in North America and the other in Africa, and there are days when the stretch and pull of it make me feel like my heart might rip in two. I…

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,…

The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s trip part 2) by Mommy Emily   It hits me at random times, this living with my heart in two worlds. It hits me as the plane slices through grey clouds touching down in Canada, and all I see is the white of snow like one long lonely…

Distributors Not Manufacturers by Joanne Viola, Treasurer “Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people.” (John 6:11, NLT) He climbed up the hill and sat down with His disciples. No matter where He went, a crowd followed Him. They wanted to see His next miracle. That day was…

By Mommy Emily I’ve been meditating on the sacred holding places. The places which held Jesus on earth. Mary’s womb, which first made space for the holding of the divine conception. The manger, a rough-hewn wooden cradle, holding the King’s infant skin; the wilderness, holding Jesus’ stomach hollowed by 40 days of hunger; the stone…

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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