Tag Archives: Africa

A Birthday Gift for South Sudan

Tweet July 9 will be the country of South Sudan’s 5-year birthday. I remember that day so well. Just a year earlier, I had been at a huge refugee camp outside of Khartoum, and gaining their independence was on everyone’s … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Newton!

Tweet The great thing about writing is that a writer learns ten times as much as ever goes into the book.  And after researching the story of slave ship captain John Newton, and reading and re-reading the details of the horrors … Continue reading

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Give Thanks With a Greatful Heart

Tweet Do you need a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving?  Our guest blogger, Larissa Rudeen, will give you one.  Read it and be blessed~ A Lesson in Being Thankful Did you take an ice-cold shower when you got up … Continue reading

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Child Slavery: The First Ingredient in Halloween Chocolate

Tweet Guest blogger Larissa Rudeen brings us a shocking report, but also a way to be part of the solution. What is the first step in making chocolate?  Modern-day child slavery.  According to Mike Mistrati, a journalist and researcher in The … Continue reading

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Beating Plowshares into Swords~

Tweet I remember one day, when I was very young, I saw a picture of Hungarian soldiers on horseback, brandishing swords as they charged a Soviet tank.  It moved me to tears.  I wanted to be brave like that!  I … Continue reading

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#Bring Back Our Girls!

Tweet Just two months ago, I didn’t speak a word of the Nigerian language.  Now Boko Haram rolls off my tongue, and I know what it means: “Western education is sinful.” Is there anyone who doesn’t know that Islamic extremists … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget… Rwanda 20 Years Later

Tweet Some things we can never forget.  Some actions cannot be forgiven.  Some divides are too deep to ever cross. Right? Yes.  No.  Maybe. . . Twenty years ago, an unspeakable horror shocked the world.  Terrified cries awoke us in the West to the terror that … Continue reading

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What If…?

Tweet What if you had been born in a war zone? Fellow writer Connie Mann posed this question on her blog, and it got me to thinking about other such what ifs… What if your country spent over a quarter of … Continue reading

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Africa’s Nameless War

Tweet Many hundreds of innocent people killed.  Half a million more scattered—hungry and sick and hopeless.  It’s a catastrophe. No, I’m not talking about South Sudan.  Nor Afghanistan, nor Iraq, nor Syria.  I’m talking about the violence that’s racking Central African … Continue reading

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How to Wrap a Christmas Goat

Tweet Thanks to a number of requests, I am pleased to repost this favorite from 2010: First grade teacher Mrs. Smith (yes, that’s her real name) found many interesting ideas and activities in the curriculum for her class unit on … Continue reading

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