What are the hopes and dreams mothers in the developing world have for their children?Continue Reading ›
African children face a myriad of challenges as they grow up. But what is also true about African children is: they love, play, learn, hope, dream, pray — they live!Continue Reading ›
No matter how difficult their situation, children in Africa cope with immense suffering. Is this because it’s the only life they’ve known?
Where are you, and who are you with, when you experience deep, soul-nourishing worship?
Not everyone experiences the developing world in the same way. How is your heart stirred for those who live in a developing country?
Gisele’s mother was a housemaid and prostitute when she conceived her. Gisele got very little care from her mother when growing up and on many nights would be locked up in the house alone.
Precious children pointed and screamed at hundreds of bugs swarming to the lights. Even though orphaned or abandoned, these Rwandan children found joy in the beauty and simplicity of the bugs.
We came to Rwanda with nothing and found that our family members in Rwanda had been killed during the genocide. Life was difficult because we were starting a new life in a new country with nothing — and we didn’t have hope for the future.
In America, it’s easy to not think about our easy access to water. Or the fact that 783 million people — 11 percent of the global population — do not have access to safe drinking water, let alone bathing water.
When exactly does that happen — that our joy is snuffed out, stuffed down or smothered? What happens to stifle that unspeakable joy that used to well up at the slightest provocation?
Children don’t necessarily need the extraordinary from us. They just need us to spend time with them, know them, love them, and be available for them.