A Mountain of HOPE

There is a sensation that accompanies me while on HOPE Mountain. A feeling that embodies peace and tranquility in my soul. It’s an escape from the despair that resides outside my iron gate. A vacation of sorts from the turmoil that invades the city. It takes me away from my reality, from a place of […]

He Knew It All Along

We had a nice, peaceful day yesterday. A precious new missionary family visited us on HOPE Mountain. After a simple lunch and a short walk around our property, we sat on our front porch to talk while our children played. As the trampoline springs rattled and laughter resounded, we opened our hearts a little. We […]

I’ve Come This Far…

Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Gospel music has always been my most favorite genre of music. I remember sitting in the pews as a child, mesmerized by […]

Empowered Women

Women are powerful. Eve demonstrated her strength as she carried a baby for the first time. She had no example to follow and no mother to hold her hand during the birth. I’ll even bet that Adam was in the dark as to his ability to give her what she needed during that first pregnancy. […]

Masterful Creator

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2 __________________________________________ Life is a bit like Genesis chapter one. Had the author of the prestigious book written my […]

Rewrite Their Stories

Originally posted on H.O.P.E Dominican Republic:
Bad stories surround us all. Our typical reaction to a negative situation is usually one of sadness or despair. It’s sad to see a young girl who is sold by her mother to the neighborhood men for tricks each day. It can be a bit overwhelming…

Rewrite Their Stories

Originally posted on H.O.P.E Dominican Republic:
Bad stories surround us all. Our typical reaction to a negative situation is usually one of sadness or despair. It’s sad to see a young girl who is sold by her mother to the neighborhood men for tricks each day. It can be a bit overwhelming…

Originally posted on Vicki Dominguez:
This airplane hangs on my huge wrap around porch. It hangs there as a symbol. I remember rummaging through Ross, my discount department store of choice, for decorations that would fit my family. Things that represented us. Our uniqueness. Our individuality. The Dominguez clan. A tribe of various voices with one…

Love Lets Go

The man who offered his genes to bring me into existence was never a part of my life. I lived many years of my life believing that he never gave me anything. It was difficult for me to think of just one good thing about him. I wasted so many years searching for a vital […]

The Me Expedition, Part 4

Lesson # 3-Life is never as bad as it appears. Proverbs 18:21-The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. I comfortably sat in my seat on our bus ride to Baltimore from Norfolk. This was a familiar ride as it usually saves us over $1,000 […]

The ME Expedition, Part 3

Lesson 2: It is okay to let others in.  Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie […]