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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…

Beyond Moved

“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” William Wilberforce Two children are sold into the human sex trade every minute. According to the UN State of the World, nearly two million children are forced into the worldwide sex trade each year. When we are in the states, we oftentimes travel to North Carolina to visit a few churches there who support our ministry. We usually drive, but this time we embarked upon our journey on a Greyhound bus. It really wasn’t as bad as I expected. The driver was polite…

I Was Born For This

It was a normal day. My sons debated over who played basketball the best. The controversy became unbearable, so I suggested they all go to the gym to decide. As dad walked them out the door groomed with their best basketball attire, I felt a tinge of unworthiness. One of my daughters sat on the floor and played with her new puppies. They ran in circles and barked with joy as their new owner lavished love on them. As she frolicked with her sweeties, my heart sank because I didn’t feel deserving of such a moment. My other daughter labored…

A Time For Everything

We took a walk in Moca a few days ago. We strolled down paths that were dry and seemingly safe. The river that runs through the community was muddy, but peaceful. It actually appeared to be composed and amicable. Truthfully, it was hard to believe that such a harmonious component of God’s creation could cause the turbulence it generated a few days ago. As we trudged on through the recently hurricane wrecked village, some of the people explained, “I’ve lived here my entire life and I’ve never seen anything like this.” It was difficult for me to accept. The smooth,…

Someone Else

After my dinner of cream of broccoli soup, I eagerly nestled under my blankets. I was tired. I knew the night would feel long and dreary so I wanted to get a head start on my sleep. Tonight would be the second consecutive night of hurricane winds. We are used to the howl of strong winds up here during hurricane season. The night before felt treacherous as the wind gushed against our home. We could even feel our house shake at times. The rain on the tin roof and the might of the powerful river only added to our anxiety.…

God Help Us Now!

Matthew 19:1-12 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went down to the region of Judea east of the Jordan River.  Large crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick. Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just…

Help, I Don’t Want to Be Sad Anymore!

I can remember it so well, it feels as if it happened yesterday. The moment that I realized that our family really did move to another country. The moment when the reality of that revelation hit me was like the impact of a truck crashing into a building! I was trying to fall asleep and couldn’t so I got up to spend time online. As I caught up on group messages from friends in the states and looked at pictures of friends on Facebook, tears welled up within me. As the flood of sadness overwhelmed me, I was tempted to…

My Grandmother’s Weakness

I stood before the mirror and took a deep look at myself. I noticed the black circles forming under my eyes. The “way back” forehead that made me the brunt of many jokes as a child. The defined cheek bones that run deeply in my roots. The beautifully darkened skin that speaks of my strength and dignity. “I look like my grandmother,” I thought. Our resemblance is uncanny. Throughout life people often times thought I was her daughter. My resemblance of her doesn’t take a halt at my face and bone structure. Our resemblance lies within our character. She was…

In the Silence…

Mark 15:5 But, Jesus said nothing, much to Pilates surprise. Jesus was under arrest. He boldly declares His deity when Pilate asked if He was the King of the Jews, but remained silent when His character was questioned. When the people questioned His actions, He was silent and calm. All to often, I find myself standing before Pilate. The “Pilates” of this world are humans who so want to see the truth, yet ignore the truth that stands before them. Pilate had the Truth in his presence and could not see it. Pilate questioned the authenticity of Christ because of…

Beauty For Ashes

I had rough year last year. Like some people, I was thrilled at midnight of December 31, 2016. The year was over. I wished away the sadness of that year as the clock struck 12! We all know that wishing away anything doesn’t work, nevertheless I tried. It was a year full of sad surprises that took my heart by storm. It was a year that forced me to take a painful look at my life and to accept the realities therein. The year was full of heart wrenching confessions from those I love, backstabbing from those I had helped the…

Do You SOAP?

I found these cute journals at Sams Club a few weeks ago. They are simply pleasant. I needed something to get my girls excited about spending time in God’s word. It’s time for them to develop their own walks with Christ and to know Him for themselves. So, when I saw the journals on sale, I knew exactly what to do! A fellow pastor’s wife that I highly respect led me to SOAP while she visited HOPE Mountain. She was preparing for her women’s group and I asked for advice in leading my groups of ladies. She directed me to…