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The God Who Sees

Bob began telling the story, the one I’ve heard hundreds of times, and told as many times­­–our story, my story. I listened and heard again how we found ourselves visiting Kenya in 2003 and then, after several short-term trips, we made Kenya our home in 2008. That led to the beginning...

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Peace Beyond a Terrible Election

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral. Returning violence with violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. – Martin Luther King, Jr. …you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. – Isaiah 58:12b...

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Life Begins at Belonging

“Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small about it.”   –  Florence Nightingale Just 18 months back, I shared the stories of 6 abandoned babies who had come through our Naomi’s Village gates in the prior three years, whose arrivals had each set off increasingly more vibrant celebrations, the...

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Mosaic

Reality is like a mosaic. The parts may be ugly in themselves, but the whole is beautiful. -Jonathan Edwards The long awaited day started with carrying trunks up stairs, unpacking, and hanging happy pictures of loved ones on walls. Our morning had begun early and as the empty room took...

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Oceans

You call me out upon the waters The great unknown, where feet may fail And there I find you in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand And I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest...

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Beloved

It almost ended there, in a dark cylindrical shaft, not three feet across, and twelve feet below Earth’s sweeter surface. Floating in raw sewage, the Kenyan baby boy survived because of a simple misunderstanding of buoyancy. By wrapping him in a plastic bag that miraculously trapped air around his tiny...

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For Julie

Another long and loving day at Naomi’s Village came to its quiet end, and the sun hid itself behind the distant peaks of the Great Rift Valley. We had missed the show this time, unable to catch even a glimpse of that spectacular amber horizon fading slowly to soft gray....

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