When I hear of the Syrian refugee crisis, I often think of my great-grandparents, who fled Germany with their two young daughters during WWII. Their ability to resettle in the U.S. was only because of the kindness, compassion, and generosity of an Iowa family. I grew up hearing the story told and re-told. My great-grandmother — in the […]Read More a true story of hope: the world is smaller than we think
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” As we celebrate Mother’s Day, I think about the wisdom nestled into this African proverb. I look at this photo of women living across the globe who fight cultural oppression and opposition to farm coffee beans to provide for […]Read More for the mothers
I have to confess something: I’ve always been a coffee girl. Give me mug brimming with a fresh pour-over (hold the cream and sugar), and I’ll give you a hug and a coffee-stained grin. Coffee. It’s kind of my thing. All that to say: I’ve been reading “The Way of Tea and Justice” with giant […]Read More the way of tea and justice
How do we love well? That’s a tough question, isn’t it? Loving well is running through the field and letting them be little. It’s sitting up late at night with a cup of coffee when words aren’t enough. It’s an encouraging fist-bump and an embrace that says you mean something to me. I want to live free […]Read More 31 days of living free: love well
A few years ago, our friends started an organization called The Move Project. It exists to give clean water, shelter, and freedom to those without. They just installed a well in Tsipasi, Ghana (West Africa). The goal, beyond providing clean water, is to have an entry point for sustainable, holistic poverty alleviation for the community. The clean water well […]Read More go to ghana! (here's how)
A quick scroll though the newsfeed. A like here. An eye-roll there. Another status update. Another picture. We become numb to it all. And we keep scrolling. And we forget. We forget the breathing, real-life people behind the snapshots in those little boxes. And most importantly, we forget their stories. And you guys, this is […]Read More what her profile picture won't tell you
to be orphaned + enslaved.Read More to be orphaned + enslaved.