The Taste of Hope After the Long Journey

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  Quietly and with only the barest of necessities, a family leaves the only home they have known. They are fearful of being apprehended by authorities, so they travel at night. Moving from safe house to safe house, organized by a system of compassionate local heroes, these people sleep during the day in preparation for… Read more »

Forced From Home

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It was a chilly day 3 months ago. I had a warm coat, but the wind occasionally kicked up, making me wish I had one more layer on. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I was ushered into a fenced off area and told, “You have 30 seconds to decide what you’re taking…. Read more »

Do We Have to Understand Before We Intercede?

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  I must admit that there is a great deal that I do not understand about the civil war in Syria. I don’t understand what grievances the Syrian people had that led to this war, or for that matter what exactly set off the entire Arab Spring. I don’t understand why the US supports the… Read more »

The Purpose Filled Wedding

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Recently, I went to a fabulous wedding, truly one of the best ones ever. Like all Christ-centered weddings, it was filled with praise and worship, scripture, and the deep symbolism that facilitates the embedding of Truth into our hearts. I cried. I always do. It was beautiful and joyous, and a reminder of the love… Read more »

October in All Its Glory

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I woke up on Saturday with the shocking realization that it was already halfway through October. As a teacher and parent, September is a vast wasteland of trying to reconnect with my many roles as a working mother. Between the half dozen back to school events scattered throughout the month of September, packing lunches, wearing… Read more »

Where We Go From Here

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Seeking justice without worship leaves us attending to the second greatest commandment by bypassing the first. This pathway risks the unveiling of a new kind of legalism in our hearts. This new legalism is expressed in a ruthless pursuit of justice that stems from a heart that has not itself been examined for its own… Read more »

A Mile Wide: A book review (or sort of)

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Thirty years ago, I gave my life to Jesus. I was just 13 years old. Growing up in a Christian home, I had attended church and Sunday school, VBS, and sang in the choir. I had believed in Jesus my entire life, and I had faithfully done all that Christians were suppose to do. Then,… Read more »

Inclusion in the Church Age

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The entire story of the Bible, for all nations and all people, heads toward an invitation to inclusion, not exclusion. – Sara Gaston Barton Separation         We don’t know how long it took for paradise to be ruined, but it happened with a single incident.  Between “It was very good” and “The Lord God banished… Read more »

Restoring Hearts Ministries of Trenton

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Restoring Hearts Ministries  of Trenton is in the business of bringing hope to the hopeless by shining the light of Jesus Christ into the darkness through evangelism and relationship-building. As Christians we have been called to love, which Restoring Hearts does through service to the least of these.  As servants of Christ we go where… Read more »

Face Forward

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“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  Luke 22:31 – 32 The heavy sound of old rusty metal scraped along the ground as the gate opened. The high tone of intersecting… Read more »

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  • Global Hunger

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    Matthew 25:35 states: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Why can’t we all be like that? Why does there have to be suffering in this world, especially when it comes to hunger? According to the website… Read more »

  • charity:water

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    The following post was reprinted with permission from charity:water. charity: water brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 663 million people don’t have access to this basic necessity and we’re working to change that. Clean water means health, income, and education – especially for women and children. It’s an unusually cool… Read more »

  • The Sock Ministry

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    In 2006, two years after I was saved by God’s Grace, I watched a movie about the life of Mother Teresa. I was in awe and taken with this very special woman. How she so generously poured out love on the unloveable, the poorest of the poor, the lowest of the low, the outcasts, the… Read more »

  • Cast Your Cares

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    Cast Your Cares (CYC) ministry is located in Kensington, Philadelphia. We are located directly under the elevated train. The avenue, as it’s called, is a bustling commercial street lined with a mixture of businesses, ministry resources, and many hurting marginalized people living in poverty. Connected to us on the left is an AA/NA (Alcohol/Narcotics) club… Read more »

  • Beat Poverty Before It Starts; Help an Orphan Aging Out of Foster Care.

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    One quarter of the 400,000 children in the foster care system are waiting to be adopted. One quarter of those adoptable youth will not be adopted; rather they will be “emancipated” from care once they turn 18. For those youth, the future is dire and dangerous. Underfunded agencies help how they can, but most teens are thrust into… Read more »

  • Maybe We Are Just Spoiled

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    This was originally posted on July 15, 2015 on We are THAT Family and is being reposted with permission.   We stood in the hair care aisle and her eyes were as big as the moon. “Go ahead, choose one,” I urged her. She stood still- looking half afraid, half helpless. I put my hand on… Read more »

  • Papillon Enterprise

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      I first heard Shelly Clay’s story when I became a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope, and I cried. I cried the second time I heard it too. And the third time. The work that Shelly Clay and her staff are doing at Papillon Enterprises in Haiti is incredible. Who knew that something like… Read more »

  • The Economics of Love

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    A friend of mine once said to me, “I only work now, so that one day I won’t have to”. We shared a good laugh about her statement – a sentiment of how many people define what it means to make a living. If I’m honest, too, I share this idyllic effect of what life’s… Read more »

  • Who We Are: Imagine Goods Sustainable Supply Co.

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      Imagine Goods began in 2006 as a non-profit with the goal to empower survivors of trafficking in Cambodia. Founders Aiyana Ehrman and Michelle Kime are self-proclaimed “accidental entrepreneurs,” in that their true intent was simply to bring hope and a sense of purpose to survivors by giving them the opportunity to work. As Imagine… Read more »

  • Darn Good Yarn

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    My daughter once asked me to teach her to knit. I did what any self-respecting mother did, I went to the library and rented a video. It turns out I was not adequately prepared. Most people talk about how the simplest thing to knit is a square or a  basic scarf. I, however, defied the… Read more »