Knocked Down but Not Knocked Out

Knocked Down but Not Knocked Out

She woke with a start in the dead of night, prompted by an unrelenting urging: “Grab your kids. Take your ID. Flee your house! NOW!” She stumbled down the stairs, three little kids in tow., out of their highrise onto the street. Adecade of war had not...
Choose Light

Choose Light

You have a choice.  Future generations are watching.   Dr. Howard Thurman, grandson of an enslaved woman, lays out the options:  I will light Candles this Christmas:Candles of joy despite all sadness,Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,Candles of courage for...
A Different Focus

A Different Focus

“So, how do you change hard places?” asked my new friend. “Oh, we don’t necessarily change them,” I responded, “Our aim is more profound.”  “What do you mean?  Then, why are you in hard places?”  Her curiosity was piqued. I answered, “We believe that lights can shine...
20 Years in Hard Places

20 Years in Hard Places

I woke early, rolled over, glanced at my phone. Coup d’état! My eyes popped wide open. Dignitaries arrested. Internet cut. Airport closed. Banks shuttered. Roads blocked. It was this country’s last straw. After a generation of armed sectarian clashes. And...