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I came to Africa with a group of storytellers . . . and I saw Africa through their eyes.
The power of a story is undeniable.
They give meaning to the forgotten. They shed light on what no one has seen. They breathe life into people that have been silenced by injustice and oppression [...]
I tried hard to explain what was going on … who these boys were in the picture and why they had sent these balls all the way to Africa. That my son was in the middle and that his friends had chosen to send these baseballs, basketballs and soccer balls instead of birthday gifts.
But, no explaining was necessary. They were boys and this was the universal language of sports that needed no interpreting or translating. They just needed room to play [...]
The water makes its way up the dusty hill. Under the dry Ugandan soil – under the deep, thick African brush until it reaches a tank at the top overlooking the valley below. [...]
“If you had not found me, I would not be alive today.” The young girl standing before us passionately shared from her heart. A heart full of thanks. A life changed. [...]
“It’s Jerry … It’s Jerry”. Our team had barely arrived at Destiny Villages of Hope, before I heard these words … It’s Jerry! On the steps of the Baby Rescue Center we found the young boy who had captured our hearts long before. This little guy had no idea how famous he was and seemed oblivious to the fact that so many Americans recognized him. He didn’t know that it was his story that had inspired us … it was his story that compelled us to come [...]
After months of dreaming and planning, it’s finally here . . . our blogging journey through Africa is about to begin!
Please take a moment to view this personal video invitation from the field to see how you can follow our journey.
One of my favorite magazines is no longer in publication. It was called Need, and it focused on humanitarian efforts around the world. The images on its pages were breathtaking and the stories compelling. But, the motto of the magazine was what I loved: “We are not out to save the world, but to tell the stories of those who are.”
This resonated with me as I wrote my book Awake. I knew that my story was nothing more [...]
It’s a new year … a new day … a second chance to get this thing called life right … a do over … a mulligan … a clean slate.
There is something refreshing about starting over. There is something redemptive about forgetting past mistakes and letting go. The opportunity to try again is appealing and hard to resist.
So, as I start this year over, I want to make a change. There is something that I want to do differently. Something I would like to get right … or at least try.
I want to start dreaming big – really big. For some reason [...]
For the past six weeks we have been on “A Journey to Live Life Fully Awake.” If you have missed any of the earlier posts, please check them out below.
I have loved reading these posts, hearing the comments and most of all seeing my words jump off the pages in a whole new light through fresh eyes.
But as this study comes to a close, maybe you are thinking—So, I’ve read the book…now what? Maybe you are [...]
When I was just a teenager, I met a little boy on the streets of Brazil – a street child. His father had abandoned him and his mother could not afford to care for him. He slept on a bench and had no clothes or shoes. He was dirty and hungry.
Meeting this young boy changed my life. It taught me an important lesson – I may not be able to save all the hurting children in the world, but I could make a difference for one. And years later, I have never forgotten [...]