Blog Archives: October 2013

Beauty from Ashes

October 31, 2013
Jim Wood
It’s Halloween in my homeland. (Not a day exalted here in Africa; for that I am honestly grateful.) You can Google Halloween and All Hallow’s Eve to get a glimpse of how we got here but it strikes me that one of the core ingredients of its longevity is the desire, at least once a year, to take on a new identity – to put on an evening mask, to be someone entirely different from the shadow I cast just that afternoon. It’s fun to play dress up and the more bizarre the better – on Halloween, after all, we can get away with almost anything....

Words Matter

October 24, 2013
Jim Wood
I think I’ve always had a voice. My mom, sister, Sheryl and the boys can all attest: I may be right, I may be wrong, but I’m never without an opinion. In a sense, words are my life, my love, my profession. I can’t imagine ever being without my words. Well, actually I can imagine it – and that is, without question, my greatest fear. Words matter. Words, after all, called the world into creation. Then when we messed it all up the Word became flesh and made it right once again. Words offer the future promise, “In my Father’s house are many ...

Angels and Demons

October 16, 2013
Rudy Miller
Kate and I have just returned from our journey to the Samburu area of Kenya. Along with staff members from HFC, we sought to identify at risk children for possible admission to the Joy Children’s Village. As with many of our trips into the “interior”of Kenya, we were struck by a paradox of people and attitudes. Our first stop was the Maralal Crisis Center for Children operated by the Sister’s of Charity. An international mix of sisters provide care and love to 41 abandoned children....from infants to 4-year-olds, all suffering from ...

Living with Uncertainy

October 09, 2013
Rudy Miller
  Juliet is only 10 years old. She and her father have traveled several hours to reach Holy Family Clinic for her followup medical appointment. Juliet’s life is unlike that of most youth; she lost her Mother to AIDS....she has also been HIV+ since birth and will need a lifetime of monitoring to maintain her health. In most societies HIV/AIDS is still a stigma.....Juliet carries her fear and secrets within herself. Today Holy Family Center and Tree of Lives are helping Juliet overcome a major concern for Kenyan women. Cervical cancer is ...

His Love Heals

October 06, 2013
Rudy Miller
....the old has gone and the new has come.... As new grandparents Kate and I are always amazed and delighted to watch our grandchildren grow. Whether it’s a first step or a first word...we fill with emotions. Last week we returned to Kenya. Our first stop was the Joy Children’s Village in Ngarariga. What a privilege to witness these 33 precious children grow...physically and emotionally. We have known some of these children for two years, others for only a few months. Yet, they are all changing! Last weekend we asked the children to ...

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