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Happy Mother's Day! (or, A Week of Reflections Honoring Ate Pat)

The love of a mother is a powerful force. Indeed, it is a force that can change the course of a life. We are in awe of mothers, especially our House Mothers, every day at My Refuge House! Ate Pat (pictured here) has been a House Mother…
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Have you ever had a life lesson moment?

As Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury, He watched the crowd placing money into it. And many rich people put in large amounts. Then one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amounted to a small fraction of a denarius. Jesus…
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Bone-tired and Soul-FULL

Perhaps I've had one too many elementary school Halloween parties in the last week, but the phrase "Bone-tired and Soul-full" is what has been coming to my mind since returning from Dallas last week. It was such an amazing and reinvigorating…
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Connecting through Storytelling: In the presence of Eileen Rodriguez

With the Women’s Conference just around the corner, I was asked to write an article about the woman behind this brainchild: Eileen Rodriguez. I had heard of her quite often while working at My Refuge House (MRH), but I never had a face to…
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Connecting Through Storytelling: Lorinda's Letter

When we began our Connecting Through Storytelling series, we could only imagine how deep and wide the stories would go. Please keep them coming! They are inspiring. They prove that our stories are indeed all woven together in the great tapestry…