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How I spent my Valentine's Day

I arrived in Cebu four days ago for a two week visit with our girls and staff. The floodgates of emotion and joy opened with my first step onto campus. Can you say banana grove?! Here's the deal. When I was here just six months ago, we didn't…
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Who would you be?

“She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them” -Luke 2:7 NIV I have experienced a deep connection to the wonder, awe, and mystery of Christmas…
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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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Alleluia is our song

  We are an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song. ~ St. Augustine of Hippo These words can seem so simple, but a second glance begs us to dig a little deeper into the paradox that Easter can represent. Before I met the girls of My…
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A Tap On The Shoulder

  The other day I was working at a local coffee shop and I did what I normally would do; I opened up my laptop, put in my earbuds and started to work. Before long I felt a tap on my shoulder. It felt as if an alarm went off waking me…
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4 Ways You Can Pray For My Refuge House

This past weekend I attended the If Gathering, an organization that was created to gather, equip and unleash women to live out their calling.  It was here that God reminded me of what is most essential to the work of My Refuge House; Prayer.…
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Lives Changed

  The plight of women and girls in this world should astound us, should grieve us & should push us out of our lives of silence. On Sunday my husband delivered a message on women. My internal response was, "YES!" He spoke of Christ’s…
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Spiderwebs and Ferocious Lions

“When the spiderwebs unite they can tie up even the most ferocious lion.” African proverb   This was the response of an African American woman who had just returned from the March on Washington, in 1963. Having heard Martin Luther…
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Thanksgiving: A Reflection on Hope and Joy

Today is Thanksgiving. I am thankful for so much…not the least of which is the fact that I am in my dream job and getting to be and do my best every day to help make the world a better place. As I have reflected on the past six months in…