Mothers’ Day Joy

Mothers’ day is coming and I smile remembering my favorite Mothers’ Day.   Surprisingly, it was during some of my toughest years as a single mom. My three girls were too little to do anything for me on their own, but they still wanted to do something special for me. My neighbor took the girls one…

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Following God’s Voice: from Books to Burundi

After years of faithfully loving Burundian widows, our friend Helen and her husband were able to join a team traveling to Burundi in 2017. Here, Helen shares their beautiful story…   We ducked through the doorway, away from the heat, blinding sunlight and dozens of chattering, laughing children. In the small, dim house, two chairs…

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A New Chapter: Opportunity for Independence

  After Solange’s husband died, she lived in a small hut with grass roof. When it rained, it rained inside. Left without any opportunity to earn an income, and the low status of a widow, she had no way to provide for her children. Every day she struggled to get food and clothing, let alone…

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Blessed to be a Blessing

“We are blessed to be a blessing.” How many times have I heard that familiar refrain in my mind as I try to reconcile the poverty I see in Burundi with the wealth I see in America?  A humbling experience at this summer’s widow’s retreat showed me that our Burundian sisters may understand their blessings…

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Evelyne’s New Chapter

One Burundian Widow’s Journey from Hopelessness to Independence There’s something exciting about January. It’s a new year. A blank slate right in front of you. You get to turn the page and start a new chapter, this time titled 2017, where a new story is just waiting to be written. This January, a woman named…

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Busking in Burundi

Intrigued I lean forward in my chair at the front of the meeting room watch the children who are leading the singing the dancing. I decide to learn the feet first and try to make my feet copy what I see moving them surreptitiously under my chair. Loose left foot right foot to the front…

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Why Burundi?

After more than a decade of civil strife, thousands of Burundian women are widows. In a country that is one of the poorest in the world*, their children are fatherless, and their families are without provisions. Not only that, but in Burundian culture, widows are outcasts. Often they are rejected by family. They have no…

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