Hope through Homebuilding

By Ruth Dagg | Feb 24, 2021 |

by Ginger Kauffman–homebuilder and sponsor By Ginger Kauffman Typical Sister Connection home and family “We just bought a house!” It was a Saturday in June of 2007 and we called my parents with the news. They were taken aback. “We didn’t know you were looking,” they said. We really hadn’t meant to buy a house.…

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A COVID-19 Update

By Craig Reese | Mar 24, 2020 |

Psalm 91 1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Dear Ministry Partners, I returned home from Burundi last Thursday.  After 28 hours of crowded…

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When YouTube Fails

By Craig Reese | Nov 29, 2018 |

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 A few weeks ago, I needed to complete a home improvement project that required installing several roofing tiles. I had never done…

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Mothers’ Day Joy

By Amy Woods | May 2, 2018 |

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

By Amy Woods | Apr 24, 2018 |

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

By Amy Woods | Feb 22, 2018 |

  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

By Amy Woods | Sep 22, 2017 |

“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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Another Kind of Camp

By Craig Reese | Jun 27, 2017 |

I remember attending my first Bible camp as a very young boy.  I was about 10 years old and it lasted for a week during the hottest part of the summer.  As a 4th grade boy, going to camp served as both a break from my pesky brother, as well as an escape from pulling…

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Finding Divine Love

By Craig Reese | Mar 22, 2017 |

A few days ago, Sister Connection’s Burundian staff and I visited Godeliva, a widow who is now one of our social workers. Godeliva was one of the first widows sponsored through Sister Connection. By the love and provision of both Christ and her sponsors, she found healing and dignity, so that at the end of…

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Anastasie’s First Shoes

By Craig Reese | Mar 16, 2017 |

Yesterday, I witnessed a woman receive the first pair of shoes she has ever owned. Yes, her first pair of shoes. To most of us, new shoes aren’t a big deal. But not for Anastasie. Growing up as an orphan herself, having shoes has been the least of her concerns. This is her story- “I was born in…

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