A New Chapter: Opportunity for Independence

By Amy Woods | Feb 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

  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 | 0 Comments

“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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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Evelyne’s New Chapter

By Amy Woods | Jan 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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Looking Back… Striving Ahead

By Craig Reese | Dec 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

We’re excited to announce Sister Connection’s new look! The new logo and website are an exciting step forward as we press on in the journey of restoring hope to the widows of Burundi. Sister Connection has been ministering to the needs of widows and orphans in Burundi for 10 years now. From humble beginnings in…

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A Letter from Tama

By Craig Reese | Dec 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

I have learned many life changing lessons since I began my walk and work with the Sister Connection ministry.  I thank God every day for the opportunities HE has provided me, and for this work I love so much.  I have come to understand, however, that HIS purpose in calling me to Burundi transcends the…

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Busking in Burundi

By Amy Woods | Dec 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

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?

By Amy Woods | Dec 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

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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