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Hope+Sisterhood Ethiopia

Head over to the Project Hopeful website to see my latest guest post about our recent trip to visit the Hope+Sisterhood.  If you are looking for a great place to make Christmas or end of the year donations, there are many opportunities to give direct help to the women in the Sisterhood program.






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More from Ethiopia!

I've been home from Ethiopia for a week but there is still so much to tell about what happened there!  The internet service at our guest house was really spotty so there were two posts that we were able to put up while we were there that I was never able to link to here.  A new post will be coming soon so I wanted to make sure you caught these two before you read the next one! If you haven't already, catch up on these posts at the Project Hopful website here and here, and watch for a new one coming soon!!!









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Happy Birthday to My Favorite Guy!

It's his birthday, a day when we should be together.  But instead I'm missing him while I'm off on an adventure.  I love him so much.....that he's the kind of guy to send me off to Ethiopia on his birthday is just one of the millions of reasons.








Happy Birthday Scott!!  I love you!!

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Project Hopeful Guest Post #2

I'm writing for Project Hopeful again today.  We've been very busy in Ethiopia meeting some incredible people!  Please join us!






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Project Hopeful's Hope+Sisterhood

I'm with my sister and two new friends in Ethiopia right now blogging for Project Hopeful.  There are things happening here that you don't want to miss!  Hop on over the Project Hopeful blog and read all about it!!






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An Invitation to Join Me at the Table

Remember back in elementary school when you would meet your girlfriends under the slide during recess and talk about your "club?"  The very best of these moments involved groups of nice girls who laughed and talked together while beckoning for other girls running by to join them.

I'm part of a club like that and I don't want you to miss it!  The Glorious Table is a place where life is shared and grace is poured out.  You will meet some new friends there who will encourage you right where you are and will find a conversation you will want to join.

Subscribe to the email list and like The Glorious Table on facebook so you don't miss anything.  There will be new posts every weekday and a special devotional series on Saturdays.
Jump on over, check it out, and pull up a chair.  Today's writer is an old friend of yours - ME!







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I Have a Sister Who Doesn't Speak English

Her name is Tigist.
So many things about us are the same. Although it's said in different languages, we share the title, Mom.  One of her sons is named Ts'aga which means "grace." I have a daughter who's middle name is Grace.  She squeezes her kids and smothers them with kisses. I squeeze my kids and smother them with kisses.  She dreams about her children's future. I dream too.
We share many deep similarities but also some startling differences. She speaks Amharic. I speak English.  She lives in Ethiopia. I live in the United States.  She is a single mom. My husband comes home every night.  She walks everywhere she goes. I only walk for exercise or on vacation.  She works to survive. I have a savings account.  She carefully measures out food between her three children. I have leftovers to give to my dog.
She is sick. I am healthy.  
That difference is what made us sisters instead of birth, proximity or even adoption.  
We became sisters the day I opened an email …

Sports, English and Dentistry - ATM goes to School

The Clay Center is all about building relationships that allow for the spread of the Gospel and Biblical mentoring in young adults.  There seems to be a new openness to Christianity among this current generation and eagerness to learn healthy habits in family life and marriage.  The Fords and Comptons hope to use the Clay Center as a place to connect with University students through sports and English and then begin one on one mentoring.  Relationships like that start slow and begin with learning trust.  Many of our team activities were for the purpose of beginning to build trust in the name “Clay Center” and give the Fords and Comptons an open door to future ministry opportunities in a Buddhist culture. We spent 3 days doing just that in public schools.  Each day, we drove down a driveway under the dead of eyes of a Buddha who had fresh offerings of flowers and fruit laid out before him.  We unloaded trucks full of soccer balls, footballs, sports pinnies with the Clay Center logo pr…