Hope Sightings

GETTING MUDDY FOR HOPE

Exciting, challenging, empowering, heartbreaking, awe-inspiring, exhausting, uplifting and joyous. This is how I describe the adventure of running Hope for Our Sisters, Inc. (HFOS), our “For-Purpose” (i.e. non-profit) organization. What a journey it has been. Through God’s provision for and guidance through HFOS, I have been compelled to do things I never dreamed I would do…start a For-Purpose organization, travel to Africa, speak with friends,

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A Tale of Two Surgeries

Lourdes * (pictured below) is DRY! A wonderful outcome for this precious sister of ours. It brings me great joy to hear of the healing of these beautiful women and girls and to then share this amazing news with YOU. After being in labor for three days and delivering a stillborn baby, Lourdes discovered that she had a double fistula with a fistula, or hole, in her bladder as well as her rectal wall. Now healed after fistula surgery at CEML, a partner

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Even in Hawaii

Such a beautiful place! Hawaii was the location for our family’s celebration of my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. We had a fabulous time! I never thought I would place my feet on Hawaiian soil, but due to my parents’ generosity, all 14 of us (my parents, siblings and their families and my family) did! One evening, Tim, my husband, and I went into Lahaina. We stopped in a gallery to check out some amazing wood-based creations. As I made

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Discovering Freckles

Life keeps us moving. Life keeps us hopping. Days can pass and we are left wondering how we spent our time. This morning I had a sweet moment with our son, Peter. He will be 9 in two weeks. The time since he was born has flown. He has grown into a special young man with a love of all things Lego and dinosaur, a desire to create, a longing to understand how things work, and a very tender heart. This morning we had special family breakfast at Coffee,

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FINDING GOD IN A BROKEN SHOE

A broken shoe? Really? Today was my day to chill, rest, write, read…just “be”. I call it Sabbath Simplicity and I set time aside every week for it. As I headed out of the house to walk the kids to school and stroll to Coffee, Tea & Me (a favorite hangout), I knew my shoe was broken, but who has time to fix a shoe when you need to get kids to school? I figured I could deal with it. I was wrong. I could not deal. I really wanted to get to my

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Journey Toward Healing

Hope for Our Sisters has the honor of partnering with Dr. Shirley Heywood in Surkhet, Nepal. Although we fund her fistula prevention education sessions, we always celebrate the stories of healing that come through successful fistula surgery. I am also personally amazed at the ability of these women and girls to stay strong and positive in the face of horrific trials. Below is the account written by Dr. Shirley Heywood: “Bishnu Maya travelled alone

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THE JOURNEY TO GENERATE HOPE

When you face obstacles in your efforts to serve God, you know you are on the right track. This was my mantra on this journey as we faced one obstacle after another. However, there was great reward in the end. Here is the story… Winter of 2014: “Let’s invite people to a dinner called Generate Hope to raise funds for a new prevention program in Angola.” We set the date for May 3rd. We reserved the venue in Melrose. We publicized the event.

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MAY WE HAVE ENOUGH ANGER

May we “possess enough holy anger to assist us in helping to make positive changes in a world so full of so much injustice,” Macrina Wiederkehr, Seven Sacred Pauses On June 24, 2015, Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times released a column and video about his recent trip to Angola. After waiting about 5 years to obtain a journalist visa, he took full advantage of this opportunity to shed light on the way Angola operates…the elite get richer,

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Freedom Through Surgery

“Mommy, will you be able to run? Will you be able to jump and play? Will you be well?” These were my children’s questions when I told them I was having surgery…surgery to heal my incontinence. Yes, I leaked urine ALL THE TIME. For the last 8.5 years, it did not matter if I was walking, running, coughing, sneezing or simply sitting still…my bladder was broken, I leaked, and it kept me from really living. As much as I appreciated this physical

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Healing in Nepal

Hope for Our Sisters has the honor of partnering with Dr. Shirley Heywood in Surkhet, Nepal. Although we fund her fistula prevention education sessions, we always celebrate the stories of healing that come through successful fistula surgery. Please celebrate the new life for these three beautiful sisters with us! Below is the account written by Dr. Shirley Heywood: “Three ladies from Kapilbastu, a poor district on the Indian border in Western Region,

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