Hope Sightings

A CUP OF HOPE

A cup of hope. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Don’t you wish you had a cup of hope to sip throughout your day? Maybe a cup of hope to guzzle down when you really need it? I recently met a woman named Kathy who runs an organization called Alima’s Purse (www.alimaspurse.com). They sell fair trade and handmade goods enabling local and international artisans to sustain themselves and their families with their trade. Kathy was selling these precious handmade

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Watching Him at Work

God is moving mountains right before my eyes. He is changing hearts and lives through the vision and message of Hope for Our Sisters. God is showing us His presence on a daily basis and I am having a blast watching Him at work. One way to see Our Lord in action is to follow His lead into His will and serve there. Serve where He plants us with our whole hearts, as if working for Him. (Colossians 3:23) The Hope for Our Sisters team is serving in this

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Second Chances

Maddi, at age 17, is one of our youngest and most passionate advocates for women suffering from fistula. We asked her to share from her heart as to why she serves with Hope for Our Sisters. This is what she had to say… God has personally given me more than one chance. In fact, he has given more than a hundred chances to turn to him, to run to him, to trust in him. God gives us dozens of chances each and every day. And I am blessed by the freedom

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HAVE YOUR WAY

Walking through a dark cave, more like a tunnel, for weeks…where is He leading me? No answers along the way, but a strange sense of peace made residence in my heart Thought I had left my family outside (trying to protect them?) yet I found them at the end Knew God was behind this…I have been on similar journeys before However, this one was different… Before going in, a few months back, God told me that I would need to trust Him like never before

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Limits

Recently convicted that I had set up limits around my life Limits to protect those I love Limits to maintain a sense of control Limits to protect our level of comfort Limits that I built without knowing it Limits that could get in the way of God’s plans for my family and me Limits… Once convicted, God gave me a picture The boundary I had constructed was quite expansive, not right around me I wanted to fully live for Him, but even far-off walls

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EMBARRASSED, FRUSTRATED, DISCOURAGED…MORE AWARE?

Seven years ago, after my first pregnancy, my body was damaged. It no longer worked as it had before. Whenever I ran, jumped or sneezed, I found myself wet with urine. (It is incredibly humbling to share this with such a broad audience, but there is a reason I feel led to do so.) Mystified, I turned to my close friends who also had babies. Did this happen to them? Is this normal? No, they had no issues controlling their urine. Just me. In seeking

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She Waits With Dignity

I had always read that fistula robs women and girls of their hope and dignity. This “fact” was challenged during my trip to Angola this summer with Hope for Our Sisters (HFOS). Now don’t get me wrong. Obstetric and traumatic fistula are horrific medical conditions that lead to the isolation and abandonment of those suffering under its great weight. It removes all choice, as these sisters of ours are unable to do anything but exist. But, are

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Hollowed Out

Re-entry. My world has been rocked! Returning from my first trip to Africa is proving to be an incredibly tough journey. Everyone warned me about how hard it is to leave your home with great material wealth and visit a land lacking any sense of material treasures. However, I cannot even begin to articulate if that is indeed my challenge. All I know is that my emotions are running way ahead of me…either sloshing out of me wherever I step or being

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GO

“Go” Excited Scared Motivated Awestruck Lost Humbled Obedient Go? OK, I’ll Go Still Go? Really? Me? OK, I’ll Go Yes, I will Go! Blank slate New countries High hopes God’s calling Eyes opened Mind expanded Comfort zone stretched Heart broken Speak out? Speak loudly? Speak with courage? I will Pray more fervently for Healing, Prevention, Eradication, Restoration And freedom? In Your Hope I will do my best Go? Speak? Pray? What is your answer?

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FAL​L INTO THE VOID OR R​ISE TO LEAVE A LEGAC​Y?​

I was standing on hallowed ground… at this place all of our lives changed forever as the innocence of our “security” was taken from us. While in New York City to apply for our Angolan Visas, a group of us visited the 911 Memorial. What would it look like? Howwould it honor the many lives lost? He would it depict the desire and strength of the American people to never forget, never let go of our dreams, and never allow these attacks and the

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