When a little girl named Lonely became Miracle

January 09, 2020No commentsGeneral

It was a hot day in Malawi when I sat down with Lezita, a mother, and her daughter, Miracle. Lezita sat close to me and as she spoke, the people around us faded into the background. I’ve sat with many moms in other countries, and they seem to sense that I’m a mother too, even if I haven’t told...

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New Study Finds People with Disabilities Left Behind in Wake of Cyclone Idai

On March 15, 2019, Cyclone Idai’s torrential rains, winds, and mudslides killed more than 1,000 people and wiped out farmland and hundreds of thousands of homes in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi on rampage. In the days that followed, the UN estimated 1.85 million people urgently needed emergency humanitarian assistance – but these numbers only indicated those physically able to...

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An Invitation to Prayer

April 09, 2019No commentsGeneral

An Invitation to Prayer for Hope and Healing International We had a fittingly joyful and forward looking afternoon at the staff launch of Hope and Healing International last week. Our guest speaker, Lorna Dueck spoke of the need to undergird our work in prayer and excellence. I heard in her talk a call to a spiritual discipline – the...

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What does it mean to value all people as Jesus does?

I’ve a friend who’s a professor of peace studies, a lawyer with a doctorate of law on human rights. We often get into discussions, even arguments on the way to interpret rights. First – I believe strongly in human rights. Our promise at Hope and Healing is to “value all as Jesus does”, which in my mind is stronger...

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The Miracle of School

My wife is a teacher, and today (in Canada) kids are going back to school. We sometimes take school for granted. Certainly most Canadian kids do. In my experience working internationally education is one of the key tools in breaking the cycle of poverty to whole communities. It is even more crucial in the cycle of poverty and disability....

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Fighting Injustice: Lessons from MLK

April 12, 2018No commentsGeneral

Last week was the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder. I am old enough to remember that day. I am fascinated by him but have marveled over the years at how his reputation has mellowed. Make no mistake, MLK was radical. He demanded society and individuals change. He may have done so in a non-violent way, but still,...

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