Posts by Blaine

Peace: South Sudan’s Way Forward and Hope for a Shared Future

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

Our Beloved Community, We’re so thankful for you and your shared comments and prayers for South Sudan these past weeks! What amazing and precious sisters and brothers we serve alongside of. Please know how grateful we are for you. Know, also, you can expect further updates and ways you can help via our website in the days ahead with regard to what’s transitioned from isolated clashing in parts of South Sudan to more widespread violence and renewed warfare throughout many regions in this new nation. The saying ‘it’s complicated’ reigns true in so many contexts, and it’s very much the case...

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South Sudan: A Prayer for Peace

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

Our Beloved Community, First, thank you for the outpouring of concern you’ve shown regarding the current conflict in South Sudan. Your inquiring emails, calls and messages have been beautiful reminders that we really are a human family – and God’s love in us moves us to deeply care for the suffering of others. I’m so grateful for this. As I write, South Sudan is, in fact, conflicted and aspects of the clashings have escalated in some of the nation’s states. Unfortunately, shifts in this region have long-occurred, especially prior to the formal end of civil war in 2005...

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With a Grateful Heart…

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

With a Grateful Heart…

As this holiday season begins, I’m so grateful it does so with Thanksgiving. Not only is Thanksgiving my favorite holiday, it reminds me just how powerful is the heart overflowing with appreciation and gratitude. “In everything, give thanks…,” God prompts us. In all circumstances, all life seasons. In times of light and laughter and wonder. In stretches where the music of our worlds grinds to a halt and everything around us fades to black. And in those infinite moments in between. Being grateful matters. Choosing the way of thanksgiving sets us up to enjoy lives of...

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Jillian

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

Jillian

Meet Jillian. Still a couple inches shy of five feet, this eleven year-old dynamo is one of our greatest champions for female life change in South Sudan. The busy fifth grader totes around a notebook of ideas, which she regularly tries out. From saving up her allowance to advocating the story of women and girls at her school (and then in after-school group) to putting together weekend garage sales with her mom, Jilli has embraced “doing her thing” in ways that keep bringing change to South Sudan – and to the community of people who know and love her! More than five years ago,...

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Joy

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

Joy

Many times, I am asked the question of why I love the South Sudanese people. A related question is why Sister Effect works among the South Sudanese people. There are many reasons, but one jumps at me regularly. Joy. It’s joy… in the South Sudanese when they realize God loves them. It’s joy… in the South Sudanese when they realize you love them. It’s joy… in you when you realize they love you in return. It’s joy… in the people’s faces when they get their first gulp of clean drinking water… ever. It’s joy… in new friends when they get desperately-needed...

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