Let Freedom Ring

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It wasn’t July 4th.  No one was decked out in stars and stripes or eating apple pie. The Star Spangled Banner wasn’t ringing in anyone’s ears and most likely no one was giving small children sticks of explosive fire to carry around. But it was Independence Day. It was a day to celebrate the breaking free from imperialism in Southeast …

Leaning into Faith: Anna’s Story

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Oh, August. The warm ending of a busy summer. The anticipation of a coming autumn. August is the month all children either dread or welcome with open arms; children either are sad to be returning to school, and others are bursting with excitement to begin a new grade. As a student teacher, I often re-examine my reason for choosing such …

Women are Women

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I’m the youngest of three girls. We were a girl house for sure. Between my mom, the 3 daughters, and the dozens of best friends that practically lived with us since they were over at our house so much – my sweet dad got to observe a lot. We talked. He observed. One of our long running family jokes is …

Freedom

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It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. The old way, …

Hope

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I first learned about Shama Women when I attended the Influence Conference in Indianapolis last year. I loved hearing about women helping women. Their stories impacted me and I knew I wanted to be a part of it, even if only by donating some money.  Now I have the opportunity to hear personal stories of ladies in South Asia being helped by Shama …

Faithfulness

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Maria is 20 years old. She is one of 10 siblings, with five brothers and four sisters. Years ago, when she was still very much a child in the eyes of the world, her mother passed away, followed by her father just a year later. In her culture, when there is no father or grandfather, the eldest brother in a …

Peace

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It’s a totally twisted world out there. It wrings our hearts and our souls until we are spinning into chaos. She was a girl. Christian by birth, but not by re-birth. Claimed for a faith she didn’t understand in a family who couldn’t explain. You see, in that culture you are what your family is. Maybe in every culture you …

More than just skin deep.

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If you were to visit my hometown, you would find a small fishing community. You would find an island connected to the mainland by a causeway. You would find small shops and family restaurants, and even a few small, family-owned beauty salons. If you were to walk inside one of those salons, you would find older ladies having their perms …

The Journey of Today

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Once a month, I am given the sweet gift of speaking with one or more of the founders of Shama Women via video call. They share with me stories of God at work at the training centers in South Asia while I type furiously to keep up. Their descriptions paint portraits in my mind of places I can only imagine, …