Filling the hole in the family structure

There is a HUGE hole in the family structure. Men have disappeared and are not fathering their children. So..... boys aren't being taught to be men, by men.  They are being taught to be men by women.  (And, girls aren't being taught by their fathers to be women.) And, as much as I love women … Continue reading Filling the hole in the family structure

Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount

A few years ago I  had the opportunity to travel to Kabul to work with some of the most talented colleagues that I've ever had the honor to work with.  We trained government and private sector leaders on stakeholder mapping and helped them develop an advocacy plan to improve the health of the country.  I had … Continue reading Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount

God is on the MOVE, in a big way in Charlotte.

I believe in the power of specific, fervent prayers. God wants us to know what we are asking for and why (and when we don't know, or can't articulate, the Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf). God answers prayer in His way....not our way.  His answers are often, 'no'...'not yet'...'not that way'....and occasionally, 'yes'. And, … Continue reading God is on the MOVE, in a big way in Charlotte.

A real community response has to be co-transformative

Jesus came down to Earth for more than 30 years. He came to live with us and do life with us and leave the Earth, changed Himself. By His model, He calls us to be in relationship with others.  To be changed by our interactions with others.  And, to be steadfast....not expecting change in ourselves … Continue reading A real community response has to be co-transformative

Resilience building keeps us moving forward.

Resilience. Writing that word conjures up quite a few emotions for me. I've been told I have lots of resilience. (Pride and Joy) And, I've been told that I need to "be more resilient". (Anger and Sadness)  That latter comment wasn't so long ago. When I heard it, it stung and I had to walk away … Continue reading Resilience building keeps us moving forward.

We do what we see modeled.

I LOVE to throw a party. And, I'm pretty good at it. It comes naturally, but it also comes because I've watched my mom do it.  She's a natural hostess. She can think through how many people, location, age, interest, etc. and come up with a menu and event that will knock your socks off. … Continue reading We do what we see modeled.

Teach people to fish. And to depend on Him. He is all we need.

I spent more than a decade working in international development. In those years, I learned how to help in the developing country context.... and, what can be destructive. Essentially.... in order to do things that improve someone's life, you do it alongside them... teaching and mentoring in a way that provides sustainable change. Going into … Continue reading Teach people to fish. And to depend on Him. He is all we need.