Stories

Please enjoy the many stories illustrating how lives are transformed through the shared abundance of our partners and friends. Be sure to sign up to receive inspiring new stories and multimedia features throughout the month. Join us and be a part of this caring, compassionate community!

 

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015

All of This is in the Reach of our Hands

Over a hot, humid, rainy week in Nicaragua recently, I spent some time with our partner there, the Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD). This was my third visit to see their work, and I’ve written in previous years about the amazing mega gardens that small farmers have created 

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Monday, Jan 12, 2015

Haiti 2015 : Remembrance, Reflection and a Hopeful Look to the Future

There is a Haitian proverb that says, ‘Se lè ou nan malè ou konnen si ou gen bon zanmi’ which translates to ‘It is in difficult times that you know who your good friends are.’ This proverb rings especially true for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, even now, 

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Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015

1998 Ice Storm: Suddenly We Were the Community in Need

As we celebrate 75 years of Healing a Hurting World we’re looking back on historical events including the severe ice storm that struck Maine in 1998. It was situations like this that led to the development of the US Disaster Program.
For anyone living in

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Monday, Dec 29, 2014

Reflections for the New Year: Real People. Real Hope. Real Life.

When Bishop Bainbridge called me eight years ago and asked me to consider joining the board of Episcopal Relief & Development, I could not have been more pleased. When any of us signs on as a new bishop, we understand that part of the deal means pitching in to do our part to support the work

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Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Joy to the World. The Lord is Come!

Did you ever think about why this classic hymn uses “Joy is Come!” Rather than Joy has come?”  It isn’t just poetry. The oldtime hymn writers are actually pointing to something deep within our Christian consciousness.  Joy, in the Gospel stories, is about the

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

This Little Light of Mine

This week’s story comes from guest blogger Rachel Quednau. She’s participating in the ‘Share Your Story’ aspect of the 75th Anniversary Celebration. We’re excited to have her contribution and invite you to share your story as well!  

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