Does your story blaze with celebration? Or are you sifting through ashes for flashes of value? Either way…
Go beyond what you can see. One thing I’m convinced of…
We are not alone.
I keep stumbling on this theme wherever I go in the world (and strangely, especially among the most downtrodden) – God’s relentless pursuit of each one of us.
…as I paint and write about these “fragments of light,” these glimpses of glory leaking through the cracks.
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Some of my story:
- When I was a teenager, my parents transplanted my native Coloradoan family to the Australian outback. Aboriginal classmates and camping under the Southern Cross ignited my passion for the world. When my dad would question me if I really had to travel to the ends of the earth, I ‘d tell him I adored him and I was sorry to make him sad, but it was his fault.
- Through further travels as an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship campus staff worker (1998-2004) and Hope’s Promise Director of Orphan Care (2006-2012 and 2019-current), I’ve witnessed firsthand the depths of human suffering in places like an internal refugee camp in Kenya and the heights of courage, like that of a Christian pastor in an oppressed mountain village of Communist Vietnam.
- My husband of 27 years, David, and I adopted two of our four children from a Kenyan orphanage and we’ve never forgotten the kids we left behind.
- After an unexpected 7.5 month sojourn in Nairobi in 2005 during which I extracted our daughter through three court cases and changing interpretations of adoption laws, our family welcomed the opportunity to partner with dear Kenyan friends, Pastor and Mama Karau, to pioneer two orphan homes in Kenya through Hope’s Promise.
Despite great heartache in the world, I cling to God’s relentless presence with me, with you, with each one of us. All around us, glimpses of glory leak through the cracks of tragedy and triumph…
PS I usually post 3-4 times/month with original writing, photography, and art on topics including spiritual journey, international travel, family and adoption, and artistic process.
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