I am a storyteller…

The Stories 

IMG_1442Sometimes the stories we find ourselves in are blazing fires of celebration, sometimes we sift through ashes for flashes of value.

Through art, photography, and writing, I search for glimpses of glory leaking through the cracks. I paint and write the stories of God With Us : “fragments of light.”

I graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Fine Arts in 1993. While serving as an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff worker (1998-2004) and Hope’s Promise Director of Orphan Care (2006-2012 and 2019-current), I’ve traveled the world and witnessed firsthand the worst of human suffering in places like an internal refugee camp in Kenya, established after 2008 post-election violence, and the greatest of human courage in places like the mountains of Vietnam, where pastors provided educational sponsorship for people groups oppressed by their government.

My husband of 26 years, David, and I adopted two of our four children from a Kenyan orphanage. The children we left behind haunt us, especially 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, After I returned home with her, 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 find hope in God’s relentless presence with each one of us and His ability to redeem suffering. Through painting and writing, I hope to share my experiences: glimpses of glory leaking through cracks of tragedy and triumph.

PS I usually post once or twice a week with original writing, photography, and art on topics including spiritual journey, international travel, family and adoption, and artistic process.

I am deeply honored by those who choose to read and view this blog!


My beloved family, May 2019

26 thoughts on “I am a storyteller…

    • Wow, I feel totally honored that you would even think of me with that title, much less mention me in a post. Thank you and please feel free! I am really enjoying reading your posts and learning more about your beautiful heart.


  1. Hi Colleen, I don’t know if you participate in awards or not but I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! It’s just a way of showing my appreciation.Participation is optional, and if you want further information visit me!


    • Thank you so much Jody! I’m honored by this encouraging nomination! Forgive my delay in responding – sick computer for a few weeks that is finally in the shop. I will check this out in more detail when I’m up and going again. You are a constant song of encouragement in my life!

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