Interfaith and International Prayer Vigil for Deborah

Big Ocean Women Cottage leader Fatima Njoku in Jos, Nigeria was appalled by the news she was hearing: On 12 May 2022 a Christian college student, Deborah Samuel, had been stoned and burned alive by radical Islamists for “committing blasphemy.” Then, Fatima explained, “they proceeded to start burning, looting, and attacking other Christians in the…

Pray for Dad

Years ago, I taught a group of 11-year-old boys which included my son. They were energetic; they captured my heart. One lesson in the course focused on teaching these young men the power and value of fathers. Until I started to prepare that lesson, I had not consciously realized that in this class of about…

Cottage Report: An Easter Retreat for Teens in Nigeria

Over the Easter weekend, the 15th to the 17th of April 2022, the Jos, Nigeria cottage hosted a retreat for youth in their area, including orphans, displaced children, and some from under-privileged homes. They wanted to get teenagers together in an atmosphere where, cottage leader Fatima explained, they would feel free to “express themselves without…

The Power of Three

The power of three is significant.Throughout history its significance led many to believe three was the “magic number.” In ancient Greece, three was the “perfect number,” the “number of harmony, wisdom and understanding” (Opera, W.N.). The last few months, I’ve seen the irreplaceable value of three special men in my life. My husband, my father,…

Creamy Memories

When I was a little girl, I somehow became aware of memories. I was interested in the idea of memories and how to make them. I read about how characters shared memories and how they made them. I watched movies wherein I saw people making memories. Hallie Parker in The Parent Trap comes to mind,…