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Hendersonville, NC, women fight human trafficking

Sewing project in India offers dignity, source of income From left, Annie Fritschner, Lisa Clark and Robin Reed show some of the hearth scarves created by women in a life-changing sewing project in Durgapur, India. By Beth Beasley De Bona Halifax Media Group Correspondent Published: Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. Shopping for fabric […]

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From the US Holocaust Museum

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Why Am I the Only One Weeping in Washington?

I was in Washington, DC this week, doing some work with fundraising colleagues. I spent a little time in the Holocaust Museum. A survivor was signing books about some of her experiences; I couldn’t introduce myself to her. I was already crying uncontrollably. The museum is designed so that the main hall into which one […]

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Hot Dogs, a Hug and Hope

There are some amazing people who bring a meal and themselves to a place in downtown Hendersonville, so that others may feel loved and supported and heard. The program is informally called “Hot Dogs and a Hug” and is a meal and dignity for the family members of men and women incarcerated in our local prison. […]

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Mysterious Ways

I received this email from a friend today: “My friend from the lake asked me to come shoot some family photos before she looses her hair so I went there this morning.  Made for a somber day.  But, here’s the miracle. She handed me a check as I was leaving and insisted I take it.  I have […]

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Acceptance, or lack thereof

I belong to a fellowship – a humanity-ship –  of people trying to stay sober one day at a time. One of the rituals we enjoy as we open our time together is to recite a portion of a prayer written before World War I: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I […]

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Children of the Pyre: A documentary to see

Children of the Pyre  is a compelling real-life, self-narrative of seven extraordinary children who make their living out of the dead. They collect, snatch or steal used coffin shrouds and sell them for petty amounts in order to ensure their own and their family’s survival Tempered by the heat of the pyre, strengthened in the […]

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Redemption Through Forgiveness

I just saw this movie and am still undone by its beauty. Bring your hankies! It is difficult to see and experience, and is beautifully acted. It is a true story about an Englishman and a Japanese man who meet again after World War 2. Their original meeting was as captor and captive. Although I […]

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Water, water everywhere….

….and not a drop to drink. A Britta filtration system costs about 1/10th of the income of an average Indian family. Plus they have to have extra filters…..but the Britta only works if there is water to filter.  But what can we do about their water needs? A few things: Give a well as a […]

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Progress

Through your generosity, the 10 spaces for women in the safe house in the Church of North India, Diocese of Durgapur are paid for for ONE YEAR! that means that 10 women can stay for up to one year and receive food, shelter, encouragement, medical treatment and time to heal before returning home or creating […]

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