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OLR 2013 / Day 4 / Why We Do This

Posted by Development , June 23, 2013

By Kris Amundson          It took nearly 3 hours to drive the roughly 200 kilometers from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba. But although Yosleni (12th grade) and Emy (8th grade) and their mother Mrs. Lopez (not her real name) had traveled a much shorter distance, they had spent almost as long in transit. 

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OLR 2013 / Day 3 / Graduation Day

Posted by Development , June 22, 2013

By Kris Amundson          Graduations are always festive affairs. Here in Honduras, they are a combination of a prom and an academic ceremony. Girls wear long, glamorous (VERY glamorous) dresses. Many of the spectators also come in formal clothing.

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OLR 2013 / Day 2 / Family Time

Posted by Development , June 21, 2013

By Kris Amundson          You don´t have to spend much time in Honduras to realize how critically important family is. But most of the girls we support have no family. Because of parental illness, abuse, or the effects of abject poverty, they have little or no contact with their biological family.

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OLR 2013 / Day 1 / Reconnecting & Recollecting

Posted by Development , June 20, 2013

By Kris Amundson          The first day that Anne Reed and I are back in Honduras is always a time for reconnection and recollection. Since we took part in mission trips with Christ Church from the early 1990s, we have between us made about 40 trips to this small Central American country. But even though the place is starting to feel like home, we always have some adjustment.

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Here She Comes!

Posted by Jason, June 19, 2013

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Legacies

Posted by Ann, June 12, 2013

Next weekend, my husband, Jeff, and I will fly to Maine for a family celebration of my Uncle Stuart’s 100th birthday. He is the second of my dad’s brothers to reach the century mark. We celebrated my Uncle Hazard’s 100th birthday three summers ago in New York City. Hazard died about six months later. He had trouble seeing, but he was still spending a few hours in his office on Wall St. every day until two weeks before he died.

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Life in the Churchyard

Posted by Pierce, June 7, 2013

Next to the National Cathedral, I believe Christ Church Alexandria may be the most photographed church in the country. During tourist season, we can have as many as 2,000 people move in and out of the church in a week. As I come and go, there isn’t a time when I don’t see someone holding a camera in the direction of our sanctuary.

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Take a Pause

Posted by Heather, June 5, 2013

We’ve had a dog, Midnight, for nearly a year now. While I can’t say that I always enjoy taking her for a walk, lately it has been a delight. For me, these dog walks are a chance to just be and to pay attention. We walk the same path most of the time. I don’t listen to music and I try to not talk on the phone. Earlier this week I saw my first lightning bug (firefly) of the season – exclaiming “Oooh, a lightning bug!” out loud for no one except Midnight to hear. There are small moments of seeing God’s love and wonder in creation on those walks, as long as I remember to pause and be present where I am.

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Reach for God

Posted by Pierce, May 29, 2013

In the last 30 years, neuroscience has contributed much to our understanding of human identity, passion, and aspiration. Brain scan studies are revealing some amazing things about how we think, what we cherish, and why we pursue a particular direction in life.

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Till Death Do Us Part

Posted by Jason, May 22, 2013

I recently was having dinner with a group of friends and the conversation turned to what we had all done at work that day. I mentioned that I played a funeral in the morning before getting on with other normal routines of work. Suddenly I was being peppered with questions – “Do you find it difficult to play for a funeral?” “Isn’t that depressing?” “Do you see the body?” “What are funerals like at your church?”

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