Water for Grace Church, Kenya

In 2010 we (at South Highland Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama) learned of the need of a better quality of drinking waterin and around the rural community of Inkukuon about 50 kilometers south of Nairobi Kenya. The bore hole (water well) at Presbyterian Church of East Africa Grace Church produced water that had a little E.coli,


American Red Cross: Helping then and now

By Katie Turpen From a fire that destroys one family’s home to a typhoon that kills thousands one organization is the definition of the helping hand. The American Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters each year. They provide shelter, food, health and mental health services to those who have lost hope. They bring a


Knitting into the New Year

Handmade gifts are my favorite part of the holiday season. I’ve always taken a liking to crafting gifts for others—partly because I’m terrible at picking out gifts, but also because I like giving people more personalized gifts. Knitted gifts are probably my favorite handmade gift during the holidays. That way, I have control over the


The Season of Waiting

Tis the Season…to be overloaded, overwhelmed, and stressed out. Don’t get me wrong I do get a subtle thrill from tacky Christmas sweater parties, Christmas music blaring from speakers all around me, and all the holiday glitz and glamor that floods our lives this time of year. However, this year, as I begin to feel


A month for giving

There is no doubt that Fall is here. And with this special season, comes cool weather, cozy sweaters, hot pumpkin lattes, and of course, the beautiful scenery. There is something soul-moving about looking out the window and seeing a sea of brown, yellow and red canvas the trees. Watching the leaves fall and feeling them


Faithful friends

John 15:12-13 (NIV): “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this.” Recently, I had foot surgery. When the surgeon told me I would have to be off of my foot for six weeks, keep the foot elevated, no weight on the foot, and no driving,


A Man Named Lonnie

November:  Sharing Goodness “For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”  Psalms 107:9 (KJV) Once upon a time in my hometown, a gentleman (let’s call him Mr. Williams) and his wife were in their golden years, ready to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labors.  They owned a