Too Close To Home

Check out this Associated Press article, posted online at and which originally appeared in Denver’s Rocky Mountain News on Sunday, August 10, 2008. Chronicling the lives of children roped into child labor to mine for gold (some not more than four years old), this article exposes an injustice for which we all need to […]

Saying Goodbye

I’ve never been good at goodbyes. My heart entangles with real people and their stories. Trying unwrap myself feels something like trying to sort out 53 strands of Christmas lights which have merged into one undecipherable green mass of wires and bulbs after sitting in the box together for eleven months. Let’s just say the […]

Church On a Pickle Bucket

Sometimes within poverty, there is poverty. Even amongst those who have little, there are those who have nothing. We spent this afternoon with one of the poorest of the poor. Jordan and his wife have one five-year-old daughter and live in a shack only slightly bigger than a queen-sized bed. Their friend and neighbor, Johannes, […]


Few things inspire and impress me like leadership in young people. And, suffice it to say, I’ve been more than a little inspired and impressed over the past two weeks. Though I have highlighted the Basotho youth who are rising up to impact South Africa, I would be incredibly amiss to neglect mentioning the six […]

We Are Family

I’m officially falling in love. There are no other words to describe how I feel about the Basotho people. Sure, at first it was awkward, too many differences between us and too many uncomfortable lulls in the conversation. Like a first date, it was full of hopeful expectation and, yet, lacking in confidence. Somewhere between […]