12 Sep

Cholera Falls Upon Us

Every good storyteller knows that all epic stories have three acts—Act I: Everything is great and you love the characters. Act II: Some crisis presents itself throwing everyone and everything off kilter. Act III: Resolution. Think “Lord of the Rings.” Act I: Frodo and all the hobbits lived in a veritable utopia. Act II: Bilbo […]

7 Sep

Hovering Hope

“In the beginning…the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2, ESV). “I don’t know how to do this. I can’t do this. I don’t want to do this. It’s just too much.” […]

24 Feb

Death Be Not Proud–Not Even at the Taking of James

“As when one plows and breaks up the earth, so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.” Psalm 141:7 I have studied this word “Sheol” for years.  There is no definitive answer as to its original Hebrew meaning; it has been greatly mystified, and perhaps for good purpose. Biblical references range from “Jacob […]

21 Feb

Death Mocking at Our Door

The news of death mocking at our door found me as I traveled some thousand miles from home last week. It has taken me the whole of the week—listening to the pounding of its disjointed rhythm—before I could cull out its message. Somewhere between 1 and 2 am Lual Atak called me, broken. I could barely […]

9 Feb

MWP in the Birmingham News

I have just made my way safely home from Sudan and South Sudan, broken collar bone in tow! I’m so thankful to Greg Garrison of the Birmingham News/AL.com for his 13 years of consistent reporting on the effective efforts of Make Way Partners in the most war-torn corners of our planet. Below is Greg’s newest […]

13 Jan

Back to the Future

On Saturday morning I head back in time to a still-ancient world to gain glimpses of the future; these Hearts of Courage are the Why. I will lead a small band of international brothers and sisters on month-long journey who want to meet the Why and find their role in the What to do for […]

28 Dec

Behold! the Leopard

Deep into the quarter-mooned night sweat dripped from our bodies like a leaking faucet nagging at you to call the plumber first thing in the morning. Hyenas yammered in the distance, digging a hollow sense of suffering in the marrow of our hearts as the faces of the orphans outside the safety of our gates flashed […]

23 Dec

Historic Footage of First High School Graduation

If you’ve been following our blogs this last year, and particularly the last few weeks, you’ve seen footage leading up to this unbelievably historic moment. Our children, plucked from less than a manger, rise up to celebrate a new way of leading their nation. Thank you for making this far-fetched dream come true. Click here to watch […]

21 Dec

FIRST YEAR BOOK of South Sudan!

As I wrote yesterday, I have just returned from our most celebratory moment in the history of South Sudan history—the first graduation ceremony our region has ever known! In fact, more people attended our high school graduation than attended the recent national celebration of the world’s newest country in the capital, Juba. Click here to see the […]

20 Dec

Fresh Video of MWP’ First High School Graduation: Part 1

It is difficult for me to believe it has been 12 years since I “stumbled” upon James Lual Atak, the man who’d plucked these sick and skinny orphans from the bush and taught them readin’, ‘rithmetic, and holy script under a tree. What a journey these years with God have been for us all. I have […]