A Mother’s Longing

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot Rain fell softly on her as she stood there in the empty playground at her son's school.  How she longed to see him, to hold him and tell him that she loved him--that she was sorry... Her shoulders hunched as a cold wind stirred the leaves and the wispy blonde …

Rehema’s Story

Getty's Image I was sitting in my room thinking how lucky I was to be here in London. It seemed like just the other day when my world had turned upside down. I left my home in Kenya when a woman whom I thought was my friend told me about a job at Pathfinder International, …

Gina’s Mother and Tanner

Gina's mother was still in the powder room when she got there. They were the only ones in there. They hugged and then went to an area where they could talk. "How are you doing, Gina?" her mother asked, looking her over. "I'm fine, Mom. How are you?" She hadn't seen her since New Year's …

Vengeance

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz She looked at the water longingly.  Should she do it?  The temptation was overwhelming.  Gripping the rail, she imagined how she would do it.  It had to look like an accident.  Then, she remembered, “…never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those …

Irene, the Terrible?

I am Irene of Athens.  From 797-802, I ruled the Byzantine Empire.  My husband was Emperor Leo IV and after his death, I became guardian of our 10-year-old son, Constantine VI and co-emperor with him. When he was older, my son’s attempt to seize power was crushed by me.  He banished me from court but I returned …

Poetic Justice?

Photo by Brenda Cox French writer, Philippe Gautier once lived in the building behind the merry-go-round.  A handsome and conceited man, he believed that women were created for his pleasure.  They all found him irresistible, except Sophie.  Sophie sang at the pub he frequented.  Enchanted by her, he turned on the charm but she spurned …

Mingmei’s Plea

My name is Mingmei and I'm in desperate need of your prayers.   My son's school is teaching him and other children to hate God and to distrust their Christian parents. Before he started school, I told my son about God’s creation and he believed it. But after being taught at school, he is a …

Why I Left China

It has been five years since my father died.  My mother had passed away ten years ago. My father who was a kind and hardworking man, raised my younger sister, Ju and me. Life was hard for us, especially since we were Christians. My father was the reason why I left China for good.  It …

Zhang’s Story

It's no longer safe to be a Christian in China.  That's why I fled and came here to Kenya three and a half years ago. I found a church where there was a mixture of Kenyan and Chinese worshippers. That was where I met and fell in love with Aluna, a beautiful Kenyan woman. The …

Justice for Dalit Women & Girls

"Dalit women's bodies are being used to assert caste supremacy and keep women 'in their place'," Jacqui Hunt, Eurasia Director of women's rights group, Equality Now. According to Equality Now, there is such a thing as intersectional discrimination which makes it more difficult for girls across India and around the world to access justice for …

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