Back in Jacksonville

He was back in Jacksonville after spending eight weeks on a teaching mission in Kigali, Rwanda. He was still readjusting to the time difference. Rwanda was six hours ahead. "You still haven't told me about your mission trip to Rwanda. How was it?" "It was very good. I'm happy I decided to do it." "I …

From Slave to Bishop

Who was Richard Allen?  He was America’s first black bishop.  He was born to parents who were slaves. Soon after the family was sold to a Delaware farmer.  Richard faced racism, cruelty and inequality.  He wasn’t educated and anything he wanted to undertake he needed his master’s permission.  His master, in order to pay his …

Tanner Bumps into Melania

Tanner was at Yorkdale Shopping Mall when he spotted Melania and Matt together. They had just come down the escalator from the food court. They were talking and laughing. They didn't see him. He watched them as they stood there. They seem pretty friendly, he thought to himself. Was there something going on between them? …

Abebi’s Dream

My name is Abebi and I'm from Bauchi, Nigeria.  I love school.  I love learning new things.  I want to become a teacher because we need more female teachers here in our schools.  More female teachers will encourage girls to remain in school.  I think girls will relate better to female teachers and feel more …

Vidhya’s Story

As I watch my daughter playing in the back yard, I think of my sister, Indrani. Twenty years ago, we were forced into marriage when we were teenagers.  My husband was twice my age but years later, I was able to divorce him.  Indrani wasn’t so lucky.  She was murdered in an honor killing for …

Fight the Stigma

When we told our families that my husband, Josh had been diagnosed with bi-polar, his father’s reaction was to blame his wife.  “It’s your fault that he’s mad.  Your sister, Violet and your grand-mother were both mental cases.  These things were kept from me when we were courting.  If I had known that there was …

The Lagos Affair

“Congratulations, Grayson.  I heard about your engagement.  Kendall is a lovely girl.  Your families must be so thrilled.” I forced a smile.  “Thank you, Lady Sarridge.  Yes, our families are very pleased.” “I wish you both a lifetime of happiness.” “Thank you, Lady Sarridge.” “Thank you for the invitation.  Mr. Seton and I look forward …

Pit Toilets: Death Traps?

Many of us have more than one flushing toilets in our homes.  We have access to proper sanitation facilities.  When we use public washrooms, we can lock the doors of the stalls we use and when we're done, we have running water and soap to wash our hands.  Sadly, this is not the case for …

The Presentation

They met when she was invited by a student to give a presentation on why it was important for women and girls to be educated in countries where they are marginalized and have little or no access to education.  This was her first presentation as an advocate for the rights of women and girls to …

Shackles

As she read the two volume autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, she was reminded of how fortunate she was.  She was a black, educated woman who was able to go to the university of her choice and become what she had always dreamed of.   She and her parents left the West Indies for a better life in America.   Her …

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