Layne’s Decision

"Olivia, I'm looking for a flat in Manchester. Can you help me?" Olivia was a friend and a real estate agent who lived in Yorkshire but worked at an agency with offices all over England. She alternated between their offices there in Yorkshire and Manchester. When Layne emailed her on Wednesday to find out when …

Thank You, Lord

I will thank You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvellous things You have done.  I will be filled with joy because of You.  I will sing praises to Your name, O Most High (Psalm 9:1, 2) Everyday I thank the Lord for all He is doing in my life …

My Father Believed in Me

It's Father's Day today and I'm thinking about my father, my hero. When I was sixteen most of my friends were married and had children. My father didn't want that for me. You see, my father knows what it's like to marry young. He never had an opportunity to go school because he had a …

You Are Unique

You made my whole being. You formed me in my mother’s body.  I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way - Psalm 139:13, 14 I'm currently in a relationship with an older man. His name is Marek Dabrowski and he's my Sociology professor. It was in my first year at …

Folani’s Story

My name is Folani.  At the age of 16, I was forced to marry the man who raped me so that I wouldn't bring shame on my family.  He wanted to marry me but after I rejected him, he raped me.  I told my my mother what he had done to me and she insisted …

Cause of Death

He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces - Isaiah 25:8 Less than a  month after our son died, we found out that the cause of death was a "sudden acute severe Asthma attack."  The attack was so sudden that nothing could have prevented …

Academic Streaming

"University isn't the place for you.  You're better off taking applied courses.  I can recommend some and where you can go to do them." When Carol heard these words, she felt as though her guidance counselor had picked her up and tossed her into the sea, leaving her adrift in the waves of emotions of disbelief …

International Day of the Girl

On my twelfth birthday, I sat on the cold ground in a corner of a dark room with my knees drawn up to my chin and my arms wrapped around them as the tears rolled down my dirty cheeks.   I couldn’t sleep.   I didn’t want to sleep because I was afraid that he would come back and hurt …

Women’s Literacy = Women’s Liberty

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural …

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